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World Series Histories: Red Sox and Cardinals

October 31, 2013
Congratulations to the World Champion Red Sox! - "B" STRONG - YOU ARE!

Congratulations to the World Champion Red Sox! – “B” STRONG – YOU ARE!

What a World Series! With Big Papi seeing the ball as if it were a grapefruit, the passionate talented Boston Red Sox took the World Series in six games – and winning one at home for the first time in 95 years. Any last vestige of the Bambino Curse is now removed. These guys played like the best team in baseball’s two great cities and deserved to take home the gold. I loved Big Papi’s post-game remarks, especially his dedication of the MVP award he took hands down to the people of Boston.

The following is just a little quick thumbnail I did overnight (with the help of Baseball Almanac) on the result records in the World Series for both the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.  I hope you find some things of interest in this data.In each separate team report, there are three tables for your inspection:

Table One shows the linear, year by year results record for each team, by series won and lost game totals and locations (home or away) for the start and finish of each series.

Table Two shows how each team fared in each contest by total games played.

Table Three shows how each team did when they variously started and ended at home or away.

Please feel free to comment or question. I’m hoping my words here are as clear as bottled water.

Here we go, starting with the 2013 World Series Champions, the Boston Red Sox:

TABLE 1: BOSTON RED SOX RECORD IN WORLD SERIES: 1903 – 2013:

Team WS # YEAR PLAYED WINNER OF SERIES LOSER OF SERIES GAMES W & L BEGAN WHERE? ENDED WHERE?
1 1903 RED SOX PIRATES 5-3 HOME HOME
2 1912 RED SOX GIANTS 4-3 AWAY HOME
3 1915 RED SOX PHILLIES 4-1 AWAY AWAY
4 1916 RED SOX ROBINS 4-1 HOME * HOME *
5 1918 RED SOX CUBS 4-2 AWAY HOME
6 1946 CARDINALS RED SOX 4-3 AWAY AWAY
7 1967 CARDINALS RED SOX 4-3 HOME HOME
8 1975 RED S RED SOX 4-3 HOME HOME
9 2004 RED SOX CARDINALS 4-0 HOME AWAY
10 2007 RED SOX ROCKIES 4-0 HOME AWAY
11 2013 RED SOX CARDINALS 4-2 HOME HOME
  • HOME GAME, BUT PLAYED AT BRAVES FIELD, ALSO IN BOSTON.

TABLE II: RED SOX RECORD IN WORLD SERIES BASED UPON VARIOUS MULTIPLE GAME OUTCOMES:

POSSIBLE OUTCOMES/ GAMES W OR L RED SOX SERIES WINS & LOSSES
4 WINS – 0 LOSSES 2 WINS – 0 LOSSES
4 WINS – 1 LOSS 2 WINS – 0 LOSSES
4 WINS – 2 LOSSES 2 WINS – 0 LOSSES
4 WINS – 3 LOSSES 1 WIN – 3 LOSSES
5 WINS – 3 LOSSES 1 WIN – 0 LOSSES
TOTAL WINS – LOSSES ————-> 8 WINS – 3 LOSSES

HISTORY NOTE: TO BEAT THE RED SOX IN A WORLD SERIES, A CLUB HAS TO TAKE THEM TO THE FULL 7 GAMES. – THROUGH 2013, THAT’S THE ONLY WAY THEY LOSE.

 

TABLE III: RED SOX RECORD IN WORLD SERIES BASED UPON HOME/AWAY STARTS AND FINISHES:

RED SOX BEGAN/ENDED SERIES W-L RECORD W %
HOME/HOME 3-2 .600
HOME/AWAY 2-0 1.000
AWAY/HOME 2-0 1.000
AWAY/AWAY 1-1 .500
TOTALS 1903-2013 8-3 .727

The Boston “Americans”/Red Sox appeared in 5 of the first 15 World Series played from 1903 to 1918, winning them all, but never again after 1918 until 2004. Most fans held to the belief that the “Curse of the Bambino” was respomsible for the club’s inability to win after owner Harry Frazee sold Babe Ruth the New York Yankees prior to the 1920 season. More also added that the curse had been totally erased once the Red Sox repeated their victory in the 2007 World Series, but a few still held to the belief that the long shadow of the Lost Babe would not be truly, fully gone until the Red Sox again won a Series at home. Their 2004 and 2007 victories wrapped up on the road.

