Game seven

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A game seven is the final game of a best of seven series. This game can occur in the postseasons for Major League Baseball (MLB) (League Championship Series and World Series), the National Basketball Association (NBA) (all rounds of the NBA playoffs), and the National Hockey League (NHL) (all rounds of the Stanley Cup playoffs).

The game is generally played at the site of the team holding the home advantage across the series.

The nature of a best-of-seven series requires that the series be tied at three games apiece going into game seven, such that either team can take the series (advancing further in the playoffs or winning the championship) by winning the game. Because of this decisive nature, game sevens add an element of drama to their sports.

Aside from North American sports leagues, game sevens are also a fixture in many other sports around the world, mostly in baseball, basketball, and ice hockey leagues. Most codes of football do not employ a best-of-seven series (or any best-of-x series in general), hence game sevens are not played in those leagues.

Some playoff rounds (such as MLB's current Division Series) are played in a best of five format, such that game five has similar qualities to those described above, though the suspense and drama have less time to build in a shorter series. Furthermore, the World Series of 1903, 1919, 1920, and 1921 were played in a best of nine format, though none of the four went to a decisive game nine.

The game seven is comparable to a final or to a single game in a single-elimination tournament or to a one-game playoff. The game is equivalent to the Super Bowl game in the National Football League in that the game's winner is the league's champion for the season.

Examples[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

In the MLB Postseason, game seven can occur in the League Championship Series and the World Series (the divisional series are best of five). In the World Series, there have been 39 decisive game sevens (of the four World Series that were contested on a best-of-nine basis, none went to a game nine, though all four included a non-decisive game seven).[1]

World Series[edit]

World Series that were decided on a game seven: All extra inning game sevens involve three franchises each with two appearances, the New York/San Francisco Giants (losing both), the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins (winning both) and the Cleveland Indians (losing both). Home teams are 19–20 in game sevens.[2]

