Major League Baseball’s World Series has been played since 1903, or at least the one we’ve come to know as the best of seven game series played between the American League and National League champions every October. Top 5 wonders why this is called the World Series and its winner called the World Champion since all of the teams except for one or two from Canada, come from the United States.
The New York Yankees have won the most championships with 27, and Top 5 will try to keep as many of them as possible off this list. The team with the longest drought of winning a title is the Chicago Cubs, which last one a series in 1908 shortly after fire was discovered. The Boston Red Sox have been the most annoying and one of the whiniest teams as they went on for 86 years without winning a title until 2004. During that time, the Anaheim Angels, Arizona Diamondback, Florida Marlins and Atlanta Braves were a few of the teams that hoisted the trophy before the Red Sox.
As Top 5 takes a look at the some of the truly great series, it should be noted that a great World Series doesn’t have to go the full seven games. There are some where someone was swept out of their shoes and sent packing back to their hometown where a riot was waiting for them, as well as free agency. There have been some series that have been dominated by great pitching, great hitting and great individual performances. Picking just five great World Series meant a lot of research and a process of elimination like no other. So without further adieu, here are the Top 5 Greatest World Series.
5 1986 New York Mets 4, Boston Red Sox 3
4 2002 Anaheim Angeles 4, San Francisco Giants 3
3 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers 4, New York Yankees 3
2 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates 4, New York Yankees 3
1 1991 Minnesota Twins 4, Atlanta Braves 3
1924 Washington Senators 4, New York Giants 3
The greatest pitcher in the history of baseball, Walter Johnson finally made it to and won the World Series after 18 years in the majors. He lost the first two games he pitched, but the Senators pulled it off in 12 innings in the seventh game with Johnson winning it in relief over the favored Giants.
1969 New York Mets 4, Baltimore Orioles 1
It was the Orioles that were supposed to be the amazing ones winning 109 games against the Miracle Mets. After the Orioles won the first game, Tommy Agee and the Mets put them out of their misery quickly tearing them apart. They closed it out winning 5-0 in Game 5.
2011 St. Louis Cardinals 4, Texas Rangers 3
Top 5 didn’t want to put such a recent World Series on the list, but you have to admit this was a great one. Not in one, but in two games did the Rangers come within just one strike of winning their first championship, only to have the Cardinals turn them into Texas Toast. In Game 6, somebody named David Freese of the Cardinals hit a fly ball that a little league outfielder could have played better. But it was misplayed and sailed over the head of Rangers’ right fielder Nelson Cruz’s with two outs in the eleventh inning. Just like the Red Sox did in 1986, the Rangers folded like a bad poker hand in Game 7 losing 6-2, and now the state of Texas’ best team is still the Dallas Mavericks.