Last night, October 30, 2013, the Boston Red Sox won it all at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918. That last hangnail stigma has now been impressively and decidedly breached for the first time in 95 years. That low hum you may still be hearing this morning is nothing more than the last few remaining solar gurgles in the final death rattle of the “1918 Curse of the Bambino” that once kept a lid on further Red Sox victories in the World Series for 86 years (1918-2004).

“Ding! Dong! – The Witch is Dead! – And ‘Boston Strong’ is Alive and Well!”

Now let’s take a look at the same details as they apply to the St. Louis Cardinals, starting with the fact that there’s no cause for curse here that we know of:

Table I: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS RECORD IN WORLD SERIES, 1926-2013:

Team WS # YEAR PLAYED WINNER OF SERIES LOSER OF SERIES GAMES W & L BEGAN WHERE? ENDED WHERE?
1 1926 CARDINALS YANKEES 4-3 AWAY AWAY
2 1928 YANKEES CARDINALS 4-0 AWAY HOME
3 1930 ATHLETICS CARDINALS 4-2 AWAY AWAY
4 1931 CARDINALS ATHLETICS 4-3 HOME HOME
5 1934 CARDINALS TIGERS 4-3 AWAY AWAY
6 1942 CARDINALS YANKEES 4-1 HOME AWAY
7 1943 YANKEES CARDINALS 4-1 AWAY HOME
8 1944 CARDINALS BROWNS 4-2 HOME * HOME *
9 1946 CARDINALS RED SOX 4-3 HOME HOME
10 1964 CARDINALS YANKEES 4-3 HOME HOME
11 1967 CARDINALS RED SOX 4-3 AWAY AWAY
12 1968 TIGERS CARDINALS 4-3 HOME HOME
13 1982 CARDINALS BREWERS 4-3 HOME HOME
14 1985 ROYALS CARDINALS 4-3 AWAY AWAY
15 1987 TWINS CARDINALS 4-3 AWAY AWAY
16 2004 RED SOX CARDINALS 4-0 AWAY HOME
17 2006 CARDINALS TIGERS 4-1 AWAY HOME
18 2011 CARDINALS RANGERS 4-3 HOME HOME
19 2013 RED SOX CARDINALS 4-2 AWAY AWAY
  • THERE WERE NO “AWAY” GAMES IN 1944. BOTH CLUBS WERE FROM ST. LOUIS, PLAYING IN THE SAME BALLPARK THEY SHARED AS HOME DURING THE REGULAR SEASON.

 

TABLE II: CARDINALS RECORD IN WORLD SERIES, BASED UPON VARIOUS MULTIPLE GAME OUTCOMES:

POSSIBLE OUTCOMES/ GAMES W OR L CARDINALS SERIES WINS & LOSSES
4 WINS – 0 LOSSES 0 WINS – 2 LOSSES
4 WINS – 1 LOSS 2 WINS – 1 LOSSES
4 WINS – 2 LOSSES 1 WINS – 2 LOSSES
4 WINS – 3 LOSSES 8 WIN – 3 LOSSES
TOTAL WINS – LOSSES ————-> 11 WINS – 8 LOSSES

 

TABLE III. CARDINALS RECORD IN WORLD SERIES BASED UPON HOME/AWAY STARTS AND FINISHES:

CARDS BEGAN/ENDED SERIES W-L RECORD W %
HOME/HOME 6-1 .857
HOME/AWAY 1-0 1.000
AWAY/HOME 1-3 .250
AWAY/AWAY 3-4 .429
TOTALS 1903-2013 11-8 .579

A few facts jump off the page. For one, look at the Cardinals’ history of seven game World Series. 11 of their 19 Series trips have gone to seven – and the Cards have won 8 and lost 3 – totals alone that match the whole record for the Boston Red Sox in all 11 of their World Series appearances. – Also, watch out when the Cards get to start and finish a Series at home. They are 6 wins and only 1 loss in that column.

Both the Red Sox and the Cardinals will be back to The Show. They are each too well-organized and dedicated to winning to stay away long, but I did get the feeling last night that the Cardinals may be starting to play old. Beltran, Molina, and Holiday are no spring chickens. Age and dead spots in the batting order will need to be addressed. As for the Red Sox, I really loved David Ortiz’s post-game declaration, “I’M BACK!” Also, that Dustin Pedroia is great – a real old school firecracker. The Red Sox need to rattle his family tree and childhood neighborhood for the possibility of more like him.

Finally, I would really like to see the Red Sox stage a very special throwback uniform night at Fenway in 2014. – Just call it “House of David Memorial Night.”