The World Series, which started in 1903, is considered the championship game that rivals all other sports’ championship games. Baseball is America’s favorite pastime, and the post-season series that culminates the fans’ excitement, until the next season, has been dubbed the Fall Classic, as well as the Championship of the United States. Lovers of the sport feel so passionately about their favorite teams’ wins or loses that poems and songs, have been written in honor of the game. The World Series of baseball is so intertwined into American culture that many people’s fondest memories are associated with the World Series. Here are a few fun facts and trivia about the epic fall classic known as the World Series.
-In the 1988, World Series Kirk Gibson of the Dodgers led his team to victory against the Oakland Athletics while playing injured. With a score of 3-2, and many fans believing the game was lost, Gibson hit a homer that won the game and inspired a nation of baseball fans. Michael J. Farrand penned a poem in honor of him entitled Gibson’s 1988 Home Run.
-In 1923, the New York Yankees defeated the New York Giants in six games to win their first World Series making this the first of 26 World Series the Yankees would win. They have won the championship more than any other franchise.
-The Molina family has created a succession of leaders on the baseball diamond during the World Series. The three brothers have accumulated five World Series rings. Yadier Molina, who plays for the Cardinals, won one ring in 2006. Bengie Molina won one ring playing for the Giants, only half of the 2010 season. Jose and Bengi both won rings playing together for the Angels in 2002. Jose won his second ring with the Yankees in 2009.
-In 1993, Mitch Williams playing for the Philadelphia Phillies wore the number 99; the highest number ever worn by a player in the World Series.
-Reggie Jackson set a record for hitting five home runs during the 1977 World Series.
-Don Larsen playing with the New York Yankees pitched a perfect game in the 1956 World Series against Jackie Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers.
-Vic Wertz is the Cleveland Indians’ player who hit the ball in game 1 of the 1954 World Series that led to Willie Mays making what is considered the greatest catch in World Series history. This was only Mays 2nd year in the major leagues.
-During Jackie Robinson’s tenure as a player for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947-1956, the team, reached the classic World Series 6 times.
-To add a little politics to this list of interesting facts; Woodrow Wilson was the first President to throw out a ball in the World Series.
The World Series can’t be called the Super Bowl of baseball. Saying this would insult true baseball fanatics which feel no other championship game can be compared to the patriotic and the legendary fall classic known as the World Series.