Some of baseball's most enduring October memories are punctuated by jubilant celebrations. Take a look back at some of the most memorable expressions of joy in Major League Baseball's postseason by players and teams after the final out.
2004 Boston Red Sox
It was a celebration 86 years in the making. When closer Keith Foulke grabbed Edgar Renteria's grounder back to the mound and flipped it to first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, long-suffering Red Sox fans could rejoice in the franchise's first world championship since 1918.
2003 New York Yankees
Aaron Boone (or as he's known in Boston, "Aaron Bleepin' Boone") homered on Tim Wakefield's first pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series to send the Yankees to the World Series. Boone punctuated his home run trot by leaping on home plate while being mobbed by his teammates, and Yankees closer Mariano Rivera -- who was named the ALCS MVP -- is remembered for running to the mound and collapsing on it in joy.
1993 Toronto Blue Jays
"Touch 'em all, Joe." One of the most memorable home runs in baseball history came off the bat of Joe Carter, who ended Game 6 of the 1993 World Series with a three-run shot to give Toronto an 8-6 win to retain their world championship. Carter's joyful trip around the bases, punctuated by several leaps between first and second base, has become an enduring image of the Fall Classic.
1988 Los Angeles Dodgers
It didn't win the World Series for the Dodgers, but Kirk Gibson's pinch-hit home run off Dennis Ecklersley in the ninth inning of Game 1 provided another memorable October image. Who can forget a hobbled Gibson limping around the bases, pumping his fist at second, while his teammates mobbed home plate in the background?
1986 New York Mets
The 1986 World Series is most remembered for Bill Buckner's error at first base in Game 6. But the next night, Mets reliever Jesse Orosco struck out Red Sox second baseman Marty Barrett to give New York its second world title. Orosco flung his glove high in the air and bear hugged catcher Gary Carter before the two were buried in a pile of celebrating teammates.
1960 Pittsburgh Pirates
The only World Series to end with a walk-off home run in Game 7, the 1960 Fall Classic will forever be remembered for Bill Mazeroski's heroics in the bottom of the ninth inning of Pittsburgh's 10-9 win over the Yankees. As Mazeroski circled the bases, waving his cap wildly, fans began streaming out of the stands and accompanied him from third base to a mob scene at home plate.
1956 New York Yankees
The only perfect game in World Series history is remembered for Yankees catcher Yogi Berra sprinting from behind home plate and leaping into the arms of Don Larsen after Larsen struck out Brooklyn's Dale Mitchell to finish a 2-0 win in Game 5.
Information compiled from Wikipedia and media reports
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North grad fuels OCU
Oklahoma City University clobbered St. Gregory’s 12-3 on Sunday at Jim Wade Stadium supported by three runs batted in by freshman Jared Baker out of Edmond North High School.
Ryan Wright, a junior from Fruitland, Idaho, drove in four runs while going 3-for-5 with a double and his first home run with OCU. The Stars, ranked fifth in NAIA baseball, improved to 14-3, 6-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Deer Creek boys make state; Bulldogs eliminated by Owasso
The Deer Creek Antlers made a run on Durant in the third quarter of a Class 5A area consolation championship game that thrusted Deer Creek into the state tournament for the first time since 1997.
The Antlers, 18-9, got up on the Lions by six points in the third and then held the ball, thus forcing Durant to come out of its zone en route to a 54-45 win.
Led by Conner Avants’ 26 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, Deer Creek got some easy scores going against the Lions’ pressure in the fourth.
Antler Tyler Haddock added 16 points and five rebounds and teammate Brett Valentine contributed eight points.
UCO fights to MIAA championship; falls to Missouri Southern
A spirited postseason run came to an abrupt ending for Central Oklahoma in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Tournament finals Sunday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo.
The depth-challenged Bronchos played just six players and fatigue played a factor in the second half as Missouri Southern claimed an 84-72 victory to capture the league’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division II national tournament.
Fifth-seeded UCO, playing for the third straight day, fell to 20-10 and is doubtful to earn an at-large bid into the playoffs when the full 64-team field is announced late Sunday night. The Lions improved to 24-5.
The Bronchos led 40-39 at halftime, but missed five straight shots during a key second-half stretch when Missouri Southern stretched a 45-44 lead to double digits at 54-44 with 14:21 remaining and UCO never got closer than eight the rest of the way.
Putnam North fires back in second half
The Lady Bulldogs of Edmond Memorial kept their heart beating by downing Bartlesville 48-42 Thursday night in an area consolation contest, but the momentum came to an abrupt stop Saturday afternoon in the consolation championship at Catoosa High School. Putnam North ended Memorial’s season with a 46-31 decision.
Deer Creek loses nail-biter; Memorial boys fall to Tulsa Union
The Deer Creek Antlers were just seconds away from entering the Class 5A state tournament, but Del City’s Brett Cannon scored on a reverse layup on a back-door move with one second left to down Deer Creek 47-45 in overtime in an area championship contest at Catoosa High School.
“We’re playing really well,” Antler skipper Matt Bailey said following the nail-biter. “They got us with the last shot in overtime.”
Deer Creek will face the winner of the McAlester/Durant game Saturday at 6:30 at Sapulpa High School in the area consolation title game with a trip to the big dance on the line.
After impressive road series, OC’s Coats receives NCCAA pitching honor
Oklahoma Christian’s Shea Coats was honored Tuesday as the National Christian College Athletic Association’s softball pitching student-athlete of the week.
Coats, a freshman from Tuttle, was honored for her performance as the Lady Eagles won two of three games last weekend at Texas-Permian Basin. Coats threw a complete-game 1-hitter to lead Oklahoma Christian to a 3-0 win in the series opener, then threw two perfect innings in relief to earn the save as the Lady Eagles took the series finale 6-2.
In her nine innings of work, Coats struck out 11 batters while walking four. She currently ranks fifth in the Heartland Conference in strikeouts with 46, in 43 innings of work.
She is the first OC softball player to win a NCCAA weekly award this season.
Broncho Gibbs stacks up honors
Central Oklahoma’s Josh Gibbs was a repeat first-team selection on the All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Team that was released by the league office Tuesday.
The 6-5 senior forward is averaging 20.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals a game .
Gibbs, who leads the league in rebounds and ranks third in scoring, has had 17 double-doubles this season. He’s also second in the MIAA in 3-pointers per game with 2.4, having made 66 treys while shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc.
SLIDESHOW: Lady Wolves win Area basketball title
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves won the Area basketball title with a win over Norman North at Choctaw Thursday evening.
Santa Fe thwarts Norman North offense
The Edmond Santa Fe Lady Wolves added another plaque to their collection and took one more step toward a gold ball Thursday night.
Edmond took down a feisty Norman North squad 64-47 at Choctaw High School to win the Class 6A west area tournament and advance to the state tournament that begins March 13.
“We’re going to enjoy that for tomorrow and now we’ve got to go find who we play on Saturday and we’re going to focus,” said Paul Bass, Santa Fe head coach. “It’s one game at a time. We’re 24-1, but that really doesn’t matter because now we’re in the third tournament of the year for us. This is the one that’s most important — get to state and try to get that gold ball.”
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