103 Facts About World Series

1. Sandy Koufax World Series was the first major league pitcher to pitch four no-hitters and the eighth pitcher to pitch a perfect game in baseball history.

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2. The LA Dodgers won the pennant in 2017 and 2018, but lost the World Series to the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox respectively.

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3. San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson will take the mound for the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series Friday night.

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4. The Mets lost a record 120 games while the New York Yankees won the 1962 World Series, their tenth in the past sixteen years, defeating the San Francisco Giants in seven games.

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5. Sandy Koufax World Series agreed not to throw at all between games—a resolution that lasted only one start.

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6. Ian Kinsler throws away Red Sox' chance for Game 3 World Series victory over Dodgers.

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7. The last Subway World Series involving the original New York ballclubs came in 1956, when the Yankees again beat the Dodgers.

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8. Florida Marlins have the distinction of winning a World Series championship in both seasons they qualified for the postseason, doing so in 1997 and 2003—both times as the National League wild card team.

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9. Sandy Koufax World Series was the first pitcher to win multiple Cy Young Awards, as well as the first pitcher to win a Cy Young Award by a unanimous vote.

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10. Sandy Koufax World Series tried one more year of baseball and showed up for the 1961 season in better condition than he had in previous years.

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11. The Red Sox became the first team since the 1991 Minnesota Twins to win the World Series a year after finishing in last place, and the second overall.

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12. In 2000, the Yankees faced the New York Mets in the first Subway Series World Series since 1956.

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13. The Yankees still managed to pull out a win against the St Louis Cardinals in the 1943 World Series.

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14. Sandy Koufax World Series won the NL Triple Crown for pitchers those same three years by leading the NL in wins, strikeouts, and earned run average.

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15. Sandy Koufax World Series was criticized by some because the Dodgers lost that game.

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16. The Boston Red Sox are still celebrating their 2018 World Series victory this past month over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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17. The New York Yankees won a then-AL record 110 games with only 44 losses, and swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series.

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18. Tim Hudson spent the final two major league seasons with the Giants, earning a World Series ring in 2014.

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19. The Boston Red Sox rewarded manager Alex Cora for winning a World Series in his first year with the team, giving him a new contract with an additional guaranteed year through 2021.

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20. The Yankees won a then-AL record 110 games with only 44 losses, and swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series.

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21. The LA Dodgers have won four World Series while playing in Los Angeles and are on a direct path to win a fifth.

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22. Sandy Koufax World Series signed a contract worth $130,000 for the season, a big salary in that era.

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23. Sandy Koufax World Series believed that if he had too many days off in between starts, it was detrimental to his arm.

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24. Sandy Koufax World Series is known as one of the outstanding Jewish athletes of his era in American professional sports.

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25. Sandy Koufax World Series broke in with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955, at the age of 19.

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26. The Mets lost a record 120 games while the Yankees won the 1962 World Series, their tenth in the past sixteen years, defeating the San Francisco Giants in seven games.

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27. Sandy Koufax World Series had a dominant season in 1963, and had much to show for it.

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28. Sandy Koufax World Series was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Jewish family, and raised in Borough Park.

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29. Madison Bumgarner set all-time MLB records for lowest World Series ERA among pitchers of at least twenty-five innings pitched and three starts, and was the first pitcher in World Series history to pitch a shutout with at least eight strikeouts and no walks.

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30. The Detroit Tigers completed a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees in the ALCS to win their 11th AL pennant and earn a trip to the World Series.

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31. Sandy Koufax World Series would learn the ropes of professional baseball at its highest level.

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32. Sandy Koufax World Series is currently second on the list of overall career ERA in the live-ball era, surpassed only by Whitey Ford.

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33. The Boston Red Sox won a World Series title and 119 games in the process, the second most all-time among World Series winners.

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34. Sandy Koufax World Series ended up getting three cortisone shots for his sore elbow and he missed three starts.

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35. Madison Bumgarner became the ace of a Giants pitching staff that won three World Series championships in a five-year span.

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36. The World Series turned out to indeed have serious consequences for the sport.

