1948 AL pennant
Indians beat Red Sox 8-3
Led by AL MVP Lou Boudreau's two homers, the Indians beat Ted Williams' Red Sox at Fenway Park. Rookie Gene Beardin, pitching on one day's rest, picked up his 20th win of the season. The Indians went on to beat the Boston Braves in the World Series — their last world championship.
1978 AL East
Yankees beat Red Sox 5-4
Probably the most famous one-game playoff. Bucky Dent hit one of baseball's most memorable homers, a three-run shot over the Green Monster in the seventh to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. The Yankees then held on for the victory and went on to win a second straight world title. This is the last time a team has won a one-game playoff then gone on to win the World Series.
1980 NL West
Astros beat Dodgers 7-1
The Dodgers forced a playoff by overcoming a three-game deficit with only three games left. But then Los Angeles ran out of gas. The Astros dominated this game from the start, scoring two in the first and taking a 7-0 in the fourth. Joe Niekro ended up with a complete-game victory.
1995 AL West
Mariners beat Angels 9-1
For the first time in team history, the Mariners made the postseason. This game was actually much closer than the score suggests. The Mariners led only 1-0 but scored four in the seventh and four in the eighth to blow open the game. Randy Johnson pitched a complete-game two-hitter to run his record to 18-2.
1998 NL wild card
Cubs beat Giants 5-3
The Cubs, sparked by Gary Gaetti's two-run homer, carried a 5-0 lead into the ninth before the Giants rallied for three runs. Rob Beck came on and nailed down his 51st save. The Cubs, however, wasted their postseason chance, getting swept by the Braves in the first round.
1999 NL wild card
Mets beat Reds 5-0
New York's eight-game losing streak in late September helped the Reds catch it for the wild card. But the Mets won the playoff behind Al Leiter, who tossed a complete-game two-hitter, and homers from Edgardo Alfonzo and Rickey Henderson.
2007 NL wild card
Rockies beat Padres 9-8 (13)
A wild contest. The Padres scored two in the top of the 13th to take an 8-6 lead. But the Rockies mounted a comeback in the bottom half against San Diego's star closer, Trevor Hoffman. Jamey Carroll's sacrifice fly scored Matt Holliday for the winning run, although many still believe catcher Michael Barrett blocked the plate and Holliday never touched home.
2008 AL Central
White Sox beat Twins 1-0
The lowest-scoring playoff as the White Sox won thanks to Jim Thome's homer in the bottom of the seventh. White Sox starter John Danks threw eight innings and closer Bobby Jenks worked the ninth as the Twins were held to two hits. The Sox, however, would be eliminated in the division round by the Rays.
2009 AL Central
Twins beat Tigers 6-5 (12)
The Twins crawled back from two games down with three left to tie the Tigers and host the playoff. The Tigers scored in the top of the 10th to take a 5-4 lead. The Twins tied it in the bottom half and nearly won, but a runner was cut down at the plate to end the inning. The Twins finally won it on Alexi Casilla's single.
tom jones' two cents
There are few things in baseball more exciting than the one-game playoff. All time, there have been nine. (Not included are three-game series to determine pennant winners in 1946, 1951, 1959 and 1962.) Here's a look back at the one-game playoffs.