1. Game 5, 1956 World Series (Don Larsen Perfect Game – Yankees 2, Dodgers 0)
To this day, there has only been one perfect game tossed in World Series history, by the Yankees’ Don Larsen in Game 5 of their 1956 Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Larsen battled back from a rough Game 2 outing, in which he did his part to blow an early 6-0 lead in a game the Yanks eventually lost 13-8. Determined to make up for it, Larsen pitched the best, most memorable game of his life, throwing a mere 97 pitches to finish off all 27 Dodger players who came to the plate.
Larsen only had to worry about one three-ball count all day, striking out Pee Wee Reese on a full count in the first inning. From there, it was smooth sailing, with the Yanks scoring on a solo homer by Mickey Mantle in the fourth and a one-out RBI single in the sixth. Heading into the ninth, those two runs proved to be more than enough support for Larsen, who induced a fly ball out and a groundout before getting pinch hitter Dale Mitchell to strike out looking to finish the game. The win gave the Yanks a 3-2 lead in the series, and they went on to win it in seven games.
2. Game 7, 1960 (Pirates 10, Yankees 9)
The 1960 World Series may have featured the best, craziest seventh game ever seen. It was a seesaw battle pitting the upstart Pittsburgh Pirates against the powerhouse Yankees, who were coming off another dominant decade and were hungry for another title. Pittsburgh surprised everyone by playing well enough in a few early Series games to get into a Game 7 situation (they did, however, lose three games by scores of 10-0, 16-3 and 12-0). The Pirates came out swinging, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first two innings thanks to the timely hitting of Rocky Nelson and Bill Virdon.
Pittsburgh hung onto a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning, when the Yanks quickly grabbed control thanks to a run-scoring single by Mickey Mantle and a three-run shot by Yogi Berra. A two-out rally in the Yankee eighth plated another couple runs, and it was looking like an insurmountable 7-4 edge. However, the Pirates woke up in the bottom half of the inning, with Roberto Clemente and Hal Smith coming up with big two-out hits, the second of which went out of the park to put Pittsburgh in front by a score of 9-7. New York tied it back up in the top of the ninth, with Mantle knocking in one run and getting another to score thanks to a great base-running maneuver. Still, this only prolonged the inevitable, as the Pirates’ Bill Mazeroski led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off slam, finishing off the heavily favored Yanks 10-9.