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Walkoff Wonders: ALCS Game Four Preview, Yankees vs. Angels, Tuesday 10/20, 6:57 CT

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This link from ESPN.com's Jayson Stark was posted in last night's game thread, but if you missed it, it bears mention on the front page:

There have been 1,251 postseason games in baseball history. Only two others -- two -- ever ended this way, with a walk-off extra-base hit by a team that was one out away from losing.

One was The Kirk Gibson Game -- Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, Gibson homering off Dennis Eckersley, Jack Buck warbling: "I don't believe what I just saw."

The other was The Bill Bevens Game -- Game 4 of the 1947 World Series, when Yankees pitcher Bill Bevens got within one out of the first no-hitter in World Series history, and then lost it all. Lost his win. Lost his place in immortality. Lost it on a two-run double by Cookie Lavagetto with two outs in the ninth.

Here's something you might not know about Bill Bevens -- that was the last major league game he ever started. He threw 2.2 innings of relief in Game Seven of the 1947 World Series, and then spent the next six years in the minors, never returning to the majors.

And just to clarify Jayson Stark's comment about Jack Buck: Buck's call of Gibson's HR was on CBS radio -- you can hear it at this link. Vin Scully, the Dodgers' regular play-by-play man who was calling the game for the national TV audience on NBC, called it this way:

"In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened."

And none of this is even mentioning last night's stunning walkoff Angels win over the Yankees, which doesn't qualify for Stark's list only because the Angels weren't trailing at the time. This is some postseason we're having -- all we need now is a series to go down to the wire, or to have the Dodgers come back from a 3-1 deficit, or some more tense and thrilling extra-inning games.

Yankees at Angels, 6:57 pm CDT. Yankees lead series 2-1. TV: Fox. Announcers: Joe Buck and Tim McCarver.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Angels site Halos Heaven and Yankees site Pinstripe Alley.

Discuss amongst yourselves.