12 Greatest Moments in World Series History

12 Greatest Moments in World Series History

The 113th World Series is just days away. Can you feel the excitement? Of course you can.

The World Series never disappoints, but some years really stick out for one reason or another. Let’s look at a few highlights from over the years.


The very first World Series took place in 1903 with the Pittsburgh Pirates representing the National League and the Boston Americans (who would eventually become the Boston Red Sox) representing the American League. Legendary pitcher Cy Young threw the very first pitch, and though his record during the Series was mixed, he helped lead Boston to victory over Pittsburgh five games to three.


Baseball and scandal have gone hand in hand almost since the beginning. Jim Devlin, who pitched for three teams in just five years, was banned from the game for life in 1877 after confessing to “throwing” games.

But the scandal that occurred in 1919 was worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster, and it indeed was made into the movie Eight Men Out. In short, members of the Chicago White Sox agreed to lose the Series against the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for $100,000. (Their performance was so bad they made the Bad News Bears look like pros.) Sox owner Charlie Comiskey was a notorious cheapskate, and some players were apparently trying to make up the pay deficit. The team would have to wait until 2005 to win a World Series.

Okay, maybe this is not one of the greatest moments in World Series history, but it’s certainly among the most memorable.


The New York Yankees swept the Pittsburgh Pirates four games to zilch. But look who was playing for New York at the time: Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, just for starters. They were called “Murderers’ Row.” The Pirates never had a chance. In fact, the Yankees competed in a total of 29 World Series between 1920 and 1964, winning 20 of them. Phew!


It took two New York teams playing each other before any pitcher delivered a no-hitter World Series game. That was Yankees pitcher Don Larsen, who turned Game 5 into a perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers (they lost to the Yankees 0-2). There hasn’t been a no-hitter in the World Series since.


1969 Mets. It needs no explanation. If TV and movies are to be believed. “1969 Miracle Mets.” That is all. (If by some chance it does require explanation, you’ll find one here.)


Many baseball fans agree that the best World Series game was played in 1975 when the Boston Red Sox were battling the Cincinnati Reds. Game 6 was full of drama, keeping fans on the edge of their seats/couches/bar stools through 12 innings, with Boston ultimately claiming a 7-6 victory (secured by a last-minute Carlton Fisk home run) in front of an ecstatic hometown crowd.


“Reggie! Reggie! Reggie!” Yes, before there was a “Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!” there was this. In World Series Game 6, New York Yankees right fielder Reggie “Mr. October” Jackson hit three home runs, tying Babe Ruth’s World Series record. Ruth had also been an outfielder for the Yankees.


When New York teams play each other in the World Series, it’s called the “Subway Series.” In 1989, fans were treated to the “San Andreas Fault Series.” (Sorry, too soon.) That year, the San Francisco Bay Area saw both of its teams, the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics, competing in the World Series. Just after 5 p.m. on October 17, while TV coverage had begun but teams were still warming up, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit. Commentator Al Michaels was cut off in mid-sentence as the TV feed was lost: “I’ll tell you what, we’re having an earth …” Game 3 ended up being postponed until October 27.


This was the year that the Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-U.S. team to win a World Series. (Considering only two countries play … Well, that’s a discussion for another time.) Anyhow, the Blue Jays enjoyed the experience so much that they won again the next year.


The Boston Red Sox broke the “Curse of the Bambino” in 2005 by winning the World Series after an 86-year drought. They went big by losing the first three games to the St. Louis Cardinals, but then coming back to take the final four games and the championship. Talk about a turnaround! It was a World Series first, and it still hasn’t been repeated.


After playing 108 years without winning a World Series, the Chicago Cubs … finally won the World Series! Their opponents, the Cleveland Indians, haven’t won the Series since 1948. Nothing to brag about, of course, but it’s better than 108 years!


What great moments can we expect from this year’s World Series? We’ll have to find out who’s playing first and let the games play out as they will. We can’t wait!


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