Year Winning team Losing team Score Site Notes
1909[3] Pittsburgh Pirates Detroit Tigers 8–0 Bennett Park, Detroit Rookie Babe Adams tosses a six hit shutout for his third win of the series.
1912[4] Boston Red Sox New York Giants 3–2 F/10 Fenway Park, Boston This decisive contest was actually game eight, as game two had ended in a tie.
1924[5] Washington Senators New York Giants 4–3 F/12 Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C. Longest game seven in innings. In the 12th, Muddy Ruel doubled after a dropped foul popfly by Giants catcher Hank Gowdy. Ruel scored on a game-winning RBI double by Earl McNeely.
1925[6] Pittsburgh Pirates Washington Senators 9–7 Forbes Field, Pittsburgh Pittsburgh became the first team in a best of seven to win the series when trailing three games to one.
1926[7] St. Louis Cardinals New York Yankees 3–2 Yankee Stadium, The Bronx, New York City Grover Cleveland Alexander strikes out Tony Lazzeri with the bases loaded to end the seventh and preserve the Cardinals lead. Two innings later Babe Ruth is caught stealing to end the World Series.
1931[8] St. Louis Cardinals Philadelphia Athletics 4–2 St. Louis, Missouri Last postseason game for the Athletics while based in Philadelphia.
1934[9] St. Louis Cardinals Detroit Tigers 11–0 Navin Field, Detroit Dizzy Dean's second win, a six-hit shutout on one day of rest, gives the Cardinals the title.
1940[10] Cincinnati Reds Detroit Tigers 2–1 Crosley Field, Cincinnati This game was over in a snappy 1:47 while a sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly scored the winning runs.
1945[11] Detroit Tigers Chicago Cubs 9–3 Wrigley Field, Chicago Cubs last World Series appearance until 2016.
1946[12] St. Louis Cardinals Boston Red Sox 4–3 Sportsman's Park III, St. Louis Enos Slaughter's famous mad dash scored the deciding run to win the game and the series.
1947[13] New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers 5–2 Yankee Stadium, the Bronx, New York City This was the Series that featured Cookie Lavagetto's pinch-hit that spoiled Bill Bevens' no-hit bid and Al Gionfriddo's catch to rob Joe DiMaggio of a home run.
1952[14] New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers 4–2 Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York City Billy Martin's game saving infield catch preserves the Yankees lead and helps win the game and the series.
1955[15] Brooklyn Dodgers New York Yankees 2–0 Yankee Stadium, the Bronx, New York City Dodgers' only championship in Brooklyn. The home team won all games of the series, except for game seven.
1956[16] New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers 9–0 Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York City Jackie Robinson's final Major League game. Last postseason game at Ebbets Field and Dodgers' last postseason game before moving to Los Angeles. As in the previous year's Series, the only game won by the visiting team was Game 7.
1957[17] Milwaukee Braves New York Yankees 5–0 Yankee Stadium, the Bronx, New York City The Braves' only championship in Milwaukee.
1958[18] New York Yankees Milwaukee Braves 6–2 County Stadium, Milwaukee The Yankees win their 18th World Series title after being down three games to one. This was the Braves' last postseason game in Milwaukee.
1960[19] Pittsburgh Pirates New York Yankees 10–9 Forbes Field, Pittsburgh Bill Mazeroski hit a walk-off home run to win the Pirates the championship. Last postseason game in Forbes Field. Last postseason game for Yankees' manager Casey Stengel. Highest scoring game seven.
1962[20] New York Yankees San Francisco Giants 1–0 Candlestick Park, San Francisco With runners on second and third and two outs, Willie McCovey's line drive to Bobby Richardson ended the game. First game seven that ended with a 1-0 score.
1964[21] St. Louis Cardinals New York Yankees 7–5 Busch Stadium I, St. Louis, Missouri The Yankees' last World Series appearance until 1976. Last postseason game at Busch Stadium I.
1965[22] Los Angeles Dodgers Minnesota Twins 2–0 Metropolitan Stadium, Bloomington, Minnesota Pitching through immense pain and on two days rest, Sandy Koufax throws a 3-hit shutout to win the Series and World Series MVP. The home team won all games of the series, except for game seven.
1967[23] St. Louis Cardinals Boston Red Sox 7–2 Fenway Park, Boston Bob Gibson wins his third game of the Series and also homers.
1968[24] Detroit Tigers St. Louis Cardinals 4–1 Busch Stadium II, St. Louis, Missouri Mickey Lolich outduels Bob Gibson for his third win of the Series. The Tigers rallied from a 3–1 deficit to win the series. First Game 7 loss by the Cardinals in the World Series.
1971[25] Pittsburgh Pirates Baltimore Orioles 2–1 Memorial Stadium, Baltimore The home team won all games of the series, except for game seven.
1972[26] Oakland Athletics Cincinnati Reds 3–2 Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati The A's first championship in Oakland. The A's were the last American League team to win a World Series Game 7 on the road until 2017.
1973[27] Oakland Athletics New York Mets 5–2 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California Bert Campaneris and Reggie Jackson hit the only Oakland home runs in this game to set the tone for victory and the series.
