Rooftop view of a 1903 World Series game in Boston
Charles Comiskey, shown here circa 1910, guided the Browns to four American Association titles.
The 1876 White Stockings won the NL championship.
Christy Mathewson threw 3 complete-game shutouts in the 1905 World Series.
Rogers Hornsby won two Triple Crowns as a Cardinal.
The 1906 Cubs won a record 116 of 154 games. They then won back-to-back World Series titles in 1907–08.
The 1919 Chicago White Sox team photo
Stan Musial retired owning numerous National League and team batting records.
1913 Chicago Cubs
Bill Mazeroski hit a dramatic ninth-inning walk-off home run that decided the 1960 World Series
Bob Gibson, the most decorated pitcher in team history, won two Cy Young Awards.
Hall of Famer Hack Wilson
The Catch: Willie Mays hauls in Vic Wertz's drive near the wall in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.
Pitcher Chris Carpenter, essential in two World Series titles, won 10 playoff games with a 3.00 postseason ERA.
Club logo (1927–1936)
1959 World Series action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Albert Pujols is one of the most accomplished players in Cardinals' history.
Cubs logo (1941–1945)
1968 World Series program and tickets for Games 4 and 5 at Tiger Stadium
Sportsman's Park during the 1946 World Series
A sports-related curse that was supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series.
Carlton Fisk, best known for his "waving fair" home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series
Busch Memorial Stadium, home stadium from 1966 to 2005
Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cub")
Reggie Jackson earned the nickname "Mr. October" by hitting three consecutive home runs in the clinching game six of the 1977 World Series
St. Louis logo (1900–1919)
Ryne Sandberg set numerous league and club records in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005.
President Ronald Reagan with the 1988 World Series champions: Los Angeles Dodgers
St. Louis mascot Fredbird, 2013
Andre Dawson, 5× All-Star and 1987 NL MVP during tenure in Chicago
In Game 6 of the 1991 World Series, Kirby Puckett made a memorable leaping catch in left field to rob an extra-base hit. In the bottom of the 11th inning, Puckett hit a game-winning home run to send the Series to Game 7
Red Schoendienst (1965–76, 1980, 1990)
Sammy Sosa was the captain of the Chicago Cubs during his tenure with the team.
Fireworks in SkyDome after Joe Carter's 1993 World Series-winning home run
Tony La Russa (1996–2011)
Kerry Wood, along with Mark Prior, led the Cubs' rotation in 2003.
Game 1 of the 2008 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies (NL) and Tampa Bay Rays (AL) at Tropicana Field
Joe Medwick's Triple Crown in 1937 is the last in the history of the National League
Dempster emerged in 2004 and became the Cubs' regular closer.
In 2011, David Freese hit a game-tying two-run triple (with two outs) to send it into extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, Freese led off with a game-winning home run to send the Series to Game 7
Lou Brock
Alfonso Soriano signed with the club in 2007.
Chicago Cubs celebrate their 2016 World Series victory, their first in 108 years
Dizzy Dean
Carlos Zambrano warming up before a game
Game action in the 1906 Series in Chicago (the only all-Chicago World Series to date)
Curt Flood
Starlin Castro during his 2010 rookie season
Bill Wambsganss completes his unassisted triple play in 1920
Enos Slaughter
One of two Cubs building blocks, Anthony Rizzo, swinging in the box
Washington's Bucky Harris scores his home run in the fourth inning of Game 7 (October 10, 1924)
Ozzie Smith
The Cubs celebrate after winning the 2016 World Series.
The Chicago Cubs celebrate winning the 2016 World Series, which ended the club's 108-year championship drought.
Bruce Sutter
2016 Champions visit the White House in June 2017.
Harry Caray
Clark (left) with the Oriole Bird
Ron Santo
Billy Williams
Ferguson Jenkins
Kiki Cuyler
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown
Harry Caray

The team won four league championships, qualifying them to play in the era's professional baseball championship series, a forerunner of the modern World Series.

- St. Louis Cardinals

In two of these championships, the Browns met the Chicago White Stockings, now the Chicago Cubs, launching the enduring Cardinals–Cubs rivalry.

- St. Louis Cardinals

Both seasons resulted in matchups with the St. Louis Brown Stockings, with the clubs tying in 1885 and with St. Louis winning in 1886.

- Chicago Cubs

The two most prolific World Series winners to date, the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals, did not win their first championship until the 1920s; and three of the teams that were highly successful prior to 1920 (the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs) went the rest of the 20th century without another World Series win.

