World Series

2005 MLB World Series

Baseball fans, mark your calendars for the Major League Baseball World Series of 2006, which begins on Saturday, October 21st. Coast to Coast will be ready with World Series tickets for you!

Major League Baseball's World Series of 2005 matched the American League's Chicago White Sox against the National League's Houston Astros. If you were a White Sox fan, you knew your team hadn't had this opportunity in 46 long years. If you were rooting for the Astros, you could remember time after time coming so-o-o close but never making it to the World Series before. With two competitors that hungry for victory, we were right to expect dramatic battles in every game. And so they were--the White Sox' four-game sweep belies the fact that all the games were cliffhangers and any of them might well have gone the other way. So come October of 2006 you'll want get your tickets for the thrill of being right in the park and witnessing the piece of history that is the World Series!

In 2004, Major League Baseball gave players and fans alike a postseason to equal any imaginary one, and broke a curse in the bargain. Imagine having tickets to see games like this live in person! First came two cliffhanging 7-game playoffs. In the American League, the contestants were teams who had been bitter rivals for decades: the Boston Red Sox, who had won five previous World Series titles, the last one in 1918, and the New York Yankees, who had snatched up baseball's original icon, Babe Ruth, from the Boston franchise way back then. This transaction not only led to Yankee Stadium's becoming 'the House that Ruth Built' but, many believed, left the Red Sox subject to 'the Curse of the Bambino,' blocking any chance of their gaining another World Series championship. The curse definitely seemed to be in effect as the Yankees won Games 1, 2, and 3, and the Red Sox were three outs away from losing the fourth'”when they battled back to win that game, and then three more, a comeback never before achieved in a post-season series.

The 2004 National League playoff series was an amazingly balanced tug-of-war between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros. As the Baseball Almanac notes, 'heading into the decisive Game 7, both teams had exactly the same batting average at .246, the same number of runs scored at twenty-nine apiece, and the exact same ERA at 4.80.' In the end, victory fell to the Cardinals, and it was time for fans to scramble for tickets to see history in the making at Busch Stadium and Fenway Park.

St. Louis had beaten Boston in the World Series before, in 1946 and 1967. Furthermore, the Cardinals had the best record (105 wins) in 2004's regular baseball season. Just the same, the skills of the Red Sox team and the dreams of Boston fans which had been frustrated for 86 years prevailed'”in four straight games!

How did all this World Series history begin? The first World Series between the AL and NL was in 1903. The World Series began when Pittsburgh of the older National League (founded in 1876) invited Boston of the American League (founded in 1901) to play a best-of-9 game series to determine which of the two league champions was the best.

Boston was the surprise winner, 5 games to 3. The 1904 NL champion New York Giants refused to play Boston the following year, so there was no Series. Giants' owner John T. Brush and his manager John McGraw both despised AL president Ban Johnson and considered the junior circuit to be a minor league. By the following year, however, Brush and Johnson had smoothed out their differences and the Giants agreed to play Philadelphia in a best-of-7 game series. Since then the World Series has been a best-of-7 format, except from 1919-21 when it returned to best-of-9.

The 1904 NL champion New York Giants refused to play Boston the following year, so there was no Series.

In 1922 the World Series was broadcast over the radio for the first time. In 1947 the first World Series was televised locally for the first time.

The 1951 World Series was broadcast coast to coast for the first time. The World Series was played between the two New York teams. The New York Giants lost to the Yankees 4-2. Willie Mays had only four hits in the loss.

The World Series was cancelled for only the second time in 1994 due to the players' strike.

Going into the 2005 post season, the New York Yankees have won the World Series 26 times. The Philadelphia-Oakland A's and St. Louis Cardinals are tied at nine. The Brooklyn-Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox each have six under their belt while the Cincinnati Reds, New York-San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates have five to their credit.

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