Comments on: A Visual Look at World Series History http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8823 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Stu B http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8823/comment-page-1#comment-63682 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 04:58:41 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8823#comment-63682 I would like to know how often the same team won games 6 and 7 vs the teams splitting those two games...it seems like it happens more often than not, but I remember doing an analysis of this in 1996 and finding about a 50-50 split, but I'm not sure I'm remembering correctly...it looks like there have only been 3 7-game series since then, so it probably hasn't changed...has anyone else looked into this?

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By: Johnny Twisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8823/comment-page-1#comment-63674 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 04:50:31 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8823#comment-63674 '82 is the first Series I have some recollection of. I actually don't even remember the Series itself, just talking about it months later.

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By: DoubleDiamond http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8823/comment-page-1#comment-63640 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 03:12:14 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8823#comment-63640 My first exposure to the World Series was in 1959, when the series went six games. But then it didn't go six games again until 1977. From 1960 through 1976, there were an awful lot of 7-game series, with a handful of sweeps and 5-game series thrown in there.

1960-1975 World Series lengths:
7 games - 1960, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975
5 games - 1961, 1969, 1970, 1974
4 games - 1963, 1966, 1976

Then, four of the next six World Series went six games, and the other two went seven games:
6 games - 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981
7 games - 1979, 1982

Incidentally, of all of the World Series played between 1960 and 2009, the 1982 World Series is the one that I know least about. I was involved in a lot of other things that year and didn't have a chance to follow it closely. The writers Roger Angell and Thomas Boswell have issued collections of articles and columns in book form that cover many of the World Series in the time during which I have followed baseball, but both skipped over that particular World Series. I do know that in a match-up of Midwestern brewery cities, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4 games to 3. Also, I know that despite being on the losing side, Paul Molitor (who would have another great World Series 11 years later) set some kind of hitting record.

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By: Kahuna Tuna http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8823/comment-page-1#comment-63583 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 00:16:29 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8823#comment-63583 In World Series that have gone five, seven or eight games, the NL and AL are tied, 32 series wins apiece.

In World Series that have gone four or six games, the AL leads the NL, 30 series wins to 11.

The AL has won the last five sweeps going back to 1998. The AL also won all eight of the pre-1940 Series that went exactly six games.

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By: Leatherman http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8823/comment-page-1#comment-63504 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 18:03:28 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8823#comment-63504 The last seven World Series have not had the drama of a game 7. Last season was the only one of the last seven where there was even a game 6. Since the Giants and Angels played a game 7 in 2002, there have been three 4-0 sweeps, three 4-1 series, and the 4-2 series last year.

From 1955-1960, five of the six World Series went to a game 7. The only one that didn't still went to a game 6.

The current seven year drought of a World Series game 7 is the longest in the history of the game.

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By: TheGoof http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8823/comment-page-1#comment-63471 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 16:11:22 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8823#comment-63471 It's interesting that the AL won all but two Series from 1910-1920, and those two are such bizarre cases -- the Miracle Braves and the Black Sox. As I read somewhere recently, people forget that the White Sox were in part massive favorites because it was taken for granted that the AL champ would win.

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By: Douglas http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8823/comment-page-1#comment-63417 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 10:45:48 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8823#comment-63417 It seems the AL sweeps a lot more often than the NL does.

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By: Raphy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8823/comment-page-1#comment-63290 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 02:07:24 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8823#comment-63290 after 1921

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By: Frank Clingenpeel http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8823/comment-page-1#comment-63277 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 01:37:00 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8823#comment-63277 BSK

Never. Even the infamous "Black Sox" Series of 1919 ended 5-3, and the Best-Of-Nine format was abandoned after 1920.

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By: Raphy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/8823/comment-page-1#comment-63266 Mon, 25 Oct 2010 01:08:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=8823#comment-63266 There was never a series that was 5-4
http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/

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