In 1979 the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. It wasn't easy. Not only did the Pirates have the Herculean task of coming back from a three games to one disadvantage, they had to do so with the last two games on the road. The Pirates persevered, and in the 30 years since, no road team has won game 7 of the World Series. There have been 8 World Series game 7s since the Pirates victory, but each time it has been the home team that walked away with the hardware.
The entirety of my baseball fandom spans those thirty years and that fact combined with a constant media barrage about the difficulty of winning game 7 on the road has led me to accept that game 7 at home is a significant advantage. However, it wasn't always so. In fact, after the Pirates successful comeback vs. the Orioles, road teams held a 17-10 advantage in sudden death World-Series games. It wasn't until 2002, the last World Series game 7, that the home teams retook the overall historical edge.
Here are the results of all the sudden death World Series Games. The home teams are in red:
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