The Reds beat the Yankees, 7-2, to complete the World Series sweep over the Bronx Bombers for their second consecutive World Championship. The ‘Big Red Machine’ is powered by Johnny Bench’s two-run and three-run home runs.
The Yankees trade their 1977 first-round (15th overall) pick Willie McGee to the Cardinals for southpaw Bob Sykes, who will never again appear in a major league game. New York's former 22 year-old farmhand will go on to have a stellar career with the Redbirds, winning the NL MVP (1985), capturing two batting crowns (1985, 1990), and earning three Gold Gloves (1983, 1985, 1986).
The Yankees, with a 3-0 victory at Qualcomm Stadium, sweep the Padres to win their 24th World Series championship. The Bronx Bombers' 125 wins (regular season and playoffs combined) is the most by a championship team, surpassing the record of 116 established by the Mets in 1986.
Ruben Rivera, in his only major league appearance against cousin Mariano, legs out an infield single. The ninth-inning hit will be quickly be erased when the future Hall of Fame closer gets the next batter to ground into a double play before retiring Mark Sweeeny for the final out of the Qualcomm Stadium contest, saving Game 4 to complete the Yankees' World Series sweep of the Padres.
In the longest World Series game ever played, the Yankees take Game 1 of the Subway Series, thanks to Jose Vizcaino's 12th inning two-out single, defeating the Mets, 4-3, in four hours and fifty-one minutes. The victory surpasses the streak established by the Murderers' Row clubs as the present Bronx Bombers win their 13th consecutive World Series game.