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Kansas City Royals, New York Mets and the Longest World Series Games of All Time (Number of Innings)

Ladies and gentlemen, tonight you saw (or certainly heard about by now) one of the three longest games in all of World Series history. In 111 World Series and 639 World Series games, including 2015’s Game 1, only three times have we gone into the 14th inning.

The Kansas City Royals were the winners this time around, preceded by two other American League victors. It was the Chicago White Sox in 2005 – then, almost 100 years before that (89 to be exact) – it was the Boston Red Sox.

So, uh, these kind of things don’t happen that often.

Both Sox went on to win their respective World Series. Uh, oh, New York Mets’ fans.

But hold on…let’s dig a little deeper.

SEASON GAME WINNER   LOSER   INNINGS WINNER WON WS?
1. 2015 1 KANSAS CITY ROYALS 5 New York Mets 4 14 TBD
1. 2005 3 Chicago White Sox 7 HOUSTON ASTROS 5 14 YES
1. 1916 2 BOSTON RED SOX 2 Brooklyn Robins 1 14 YES
4. 2003 4 FLORIDA MARLINS 4 New York Yankees 3 12 YES
4. 2001 5 NEW YORK YANKEES 3 Arizona Diamondbacks 2 12 NO
4. 2000 1 NEW YORK YANKEES 4 New York Mets 3 12 YES
4. 1991 3 ATLANTA BRAVES 5 Minnesota Twins 4 12 NO
4. 1977 1 NEW YORK YANKEES 4 Los Angeles Dodgers 3 12 YES
4. 1975 6 BOSTON RED SOX 7 Cincinnati Reds 6 12 NO
4. 1973 2 New York Mets 10 OAKLAND A’S 7 12 NO
4. 1945 6 CHICAGO CUBS 8 Detroit Tigers 7 12 NO
4. 1934 2 DETROIT TIGERS 3 St. Louis Cardinals 2 12 NO
4. 1924 7 WASHINGTON SENATORS 4 New York Giants 3 12 YES
4. 1924 1 New York Giants 4 WASHINGTON SENATORS 3 12 NO
4. 1914 3 BOSTON BRAVES 5 Philadelphia A’s 4 12 YES
4. 1907 1 CHICAGO CUBS 3 Detroit Tigers 3 12 TIE

Adrian Beltre and Players with the Most Career Cycles

PLAYER CAREER CYCLES FOR AGAINST DATE
1. John Reilly  3 Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Alleghenys Sep. 12, 1883
Cincinnati Reds Philadelphia Athletics Sep. 19, 1883
Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Alleghenys Aug. 6, 1890
1. Adrián Beltré  3 Seattle Mariners Texas Rangers Sep. 1, 2008
Texas Rangers Minnesota Twins Aug. 24, 2012
Texas Rangers Houston Astros Aug. 3, 2015
1. Bob Meusel  3 New York Yankees Washington Senators May 7, 1921
New York Yankees Philadelphia Athletics Jul. 3, 1922
New York Yankees Detroit Tigers Jul. 26, 1928
1. Babe Herman  3 Brooklyn Robins Cincinnati Reds May 18, 1931
Brooklyn Robins Pittsburgh Pirates Jul. 24, 1931
Chicago Cubs St. Louis Cardinals Sep. 30, 1933
5. Aaron Hill  2 Arizona Diamondbacks Seattle Mariners Jun. 18, 2012
Arizona Diamondbacks Milwaukee Brewers Jun. 29, 2012
5. Arky Vaughan  2 Pittsburgh Pirates Brooklyn Dodgers Jun. 24, 1933
Pittsburgh Pirates New York Giants Jul. 19, 1939
5. Bob Watson  2 Houston Astros San Francisco Giants Jun. 24, 1977
Boston Red Sox Baltimore Orioles Sep. 15, 1979
5. Bobby Doerr  2 Boston Red Sox St. Louis Browns May 17, 1944
Boston Red Sox Chicago White Sox May 13, 1947
5. Brad Wilkerson  2 Montreal Expos Pittsburgh Pirates Jun. 24, 2003
Washington Nationals Philadelphia Phillies Apr. 6, 2005
5. César Cedeño  2 Houston Astros Cincinnati Reds Aug. 2, 1972
Houston Astros St. Louis Cardinals Aug. 9, 1976
5. Chris Speier  2 Montreal Expos Atlanta Braves Jul. 20, 1978
San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals Jul. 9, 1988
5. Chuck Klein  2 Philadelphia Phillies Chicago Cubs Jul. 1, 1931
Philadelphia Phillies St. Louis Cardinals May 26, 1933
5. Dave Orr  2 New York Metropolitans St. Louis Brown Stockings Jun. 12, 1885
New York Metropolitans Baltimore Orioles Aug. 10, 1887
5. Frank White  2 Kansas City Royals California Angels Sep. 26, 1979
Kansas City Royals Detroit Tigers Aug. 3, 1982
5. Fred Clarke  2 Pittsburg Pirates Cincinnati Reds Jul. 23, 1901
Pittsburg Pirates Cincinnati Reds May 7, 1903
5. George Brett  2 Kansas City Royals Baltimore Orioles May 28, 1979
Kansas City Royals Toronto Blue Jays Jul. 25, 1990
5. George Sisler  2 St. Louis Browns Washington Senators Aug. 8, 1920
St. Louis Browns Detroit Tigers Aug. 13, 1921
5. Jim Fregosi  2 Los Angeles Angels New York Yankees Jul. 28, 1964
California Angels Boston Red Sox May 20, 1968
5. Jimmy Ryan  2 Chicago White Stockings Detroit Wolverines Jul. 28, 1888
Chicago Colts Cleveland Spiders Jul. 1, 1891
5. Joe Cronin  2 Washington Senators Boston Red Sox Sep. 2, 1929
Boston Red Sox Detroit Tigers Aug. 2, 1940
5. Joe DiMaggio 2 New York Yankees Chicago White Sox May 20, 1948
New York Yankees Washington Senators Jul. 9, 1937
5. John Olerud  2 New York Mets Montreal Expos Sep. 11, 1997
Seattle Mariners San Diego Padres Jun. 16, 2001
5. Ken Boyer  2 St. Louis Cardinals Chicago Cubs Sep. 14, 1961
St. Louis Cardinals Houston Colt .45s Jun. 16, 1964
5. Lou Gehrig  2 New York Yankees Chicago White Sox Jun. 25, 1934
New York Yankees St. Louis Browns Aug. 1, 1937
5. Michael Cuddyer  2 Minnesota Twins Milwaukee Brewers May 22, 2009
Colorado Rockies Cincinnati Reds Aug. 17, 2014
5. Mickey Cochrane  2 Philadelphia Athletics Washington Senators Jul. 22, 1932
Philadelphia Athletics New York Yankees Aug. 2, 1933
5. Mike Tiernan  2 New York Giants Philadelphia Quakers Aug. 25, 1888
New York Giants Cincinnati Reds Jun. 28, 1890
5. Pete Browning  2 Louisville Colonels New York Metropolitans Aug. 8, 1886
Louisville Colonels Philadelphia Athletics Jun. 7, 1889
5. Tip O’Neill  2 St. Louis Brown Stockings Cleveland Blues Apr. 30, 1887
St. Louis Brown Stockings Louisville Colonels May 7, 1887
5. Wally Westlake  2 Pittsburgh Pirates Brooklyn Dodgers Jul. 30, 1948
Pittsburgh Pirates Boston Braves Jun. 14, 1949

