MLB Playoff stories in the SI Vault

Arms And The Men For Cincy By Walter Bingham, October 09, 1961 A crossword-puzzle addict, the son of a Chicago policeman, a noted author and a quiet Texan are among the Cincinnati pitchers who are challenging the Yankee power in the Series.

The Pitchers Stand And Fight By Roy Terrell, October 15, 1962 It figured to be a case of swat vs. swat. Instead, the Series developed into a contest between two suddenly brilliant pitching staffs.

The Good Guys Against The Bad Guys By Ron Fimrite, October 24, 1977 Amid antagonism in the clubhouse and anarchy in the Yankee Stadium bleachers, New York took a 3-1 World Series lead. Then a 10-4 win in Game 5 kept alive the happy Dodgers' hopes of having the last laugh.

One Heartstopper After Another By Ron Fimrite, October 27, 1980 Philadelphia returned home with a 3-2 World Series margin over K.C. when Reliever Tug McGraw fanned Jose Cardenal to win the fifth game.

A Series To Savor By Steve Rushin, November 4, 1991 In a World Series of delicious drama, the Minnesota Twins barely bested the Atlanta Braves.

Brave Hearts By Tom Verducci, November 06, 1995 On its third try in five years, Atlanta finally won the World Series.

Take Me Out To The Boneyard By Mike Shropshire, September 23, 1996 Until they climbed out of the grave this season, the Texas Rangers had a history that was stranger than fiction.

Joe Maddon Has A Vision By Stephen Cannella, October 06, 2008 In the company of Tampa Bay's progressive, contrarian skipper, there's always the chance of witnessing something you've never seen before -- like, say, the Rays in the playoffs.

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