Fun Fact: Two Wyoming Natives Have Won The World Series
Just in time for the 115th fall classic, here's a fun fact. Did you know Wyoming has produced two World Series champions?
Mike Devereaux has two rings. The pride of Kelly Walsh High School in Casper was part of the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers and helped the Atlanta Braves claim their only World Series Championship in 1995. Deveraux was named the 1995 National League Championship Series MVP after driving in two game-winning runs.
Casper native Tom Browning also owns a World Series ring. During Game 2 of the 1990 World Series, the Cincinnati pitcher left the stadium to be with his pregnant wife, who had just gone into labor. When the game went into extra innings, the Reds alerted Browning to return, in case he was needed to pitch. Luckily, his Reds prevailed in the 10th inning. Browning went on to pitch the following day, earning the win in Game 3 on their way to a sweep of the Oakland Athletics.
Two years earlier, Browning threw only the 12th perfect game in Major League history. In 1989, he nearly became the first pitcher to ever throw two perfect games, when he took another bid into the ninth inning. In 1991, Browning was named to the All-Star team for the only time during his big league career.
Over the years, 15 Wyoming natives have represented the Cowboy State in the Major Leagues, including current New York Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo. 39 players from the University of Wyoming also played in the big leagues.