Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a dramatic three-run homer against Mitch Williams of the Philadelphia Phillies to end the World Series

Oct 23, 1993 | walkoffs, World Series, World Series Clinchers

October 23, 1993 The sixth game in the Toronto Blue Jays — Philadelphia Phillies World Series was a rematch between Game 2 starters Terry Mulholland and Dave Stewart. Toronto scored in the bottom of the first on a Paul Molitor triple, Joe Carter sacrifice fly, and Roberto Alomar RBI single. Molitor added a solo home run in the fifth inning while the Toronto fans were chanting “MVP” for Paul, bringing the score to 5–1 for Toronto. Ultimately, Molitor became the first player in World Series history to have at least two home runs, two doubles, and two triples.

In the seventh inning, Philadelphia fought back with five runs to take a 6–5 lead. The big hit of the inning was a Lenny Dykstra three-run homer. The inning brought an end to Stewart’s night, leaving the game with six innings pitched and four runs given up. Philadelphia closer, Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams came on to pitch the bottom of the ninth with his team clinging to a 6–5 lead. After beginning the inning by walking Rickey Henderson, Williams tried to counter Henderson’s speed by using a slide-step pitching delivery. This was the first time in his career he used the slide step and his pitch speed may have been decreased as a result. The walk to Henderson was followed by a Devon White fly out and Paul Molitor would single, moving Henderson to second. Carter came up next and with the count 2–2, he hit a three-run home run to win the game and the World Series crown. That pitch allowed Blue Jays radio announcer Tom Cheek the opportunity to utter his famous quote “”Touch ’em all Joe, you’ll never hit a bigger home run in your life”. Carter joined Bill Mazeroski as one of the only two players to win a World Series with a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of the deciding game.

This was Toronto’s second straight World Championship. Molitor, who hits .500 (12 for 24), is named Series MVP while Dykstra of the Phillies, who hit .348 with four home runs, did everything except pitch. Following the 2010 season, a panel of experts at the MLB Network will vote this game the 14th greatest of the past fifty years.


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