1975[28] Cincinnati Reds Boston Red Sox 4–3 Fenway Park, Boston One night after Carlton Fisk's famous home run, the Reds rebound to take the Series.
1979[29] Pittsburgh Pirates Baltimore Orioles 4–1 Memorial Stadium, Baltimore The Pittsburgh Pirates, powered by NLCS and World Series MVP Willie Stargell, rally from a 3-1 deficit to win the series. The Pirates were the last team to win a road game seven until 2014.
1982[30] St. Louis Cardinals Milwaukee Brewers 6–3 Busch Stadium II, St. Louis Joaquín Andújar earns his second win of the Series and Bruce Sutter his second save.
1985[31] Kansas City Royals St. Louis Cardinals 11–0 Royals Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Second World Series held entirely in the state of Missouri. The Royals also won the 1985 American League Championship Series in seven games. Royals became first team to win the World Series after losing the first two games at home. The Royals were the last team to come back from 3–1 down to win a title, in any of the five major men's professional sports leagues, until the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Finals after trailing 3–1. The 1985 Royals were the last team to win a World Series after trailing 3–1 until the Cubs did so in 2016.
1986[32] New York Mets Boston Red Sox 8–5 Shea Stadium, Flushing, Queens, New York Mets become the first team to be one strike away from elimination and come back to win the series. They also become the second team to win the series after losing the first two at home.
1987[33] Minnesota Twins St. Louis Cardinals 4–2 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis The home team won all seven games of the series for the first time in MLB history.
1991[34] Minnesota Twins Atlanta Braves 1–0 F/10 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis As in 1987, the home team won all games of the series. The Twins won in the bottom of the 10th on a walk-off single by Gene Larkin scoring Dan Gladden after ​9 12 scoreless innings of play. Jack Morris goes all ten innings for the Twins and is named the Series MVP. Twins centerfielder Kirby Puckett hit a famous walk-off home run in the bottom of the eleventh inning of the previous night's game to force this decisive game.
1997[35] Florida Marlins Cleveland Indians 3–2 F/11 Pro Player Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida Florida becomes the first wild card team to win the World Series. The Marlins rallied for one run in the bottom of the ninth to tie and won in the eleventh on an Édgar Rentería RBI single off Charles Nagy.
2001[36] Arizona Diamondbacks New York Yankees 3–2 Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix, Arizona Arizona becomes the fastest expansion team to win the World Series, rallying for two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a come-from-behind win, capped off by Luis Gonzalez hitting the winning RBI single off closer Mariano Rivera. The home team won every game of the series.
2002[37] Anaheim Angels San Francisco Giants 4–1 Edison International Field, Anaheim, California Both World Series teams were wild card entrants into the playoffs. John Lackey became the second rookie pitcher to win a World Series game seven.
2011[38] St. Louis Cardinals Texas Rangers 6–2 Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri Cardinals became the second team to be one strike away from elimination and come back to win the series, which they did twice. Just like the 1991 series, a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eleventh inning of game six, forced this decisive game with David Freese providing the firepower. Most recent game seven won by the home team.
2014[39] San Francisco Giants Kansas City Royals 3–2 Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri Like in 2002, both World Series teams were wild card entrants into the playoffs. The Giants became the first NL team to win a game seven on the road since 1979. NLCS MVP and eventual World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner, normally a starter, pitched five scoreless innings of relief on two days rest to save the Giants' third title in five years.
2016[40] Chicago Cubs Cleveland Indians 8–7 F/10 Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio Chicago Cubs' first World Series win since 1908.[41] Game played between the two teams (Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs) with the longest active championship droughts. The Cubs are the first Major League Baseball team to come back to win the World Series from a 3–1 series deficit since the 1985 Royals. Most recent World Series game seven to be decided in extra innings. First extra-innings game seven to be won by the road team.
2017[42] Houston Astros Los Angeles Dodgers 5–1 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles First instance of back-to-back game sevens since 2001–2002. First World Series championship for the Astros, who became the first AL team to win a World Series Game 7 on the road since 1972. The Astros became the second team to win two winner-take-all game sevens in the same postseason since the Kansas City Royals in 1985.[43]

