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For sports fans, this is most wonderful time of year

October is a sports lover's paradise.

High school football fields are lit up, the bands are playing and the stands are full each Friday night. College football teams are playing conference rivals. The National Football League is getting into full swing, the National Hockey League has resumed play and NASCAR is in the midst of its Chase for the Cup.

But as the leaves begin to turn and fall and as sweaters and coats emerge from mothballs, sports fans' attention turns to the baseball diamond and Major League Baseball's playoffs and World Series. The Fall Classic has a tradition unsurpassed by any other major sport.

Yes, Bobby Cox's Braves have been eliminated from post-season play yet again. And yes, the high-dollar Yankees have packed it in for the year. And no, there will be no Cinderella Red Sox story line this year.

Nonetheless history holds a place for one of the four teams remaining in contention — the Chicago White Sox, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Houston Astros or the St. Louis Cardinals. The League Championship Series and World Series have generated some of the most memorable moments in sport.

Who has not heard of Bobby Thompson's famous "shot heard round the world" and Russ Hodges' famous call, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"?

Who can forget Ozzie Smith's improbable left-handed homer on the last pitch of Game 5 of the 1985 NLCS or Kirk Gibson's Dodger heroics off Dennis Eckersley in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series?

History will again be made in the next couple of weeks.

For sports fans, it's the most wonderful time of the year.

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