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Ralph Branca, RIP: Dignity in Infamous Defeat

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman pays tribute to the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher, victim of the Shot Heard ‘Round the World pennant-winning home run, who died last Wednesday morning and never the home run taint him, even when he learned the fabled Giants’ comeback and win may have been tainted. Complete Story

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Time For Angels to Trade MVP Trout?

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman believes a) MVP voters didn’t hold his terrible team against Mike Trout, and b) the Los Angeles Angels are too much of a mess to avoid dealing baseball’s best all-around player. Complete Story

The Little Team That Almost Did

Sports PhotoGive the Cleveland Indians credit where due for getting thatclose to ending their own long, surreal World Series championship drought, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

WS Game 7: Cubs, World Champions

Sports PhotoIf you thought Boston went endless party over the 2004 Red Sox, Chicago’s about to give you a heaping helping of you ain’t seen nothing yet, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

WS Game 5: Chapman, Cubs Answer “Big Ask”

Sports PhotoSomething almost unexpected happened in Wrigley Field on Sunday night — the real Cubs showed up, and Aroldis Chapman laid down the law, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

WS Game 4: For Indians, Cubs Too Gracious

Sports PhotoBeing good hosts is one thing. Letting your guests make off with the silver, the china, and the jewelry while binding and gagging you is something else entirely. SC’s Jeff Kallman says that by the time the coppers arrive to unbind Wrigley’s hosts, the Indians may well have stolen the entire house. Complete Story

WS Game 2: Enter the Schwarbinator

Sports PhotoHe went 0-for-4 to open the season before an outfield collision damaged his knee and took him out for the year. Then he got cleared to swing, in the Arizona Fall League. Then he was activated for the World Series. Now the Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber has a big hand in evening the World Series at one game each. Complete Story

WS Game 1: All Indians, All the Time

Sports PhotoCorey Kluber became the first to strike out 8 in the first three innings of a Series game. Andrew Miller toyed with the Cubs even with the bases loaded on him. Roberto Perez (who?) went long twice. And the Indians took a 1-0 World Series-opening advantage, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

Cub Pennant, Code Blue World Series

Sports PhotoBaseball’s two most accursed franchises are about to meet in the World Series. That’ll teach America to have nominated Trump and Clinton to the White House. Complete Story

Indians Reach World Series on Merritt

Sports PhotoWith only 11 MLB innings on his resume, Ryan Merritt pitched brilliantly, the Indians bullpen did the usual, and Andrew Miller was the series MVP as the Indians bumped the Blue Jays to one side to go to the World Series, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

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