As the baseball playoffs finally begin, Onion Sports remembers the men who played their best when their play finally mattered:

1905: Christy Mathewson pitches three shutouts against the Athletics in the World Series, as "runs scored" were not invented until 1923

1919: White Sox pitcher Lefty Williams loses a World Series–record three games, then convinces about 50 people that he didn't do that on purpose

1954: Willie Mays makes a catch or something

1956: The Yankees announce that Don Larsen has pitched the first perfect game in World Series history, ignoring the fact that Larsen gave up one run on six hits and three walks

1963: Experts estimate that Sandy Koufax saved hundreds, possibly even thousands, of potential runs by striking out 15 batters in Game 1 of the World Series

1977: During his first at bat in Game 2 of the NLCS, Dodgers left fielder Dusty Baker hits foul balls for more than five straight hours, wearing out every Phillies pitcher on the roster for the rest of the series

1994: During a crucial World Series Game 7, Brett Favre beats the Bears in monsoon conditions in a 33-6 romp featuring an NFL record-tying 99-yard touchdown pass to Robert Brooks

2001: Despite winning only one game compared to Randy Johnson's three, Curt Schilling does a heroic job of standing next to Johnson to garner a share of the World Series MVP award

2003: In Game 5 of the ALCS, Adam Kennedy hits three home runs, makes an unbelievable defensive play, and still has time to get home to see his children and make love to his beautiful wife