Pennant shots: Giants win 2012 World Series

You can get the game recaps and player profiles just about anywhere, but at Topps, you’ll get the official Pennant infographics depicting the action from this year’s 2012 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers.

Here’s a run down of some of the top moments from each of the four games played in this series:

GAME 1

Pablo Sandoval was 4-for-4 in Game 1, hitting three home runs, including two off Tigers ace Justin Verlander.


GAME 2 

Brandon Crawford’s fielder’s choice was all San Francisco needed to score Hunter Pence and take a 1-0 lead in the eventual 2-0 victory in Game 2.


GAME 3

Another game, another shutout for San Francisco. Pence scored off Gregor Blanco’s triple in the second inning. The Giants won, 2-0.


GAME 4

Ryan Theriot scored the game winning run in the 10th inning, giving the Giants their seventh world title in franchise history.

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-Words by Chris R. Vaccaro

Buckner. Mookie. 86. Mets. Boston.

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It happened on Oct. 25, 1986.

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-Words by Chris R. Vaccaro

Pedroia hits leadoff HR in World Series opener

It’s been five years since Dustin Pedroia’s leadoff home run opened the 2007 World Series, but his blast, as a rookie for the Red Sox against the Rockies, was historic for a number of reasons.

Aside from being the 31st major leaguer to hit a home run in his first World Series appearance, he joined Don Buford as the only other player to hit a dinger in the leadoff at-bat in Game 1. Buford, an Orioles outfielder, hit a shot off Tom Seaver in 1969. We all know how that series ended.

The Red Sox beat the Rockies, 13-1, on Oct. 24, and went on to win a world title.

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-Words by Chris R. Vaccaro

Clemens almost hits Piazza with bat

This happened on Oct. 23, 2000. Roger Clemens fielded a bat and chucked it towards the first base line as Mike Piazza was running out a ground ball. 

Clemens had beaned Piazza earlier that year in July, so this just added fuel to the fire. Benches cleared as New York’s biggest baseball stars jarred with one another on the diamond.

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-Words by Chris R. Vaccaro

-AP Photo

A’s trump Reds in Game 7, win ‘72 World Series

The Oakland Athletics captured their first title in 42 years and won the first world title in the Bay Area after beating the Reds, 3-2, in Game 7 of the 1972 World Series on Oct. 22.

Gene Tenace was awarded the World Series MVP after hitting four home runs in the series. He hit just five during the regular season.

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-Words by Chris R. Vaccaro

1971: Clemente homers, Pirates win series

Robert Clemente had a strong post-season in 1971 and finished in stride, hitting safely in all seven games of the World Series against Baltimore.

In Game 7 on Oct. 17, Clemente delivered with a solo shot in the fourth inning off Orioles pitcher Mike Cuellar and the Pirates won, 1-0.

Eleven years earlier, Clemente also hit safely in all seven games of the Series against the Yankees in 1960, meaning he hit safely in 14 consecutive World Series games.

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-Words by Chris R. Vaccaro

Looking back: Maris hits 61st homer

Today is the anniversary of Roger Maris breaking Babe Ruth’s home run record on Oct. 1, 1961. 

The historic 61st homer was hit off Tracy Stallard, a pitcher for the Red Sox, in a 1-0 victory over Boston.

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-Words by Chris R. Vaccaro

Greinke, Angels record 20 strikeouts

On Tuesday night, Zach Greinke became the first pitcher since 1920 to record as many as 13 strikeouts in five innings for the Angels. He was pulled due to a high pitch count.

His teammates added seven more strikeouts throughout the next four innings to amass a team total of 20. That ties the most ever in a nine-inning game.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, they are the first to do it with multiple pitchers, as it was previously done twice by Roger Clemens and once by Kerry Wood.

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-Words by Chris R. Vaccaro

Looking back: Kaline hits No. 3,000

On Sept. 24, 1974, Tigers legend Al Kaline recorded career hit No. 3,000.

Kalie hit a double off Orioles pitcher Dave McNally in a 5-4 loss at Memorial Stadium.

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-Words by Chris R. Vaccaro

Looking back: Final game at Yankee Stadium

Friday marks the four year anniversary of the final game at the old Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees beat the Orioles, 7-3, as they said goodbye to the 85-year old ballpark. 

Julia Ruth Stevens, the daughter of Babe Ruth, threw out of the ceremonial first pitch. Derek Jeter gave a speech to the 54,000-plus in attendance at the end of the game.

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-Words by Chris R. Vaccaro