The Houston Astros will look to join a rare company on Saturday (8:37 p.m. ET, TBS) by winning a playoff series after overcoming a 3-0 deficit.
Apparently on the ropes after being held to five total points in the first three games, the Astros broke for 15 points in three straight wins over the Tampa Bay Rays to force a Game 7 in the American League Championship Series. .
If Houston can keep the momentum going, he will join five other top pro teams to advance after leading 3-0. It has been done once in MLB history and four times in the NHL. No NBA team has achieved this feat.
Boston Red Sox 2004
The New York Yankees took a 3-0 lead with a 19-8 win in Game 3 of the ALCS. But the Red Sox stayed alive with additional wins in the next two games, tying the Hall of Fame game closer to Mariano Rivera on two occasions. Boston’s Curt Schilling threw a four-stroke gem in Game 6 to tie the series. Game 7 was a blast as Johnny Damon had six RBIs in a 10-3 win. The Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series to end an 86-year championship drought.
Astros infielder Alex Bregman asked his teammates to watch the ESPN documentary on this series, Four days in October, before the return from Houston.
“I was sitting there watching him with him,” said Astros shortstop Carlos Correa. “It was a very inspiring video.”
Toronto Maple Leafs 1942
The Maple Leafs joined the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final after Coach Hap Day ousted regular season top scorer Gordie Drillon. His replacement, Don Metz, had four goals and three assists as Toronto beat Detroit 19-7 in the last four games.
1975 New York Islanders
The Islanders, making their first playoff appearance, showed resilience under coach Al Arbor who would eventually lead to four straight Stanley Cup championships in the 1980s. They overcame a 3-0 deficit against the Penguins. Pittsburgh in the second round, winning Game 7 on a shutout from Glenn “Chico” Resch. Then they pretty much did the same in the next round against the defending Philadelphia Flyers before falling in Game 7. They went 8-1 in the elimination games that year.
Philadelphia Flyers 2010
The Flyers remained alive in Game 4 of the second round against the Boston Bruins when Simon Gagné scored in overtime. Philadelphia then lost starting goaltender Brian Boucher to injury the next game, and substitute Michael Leighton stopped 44 of the Bruins’ 45 shots to win Games 5 and 6. The home Bruins took a A 3-0 lead in Game 7 before the Flyers rallied to win 4-3 over the second series winner Gagné. The Flyers finally made it to the final, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Kings of Los Angeles 2014
The San Jose Sharks won the first two games of the first round series with blowouts, then won the third game in overtime. Then Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, who was retired in Game 1, stopped 130 of 135 shots in the last four games to advance. The Kings won three games 7 that year to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years.
Contributor: Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Sports