League Championship Series[edit]

The League Championship Series were originally decided best of five from 1969 until 1984. Since 1985 when both were expanded to best of seven contests, 17 series (7 American, 10 National) have reached game seven.

League Championship Series that were decided on a game seven:

Year Series Winning team Losing team Score Site Notes
1985[44] ALCS Kansas City Royals Toronto Blue Jays 6–2 Exhibition Stadium, Toronto The Royals rallied from a 3-1 deficit, including taking the last two on the road to win the pennant. They would go on to win the 1985 World Series in seven games, becoming the first team in MLB history to win two game sevens in a single postseason.
1986[45] ALCS Boston Red Sox California Angels 8–1 Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts Dave Henderson's famous home run off of Donnie Moore turned the tide as Boston rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the series. Boston would lose the 1986 World Series in seven games.
1987[46] NLCS St. Louis Cardinals San Francisco Giants 6–0 Busch Stadium (II), St. Louis, Missouri Although Jeffrey Leonard would homer in the first four games of the series it was not enough as back-to-back shutouts by the Cardinals in games six and seven gave St. Louis the NL Pennant. The Cardinals would lose the World Series as the Minnesota Twins give new meaning to the term home-field advantage in the World Series as only the decisive game seven is close.
1988[47] NLCS Los Angeles Dodgers New York Mets 6–0 Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles Orel Hershiser pitches a five-hit shutout to send the Dodgers to the World Series. Until 2017, this was the only game seven of any postseason series to be played in Dodger Stadium.
1991[48] NLCS Atlanta Braves Pittsburgh Pirates 4–0 Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Back-to-back shutouts in games six and seven helps the Braves win the pennant. The Braves would lose the series to Minnesota in seven games in what is regarded as the best World Series of all time.
1992[49] NLCS Atlanta Braves Pittsburgh Pirates 3–2 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta Atlanta scored all three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Pinch hitter Francisco Cabrera drove in the two winning runs with a two-out single with the bases loaded. The winning run was scored by Sid Bream. Pirates' last postseason game until 2013. Atlanta would lose the World Series to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games.
1996[50] NLCS Atlanta Braves St. Louis Cardinals 15–0 Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta Highest run differential for a Game Seven. Final game for Cardinals' Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith. Also, this was the third of a 5-game winning streak as the Braves came back from a three games to one deficit to win the series. They would go on to win the first two games of the 1996 World Series only to lose the Series to the New York Yankees in six games.
2003[51] ALCS New York Yankees Boston Red Sox 6–5 F/11 Yankee Stadium, the Bronx, New York City Leading off for the Yankees in the bottom of the eleventh, Aaron Boone hit a walk-off home run to win the series and score a date with the Florida Marlins.
2003[52] NLCS Florida Marlins Chicago Cubs 9–6 Wrigley Field, Chicago One night after the Steve Bartman incident, the Marlins advance to the World Series, where they would win in six games, and the Cubs' World Series drought continues.
2004[53] ALCS Boston Red Sox New York Yankees 10–3 Yankee Stadium, the Bronx, New York City Boston rallied from an 0–3 deficit to win the American League pennant, the only time in Major League Baseball history that this has happened in a best of seven series. Boston would go on to win the World Series for the first time since 1918.
2004[54] NLCS St. Louis Cardinals Houston Astros 5–2 Busch Stadium (II), St. Louis, Missouri The home team won all games of the series. Last time both LCS went to a game seven in the same year. Scott Rolen's two-run homer off Roger Clemens in the sixth inning puts the Cardinals in front for good. This is the last win of the season for St. Louis as the Cardinals got steamrolled by Boston in four games.
2006[55] NLCS St. Louis Cardinals New York Mets 3–1 Shea Stadium, Flushing, Queens, New York Last postseason game at Shea Stadium. Yadier Molina hits a two-run homer in the top of the ninth and Adam Wainwright strikes out Carlos Beltrán in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded to send the Cardinals to the World Series where they would beat Detroit in five games.
2007[56] ALCS Boston Red Sox Cleveland Indians 11–2 Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts Boston overcomes a 3-games-to-1 deficit to win the pennant and would win the second World Series championship in four years. Like four years ago, the result is a sweep, this time over the Colorado Rockies.
2008[57] ALCS Tampa Bay Rays Boston Red Sox 3–1 Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida Matt Garza pitches Tampa Bay to its first American League Championship. The Rays would end up losing to the Philadelphia Phillies in five games.
2012[58] NLCS San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals 9–0 AT&T Park, San Francisco, California First Giants victory in a winner-take-all game seven. The Giants would go on to sweep the Detroit Tigers in the World Series.
2017[59] ALCS Houston Astros New York Yankees 4–0 Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas The home team won all games of the series. Houston became the first franchise to win the pennant in both the National League and American League. The Astros would go on to win the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games, becoming the second MLB team to win two game sevens in a single postseason.
2018[60] NLCS Los Angeles Dodgers Milwaukee Brewers 5–1 Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin The Dodgers were the first team to clinch a pennant on the road in a game seven since the 2006 Cardinals.[61]

National Hockey League[edit]

In the NHL playoffs, game seven can occur in all playoff series.[62] In the Stanley Cup Final, the NHL gained complete control of the Cup in 1926, and the league instituted the best-of-seven series starting in the 1938–39 season. No Stanley Cup Final game seven has ever ended with a 1–0 score.

