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World Series Winners By Year 1970s

Updated on March 17, 2007

Reggie Jackson

Carlton Fisk Hitting Classic Home Run in 1975 World Series

1979-Pittsburgh 4, Baltimore 3-In a rematch of the 1971 Fall Classic, the Pirates pulled off a stunning comeback after trailing, three games to one. Led by 38-year-old Willie "Pops" Stargell," Pittsburgh adopted Sister Sledge's "We Are Family" as their theme song during the campaign. Even though the Orioles hit four home runs to the Pirates' three in the Series, Stargell's bat accounted for all three as well as 7 RBI and a .400 batting average, and his Pittsburgh team hit .323 in the seven games. MVP: 1B Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh

1978-New York Yankees 4, Los Angeles 2-In a rematch of the previous year's World Series, the Yankees again proved victorious over the Dodgers in a rivalry that began back when the Dodgers called Brooklyn home. After Los Angeles won the first two games, the Yankees stormed back with three straight victories at home before closing things out in Game 6 at Dodger Stadium. Yankees "Mr. October" Reggie Jackson had 2 home runs and hit .391 for the series, but it was SS Bucky Dent who took home the MVP by driving in 8 runs and hitting .417 for the six games. MVP: SS Bucky Dent, NY Yankees

1977-New York Yankees 4, Los Angeles 2-In a battle of two extremely powerful teams, both at the plate and on the mound, it was the Yankees' Reggie Jackson who almost single-handedly won this series for New York. After the Yankees took a 3-1 series lead, the Dodgers won Game 5 to climb within one game. But then in Game 6 at Yankee Stadium, Jackson pulled off one of the most amazing feats in sports when he belted three home runs. Behind Jackson, the Yankees won that game, 8-4, to clinch the title. MVP: OF Reggie Jackson, NY Yankees

1976-Cincinnati 4, New York Yankees 0-A few years after Yankees owner George Steinbrenner bought the team, he had built them into a contender after over a decade of missing the playoffs. This season's team featured stars like Graig Nettles, Chris Chambliss, Thurman Munson, Catfish Hunter and Sparky Lyle. But it was the "Big Red Machine" that rolled over the Yanks in four straight games in this Series. The Reds were led by four ace pitchers-Pat Zachry, Jack Billingham, Don Gullett, and Gary Nolan-but a powerful offense led by catcher Johnny Bench made the ultimate difference. Bench won the MVP by hitting .533 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI in the four games. MVP: C Johnny Bench, Cincinnati

1975-Cincinnati 4, Boston 3-This was an exciting seven-game series that many believed to be the greatest Fall Classic in history, but most people remember it for what happened in Game 6. At Boston's Fenway Park, and with the Red Sox facing elimination, catcher Carlton Fisk hit a home run in the bottom of the 12th inning in which he willed the ball fair as he inched up the first baseline and ultimately raised his arms before making his victorious home run lap. However, the Reds took the decisive Game 7 in Boston, and 3B Pete Rose won the MVP with 10 hits and a .370 batting average. MVP: 3B Pete Rose, Cincinnati

1974-Oakland 4, Los Angeles 1-The Athletics were gunning for their third straight title, but they got to the World Series in spite of friction in their clubhouse. Catfish Hunter was threatening to bolt via free agency, former second baseman Mike Andrews was suing owner Charles Finley for unlawful termination, and there was a fistfight between pitchers Blue Moon Odom and Rollie Fingers. But between the lines, it was business as usual, as the A's beat a talented Dodgers team in five games. It was a low scoring series, with Oakland scoring 16 runs to the Dodgers' 11, so it was no surprise that the MVP went to a pitcher, Rollie Fingers. Fingers notched a win and three saves in the five game series. MVP: P Rollie Fingers, Oakland

1973-Oakland 4, New York Mets 3-The Mets made it to the Series by storming from last place over the summer to first place in the final week of the season, winning their division by 1.5 games and then edging the Reds in the NLCS. Oakland was a powerhouse team led by stars like Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Bert Campaneris, Catfish Hunter and Vida Blue. With the Mets leading the series 3-2, Oakland stormed back behind a masterful pitching performance by Hunter and clutch hitting by Jackson in Game 6 to tie the series. Then in Game 7, home runs by Campaneris and Jackson were too much for New York to overcome. Jackson took home the MVP by hitting .310 with the home run and 6 RBI. MVP: OF Reggie Jackson, Oakland

1972-Oakland 4, Cincinnati 3-Both of these teams were powerhouses in the seventies, so this was a classic match up between two very talented squads. Oakland jumped out to a 3-1 series lead before the Reds came back and tied it up, coming from behind to win Game 5 and then bashed the A's 8-1 in Game 6. In fact, Game 6 was the first and only game of the series not decided by one run. Game 7 was taken by Oakland by a 3-2 score, and C-1B Gene Tenace won the MVP with four home runs, 9 RBI and a .348 average for the series. MVP: C-1B Gene Tenace, Oakland

1971-Pittsburgh 4, Baltimore 3-In another classic match up, the Pirates outlasted the Orioles in seven games. The Orioles won three straight playoff series before reaching this point, and were coming off their third straight ALCS series sweep. With a stellar pitching staff featuring four 20-game winners (Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, and Pat Dobson), the Orioles were considered the favorites. But Pittsburgh boasted a strong pitching staff including Dock Ellis and Steve Blass, and a potent lineup that featured Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell. Baltimore took the first two games before Pittsburgh came alive, winning four out of the last five games. OF Clemente took the MVP award by hitting .414 with 2 homers and 4 RBI, including a home run in the decisive Game 7. MVP: OF Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh

1970-Baltimore 4, Cincinnati 1-The Reds were in the early stages of their "Big Red Machine" years and had swept Pittsburgh in the NLCS. The Orioles lost to the Mets in the 1969 Series though they had a more superior team on paper, and were determined to take home the crown this time. After jumping out to a 3-0 series lead, the Reds came from behind to win Game 4 before the Orioles closed things out at home in Game 5. Baltimore 3B Brooks Robinson won the MVP not just for his hitting (.429 batting average, 2 home runs, 6 RBI), but also for several spectacular plays that he made in the field. MVP: 3B Brooks Robinson, Baltimore


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