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World Series History. The First World Series - 1903. After two years of battling each other over players, the established National League and upstart American League signed a peace agreement before the '03 season.

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the first world series 1903
The First World Series - 1903

After two years of battling each other over players, the established National League and upstart American League signed a peace agreement before the '03 season.

It wasn't until August, with the Pilgrims and Pirates well in front of their respective leagues, that their owners agreed on a so-called "World's Championship Series," best-of-nine format.


Boston Pilgrims vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Boston won 5 – 3 in 9 games

Players from Boston received $1,182.00 each for the series.

Players from Pittsburgh lost the series yet received $1,316.25 each - thanks to the team owner giving his share of the gate receipts to the players.

The Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds was the scene of the first ever modern World Series and a plaque at Northeastern University now commemorates the location of the site that was once home of the first American League Boston franchise.
a baseball tradition
A Baseball Tradition?

There was no World Series in 1904 because John T. Brush, president of the National League champion New York Giants, refused to allow his team to compete against Boston, the representative of the "inferior" American League

this time it stuck
This time it stuck…

But 1905 was a different story. With the public expressing its indignation over the Giants' "thanks, but no thanks" Series attitude of the previous season, Brush, McGraw and company were ready to take on the American League champion Philadelphia Athletics after an NL race in which the Giants won 105 games. The Series would be contested under guidelines drawn up by the Giants' owner, the John T. Brush Rules called for -- among other things -- a best-of-seven format.

top teams
Top Teams
  • The top teams when it comes to winning World Series championships:
  • Yankees (26)
  • Cardinals & Athletics (9)
  • Dodgers (6)
first night game
First Night Game
  • Game Four of the 1971 World Series between the Pirates and the Orioles.
  • Since then every WS had at least one game played at night.
  • Staring in 1985 every WS game was played in the evening.
a few other firsts
A few other firsts…
  • 1947 – First integrated World Series
  • 1970 – First game played on artificial turf
  • 1976 – First year they used the designated hitter rule
  • 1997 – First Wild Card Team appeared in World Series (and also won)
  • 2003 – All Star game winner determined home field advantage