The game sevens where the Cup was awarded are:

Year Winning team Losing team Score Site Notes
1942[63] Toronto Maple Leafs Detroit Red Wings 3–1 Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario Toronto came back down 0–3 in the series to win the Cup.
1945[64] Toronto Maple Leafs Detroit Red Wings 2–1 Olympia Stadium, Detroit Detroit was down 0–3 in the series and rallied to force game seven before losing.
1950[65] Detroit Red Wings New York Rangers 4–3 (2OT) Olympia Stadium, Detroit Longest game seven in a Stanley Cup Final.
1954[66] Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 2–1 (OT) Olympia Stadium, Detroit Most recent Stanley Cup Final game seven to be decided in overtime.
1955[67] Detroit Red Wings Montreal Canadiens 3–1 Olympia Stadium, Detroit Red Wings' last Stanley Cup victory until 1997. The home team won all games of the series.
1964[68] Toronto Maple Leafs Detroit Red Wings 4–0 Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario First game seven that ended in a shut out.
1965[69] Montreal Canadiens Chicago Blackhawks 4–0 Montreal Forum, Montreal The home team won all games of the series.
1971[70] Montreal Canadiens Chicago Black Hawks 3–2 Chicago Stadium, Chicago The home team won all games of the series, except for game seven. Chicago led 2–0 in the deciding game at home before allowing three unanswered goals and losing the game.
1987[71] Edmonton Oilers Philadelphia Flyers 3–1 Northlands Coliseum, Edmonton, Alberta Flyers rallied from a 3–1 series deficit to force a decisive game.
1994[72] New York Rangers Vancouver Canucks 3–2 Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City Canucks represented Canada's last Stanley Cup Final appearance until 2004 Calgary Flames. Rangers first Stanley Cup since 1940. This was the last NHL game before a 100-day lockout that reduced the 1994–95 season to 48 games per team.
2001[73] Colorado Avalanche New Jersey Devils 3–1 Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado Long-time Boston Bruins captain Ray Bourque won the Stanley Cup in the last of his 22 seasons in the NHL.
2003[74] New Jersey Devils Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3–0 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey The home team won all games of the series. This was Ken Daneyko's final playing season with New Jersey, as he retired after the Devils' Cup win. When Daneyko went on the ice for the last shift of Game 7, that was considered to be his last ice shift in his 20-year NHL career.
2004[75] Tampa Bay Lightning Calgary Flames 2–1 St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida Lightning captain Dave Andreychuk won his Stanley Cup after 22 seasons. This was the last NHL game before the lockout that cancelled the entire 2004–05 season.
2006[76] Carolina Hurricanes Edmonton Oilers 3–1 RBC Center, Raleigh, North Carolina First Stanley Cup Final featuring two former World Hockey Association teams. The Hurricanes became the first Stanley Cup champion to miss the playoffs in the previous season and the following season. Most recent game seven to be won by the home team. This was Rod Brind'Amour's first and only Stanley Cup in his 21-year playing career.
2009[77] Pittsburgh Penguins Detroit Red Wings 2–1 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit The home team won all games of the series, except for game seven. This was also the last sporting event to take place in the United States before the shutdown of analog broadcasting for full-power television stations. First time the road team won game seven of a championship round, in any major professional sport, since the 1979 World Series.
2011[78] Boston Bruins Vancouver Canucks 4–0 Rogers Arena, Vancouver The home team won all games of the series, except for game seven. Vancouver failed to be the third Canadian city to win the championship a year after hosting an Olympics. Boston became the first city to win all four major sports championships in the 21st century.

National Basketball Association[edit]

All playoff rounds in the NBA are now in a best-of-seven series format so all rounds can have a maximum of seven games. The NBA Finals has been consistently played in a best-of-seven series format since its inception.

The game sevens where the champions were awarded are:

