The term “Joctober” has been mentioned a lot this month. That’s right. Braves patrolman Joc Pederson made his mark in a number of ways. First, there were the home runs coming off the bench that he hit in Games 1 and 3 of the National League Division Series against the Brewers, with whom he became the third player in history with two pinch-hitting homers in the same series. postseason and tied the career playoff / World Series record.
Of course, another reason the term “Joctober” is so common is how familiar Pederson is with October. Before starting the 2021 postseason, he had played 64 games in October for the Dodgers between 2015 and 2020. That means he won a World Series with Los Angeles last year. Now, by winning the Fall Classic with the Braves on Tuesday, he accomplished a rare feat: winning the World Series in years in a row with two different teams.
How weird is that? Only nine players – counting Pederson – in history have conquered the October Classic in successive seasons in different ninths, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. For this exercise, winning the World Series is defined as having played at least one postseason game for the champions.
These are the players Pederson will be trying to emulate starting Tuesday:
Ben Zobrist: Royals (2015) and Cubs (2016)
Jake Peavy: Red Sox (2013) and Giants (2014)
Ryan Theriot: Cardinals (2011) and Giants (2012)
Jack Morris: Twins (1991) and Blue Jays (1992)
Don Gullett: Reds (1976) and Yankees (1977)
Bill Skowron: Yankees (1962) and Dodgers (1963)
Clem Labine: Dodgers (1959) and Pirates (1960)
Allie Clark: Yankees (1947) and Indians (1948)