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BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

Cream of the Crop

October 22, 1998

Most championships in one sport:

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BASEBALL

Yankees24

St. Louis Cardinals9

Phila./K.C./Oakland Athletics9

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NFL (Super Bowl)

Dallas Cowboys5

San Francisco 49ers5

Pittsburgh Steelers4

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NBA

Boston Celtics16

Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers11

Chicago Bulls6

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NHL

Montreal Canadiens23

Toronto Maple Leafs13

Detroit Red Wings9

Memory Lane

MEMORY LANE

A brief look at the Yankees' 24 World Series champions:

1923--DEF. NEW YORK GIANTS, 4-2

Stars: Babe Ruth hit .368 with three homers (all solo). Bob Meusel drove in eight runs.

1927--DEF. PITTSBURGH PIRATES, 4-0

Stars: Ruth hit .400 with two homers (the only two hit by either team) and seven RBIs.

1928--DEF. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, 4-0

Stars: Ruth hit .625 (10 for 16) with three homers, four RBIs. Lou Gehrig hit .545 with four homers, nine RBIs.

1932--DEF. CHICAGO CUBS, 4-0

Stars: Gehrig hit .529 with three homers, nine runs scored and eight RBIs.

1936--DEF. NEW YORK GIANTS, 4-2

Stars: Gehrig hit .292 with two homers, seven RBIs. Joe DiMaggio hit .346.

1937--DEF. NEW YORK GIANTS, 4-1

Stars: Lefty Gomez, 2-0, 1.50 ERA. Tony Lazzeri hit .400.

1938--DEF. CHICAGO CUBS, 4-0

Stars: Red Ruffing, 2-0, 1.50 ERA. Joe Gordon, .400, six RBIs.

1939--DEF. CINCINNATI REDS, 4-0

Stars: Charlie Keller batted .438 with three homers, six RBIs, seven runs scored. Yankee pitching staff, 1.22 ERA.

1941--DEF. BROOKLYN DODGERS, 4-1

Stars: Gordon, .500, five RBIs. Keller, .389, five RBIs.

1943--DEF. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, 4-1

Stars: Spud Chandler, 2-0, 0.50 ERA. Marius Russo, 1-0, 0.00 ERA.

1947--DEF. BROOKLYN DODGERS, 4-3

Stars: Johnny Lindell, .500, seven RBIs. Spec Shea, 2-0, 2.35 ERA.

1949--DEF. BROOKLYN DODGERS, 4-1

Stars: Bobby Brown, .500, 5 RBIs. Allie Reynolds, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 save.

1950--DEF. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES, 4-0

Stars: Whitey Ford, 1-0, 0.00 ERA. Vic Raschi, 1-0, 0.00 ERA. Yankee staff, 0.73 ERA

1951--DEF. NEW YORK GIANTS, 4-2

Stars: Gil McDougald, .261, seven RBIs. Ed Lopat, 2-0, 0.50 ERA.

1952--DEF. BROOKLYN DODGERS, 4-3

Stars: Johnny Mize, .400, three homers, six RBIs. Raschi, 2-0, 1.59 ERA.

1953--DEF. BROOKLYN DODGERS, 4-2

Stars: Billy Martin, .500, two homers, eight RBIs. Mickey Mantle, two homers, seven RBIs.

1956--DEF. BROOKLYN DODGERS, 4-3

Stars: Yogi Berra, .360, three homers, 10 RBIs. Enos Slaughter, .350, six runs scored, four RBIs. Don Larsen perfect game.

1958--DEF. MILWAUKEE BRAVES, 4-3

Stars: Hank Bauer, 323, four homers, eight RBIs. Bill Skowron, two homers, seven RBIs.

1961--DEF. CINCINNATI REDS, 4-1

Stars: Hector Lopez, Nine at-bats, seven RBIs. Johnny Blanchard, .400, two homers, three RBIs. Ford, 2-0, 0.00 ERA.

1962--DEF. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, 4-3

Stars: Ralph Terry, 2-1, 1.80 ERA. Clete Boyer, .318, 4 RBIs.

1977--DEF. DODGERS, 4-2

Stars: Reggie Jackson, .450, five homers, eight RBIs, 10 runs scored. Thurman Munson, .320, one homer, three RBIs.

1978--DEF. DODGERS, 4-2

Stars: Brian Doyle, .438. Bucky Dent, .427, seven RBIs. Jackson, .391, 2 homers, eight RBIs. Munson, .320, seven RBIs.

1996--DEF. ATLANTA BRAVES, 4-2

Stars: Cecil Fielder, .391, John Wetteland, four saves.

1998--DEF. SAN DIEGO PADRES, 4-0

Stars: Scott Brosius, .471, 6 RBIs. Mariano Rivera, three saves, 0.00 ERA.

SWEEPS

1907: Chicago (NL) 4, Detroit (AL) 0, 1 tie

1914: Boston (NL) 4, Philadelphia (AL) 0

1922: New York (NL) 4, New York (AL) 0, 1 tie

1927: New York (AL) 4, Pittsburgh (NL) 0

1928: New York (AL) 4, St. Louis (NL) 0

1932: New York (AL) 4, Chicago (NL) 0

1938: New York (AL) 4, Chicago (NL) 0

1939: New York (AL) 4, Cincinnati (NL) 0

1950: New York (AL) 4, Philadelphia (NL) 0

1954: New York (NL) 4, Cleveland (AL) 0

1963: Los Angeles (NL) 4, New York (AL) 0

1966: Baltimore (AL) 4, Los Angeles (NL) 0

1976: Cincinnati (NL) 4, New York (AL) 0

1989: Oakland (AL) 4, San Francisco (NL) 0

1990: Cincinnati (NL) 4, Oakland (AL) 0

1998: New York (AL) 4, San Diego (NL) 0

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Research: HOUSTON MITCHELL/Los Angeles Times

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