Why is it called the World Series when it comprises of teams only from the U.S. and a couple from Canada? The story goes when the owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates, back in 1903, wanted to challenge the Boston Americans, now the Boston Red Sox who will be playing in the 2013 match-up against the St. Louis Cardinals. This so-called challenge was referred to then as the World’s Championship Series.
Since both teams were ranked number one, it became a nine-game series with Boston winning the first ever championship in Major League Baseball. Its name has since been shortened to what we know it today as the World Series. In other words, it has nothing to do with globalization. This baseball event is now over 100 years, therefore a lot of history has been made. Now sit back and be entertained with some fascinating World Series trivia. It’s not just for diehard sports fan, but the very curious reader too.
Did you know…
1904 and 1994 are the only times the World Series was not played. In 1994 there was a Major League Baseball strike.
The last team to sweep the World Series four games to none is the Boston Red Sox against the Colorado Rockies in 2007.
It was in 1908 the Chicago Cubs last won the World Series.
New York Giants in 1921 and 1922 and the Cincinnati Reds in 1975 and 1976 are the only two teams to win consecutive series (besides the New York Yankees). The Toronto Blue Jays became the first Canadian team to win in 1992 and 1993.
St. Louis Cardinals have won the second-most World Series championships, a total of 11, behind the New York Yankees with the most at 27 championships.
During the 1979 World Series the Pittsburgh Pirates won that year. The hit disco song at the time that was currently on the pop charts, “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge, was this team’s theme song.
Reggie Jackson is known as “Mr. October” for his stellar feats during the World Series that included swatting four home runs in 1977, and becoming the Most Valuable Player in 1973 and 1977.
My Father’s World Series Tale
There has been only one perfect game pitched in all of World Series history. In 1956 my father attended that historic game between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Don Larsen was the famous pitcher for the Yankees. A perfect game is when a pitcher or pitchers achieve that no opposing players reach the bases during an entire nine innings. My father has always kept that ticket stub and even let me see it on one occasion.