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37. Sandy Koufax World Series pitched two complete games, winning them both by allowing only 12 and 3 earned runs.

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38. Ian Kinsler had a really rough night in the 18-inning World Series classic.

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39. Sandy Koufax World Series spent much of his time playing basketball at the Jewish Community House.

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40. Red Sox took the World Series trophy to an iconic Boston pizza shop.

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41. Sandy Koufax World Series tied the new major league record for most strikeouts in a two-game period with 31, 13 in one, than 18 against the San Francisco Giants.

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42. Ian Kinsler is not in the lineup for Game 4 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Saturday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

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43. Sandy Koufax World Series is a modest man who has tried to be forgotten.

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44. Sandy Koufax World Series worked with the pitchers during spring training and will consult during the season.

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45. Sandy Koufax World Series became the youngest player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, and has since served as a pitching instructor for his former team.

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46. The LA Dodgers rebounded from losing the first two games, with Koufax pitching shutouts in Games five and seven to win the crown and the World Series MVP Award.

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47. New York Yankees lost the 1957 World Series to the Milwaukee Braves when Lew Burdette incredibly won three games for the Braves.

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48. In 1967, Sandy Koufax World Series signed a ten-year contract with NBC for $1 million to be a broadcaster on the Saturday Game of the Week.

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49. The Boston Red Sox signed utilityman Steve Pearce to a one-year, $6.25 million contract, sources familiar with the deal told Yahoo Sports, reuniting the World Series MVP with the championship.

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50. Ian Kinsler has just three hits in the ALCS and World Series combined, so he'll head to the bench for another night off.

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51. The Miami Marlins are the last team to win a World Series at the original Yankee Stadium; the Yankees themselves would not participate in another World Series until 2009, when they defeated the then-defending champion Philadelphia Phillies at the new Yankee Stadium.

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52. The Red Sox faced the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 World Series, and swept the Rockies in four games.

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53. Sandy Koufax World Series won the Hickok Belt a second time in 1965, the first and only time anyone had won the belt more than once.

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54. Dexter Fowler hit a leadoff home run It is the only Game 7 leadoff home run in World Series history.

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55. Dexter Fowler is the first African-American to start for the Cubs in a World Series.

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56. Sandy Koufax World Series kept Kerlan's advice to himself and went out every fourth day to pitch.

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57. On September 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax World Series became the sixth pitcher of the modern era to throw a perfect game.

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58. Sandy Koufax World Series garnered headlines by declining to pitch Game 1 of the World Series because of his observance of the Jewish religious holiday of Yom Kippur.

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59. On May 27, 2010, Sandy Koufax World Series was included among a group of prominent Jewish Americans at the first White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

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60. Sandy Koufax World Series's signing bonus was greater than $4,000, he was known as a bonus baby.

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61. Miami Marlins have the distinction of winning a World Series championship in both seasons they qualified for the postseason, doing so in 1997 and 2003—both times as the National League wild card team.

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62. Ian Kinsler is not in the lineup for Game 5 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Sunday, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

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63. The Red Sox went on to win the 1916 World Series, this time defeating the Brooklyn Robins.

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64. Sandy Koufax World Series explained his transformation in John Grabowski's book, Sandy Koufax, saying that he became a good pitcher when he stopped trying to make batters miss the ball and started trying to make them hit it.

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65. Madison Bumgarner would slot in as the team's ace, furthering Milwaukee's ability to repeat as division champs and compete for a World Series title.

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66. In 1962, Sandy Koufax World Series pitched even better until sidelined by a mid-season finger injury.

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67. On September 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax World Series threw a perfect game against Bob Hendley and the Chicago Cubs.

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68. The San Francisco Giants faced the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 World Series, defeating the AL Champions in 7 games, winning 4 games to 3.

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69. Sandy Koufax World Series had 11-game winning streaks in both 1964 and 1965.

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70. Sandy Koufax World Series walked Hank Aaron on four pitches to load the bases, then struck out Bobby Thomson on a full count.

