The History of the World Series: A Timeline

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Batter up, baseball fans! After a record-breaking season (paging Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols), the 2022 World Series is finally here, and we’re celebrating baseball’s biggest event with a grand slam of historical trivia. 

1903  

1903 World Series: Wikimedia Commons

The first official World Series was an eight-game series between contentious rivals, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Pilgrims. The Pirates won the title 5-3.  

1908 

Chicago Cubs, 1908: Wikimedia Commons

The Chicago Cubs won the World Series, followed by a record 108-year losing streak that lasted until 2016.  

1920 

White Sox, 1919: Wikimedia Commons

Charles Comiskey, the owner of the Chicago White Sox, banned seven players from the league after they admitted to throwing the 1919 World Series in exchange for a bribe.  

1920  

Bill Wambsganss, 1920: Wikimedia Commons

The only triple play in a World Series was made by Bill Wambsganss of the Cleveland Indians in Game 5.  

1947  

1947 World Series Poster: Baseball Hall of Fame

The first televised World Series was broadcast to a few surrounding areas.  

1951 

1951 World Series, Game 3: Wikimedia Commons

The World Series was broadcast nationwide for the first time. 

1955 

2016 MVP Ben Zobrist: Wikimedia Commons

Originally awarded by the editors of SPORT magazine, the MLB began choosing the Baseball World Series MVP. 

1955 

1955 World Series: Wikimedia Commons

For the first time, the World Series was broadcast in color. 

1956  

Don Larsen Baseball Card: Wikimedia Commons

Don Larsen of the New York Yankees threw the only “no-hitter” in World Series history.  

1960 

Bobby Richardson: Wikimedia Commons

Bobby Richardson of the New York Yankees was the only player to win the MVP that was on the losing team.   

1967 

World Series Trophy: Wikimedia Commons

The official Commissioner’s Trophy for the World Series champions was established.

1971  

Three Rivers Stadium, 2000: Wikimedia Commons

The first scheduled night game in World Series history was Game 4 between the Orioles and Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  

1989 

Candlestick Park: Wikimedia Commons

Game 3 of the World Series between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants was postponed when an earthquake damaged Candlestick Park and caused a power outage.  

1992 

Rogers Centre: Wikimedia Commons

The first time the World Series was played outside the United States was between the Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves at the Rogers Centre in Canada.  

1994  

‘What If’ Hat, 1994 World Series: Wikimedia Commons

The only time in MLB history, the World Series was canceled due to a players’ strike. 

2009 

New York Yankees Hideki Matsui: Wikimedia Commons

Hideki Matsui was the first Japanese-born player to earn the World Series MVP award.  

2015  

2015 World Series Logo: Wikipedia

The first World Series match-up with two expansion teams, the Mets and Royals, which were formed after 1960.  

2016  

The Cubs celebrate winning the 2016 World Series: Wikimedia Commons

The Chicago Cubs won the World Series, breaking a 108-year drought, the longest in MLB history. 

2017

Astros at Orioles 7/23/17: Wikimedia Commons

According to MLB investigators, Astros staff and players used center-field cameras and other technology to watch and steal opponents’ signs, which are physical cues for pitchers and catchers. Using video replay systems, phones, television monitors, and trash cans, batters were given tips on what to expect and how to respond to pitches. The legitimacy of their World Series win was widely questioned by baseball fans, with many claiming that sign-stealing gave them an unfair advantage against the Dodgers.

2019 

2019 World Series: Wikimedia Commons

The Nationals swept the Astros 7-0, marking the first time in World Series history that the visiting team won the first seven games.  

2020

Mike Fiers, 2016: Wikipedia

I think whoever did that should be out of baseball for the rest of their lives.

Hank Aaron, Baseball Hall of Fame member, criticized the Astros punishment for the 2017 cheating scandal

The Astros cheating scandal of 2017 prompted officials to place restrictions on video replays. Catcher’s signals are now banned from replays to prevent sign stealing. The same year, several Astro players and managers were either fired or suspended for their role in the 2017 cheating scandal.

2022

In an attempt to make baseball more exciting and speed up the pace of the game, the MLB made changes to the rules, including the establishment of a designated pitcher, a pitch clock with time limits, a limited number of times players can throw to first, and bigger-sized bases.

The favored Astros clinched a win over the dark horse Phillies, giving fans an epic, history-making finale to the 2022 season.

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