The 20 Biggest Blowouts in NBA Finals History

Neither Team - The Chicago Bulls Nor The Utah Jazz - Scored 100 Points In The NBA Finals' Biggest Blowout

Neither Team – The Chicago Bulls Nor The Utah Jazz – Scored 100 Points In The NBA Finals’ Biggest Blowout

Jumping the gun here but what the heck. Let’s look at the NBA Finals biggest blowouts of all time. We’ll check back in a couple of months for a video look.

Only one game in 68 years of Finals was decided by more than 40 points. On the way to their sixth title in 1998, Michael Jordan‘s Chicago Bulls whomped the Utah Jazz by 42 in a relatively low-scoring affair, 96-54, in Game 3.

All together, 21 NBA Finals games have been decided by 25 points or more, listed below. Every winner was the home team and only five of the blowouts have taken place since 2000.

What about the biggest blowouts in regular and postseason history? Right here and here.

Thanks to basketball-reference.com, where I queried this, and where you can see every Finals point differential of 15 or more.

POINT DIFF. WINNER LOSER SEASON GAME
1. 42 Chicago Bulls* 96 Utah Jazz 54 1997-98 3
2. 39 Boston Celtics* 131 Los Angeles Lakers 92 2007-08 6**
3. 36 San Antonio Spurs 113 Miami Heat* 77 2012-13 3
4. 35 Washington Bullets* 117 Seattle SuperSonics 82 1977-78 6
5. 34 Boston Celtics* 129 St. Louis Hawks 95 1960-61 1
5. 34 Boston Celtics 148 Los Angeles Lakers* 114 1984-85 1
7. 33 Boston Celtics* 129 Los Angeles Lakers 96 1964-65 5**
7. 33 Philadelphia 76ers 135 Los Angeles Lakers* 102 1981-82 5
7. 33 Los Angeles Lakers 137 Boston Celtics* 104 1983-84 3
7. 33 Chicago Bulls* 122 Portland Trail Blazers 89 1991-92 1
7. 33 Indiana Pacers 120 Los Angeles Lakers* 87 1999-00 5
12. 32 Boston Celtics* 142 Los Angeles Lakers 110 1964-65 1
12. 32 Portland Trail Blazers* 130 Philadelphia 76ers 98 1976-77 4
14. 31 Philadelphia 76ers* 126 San Francisco Warriors 95 1966-67 2
14. 31 Detroit Pistons 102 San Antonio Spurs* 71 2004-05 4
16. 29 Boston Celtics* 109 Houston Rockets 80 1980-81 5
17. 27 Rochester Royals* 92 New York Knicks 65 1950-51 1
18. 25 Boston Celtics* 127 St. Louis Hawks 102 1959-60 5
18. 25 Los Angeles Lakers* 136 Boston Celtics 111 1984-85 3
18. 25 Detroit Pistons 111 Los Angeles Lakers* 86 1987-88 4
18. 25 Los Angeles Lakers* 100 Orlando Magic 75 2008-09 1

* Won NBA Finals

** Final game of series

Photo: mymj.nl

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