Bucky Dent & Dusty Rhodes Were Big Surprises

Some baseball players who were unlikely Heroes.

Bucky Dent – The New York Yankee shortstop who wasn’t exactly a master with the bat, hit a 3-run homer against the Boston Red Sox with the New York Yankees behind 2-0 in the seventh inning, and it was the catalyst that ignited the pinstripers, and they beat the Sox in that one-game playoff for the pennant in 1978.

Don Larsen – A journeyman, the Yankee pitcher through a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series in 1956.

Cookie Lavagetto – Playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Lavagetto’s last major league hit came against Bill Bevens in 1947.  It was a 2 RBI double that ended Bevens’s bid for a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning, and it  gave the Dodgers a 3-2 win in the fourth game of the World Series.

Dusty Rhodes – Rhodes played alongside Willie Mays in the 1954 World Series against the Cleveland Indians, and he was the unexpected star of the Giants’ 4-game sweep.

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