- World Series

Season 1 Episode 3 of the American television show Kolchak: The Night Stalker ("They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be...") is supposed to take place during a fictional 1974 World Series matchup between the Chicago Cubs and the Boston Red Sox.

- Chicago Cubs

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National League

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Older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest extant professional team sports league.

Older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball (MLB) in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest extant professional team sports league.

Shea Stadium prior to the start of a New York Mets game in 2008. Shea had the best attendance in the National League that year, drawing over 53,000 fans per game on average.
Morgan Bulkeley, the first president of the National League

Each league established a team in the nation's largest metropolis of New York City, and the league champions of 1903 arranged to compete against each other in the new professional baseball championship tournament with the inaugural "World Series" that Fall of 1903, succeeding earlier similar national series in previous decades since the 1880s.

The two remaining original NL franchises, Boston and Chicago, remain still in operation today as the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs.

With the merger, the NL absorbed the St. Louis Browns (now known as the St. Louis Cardinals), along with three other teams that did not survive into the 20th century (for those three teams, see Partnership with the American League below).

Major League Baseball

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Professional baseball organization and the oldest major professional sports league in the world.

Professional baseball organization and the oldest major professional sports league in the world.

National League Baltimore Orioles, 1896
Cy Young, 1911 baseball card
Jackie Robinson comic book, 1951
1959 World Series action at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Graph showing, by year, the average number of runs per MLB game
Mark McGwire was one of several central figures in baseball's steroids scandal
Cleveland Indians throwback uniform
A Grapefruit League game at the former Los Angeles Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida
President John F. Kennedy throwing out the first pitch at the 1962 All-Star Game at DC Stadium
Rafael Palmeiro (batter), one of the MLB players suspended for steroid use
MLB blackout map in the United States
Canadian MLB blackout map
MLB blackout map in the United States

Each team plays 162 games per each season and six teams in each league advance to a four-round postseason tournament that culminates in the World Series, a best-of-seven championship series between the two league champions that dates to 1903.

The modern Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves franchises trace their histories back to the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players in the 1870s.

Had the Dodgers moved out west alone, the St. Louis Cardinals—1600 mi away —would have been the closest NL team.

New York Yankees

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American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of The Bronx.

American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of The Bronx.

Hilltop Park, home of the Highlanders
The Polo Grounds, home of the Yankees from 1913 to 1922, was demolished in 1964, after the Mets had moved to Shea Stadium in Flushing.
With his hitting prowess, Babe Ruth ushered in an offensive-oriented era of baseball and helped lead the Yankees to four World Series titles.
Lou Gehrig
In 1941, Joe DiMaggio set an MLB record with a 56-game hitting streak that stands to this day and will probably never be broken.
Opening Day of the 1951 baseball season at Griffith Stadium. President Harry Truman throws out the first ball as Bucky Harris and Casey Stengel look on.
Mickey Mantle was one of the franchise's most celebrated hitters, highlighted by his 1956 Triple Crown and World Series championship.
During 1974 and 1975, Yankee Stadium was renovated into its final shape and structure, as shown here in 2002, seven years before demolition.
The mask and catcher's mitt of Thurman Munson, the team captain who was killed in a plane crash in 1979
Don Mattingly headlined a Yankees franchise that struggled in the 1980s.
The Yankees' success in the late 1990s and early 2000s was built from a core of productive players that included Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter.
Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez, 2007
Joe Girardi was a Yankees catcher before he became manager in 2008.
The new Yankee Stadium opened in 2009 and was christened with a World Series victory in the same way that the original Yankee Stadium was christened with a World Series victory when it opened in 1923.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge quickly became the new face of the team.
World Series rings
"Freddy Sez" holding one of his signs near the bleachers entrance before a game between the Yankees and the Texas Rangers
A shirt worn by a number of Bleacher Creatures
The grounds crew at Yankee Stadium dancing to "Y.M.C.A."
Announcers Michael Kay, Paul O'Neill, Ken Singleton, and Ryan Ruocco in the YES Network broadcast booth at Yankee Stadium in 2009
The first four in the row of retired numbers at the old Yankee Stadium
Yogi Berra
Joe DiMaggio
Whitey Ford
Derek Jeter
Reggie Jackson
Mickey Mantle
Babe Ruth
Mariano Rivera
Lou Gehrig

In 1931, Joe McCarthy, who was previously manager of the Chicago Cubs, was hired as manager and brought the Yankees back to the top of the AL. They swept the Chicago Cubs in the 1932 World Series, and brought the team's streak of consecutive World Series game wins to 12.

