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Mariano Rivera Is the Best Ever, but Even He Couldn’t Have Done It

Rivera is the greatest closer in baseball history, but once upon a time, long, long ago, there were relief pitchers who were asked to do things that no one in his right mind would want Mariano Rivera to do, because not even the great Rivera could do them.

September 30, 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers' manager Charlie Dressen announced that rookie right handed relief pitcher Joe Black would start the first game of the 1952 World Series against the New York Yankees.

Black was 15-4 with a 2.15 ERA in 56 games, 54 of which were out of the bullpen. The 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers were a pitching-challenged team, and Dressen believed that the rookie gave his team the best chance to win.

Black's first start of the season was on September 21, ...

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