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World Series Champions

 

   The World Series: this is the pinnacle of baseball.  We remember the Series for both it's winners and losers - the magnificence of Christy Mathewson tossing three shutouts in six days in the 1905 Series, and the horrible stomach-churning disappointment when Bill Buckner booted a grounder in Game 6 of the 1986 Series.

   Buckner isn't the only hard-luck story in World Series history. Fred Snodgrass muffed a fly ball in the 10th inning of the 1912 Series, ruining a story-book season for the New York Giants and allowing the Boston Red Sox to put the tying run on base, and eventually win the game.  Brooklyn Dodger catcher Mickey Owen erred grievously in Game 4 of the 1941 World Series when he let a third-strike Hugh Casey curve ball get away from him with two outs in the ninth inning, no Yankees on base and Tommy Henrich at the plate.  His Dodgers were up 4-3 at the time, and if he had caught the pitch they would have tied the Series at 2 games apiece; instead, the Yankees broke loose for four runs, took a 3-1 lead and won the Series the next afternoon.

     And of course, Mariano Rivera, the Yankees' bullet-proof reliever, committed a rare fielding error in the ninth inning of the 2001 Series, allowing the tying run to get to second with nobody out - ultimately, that run came in to score, and was followed by the winning run.

   Perhaps most poignantly, there was Cookie Lavagetto depriving Bill Bevens of no-hit glory, with two outs in the 9th inning in Game 4 of the 1947 Series.  Bevens, who had gone 7-13 that season and never pitched in the majors after the '47 fall classic, had a 2-1 lead with two down in the ninth; his 10th walk of the day put the winning run on first, and a double by the veteran Lavagetto scored two runs and gave the Yankees a 3-2 win.  Three days later, in Game 6, Joe DiMaggio kicked the dirt near second base in frustration (gasp!) when his two-on and two-out smash was caught by Al Gionfriddo near the 415-foot sign in Yankee Stadium's left-center field bullpen; the Dodgers hung on to win 8-6 and even the Series at 3-3, although they would lose Game 7.

 

   But the Series has seen it's share of inspired play and heart-warming successes. There was Babe Ruth calling his shot in the 1932 Series, amidst racist taunting from the fans at Wrigley Field. There was Don Larsen, a mediocre pitcher and less than mediocre person, achieving perfection in 1956.  And there was Kirk Gibson hitting a 3-2, backdoor slider off of the game's premier reliever, Dennis Eckersley, and hobbling around the basepaths to give the underdog Dodgers the win.

   There was the crucial, tension-filled Game 7 of the 1926 Series - bases loaded, two out, bottom of the seventh inning. With the Yankees' second baseman Tony Lazzeri at the plate, and the Cardinals trying to protect a 3-2 lead at Yankee Stadium, Cards manager Rogers Hornsby signalled for the aging Grover Cleveland "Pete" Alexander, who had pitched a complete game victory the day before.  Alexander trudged to the mound and struck Lazzeri out on four pitches, retired the Yankees in order in their half of the inning, and then picked up the save in the ninth when Babe Ruth was caught trying to steal second to make the game's final out.

   There was Game 7 of the 1946 Series, when Enos "Country" Slaughter charged home when everyone in the ballpark assumed he'd hold up at third.  Slaughter scored from first just ahead of Johnny Pesky's relay, on a two-out, bottom-of-the-eighth double by Harry Walker to give his team a 4-3 lead that would provide the margin of victory.

   There was Game 6 of the 1975 Series, one of the greatest games ever played, ending when Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk waved his extra-innings home run fair into the left field foul pole at Fenway. (Predictably, the Red Sox would lose Game 7).

   There was Bill Wambsganss turning an unassisted triple play in Game 5 of the 1920 Series.  There was Willie Mays making a spectacular catch off of Vic Wertz in Game 1 of the 1954 Series.  There was Bill Mazeroski's bottom of he ninth, Game 7 home run in 1960 to give the Pirates - outscored, 55-27, and outhit, 91-60 in the seven games - an unlikely championship.  There was Joe Carter ending things against the Phillies' Mitch Williams in Game 6 of the 1993 Series with a home run.

   There were Bob Gibson's 17 strikeouts in Game 1 of the 1968 Series, and Reggie Jackson smacking three first-pitch homers in Game 6 in 1977.  There was Joe Medwick being showered with debris from irate fans in Detroit, in Game 7 of the 1934 Series, after a hard slide and four hits in the Series opener created the animosity.

   Now that's baseball. 

Year

World Series Result

2003

Florida Marlins (NL) 4, New York Yankees (AL) 2

2002

Anaheim Angels (AL) 4, San Francisco Giants (AL) 3

2001

Arizona Diamondbacks (NL) 4, New York Yankees (AL) 3

2000

New York Yankees (AL) 4, New York Mets (NL) 1

1999

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Atlanta Braves (NL) 0

1998

New York Yankees (AL) 4, San Diego Padres (NL) 0

1997

Florida Marlins (NL) 4, Cleveland Indians (AL) 3

1996

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Atlanta Braves (NL) 2

1995

Atlanta Braves (NL) 4, Cleveland Indians (AL) 2

1994

Series cancelled

1993

Toronto Blue Jays (AL) 4, Philadelphia Phillies (NL) 2

1992

Toronto Blue Jays (AL) 4, Atlanta Braves (NL) 2

1991

Minnesota Twins (AL) 4, Atlanta Braves (NL) 3

1990

Cincinnati Reds (NL) 4, Oakland Athletics (AL) 0

1989

Oakland Athletics (AL) 4, San Francisco Giants (NL) 0

1988

Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) 4, Oakland Athletics (AL) 1

1987

Minnesota Twins (AL) 4, St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 3