Year Winning team Losing team Score Site Notes
1951[79] Rochester Royals New York Knicks 79–75 Edgerton Park Arena, Rochester, New York New York forced a game seven after trailing 0–3 in the series.
1952[80] Minneapolis Lakers New York Knicks 82–65 Minneapolis Auditorium, Minneapolis
1954[81] Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nationals 87–70 Minneapolis Auditorium, Minneapolis
1955[82] Syracuse Nationals Fort Wayne Pistons 92–91 Onondaga County War Memorial, Syracuse, New York The home team won every game of this series.
1957[83] Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks 125–123 (2OT) Boston Garden, Boston Only game seven in NBA history to go into double overtime.
1960[84] Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks 122–103 Boston Garden, Boston
1962[85] Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 110-107 (OT) Boston Garden, Boston
1966[86] Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 95–93 Boston Garden, Boston
1969[87] Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 108–106 The Forum, Inglewood, California Final game for Celtics Bill Russell and Sam Jones
1970[88] New York Knicks Los Angeles Lakers 113–99 Madison Square Garden, Manhattan, New York City Notable for Willis Reed's return from injury.
1974[89] Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks 102–87 MECCA Arena, Milwaukee
1978[90] Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics 105–99 Kingdome, Seattle Last NBA Finals game seven won by the road team until 2016.
1984[91] Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 111–102 Boston Garden, Boston
1988[92] Los Angeles Lakers Detroit Pistons 108–105 The Forum, Inglewood, California
1994[93] Houston Rockets New York Knicks 90–84 The Summit, Houston
2005[94] San Antonio Spurs Detroit Pistons 81–74 SBC Center, San Antonio
2010[95] Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics 83–79 Staples Center, Los Angeles Fifth time that Boston and L.A. met in a game seven. Kobe Bryant won his second consecutive Finals MVP award, scoring 10 of his game high 23 points in the fourth quarter, as well as grabbing 15 rebounds to clinch the victory for L.A.
2013[96] Miami Heat San Antonio Spurs 95–88 American Airlines Arena, Miami Last time the NBA finals was a 2–3–2 format.
2016[97] Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors 93–89 Oracle Arena, Oakland, California First road team to win game seven of the NBA Finals since 1978. The Cavaliers also became the first team in the five major men's professional sports leagues to come back from 3–1 down in a championship round since the 1985 Kansas City Royals and first team in the NBA Finals. First major professional sports championship in Cleveland since 1964.

Chinese Professional Baseball League[edit]

Taiwan Series that were decided on a game seven:[98]

Year Winning team Losing team Score Site Notes
1991 Uni-President Lions Wei Chuan Dragons 13–5 Taipei City
1998 Wei Chuan Dragons Sinon Bulls 5–2 Taichung City Capacity audience.
2000 Uni-President Lions Sinon Bulls 4–1 Taichung City Capacity audience. Lo Min-ching homered the fifth time and then the sixth in the series.
2001 Brother Elephants Uni-President Lions 7–5 Tainan City Capacity audience. Yofu Tetsu saved the Elephants.
2004 Sinon Bulls Uni-President Lions 8–6 Tainan City Capacity audience. Chang Chia-hao hit the winning triple in the ninth inning.
2007 Uni-President Lions La New Bears 4–2 Kaohsiung County Capacity audience. Nelson Figueroa became the first player taking three starting wins in CPBL playoff history.
2008 Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions Brother Elephants 4–0 Tainan City Capacity audience. Luther Hackman closed the game.
2009 Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions Brother Elephants 5–2 Tainan City Capacity audience. Lions win their third consecutive championship.
2015 Lamigo Monkeys Chinatrust Brothers 11–0 Taoyuan Stadium Capacity audience. Lamigo overcomes a 1–3 series deficit to win their second consecutive championship.

Comebacks[edit]

In only eight instances has a team been able to come back from being down 0–3 to win a series:

Series Winning team Losing team Sports league
1942 Stanley Cup Finals Toronto Maple Leafs Detroit Red Wings NHL
1975 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals New York Islanders Pittsburgh Penguins NHL
2004 American League Championship Series Boston Red Sox New York Yankees MLB
2010 Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Semifinals Philadelphia Flyers Boston Bruins NHL
2012 Liiga Quarter-finals KalPa Espoo Blues Finnish Elite League (ice hockey)
2014 Stanley Cup Western Conference Quarterfinals Los Angeles Kings San Jose Sharks NHL
2015 Gagarin Cup Western Conference Finals SKA St. Petersburg CSKA Moscow Kontinental Hockey League
2015–16 PBA Philippine Cup Finals San Miguel Beermen Alaska Aces Philippine Basketball Association

Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are the only players to have been a part of two comebacks from being down 0–3, having played for both the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers and the 2014 Los Angeles Kings.

Additionally, the following nine teams were able to force a seventh game in a series after being down 0–3, subsequently losing it:

The Islanders are the only team to have forced two game sevens after falling behind 0–3 in a series in the same postseason.

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