It's Game 6 Saturday on MLB Network. In many cases, Game 6 is the penultimate contest to determine a league or World Series champion, and it can be pivotal in turning a postseason series in one direction or the other. Check out three of the finest examples in Game 6 history Saturday, along with Matt Cain's legendary perfecto for the Giants in 2012, as well as other special programs. Here's the full programming schedule.
7 a.m. ET -- The Third Team: 2012 All-Access -- Umpires from the World Series
Ever wonder what it's like to be an umpire in the most pressure-packed baseball moments? Well, check out this inside look into the experience of Major League umpires who officiated the 2012 World Series between the Giants and the Tigers.
8 a.m. ET -- Matt Cain's perfect game, Astros at Giants on June 8, 2012
Relive one of the greatest single-game pitching performances in baseball history. Cain not only threw the 22nd perfect game in Major League history, he did it while striking out 14. He also got some help from his defense, most famously a tremendous diving catch by Gregor Blanco in right-center field to preserve the perfecto in the seventh inning. San Francisco won the game, 10-0.
10 a.m. ET -- "Play Ball" with Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter and Jack Flaherty
Learn the game from the best -- in this all-new episode of "Play Ball," Cardinals stars Adam Wainwright, Matt Carpenter and Jack Flaherty give pointers on how to take care of business on the mound and at the plate.
10:30 a.m. ET -- "Play Ball" Countdown: 2019 Filthiest Pitches
You've seen them. You've marveled at them. The absolutely filthy pitches that seem utterly unhittable. Count down some of the best examples of these nasty offerings from last season on "Play Ball."
11 a.m ET -- 1952 World Series Game 6, Yankees at Dodgers
The Brooklyn Dodgers were seeking their first World Series title, and were a victory away in 1952. But the Yankees survived by the narrowest of margins, 3-2, at Ebbets Field. Mickey Mantle's solo homer in the eighth inning proved the difference, and Yogi Berra also homered for the Yankees, who would go on to win the Series in seven.
2 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET -- 1971 World Series Game 6, Pirates at Orioles
Jim Palmer gave up two runs over nine innings, but the game remained tied, 2-2, until the bottom of the 10th, when the Orioles, needing a win to force Game 7, got a sacrifice fly from one Robinson (Brooks) to drive in another (Frank) with the winning run at Memorial Stadium.
5:30 p.m. ET -- Bleacher Feature: "Little Big League"
Watch this classic movie about a 12-year-old boy who inherits the Twins and appoints himself manager. With cameos from players like Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Rafael Palmeiro, Ivan Rodriguez, Tim Raines and others, the Twins overcome long odds to force a one-game tiebreaker with the Mariners for a postseason berth
8 p.m. ET -- 2011 World Series Game 6, Rangers at Cardinals
In one of the greatest individual games in World Series history, the Rangers were one strike away from winning their first World Series title in franchise history on two separate occasions, only to have their hearts broken by the heroics of David Freese and Lance Berkman. Freese delivered a game-tying two-run triple in the bottom of the ninth, and Berkman tied it up again with an RBI single in the 10th. In the 11th, Freese hit one of the most memorable homers in Fall Classic history, launching a walk-off shot to dead-center field to force Game 7, which St. Louis won the next night.