Since 1903, Major League Baseball has hosted 109 World Series. More than a third of them – 37 – went on to a deciding Game 7.
Some time back, Sports List of the Day brought you all World Series Game 7 results.
But what about the playoff series leading up to the World Series – the American League Championship Series (ALCS) and the National League Championship Series (NLCS)? How many of those have there been and which ones went to seven games?
Which teams had the longest battles before earning a trip to the World Series?
Here’s your answer…including the 2012 San Francisco Giants, who tonight wrapped up their NLCS with the St. Louis Cardinals. They became only the seventh team in history to come back from being down three games to one in either the ALCS and NLCS.
In total, the ALCS and NLCS have seen 15 Game 7′s. 1985 was the first season they both moved to a best-of-seven format.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||1985||ALCS||Kansas City Royals||Toronto Blue Jays||6-2|
|2.||1986||ALCS||Boston Red Sox||California Angels||8-1|
|3.||1987||NLCS||St. Louis Cardinals||San Francisco Giants||6-0|
|4.||1988||NLCS||Los Angeles Dodgers||New York Mets||6-0|
|5.||1991||NLCS||Atlanta Braves||Pittsburgh Pirates||4-0|
|6.||1992||NLCS||Atlanta Braves||Pittsburgh Pirates||3-2|
|7.||1996||NLCS||Atlanta Braves||St. Louis Cardinals||15-0|
|8.||2003||ALCS||New York Yankees||Boston Red Sox||6-5 (11)|
|9.||2003||NLCS||Florida Marlins||Chicago Cubs||9-6|
|10.||2004||ALCS||Boston Red Sox||New York Yankees||10-3|
|11.||2004||NLCS||St. Louis Cardinals||Houston Astros||5-2|
|12.||2006||NLCS||St. Louis Cardinals||New York Mets||3-1|
|13.||2007||ALCS||Boston Red Sox||Cleveland Indians||11-2|
|14.||2008||ALCS||Tampa Bay Rays||Boston Red Sox||3-1|
|15.||2012||NLCS||San Francisco Giants||St. Louis Cardinals||9-0|
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
Boston Bruins Defeat Vancouver Canucks 4-0 in Game 7 to Win Stanley Cup: Live Blog, Recap, Finals Game 7 Results All-Time
With this Stanley Cup Finals, the series has now gone seven games 16 times, seven times since the 1967 expansion – six of those times in the 2000′s. Here’s a good take on the last six Game 7′s from NHL.com (before the Bruins win).
The Detroit Red Wings have appeared in the most Stanley Cup Finals Game 7′s with seven.
Stanley Cup Finals Game 7 Results (Home Team in CAPS)
1. 1942 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 3 – Detroit Red Wings 1
2. 1945 Toronto Maple Leafs 2 – DETROIT RED WINGS 1
3. 1950 DETROIT RED WINGS 4 – New York Rangers 3 (2 OT)
4. 1954 DETROIT RED WINGS 2 – Montreal Canadiens 1 (OT)
5. 1955 DETROIT RED WINGS 3 – Montreal Canadiens 1
6. 1964 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS 4 – Detroit Red Wings 0
7. 1965 MONTREAL CANADIENS 4 – Chicago Blackhawks 0
8. 1971 Montreal Canadiens 3 – CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS 2
9. 1987 EDMONTON OILERS 3 – Philadelphia Flyers 1
10. 1994 NEW YORK RANGERS 3 – Vancouver Canucks 2
11. 2001 COLORADO AVALANCHE 3 – New Jersey Devils 1
12. 2003 NEW JERSEY DEVILS 3 – Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 0
13. 2004 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING 2 – Calgary Flames 1
14. 2006 CAROLINA HURRICANES 3 – Edmonton Oilers 1
15. 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins 2 – DETROIT RED WINGS 1
16. 2011 Boston Bruins 4 – VANCOUVER CANUCKS 0