Every October the best team from the American League takes on the best team from the National League in a best of seven series known as the World Series. With over a hundred years of history to it already, there are plenty of interesting facts about this longstanding sports championship series.
Fact 1: Carl Yastrzemski played in the most regular season games without ever winning a World Series
The Curse of the Bambino ruined any chances lifetime Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski had at ever taking home a World Series ring. Only Pete Rose played in more career games than Yastrzemski, but it was the 1967 Triple Crown winner in Beantown who has the dubious nod as the player to have played the most regular season games and come away from baseball without a championship.
Fact 2: The last two pinch hit home runs in the World Series were hit off the Philadelphia Phillies
The last pinch hitter to hit a home run in the World Series was Hideki Matsui in 2009 against the Philadelphia Phillies off Brett Myers. Before that it was Eric Hinske, also off the Philadelphia Phillies, this time Joe Blanton. In 2008 the Phillies managed to get over the Hinske pinch hit home run. In 2009 the end result was match different, the Matsui home run being a huge blow for the franchise winning back to back championships.
Fact 3: Cy Young was the losing pitcher in the first ever World Series game
On October 1, 1903 the pitcher with the most career wins folded in the first ever World Series game. Cy Young took a loss for the Boston Red Sox behind four team errors. Young gave up 12 hits in the complete game with seven runs scored against him, three of them earned.
Fact 4: Chase Utley has the most career World Series home runs of any active player
Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has only appeared in two World Series and already he has a bit of history to him. Utley has seven career World Series home runs, only one behind Joe Dimaggio. In 2009 he hit five which ties the record for the most in a single World Series with Mr. October, Reggie Jackson.
Fact 5: John Wetteland earned a save in each win for the New York Yankees in the 1996 World Series
In 1996 the New York Yankees turned the franchise around and brought winning baseball back to the Big Apple. Many people remember this as beginning of a dynasty, but one overlooked player who would be gone the following season that had an important role was closer John Wetteland. Wetteland earned a save in all four wins the Yankees had in the World Series. Without him the team would have had to turn to then setup man Mariano Rivera. Wetteland is still the only closer to have done this.
Fact 1: http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/G_career.shtml
Fact 2: http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8655
Fact 3: http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/BOS/BOS190310010.shtml
Fact 4: http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/WS_batting.shtml
Fact 5: http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/WS_pitching.shtml