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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.”

All Time World Series Wins Leader Board

November 3, 2010

Once upon a time, the Cubs even hosted a few World Series matches at Wrigley Field.

The World Series Record by Team or Franchise, 1903-2010 (as prepared on Wikepedia and reproduced here for the sake of easy, quick reference):

Team †
↓
Series
won↓
Latest
win↓
Series
played↓
Latest
Series↓
New York Yankees (AL) 27 2009 40 2009
St. Louis Cardinals (NL) 10 2006 17 2006
[Philadelphia/Kansas City] Oakland Athletics (AL) 9 1989 14 1990
Boston Red Sox [Americans] (AL) 7 2007 11 2007
[New York] San Francisco Giants (NL) 6 2010 18 2010
[Brooklyn] Los Angeles Dodgers (NL) ‡ 6 1988 18 1988
Cincinnati Reds (NL) 5 1990 9 1990
Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) 5 1979 7 1979
Detroit Tigers (AL) 4 1984 10 2006
Chicago White Sox (AL) 3 2005 5 2005
[Boston/Milwaukee] Atlanta Braves (NL) 3 1995 9 1999
[1st Washington Senators] Minnesota Twins (AL) 3 1991 6 1991
[St. Louis Browns] Baltimore Orioles (AL) 3 1983 7 1983
Philadelphia Phillies (NL) 2 2008 7 2009
Florida Marlins (NL, 1993) * 2 2003 2 2003
Toronto Blue Jays (AL, 1977) * 2 1993 2 1993
New York Mets (NL, 1962) * 2 1986 4 2000
Cleveland Indians (AL) 2 1948 5 1997
Chicago Cubs (NL) 2 1908 10 1945
[Los Angeles Angels; California Angels; Anaheim Angels]
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (AL, 1961) *
1 2002 1 2002
Arizona Diamondbacks (NL, 1998) * 1 2001 1 2001
Kansas City Royals (AL, 1969) * 1 1985 2 1985
[2nd Washington Senators] Texas Rangers (AL, 1961) * 0 1 2010
Tampa Bay Rays [Devil Rays] (AL, 1998) * 0 1 2008
Colorado Rockies (NL, 1993) * 0 1 2007
Houston Astros [Colt .45’s] (NL, 1962) * 0 1 2005
San Diego Padres (NL, 1969) * 0 2 1998
[Seattle Pilots] Milwaukee Brewers (AL 1969; NL 1998) * 0 1 1982
[Montreal Expos] Washington Nationals (NL, 1969) * 0 0
Seattle Mariners (AL, 1977) * 0 0

* original league and year of origin for franchise teams.

When the New York/San Francisco Giants defeated the Texas Rangers in this year’s 2010 World Series, they broke a 7th place tie with the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates for 7th place all time in wins and entered into a 5th place tie with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers for 5th place at six wins each.

For the Giants, it was their fourth try since their last win in 1954 that did the trick. On three previous trips, all from San Francisco in 1962, 1989, and 2002), the Giants had fallen short, but not in 2010. The Boys from the west side of the bay put together a scrappy club of hungry veterans and talented youngsters to finally ring the bell for all those fans in NoCal that have supported them since they arrived on the west coast in 1958.

A quick glance at the results chart shows us that the World Series has never been visited by the EEOC. Only the best clubs get there and the New York Yankees have been able to afford more of the best players that make up these best best clubs than any other – and by far.  Those 40 World Series appearances by the Yankees are more than double the numbers compiled by their nearest rivals.

At least, the Houston Astros and Texas Rangers have reached now made it to a World Series, even if neither won. The Astros did it first in 2005, but the Rangers became the first State of Texas club to actually win a World Series game in 2010.

The Chicago Cubs haven’t won a World Series since 1908. That’s 102 years since they took their second World Series crown and 65 years since they made their 10th Series appearance in 1945. That Billy Goat Curse is powerful – and accountably much more far-reaching than that more famous Curse of the Bambino that haunted the Boston Red Sox from 1918 to 2004.

The list of existing teams that have never won a single World Series includes the Texas Rangers, the Tampa Bay Rays, the Colorado Rockies, the Houston Astros, the San Diego Padres, the Milwaukee Brewers, the current Washington Nationals, and the Seattle Mariners.

The Washington Nationals, a club that began life as the Montreal Expos in 1969, and the Seattle Mariners are now the only two existing clubs that have never even been to a World Series.

What is the probability that the winner’s trend we see here will continue to skew its way inevitably in the direction of the New York Yankees much more often than most other places? A lot of that answer hinges on which club Rangers ace Cliff Lee signs to play for as a free agent going into the 2011 season.

Baseball clubs that can afford to build the foundation can also build the house. Baseball clubs with a ton of money can buy the whole house, plus stockpile a lot of the materials that others might otherwise have used to build their own nice houses nearby.

At any rate, have fun staring at the list. It’s also fun to pay attention to trends you see about who’s been there lately – and who hasn’t been there in a very long time.

Congratulations again to the 2010 champion San Francisco Giants. They are having their hometown victory parade today – and they are taking the parade down the same route the 1958 Giants traveled on their “Welcome to San Francisco” parade back in their first west coast year.

Nice touch, San Francisco!