The St. Louis Cardinals are in second place with 11 World Series championships with their last win in 2011.

The term's historic usage has been in reference to World Series games played between New York teams.

Chicago White Sox

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American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

1919 "Black Sox" team photo
Ed Walsh holds the record for lowest career earned run average (ERA), 1.82
Al López, manager of the "Go-Go Sox"
Harold Baines at the plate in 1986
Frank Thomas in 1997
The White Sox celebrate after winning a tie-breaker game against the Minnesota Twins for a spot in the 2008 playoffs
View from the upper deck of U.S. Cellular Field in 2006
Batting practice at Comiskey Park, 1986
The 1912–1917, 1919–1929, 1931, and 1936–1938 Chicago White Sox logo
Uniform design from 1971–1975
Alternate logo, used on the road uniform (1991–2010) and on the black alternate uniform (1993–present).
Eddie Murphy, John "Shano" Collins, Joe Jackson, Happy Felsch, and Nemo Leibold in their dugout during the 1917 World Series
Luis Aparicio (1956–62, 1968–70)
Luke Appling (1930–43, 1945–50)
Carlton Fisk (1981–1993)
Nellie Fox (1950–1963)
Shoeless Joe Jackson (1915–1920)
Ted Lyons (1923–1942, 1946)
Minnie Miñoso (1951–57, 1960–61, 1964, 1976, 1980)
Bill Veeck, White Sox owner (1959–61, 1975–80) who revolutionized baseball by introducing many innovations in promotion
Southpaw
Fielder Jones of the White Sox hits the ball against Cubs at West Side Grounds, 1905
Elson in the 1940s
Harrelson in the broadcast booth in 2007

The White Sox are one of two MLB teams based in Chicago, the other being the Chicago Cubs of the National League (NL) Central division.

However, that would be the end of the season, as the World Series did not begin until 1903.

La Russa went on to manage in six World Series (winning three) with the Oakland A's and St. Louis Cardinals, ending up in the Hall of Fame as the third-winningest manager of all time.

Cincinnati Reds

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American professional baseball team based in Cincinnati.

American professional baseball team based in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Reds baseball team in 1909
Hall of famer Edd Roush led Cincinnati to the 1919 World Series.
Ted Kluszewski (1953)
Crosley Field (pictured in 1969), the Reds' home stadium from 1912 to 1970
Riverfront Stadium (pictured in 1974), the home stadium of the Reds from 1970 to 2002
Pete Rose at bat in a game at Dodger Stadium during the 1970s
George Foster slugged 52 home runs in 1977, earning the NL MVP award.
Eric Davis in 1990
Opening day at Riverfront Stadium, 1995
Great American Ball Park, the Reds' home stadium since 2003
Ken Griffey Jr. played in his hometown of Cincinnati from 2000 to 2008.
Joey Votto, first baseman (2007–present)
Great American Ball Park opened in 2003 along the Ohio River.
Logo (1915–1919)
Scott Rolen wearing the current Reds away uniform, featuring classic lettering.
Barry Larkin playing in Riverfront Stadium in 1990
Frank Robinson
Eppa Rixey
Ernie Lombardi
The Ohio Cup trophy
Marty Brennaman, the Hall of Fame "voice of the Reds"

They have won five World Series championships, nine NL pennants, one AA pennant, and ten division titles.

In other deals that proved to be less successful, the Reds traded Gary Nolan to the California Angels for Craig Hendrickson; Rawly Eastwick to the St. Louis Cardinals for Doug Capilla; and Mike Caldwell to the Milwaukee Brewers for Rick O'Keeffe and Garry Pyka, as well as Rick Auerbach from Texas.

In, the Reds were in the newly created National League Central Division with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, and fellow rivals Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros.

National League East

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One of Major League Baseball's six divisions.

One of Major League Baseball's six divisions.

Along with the American League Central it is one of two divisions to have every member win at least one World Series title.

This was due to the demands of the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, who refused to support expansion unless they were promised they would be kept together in the newly created East division.

Rogers Hornsby

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American baseball infielder, manager, and coach who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB).

American baseball infielder, manager, and coach who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Rogers Hornsby with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1917
Rogers Hornsby (pictured on a 1922 baseball card) takes a swing.
Rogers Hornsby with the Boston Braves in 1928
How to Play First Base by Rogers Hornsby
Hornsby in 1920

He played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1915–1926, 1933), New York Giants (1927), Boston Braves (1928), Chicago Cubs (1929–1932), and St. Louis Browns (1933–1937).

He was named the National League (NL)'s Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice, and was a member of one World Series championship team.