Interesting Facts about the WORLD SERIES... October 30 2017, 0 Comments


Even though it's called the "World Series" only the US and Canadian teams participate. The Toronto Blue Jays won in 1992 & 1993 and are the only non-US team to win.

The Curse...

From 1918 to 2004 the Boston Red Sox and it's fans believed in the "Curse of the Bambino." Babe Ruth aka The Bambino was traded in the offseason 1919-1920 to the Yankees.  Although the Red Sox came close, it took 86 years to win another World Series.

Another "cursed" team was the Chicago Cubs. From 1945 to 2016 it took 108 years to win another World Series. According to baseball superstitions, it was all because of the Curse of the Billy Goat. In 1945, the owner of the Cubs was Billy Sianis and he had been ordered to leave the Cub’s World Series game because of his pet goat, or rather the smell of his goat. The stench was so strong it upset many of the fans. Mr. Sianis was upset and predicted the Cubs wouldn't win the World Series. The Cubs lost and kept losing until 2016 when the "curse" was broken.

Changes to the game:

The only perfect game ever to happen in the World Series took place in 1956 when Don Larsen of the New York Yankees threw 97 pitches during the entire game to take out 27 batters from the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Baseball stirrups became a staple of most teams including for the World Series beginning in 1905.

The first World Series night game was in 1971 even though the use of electricity first became widespread across the United States around 1890. Night games became so popular that they became widespread by 1973 except for Wrigley Field which didn't host a night game until August 8, 1988. The first major league night game happened on May 24, 1935 the very first World Series took place in 1903 between the Pittsburgh Pirates the Boston Americans (later renamed the Red Sox.)  Boston won the series, 5 games to 3 of the 9 game series.

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