The World Series–also known as the Fall Classic–is baseball’s biggest stage, and is set to begin Wednesday, October 23, 2013, with the Boston Red Sox hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. The post-season has been nothing short of exciting, which will hopefully lead to a thrilling World Series, and possibly a back-to-back win for the Cardinals. To get you ready for the upcoming games, here are some World Series fun facts.
Last World Series for famous broadcaster
The lead baseball analyst for Fox, Tim McCarver, will be calling his last World Series this year. After 18 years calling the games with Joe Buck, and over 30 years as a broadcaster, he has decided not to renew his contract. He plans to take some time to enjoy some hobbies like reading and cooking.
Sound of the 2013 World Series
In a move that is sure to delight many baseball fans, Pearl Jam has accepted Fox’s request to license 48 of their songs including their new album that released this month. Pearl Jam doesn’t normally license their music, but it turns out the band likes baseball and national advertising.
World Series trophy facts
Even though baseball is America’s oldest pastime, The Commissioners Trophy has only been around since 1967. The trophy is worth close to $15,000, and is produced by famous jeweler Tiffany & Co. It is 24 inches high and clocks in at 30 pounds with more than 200 ounces of troy silver. The construction is a baseball with 30 flags coming from it. The flags represent the 30 MLB teams, and all of the flags are gold plated. The stitches of the baseball are made up of 24-carat vermeil.
Stats give the National League the advantage in 2013
The National League has all the momentum this year considering they have won four of the last five World Series. In those four wins, the series only went beyond five games once. They also had home advantage in the last three World Series. The only curve ball this year will be that the American League has home advantage.
World Series perfection
In the history of the World Series, there has only been one perfect game. It was thrown by Don Larsen during game 5 of the 1956 World Series, and hasn’t happened since in the post-season. There have only been a total of 23 perfect games in the history of baseball, and this year marks the 57th anniversary of Larsen’s accomplishment.
Only World Series that ended in November
The World Series is always wrapped up in October, except for the series in 2001. Unfortunately it was due to the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center buildings. MLB games were postponed in September after the attacks pushing the date of the World Series back. The 2001 series was also the first series played in Arizona and in the Mountain Time zone.