1986

New York Mets (NL) 4, Boston Red Sox (AL) 3

1985

Kansas City Royals (AL) 4, St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 3

1984

Detroit Tigers (AL) 4, San Diego Padres (NL) 1

1983

Baltimore Orioles (AL) 4, Philadelphia Phillies (NL) 1

1982

St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 4, Milwaukee Brewers (AL) 3

1981

Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) 4, New York Yankees (AL) 2

1980

Philadelphia Phillies (NL) 4, Kansas City Royals (AL) 2

1979

Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) 4, Baltimore Orioles (AL) 3

1978

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) 2

1977

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) 2

1976

Cincinnati Reds (NL) 4, New York Yankees (AL) 0

1975

Cincinnati Reds (NL) 4, Boston Red Sox (AL) 3

1974

Oakland Athletics (AL) 4, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) 1

1973

Oakland Athletics (AL) 4, New York Mets (NL) 3

1972

Oakland Athletics (AL) 4, Cincinnati Reds (NL) 3

1971

Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) 4, Baltimore Orioles (AL) 3

1970

Baltimore Orioles (AL) 4, Cincinnati Reds (NL) 1

1969

New York Mets (NL) 4, Baltimore Orioles (AL) 1

1968

Detroit Tigers (AL) 4, St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 3

1967

St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 4, Boston Red Sox (AL) 3

1966

Baltimore Orioles (AL) 4, Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) 0

1965

Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) 4, Minnesota Twins (AL) 3

1964

St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 4, New York Yankees (AL) 3

1963

Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) 4, New York Yankees (AL) 0

1962

New York Yankees (AL) 4, San Francisco Giants (NL) 3

1961

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Cincinnati Reds (NL) 1

1960

Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) 4, New York Yankees (AL) 3

1959

Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) 4, Chicago White Sox (AL) 2

1958

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Milwaukee Braves (NL) 3

1957

Milwaukee Braves (NL) 4, New York Yankees (AL) 3

1956

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Brooklyn Dodgers (NL) 3

1955

Brooklyn Dodgers (NL) 4, New York Yankees (AL) 3

1954

New York Giants (NL) 4, Cleveland Indians (AL) 0

1953

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Brooklyn Dodgers (NL) 2

1952

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Brooklyn Dodgers (NL) 3

1951

New York Yankees (AL) 4, New York Giants (NL) 2

1950

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Philadelphia Phillies (NL) 0

1949

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Brooklyn Dodgers (NL) 1

1948

Cleveland Indians (AL) 4, Boston Braves (NL) 2

1947

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Brooklyn Dodgers (NL) 3

1946

St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 4, Boston Red Sox (AL) 3

1945

Detroit Tigers (AL) 4, Chicago Cubs (NL) 3

1944

St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 4, St. Louis Browns (AL) 2

1943

New York Yankees (AL) 4, St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 1

1942

St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 4, New York Yankees (AL) 1

1941

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Brooklyn Dodgers (NL) 1

1940

Cincinnati Reds (NL) 4, Detroit Tigers (AL) 3

1939

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Cincinnati Reds (NL) 0

1938

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Chicago Cubs (NL) 0

1937

New York Yankees (AL) 4, New York Giants (NL) 1

1936

New York Yankees (AL) 4, New York Giants (NL) 2

1935

Detroit Tigers (AL) 4, Chicago Cubs (NL) 2

1934

St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 4, Detroit Tigers (AL) 3

1933

New York Giants (NL) 4, Washington Senators (AL) 1

1932

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Chicago Cubs (NL) 0

1931

St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 4, Philadelphia Athletics (AL) 3

1930

Philadelphia Athletics (AL) 4, St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 2

1929

Philadelphia Athletics (AL) 4, Chicago Cubs (NL) 1

1928

New York Yankees (AL) 4, St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 0

1927

New York Yankees (AL) 4, Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) 0

1926

St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 4, New York Yankees (AL) 3

1925

Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) 4, Washington Senators (AL) 3

1924

Washington Senators (AL) 4, New York Giants (NL) 3

1923

New York Yankees (AL) 4, New York Giants (NL) 2

1922

New York Giants (NL) 4, New York Yankees (AL) 0

1921

New York Giants (NL) 5, New York Yankees (AL) 3

1920

Cleveland Indians (AL) 5, Brooklyn Robins (NL) 2

1919

Cincinnati Reds (NL) 5, Chicago White Sox (AL) 3

1918

Boston Red Sox (AL) 4, Chicago Cubs (NL) 2

1917

Chicago White Sox (AL) 4, New York Giants (NL) 2

1916

Boston Red Sox (AL) 4, Brooklyn Robins (NL) 1

1915

Boston Red Sox (AL) 4, Philadelphia Phillies (NL) 1

1914

Boston Braves (NL) 4, Philadelphia Athletics (AL) 0

1913

Philadelphia Athletics (AL) 4, New York Giants (NL) 1

1912

Boston Red Sox (AL) 4, New York Giants (NL) 3

1911

Philadelphia Athletics (AL) 4, New York Giants (NL) 2

1910

Philadelphia Athletics (AL) 4, Chicago Cubs (NL) 1

1909

Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) 4, Detroit Tigers (AL) 3

1908

Chicago Cubs (NL) 4, Detroit Tigers (AL) 1

1907

Chicago Cubs (NL) 4, Detroit Tigers (AL) 0

1906

Chicago White Sox (AL) 4, Chicago Cubs (NL) 2

1905

New York Giants (NL) 4, Philadelphia Athletics (AL) 1

1904

No Series

1903

Boston Pilgrims (AL) 5, Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) 3

 

 

Most World Championships

Team #
Yankees 26
Athletics 9
Cardinals 8
Reds 5



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