The timeless drama and excitement of big league baseball's fall classic is at your fingertips ANYTIME, with the "Famous Fall Classics" card sets for HISTORY MAKER BASEBALL! With these sets, you get both teams from memorable fall classic match ups—vintage clashes from baseball's past autumn glory, yours to enjoy again and again! Our first collection of "Famous Fall Classics" appeared in 2013, and our second "MORE Famous Fall Classics" came on the scene a year later. We added "Famous Fall Classics THREE" in 2016. And now we've expanded the fun to included eight NEW fall classics, sixteen great teams from baseball storied past in our Series FOUR Famous Fall Classics, available September 20th!
Here's a capsule summary of each season's match-up in our latest collection of "Famous Fall Classics"...
1935 Detroit (A) vs Chicago (N): Detroit's first-ever title after five previous Fall Classic disappointments, against a Chicago club that had surged through September with 21 consecutive wins (still a big-league record). Chicago's Warneke out-duelled Detroit's Rowe for a 3-0 win in the opener, and when Detroit's star Greenberg broke his wrist in a collision with the Chicago catcher, it looked dicey for the Motown squad in game two. But they poured it in for an 8-3 win to even the series, scratched out an extra-inning win in game three, got a pitching gem from Crowder to take game four and won the series in front of the home fans with a bottom-of-the-ninth walk-off single from Goslin in game six.
1957 New York (A) vs. Milwaukee (N): The first series since '48 in which a New York team didn't earn the championship—although the classic pinstripe line-up (Mantle, Berra, Martin, Kubek, etc.) pushed it the full seven games. Fans in Milwaukee celebrated the club's first pennant since moving from Boston, with Hammerin' Hank belting 44 homers. Burdette turned in an iron-man performance in the series, posting three complete-game victories.
1966 Baltimore (A) vs. Los Angeles (N): Led by triple-crown winner Robinson, acquired from Cincinnati during the off-season, Baltimore won its pennant by nine games. They faced a Los Angeles club making its tenth fall classic appearance in 20 years, featuring what was viewed as baseball's best pitching (Koufax, Drysdale, Osteen, Sutton). However, it was the O's staff that dominated, allowing just two LA runs in a four-game sweep. Baltimore's first championship in franchise history.
1982 Milwaukee (A) vs. St. Louis (N): An exciting series between two hungry clubs: St. Louis had last been in the series in '68, while the Milwaukee club—transplanted from Seattle in '70—had never been there. The clubs were polar opposites in philosophy: Milwaukee's Brew Crew belted 219 home runs, while St. Louis played "Whitey-ball," focusing on pitching, defense and speed. A memorable series that swung wildly, from Milwaukee's 10-0 blowout win in the opener to the Redbirds' revenge in game six, a 13-1 pasting that knotted the series. St. Louis eked out a tense win in game seven to earn the champagne shower.
1993 Toronto (A) vs. Philadelphia (N): This series is best-remembered for the way it ended: with Philadelphia leading 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth and hoping to force a game seven, Toronto got a walk-off three-run homer from Carter to win the series in front of the home fans. A Toronto line-up of cobbled-together stars (Molitor, Olerud, Morris, Stewart) became just the second expansion team to win baseball's world championship.
1995 Cleveland (A) vs. Atlanta (N): A fitting end to a season in which baseball tried to mend fences with fans (the '94 season was cancelled due to the player's strike), Atlanta won the series in six games—every game decided by one run! Cleveland's first fall classic appearance in 41 years, it won 100 games led by Belle's 50 homers (.317 BA). Atlanta's Maddux posted an eye-popping 19-2 record and 1.63 ERA during the regular season. Atlanta became the first team ever to win baseball's championship in three different cities (Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta).
2002 Anaheim (A) vs. San Francisco (N): An unusual championship match-up, the first-ever between two divisional runners-up. Anaheim posted a team-wide .282 batting average, and nearly led the league in pitching ERA as well. San Francisco lived by the long ball, led by Bonds (46) and Kent (37). The turning point of the series came in game six. A 16-4 rout in game five put San Francisco on top three games to two, and Anaheim trailed 5-0 in game six, bottom of the seventh. But the Halos rallied for six runs to steal the win, and came from behind again in game seven to win the franchise's only world championship.
2007 Boston (A) vs. Colorado (N): Colorado stormed into its first-ever Fall Classic with 21 wins in 22 games, including a 12-1 run at the end of the regular season to tie San Diego for the Wild Card, a play-in win over the Friars, and series sweeps of Philadelphia and Arizona. But an eight-day layoff—the Boston/Cleveland LCS went the full seven games after the Rox swept the Snakes—cooled Colorados jets and Boston posted a series sweep. The BoSox were led by "Big Papi," 35 HR, 118 RBI, .332 BA and Beckett's 20-game winning season, 3.27 ERA.
Everything you need to re-live each of these great series is HERE, in two great vintage baseball-lover's packages! In each collection, you get 27 cards for each of the sixteen teams--over 400 cards in all, PLUS, you also get individual cards for each of the series' actual umpires, as well as ball park cards and suggested batting orders. Hours of classic baseball fun and excitement, and either set is just $29! Available September 20th!