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.
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 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.
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
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.