Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager sets history in two ways Tuesday night

By Richard Walker

Former Kannapolis Post 115 standout Corey Seager set history in two ways during Tuesday’s Los Angeles Dodgers World Series victory.

Seager, who played for Post 115 from 2010 to 2012, became North Carolina’s 18th American Legion alumnus to win a World Series title when he and the Dodgers beat Tampa Bay 3-1 on Tuesday to win the best-of-seven series four games to two.

Corey Seager

And Seager, the Dodgers’ shortstop, later became the second North Carolina Legion product to win World Series MVP honors. Seager hit .400 with two home runs and five RBIs in the World Series, including the game-winning RBI in the Game 6 finale.

It came after Seager won National League Championship Series MVP honors after hitting .310 with five home runs and 11 RBIs in the Dodgers’ 4-3 series win over the Atlanta Braves after Los Angeles trailed three games to one.

Seager joins Troy’s Ray Scarborough (1952 New York Yankees), Charlotte Post 9’s Whitey Lockman and Mecklenburg County’s Hoyt Wilhelm (1954 New York Giants), Durham Post 7’s Roger Craig (1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers and 1964 St. Louis Cardinals), Gastonia Post 23’s George Wilson (1956 New York Yankees), Shelby Post 82’s Smokey Burgess (1960 Pittsburgh Pirates), Gastonia Post 23’s Harold Stowe (1961 New York Yankees), Winston-Salem Post 128’s Don Cardwell and Massey Hill’s Cal Koonce (1969 New York Mets), Ahoskie Post 102’s Jim “Catfish” Hunter (1972, 1973 and 1974 Oakland Athletics, 1977 and 1978 New York Yankees), Paw Creek Post 353’s Dickie Noles (1980 Philadelphia Phillies), Hamlet Post 49’s Franklin Stubbs (1988 Los Angeles Dodgers), Wilmington Post 10’s Trot Nixon (2004 Boston Red Sox), Caldwell County Post 29’s Madison Bumgarner (2010, 2012 and 2014 San Francisco Giants), McDowell Post 56’s Greg Holland (2015 Kansas City Royals), Gastonia Post 23’s Jake Buchanan (2016 Chicago Cubs) and Gastonia Post 23’s Tyler White (2017 Houston Astros) as N.C. Legion products to play for World Series championship teams.

And he joined Bumgarner as World Series MVP; Bumgardner was the MVP in 2014 when he had two pitching victories and a save in the finale of a 4-3 series victory over the Kansas City Royals.