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Historical Perspective

October 24, 2002

Some moments in World Series Game 4 history:

1914--The Boston Braves completed a sweep of the Philadelphia A's, first in Series history, with a 3-1 victory.

1941 -- After relief pitcher Hugh Casey retired the first two Yankees in the ninth, the Dodgers were one out away from evening the Series at two games apiece. Casey then struck out Tommy Henrich ... but the ball got by catcher Mickey Owen (who was charged with a passed ball), and Henrich scampered to first base. That opened the floodgates, as Charlie Keller and Joe Gordon hit two-run doubles, propelling the Yankees to an improbable 7-4 victory.

1963 -- The Dodgers complete a four-game sweep of the Yankees as Sandy Koufax outduels Whitey Ford, 2-1, at Dodger Stadium. It was the first time the Yankees had been swept.

1976 -- The Cincinnati Reds won the Series in four games with a 7-2 victory over the New York Yankees. Johnny Bench had two home runs for five RBIs. It was the Reds' second consecutive championship and marked the first time a team had swept the playoffs and World Series.

1986 -- Gary Carter's two home runs at Fenway Park gave New York a 6-2 victory and pulled the Mets even with Boston Red Sox in the Series.

1990 -- The Cincinnati Reds completed one of the biggest upsets in baseball history, beating the Oakland A's, 2-1, to sweep the Series.

1993 -- Devon White's two-run triple capped a six-run eighth inning as the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 15-14 victory over the Phillies and a 3-1 Series lead. The 29 runs shattered the Series record of 22 set in Game 2 in 1936, when the Yankees beat the New York Giants, 18-4. It was also the longest nine-inning game in Series history -- 4 hours 14 minutes.

1998 -- The New York Yankees closed out their historic season with 3-0 victory at San Diego, sweeping the Padres. The Game 4 victory gave the Yankees 125 wins against 50 losses -- for a .714 winning percentage, the best in the majors since their Murderers' Row club of 1927. Their AL-record 114 regular-season victories were the most for a champion.

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