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|
|TEAM||2015 WORLD SERIES ODDS||2014 RECORD||2014 FINISH||2014 PLAYOFFS|
|Washington Nationals||5-1||96-66||1st NL East||Lost to Giants in NLDS 3-1|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||8-1||94-68||1st NL West||Lost to Cardinals in NLDS 3-1|
|Los Angeles Angels||12-1||98-64||1st AL West||Lost to Royals in ALDS 3-0|
|St. Louis Cardinals||13-1||90-72||1st NL Central||Lost to Giants in NLCS 4-1|
|Boston Red Sox||14-1||71-91||Last AL East|
|Chicago Cubs||14-1||73-89||Last NL Central|
|Seattle Mariners||15-1||87-75||3rd AL West|
|San Francisco Giants||16-1||88-74||2nd NL West||Won WS over Royals 4-3|
|Chicago White Sox||18-1||73-89||4th NL Central|
|San Diego Padres||20-1||77-85||3rd NL West|
|Detroit Tigers||22-1||90-72||1st AL Central||Lost to Orioles in ALDS 3-0|
|Cleveland Indians||25-1||85-77||3rd AL Central|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||25-1||88-74||2nd NL Central||Lost to Giants in NLWC 1-0|
|New York Mets||28-1||79-83||T2nd NL East|
|New York Yankees||28-1||84-78||2nd AL East|
|Toronto Blue Jays||28-1||83-79||3rd AL East|
|Baltimore Orioles||30-1||96-66||1st AL East||Lost to Royals in ALCS 4-0|
|Kansas City Royals||35-1||89-73||2nd AL Central||Lost WS to Giants 4-3|
|Miami Marlins||38-1||77-85||4th NL East|
|Oakland Athletics||40-1||88-74||2nd AL West||Lost to Royals in ALWC 1-0|
|Tampa Bay Rays||45-1||77-85||4th AL East|
|Texas Rangers||45-1||67-95||Last AL West|
|Houston Astros||60-1||70-92||4th AL West|
|Cincinnati Reds||70-1||76-86||4th NL Central|
|Milwaukee Brewers||70-1||82-80||3rd NL Central|
|Atlanta Braves||100-1||79-83||T2nd NL East|
|Minnesota Twins||120-1||70-92||Last AL Central|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||125-1||64-98||Last NL West|
|Colorado Rockies||125-1||66-96||4th NL West|
|Philadelphia Phillies||275-1||73-89||Last NL East|
After winning Games 1 and 5, Bumgarner wrapped up Game 7 last night with a five-inning relief effort – but only got the save. “Middle reliever” Jeremy Affeldt, who pitched just 2.1 innings, but happened to be in the game when the San Francisco Giants took the final 3-2 lead, got the win.
Think about the challenge of winning three games in one World Series. First of all, that’s the most. No pitcher has ever won four games in one go-round (in either a best-of-seven or best-of-nine Series).
No relief pitcher has ever done it, although some of these starters below notched a win in relief, like the last to do it, Randy Johnson (2001). Johnson is the only pitcher to win three games in a single World Series in almost 50 (!) years – since Bob Gibson in 1967.
A handful of the Series noted (and asterisked) below deserve some further explanation, and enhance the accomplishment we’re talking about, too.
The 1903* and 1920* World Series were best-of-nines and finished 5-3 and 5-2, respectively. The 1912*** World Series went eight games; Game 2 was a tie called for darkness. So for these three Series (and the four pitchers that won three games in them), there was more opportunity to earn an extra win.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||Bill Dinneen||1903*||2, 6, 8||Boston Americans||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|2.||Deacon Phillippe||1903*||1, 3, 4||Pittsburgh Pirates**||Boston Americans|
|3.||Christy Mathewson||1905||1, 3, 5||New York Giants||Philadelphia Athletics|
|4.||Babe Adams||1909||1, 5, 7||Pittsburgh Pirates||Detroit Tigers|
|5.||Jack Coombs||1910||2, 3, 5||Philadelphia Athletics||Chicago Cubs|
|6.||Smoky Joe Wood||1912***||1, 4, 8||Boston Red Sox||New York Giants|
|7.||Red Faber||1917||2, 5, 6||Chicago White Sox||New York Giants|
|8.||Stan Coveleski||1920*||1, 4, 7||Cleveland Indians||Brooklyn Robins|
|9.||Harry Brecheen||1946||2, 6, 7||St. Louis Cardinals||Boston Red Sox|
|10.||Lew Burdette||1957||2, 5, 7||Milwaukee Braves||New York Yankees|
|11.||Mickey Lolich||1968||2, 5, 7||Detroit Tigers||St. Louis Cardinals|
|12.||Bob Gibson||1967||1, 4, 7||St. Louis Cardinals||Boston Red Sox|
|13.||Randy Johnson||2001||2, 6, 7||Arizona Diamondbacks
||New York Yankees|