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71. Madison Bumgarner will make his first postseason appearance Wednesday night since his incredible run in 2014 that helped the Giants win the World Series title.

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72. The World Series was not played for the first time in 90 years.

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73. Madison Bumgarner became the first pitcher to begin his World Series career with fifteen scoreless innings since Bruce Hurst did so in 1986.

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74. The Red Sox won a franchise-record 108 games on their way to the 2018 World Series title, and as further proof that 2018 was.

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75. Sandy Koufax World Series is remembered as one of the outstanding Jewish athletes in American sports.

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76. The Boston Red Sox won 62 more games than they lost en route to a World Series championship in 2018.

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77. Madison Bumgarner has helped the San Francisco Giants win three World Series championships and is one of the most dominant postseason pitchers of his generation, but it is not out of the question that the team could move on from him during a rebuilding phase.

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78. The Red Sox announced Friday that Pearce signed a one-year deal with the club to bring the 2018 World Series MVP back to Boston for the 2019 Major League Baseball season.

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79. Dexter Fowler led off Game 7 of the World Series with a home run, becoming the first player in history to lead off a World Series Game 7 with a home run.

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80. Sandy Koufax World Series was the first major leaguer to pitch four no-hitters, and in 1972 became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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81. Sandy Koufax World Series thought he might retire all season long, and did so after the conclusion of the 1966 season.

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82. Sandy Koufax World Series won the Hickok Belt a second time, the first time anyone had won the belt more than once.

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83. Sandy Koufax World Series was the final player chosen in the inaugural Israel Baseball League draft in April 2007.

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84. The Red Sox won the World Series 16 days ago Tuesday.

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85. Sandy Koufax World Series was selected for seven All-Star games and was the first pitcher to win multiple Cy Young Awards, as well as the first pitcher to win a Cy Young Award by a unanimous vote; all three Cy Young Awards he won were by unanimous vote.

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86. Sandy Koufax World Series became a hero for refusing to pitch in the opening game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur.

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87. Sandy Koufax World Series showed up for the 1961 season in better condition than he had in previous years.

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88. Madison Bumgarner has won three World Series championships and two Silver Slugger Awards (2014, 2015).

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89. The San Francisco Giants have won six pennants and three World Series championships since arriving in San Francisco.

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90. Sandy Koufax World Series struck out 14 batters, at the time the most recorded in a perfect game.

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91. Sandy Koufax World Series was one of the outstanding Jewish athletes in American sports.

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92. Sandy Koufax World Series was born in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn to Jack Braun, a salesman, and Evelyn, a cpa.

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93. The San Francisco Giants would have given anything to be going up north to play the Minnesota Twins, and his former teammate outfielder Dan Gladden, traded to the Twins at the start of the season, in the 1987 World Series.

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94. In 1979, Sandy Koufax World Series began working as a coach for the Dodgers, quitting in February 1990.

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95. New York Yankees reached the 1963 World Series, but were swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers and their ace pitcher Sandy Koufax.

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96. Sandy Koufax World Series became a hero to many of his fellow Jews by refusing to pitch in the first game of the World Series against the Minnesota Twins because it fell on Yom Kippur, the high holy day.

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97. The Florida Marlins are the last team to win a World Series at the original Yankee Stadium; the Yankees themselves would not participate in another World Series until 2009, when they defeated the then-defending champion Philadelphia Phillies at the new Yankee Stadium.

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98. Madison Bumgarner joins Sandy Koufax from the 1965 World Series and Justin Verlander from the 2012 American League Division Series as the only postseason pitchers to pitch a shutout and strikeout ten or more batters in a winner-take-all game.

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99. The World Series brought much civic pride to Boston and proved the new American League could beat the Nationals.

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100. Sandy Koufax World Series ended up getting $125,000 and Drysdale $110,000.

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101. The New York Yankees still managed to pull out a win against the St Louis Cardinals in the 1943 World Series.

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102. The Yankees were the first American League team to lose a World Series in which the home team won all seven games.

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103. In June 1959, Sandy Koufax World Series set the record for a night game with 16 strikeouts.

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