The St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers are facing off tonight in the 40th Game 7 in World Series history (results below). How about that incredible Game 6 by the way? It’s one of the greatest games in World Series history, and not long after Albert Pujols‘ 3-HR night, too. What a great series this has been.
Anyway, back to Game 7′s. Only 36 of the previous 39 World Series with a Game 7 were decided in the seventh game. That’s because the first World Series, in 1903, went eight games. So did the 1919 and 1921 World Series. In all three of those series, whichever team won five games first, won the title. I’ve added the results for these series below today’s main list.
There are two more anomalies. The 1912 series went “eight” games because Game 2 was called due to darkness while still tied 6-6 in the 11th. That game was not official. So the teams played eight games, but only seven counted. Secondly, the Cleveland Indians won the 1920 series five games to two. I’ve included these Game 7′s along with the others below because, technically, that was the final game of the championship each time. Ah, baseball.
And wouldn’t you know it, the Cardinals have won the most Game 7′s in baseball history. They’re looking for their eighth tonight. Who’s in second? You won’t believe it – the Pittsburgh Pirates (and the New York Yankees) have won five Game 7′s each.
I’ll post the results of tonight’s Game 7 when the game is over…
|1.||1909||Pittsburgh Pirates||Detroit Tigers||8-0|
|2.||1912||Boston Red Sox||New York Giants||3-2||Game 8, 10 innings|
|3.||1920||Cleveland Indians||Brooklyn Robins||3-0||Series finished 5-2|
|4.||1924||Washington Senators||New York Giants||4-3||12 innings|
|5.||1925||Pittsburgh Pirates||Washington Senators||9-7|
|6.||1926||St. Louis Cardinals||New York Yankees||3-2|
|7.||1931||St. Louis Cardinals||Philadelphia A’s||4-2|
|8.||1934||St. Louis Cardinals||Detroit Tigers||11-0|
|9.||1940||Cincinnati Reds||Detroit Tigers||2-1|
|10.||1945||Detroit Tigers||Chicago Cubs||9-3|
|11.||1946||St. Louis Cardinals||Boston Red Sox||4-3|
|12.||1947||New York Yankees||Brooklyn Dodgers||5-2|
|13.||1952||New York Yankees||Brooklyn Dodgers||4-2|
|14.||1955||Brooklyn Dodgers||New York Yankees||2-0|
|15.||1956||New York Yankees||Brooklyn Dodgers||9-0|
|16.||1957||Milwaukee Braves||New York Yankees||5-0|
|17.||1958||New York Yankees||Milwaukee Braves||6-2|
|18.||1960||Pittsburgh Pirates||New York Yankees||10-9|
|19.||1962||New York Yankees||San Francisco Giants||1-0|
|20.||1964||St. Louis Cardinals||New York Yankees||7-5|
|21.||1965||Los Angeles Dodgers||Minnesota Twins||2-0|
|22.||1967||St. Louis Cardinals||Boston Red Sox||7-2|
|23.||1968||Detroit Tigers||St. Louis Cardinals||4-1|
|24.||1971||Pittsburgh Pirates||Baltimore Orioles||2-1|
|25.||1972||Oakland A’s||Cincinnati Reds||3-2|
|26.||1973||Oakland A’s||New York Mets||5-2|
|27.||1975||Cincinnati Reds||Boston Red Sox||4-3|
|28.||1979||Pittsburgh Pirates||Baltimore Orioles||4-1|
|29.||1982||St. Louis Cardinals||Milwaukee Brewers||6-3|
|30.||1985||Kansas City Royals||St. Louis Cardinals||11-0|
|31.||1986||New York Mets||Boston Red Sox||8-5|
|32.||1987||Minnesota Twins||St. Louis Cardinals||4-2|
|33.||1991||Minnesota Twins||Atlanta Braves||1-0||10 innings|
|34.||1997||Florida Marlins||Cleveland Indians||3-2||11 innings|
|35.||2001||Arizona Diamondbacks||New York Yankees||3-2|
|36.||2002||Anaheim Angels||San Francisco Giants||4-1|
|37.||2011||St. Louis Cardinals||Texas Rangers||6-2|
1903: Boston Americans 5 – Pittsburgh Pirates 3
1919: Cincinnati Reds 5 – Chicago White Sox 3
1921: New York Giants 5 – New York Yankees 3
Are yooooouuuuuu ready? I am a little pumped up for this World Series between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals, even though cbssports.com is claiming “low hopes for World Series ratings.” I don’t think so.
The Rangers are looking for their first title – again. Last year they lost to the San Francisco Giants in their only other Fall Classic appearance (W.S. app. by team). If they win, they will become only the 15th team to win the World Series after losing it the year before (here are the other 14 teams).
The Cardinals, on the other hand, are old pros. They are second only to the New York Yankees in World Series titles (and now tied for second with the Dodgers and Giants franchises in World Series appearances or pennants).
The 2011 World Series starts tomorrow, Wednesday, October 19th at 8:05 PM ET.
Here are the players with the most hits, home runs and RBI in World Series history…whole buncha Yankees on there.
|6.||Pee Wee Reese||46||191|
St. Louis Cardinals Erase Philadelphia Phillies from Playoffs: How About Those Cardinals! And Their World Series.
Chris Carpenter threw a gem tonight, tossing a complete game 3-hit shutout, as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated Roy Halladay and the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0. The Cardinals will advance to play the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS. The Phillies, like their fellow favorites the Yankees, go home.
What a story. And what a team. The St. Louis Cardinals are the second best team in baseball history. That’s not as bad as it sounds, what with the Yankees at the top. The Cards are looking for their 22st pennant (four with the St. Louis Browns of the late 1800s) and 11th World Series.
Here are the other 10…
St. Louis Cardinals World Series Championships
1. 1926 (4-3, New York Yankees)
2. 1931 (4-3, Philadelphia Athletics)
3. 1934 (4-3, Detroit Tigers)
4. 1942 (4-1, New York Yankees)
5. 1944 (4-2, St. Louis Browns)
6. 1946 (4-3, Boston Red Sox)
7. 1964 (4-3, New York Yankees)
8. 1967 (4-3, Boston Red Sox)
9. 1982 (4-3, Milwaukee Brewers)
10. 2006 (4-1, Detroit Tigers)