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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

MLB: Opening Odds and Favorites to Win the 2015 World Series

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

MLB: Pitchers with Three Wins in a Single World Series

Randy Johnson Won Three Games In The 2001 World Series

Randy Johnson Won Three Games In The 2001 World Series

Dominant Madison Bumgarner almost joined today’s list of pitchers with three wins in one World Series, a feat accomplished just 13 times in 110 Fall Classics (and with some caveats, at that).

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.

In 1903**, two pitchers did it in the same Series on opposing teams, making the Pittsburgh PiratesDeacon Phillippe the only pitcher ever to win three games for the losing team.

The Pirates lost to the Boston Americans, now the Boston Red Sox, in that very first World Series.

PITCHER WORLD SERIES GAMES FOR AGAINST
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

Photo: Matt York, AP via nydailynews.com

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