In a world in which seemingly every anniversary is overhyped, one such sports occasion hasn't received all that much attention. Fifty years ago this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Yankees on a walk-off home run to win the seventh game 10-9, in one of the most memorable endings to one of the most memorable World Series ever.
It's pretty clear why baseball itself hasn't made much of a fuss over the occasion. That Bill Mazeroski home run ended the season at about the time when baseball seasons are supposed to end—namely now. In contrast, this year we haven't even begun the final round of playoff series yet, which will lead to a World Series likely to end in November.
This is a problem unique to baseball, whose postseason is increasingly almost an afterthought. While NFL broadcasts head for new records, baseball is searching for an audience at the time of year it should be doing best. As financial pressures increase, the temptation of every sport is to lengthen the season and the playoffs—and baseball is now talking of adding more teams to the postseason mix by having some play-in wild card games. But though it may seem odd to play ice hockey in June or pro football in February, the quality of the games themselves are undiminished; after all, the hockey isn't played outdoors and football has a tradition of "ice bowls."