Here's my 10 best World Series performances by a pitcher, listed chronologically -- emphasis on body of work for the entire series, not just one great game (like Jack Morris). I'll let you debate whether Madison Bumgarner had the best one ever. It's definitely in my top five. Vote in the poll at the bottom.
1905: Christy Mathewson, New York Giants -- three shutouts
The Hall of Fame right-hander was one of America's first big baseball heroes, a college-educated, affable gentleman in an era of ruffians. In the second World Series he pitched three shutouts in five games over six days. He beat the A's 3-0 in Game 1, came back on two days' rest in Game 3 to win 1-0 and then won Game 5 2-0 on one day of rest. Yes, the game was a little different back then but three shutouts in one World Series remains a record.
1909: Babe Adams, Pittsburgh Pirates -- the rookie delivers
An unknown rookie when the World Series started, Adams tossed three complete-game wins, including an 8-0 shutout in Game 7 over Ty Cobb's Tigers.
1946: Harry Brecheen, St. Louis Cardinals -- stifling the Red Sox
Nicknamed "The Cat" for his quickness in fielding bunts, the left-hander wasn't big (5-foot-10) but had a big screwball. Against Ted Williams & Co., Brecheen won Game 2 with a four-hit shutout and then won Game 6 4-1 with another complete game. In Game 7, he entered with a 3-1 lead and two runners on in the eighth and did give up a game-tying double, but he got Williams to pop out to end the inning. When the Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the inning, he got his third win as he escaped a jam in the ninth after the first two batters singled.
1957: Lew Burdette, Milwaukee Braves -- beating the Yankees
The right-hander was known for his spitball and never really denied the accusations. "If I could get one of the first three hitters in the first inning to go back to the dugout saying I was cheating, by the fifth inning everybody on the team wanted to see the ball when they batted," he once said. Burdette was the Braves' No. 2 starter behind Warren Spahn, but he beat the Yankees 4-2 in Game 2 with a complete game and then won Game 5 1-0 with a seven-hit shutout. When Spahn came down with the flu before Game 7, Burdette drew the start on two days' rest. In front of more than 60,000 at Yankee Stadium, he silenced the crowd with another seven-hit shutout, the first pitcher since Mathewson to toss two shutouts in one World Series.
1958: Bob Turley, New York Yankees -- win, save, win
"Bullet Bob" had his best season in 1958, winning the Cy Young Award and finishing second in the MVP voting. In a rematch of the 1957 World Series, he got knocked out in the first inning in Game 2 but bounced back to toss a shutout in Game 5, when the Yankees were down three games to one. Game 6 went 10 innings and with the go-ahead runs on base, Turley came on to get the final out and the save (though saves were not an official statistic until 1969). In Game 7, Don Larsen got knocked out in the third inning; Turley went the rest of the way and got the win when the Yankees broke open a 2-2 tie with four runs in the eighth. He was never the same pitcher after that.
1965: Sandy Koufax, Los Angeles Dodgers -- hero
Koufax made headlines and became an ever bigger hero to Jewish fans when he decided to sit out Game 1 in observance of Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for those of Jewish faith. This meant Don Drysdale, and not Koufax, would be lined up to potentially start three times. Koufax actually lost Game 2 as he gave up two runs, one earned, in six innings. He pitched a four-hit shutout and struck out 10 in Game 5. As the story goes, manager Walter Alston didn't tell Drysdale or Koufax who would be starting Game 7. The Dodgers tradition was the starting pitcher didn't shave the day he started. Both showed up unshaven, expecting to start. The ball was in Koufax's locker. He pitched a three-hit shutout on two days' rest, once again striking out 10 while throwing 132 pitches.
1967: Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals -- the impossible pitcher
Game 1: 2-1 CG victory, six hits, 10 strikeouts.
Game 4: 6-0 CG victory, five hits, six strikeouts.
Game 7: 7-2 CG victory, three hits, 10 strikeouts. And he hit a home run to boot.
1968: Mickey Lolich, Detroit Tigers -- slaying Gibson
Lolich won 8-1 in Game 2 and 5-3 in Game 5, both complete games. In Game 7, he returned on two days' rest, matched up against Gibson, who had won Games 1 and 4. The game was scoreless through six when the Tigers broke through with three runs. Lolich gave up a run in the ninth but held on, winning 4-1
2001: Randy Johnson, Arizona Diamondbacks -- three wins
Johnson tossed a three-hit shutout in Game 2 with 11 strikeouts and pitched seven strong innings in a Game 6 blowout to force Game 7. In the Series finale, he got the final out of the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, setting the stage for Arizona's dramatic rally against Mariano Rivera and becoming the first pitcher since Lolich with three wins in one World Series.
2014: Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants -- one-man show
Though the other Giants starters struggled throughout the Series, Bumgarner tossed seven innings of one-run baseball in Game 1, threw the first World Series shutout in 11 years in Game 5 and then came back on two days of rest to throw five scoreless innings of relief to get the save. The stuff of legends. What a way to end the baseball season.