World Series

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The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team.wikipedia
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1903 World Series

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The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. One of them matched the two pennant winners, Pittsburgh Pirates of the NL and Boston Americans (later known as the Red Sox) of the AL; that one is known as the 1903 World Series played at Huntington Avenue Grounds.
The 1903 World Series was the first modern World Series to be played in Major League Baseball.

Commissioner's Trophy (MLB)

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The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy.
The Commissioner's Trophy is a trophy presented each year by the Commissioner of Baseball to the MLB team that wins the World Series.

Major League Baseball

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The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team.
Teams play 162 games each season and five 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.

2019 World Series

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The 2019 World Series took place between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals from October 22–30, 2019, with the Nationals winning in seven games for their first-ever championship.
The 115th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff played between the American League champion Houston Astros and the National League champion Washington Nationals.

American League Championship Series

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Prior to 1969, the team with the best regular-season win-loss record in each league automatically advanced to the World Series; since then each league has conducted a two round playoff structure division series and championship series (ALDS/ALCS and NLDS/NLCS) preceding the World Series to determine which teams will advance.
The winner of the ALCS wins the AL pennant and advances to the World Series, MLB's championship series, to play the winner of the National League's (NL) Championship Series.

National League Championship Series

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Prior to 1969, the team with the best regular-season win-loss record in each league automatically advanced to the World Series; since then each league has conducted a two round playoff structure division series and championship series (ALDS/ALCS and NLDS/NLCS) preceding the World Series to determine which teams will advance.
The winner of the NLCS wins the NL pennant and advances to the World Series, MLB's championship series, to play the winner of the American League's (AL) Championship Series.

National League

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The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. Until the formation of the American Association in 1882 as a second major league, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (1871–1875) and then the National League (founded 1876) represented the top level of organized baseball in the United States.
After two years of conflict in a "baseball war" of 1901–1902, the two eight-team leagues agreed in a "peace pact" to recognize each other as "major leagues", draft rules regarding player contracts, prohibiting "raiding", regulating relationships with minor leagues and lower level clubs, and with each establishing 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.

American Association (19th century)

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Until the formation of the American Association in 1882 as a second major league, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players (1871–1875) and then the National League (founded 1876) represented the top level of organized baseball in the United States.
Together with the National League (NL), founded in, the AA participated in an early version of the World Series seven times versus the champion of the NL in an interleague championship playoff tournament.

Houston Astros

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The 2019 World Series took place between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals from October 22–30, 2019, with the Nationals winning in seven games for their first-ever championship.
The team made its first World Series appearance in 2005 as an NL team, only to be swept by the Chicago White Sox.

American League

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The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team.
At the end of every season, the American League champion plays in the World Series against the National League champion; two seasons did not end in playing a World Series (1904, when the National League champion New York Giants refused to play their AL counterpart, and 1994, when a players' strike prevented the Series).

Boston Red Sox

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One of them matched the two pennant winners, Pittsburgh Pirates of the NL and Boston Americans (later known as the Red Sox) of the AL; that one is known as the 1903 World Series played at Huntington Avenue Grounds. 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.
The team have won nine World Series championships, tied for the third-most of any MLB team, and they have played in 13.

Chronicle-Telegraph Cup

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A second attempt at this format was the Chronicle-Telegraph Cup series, which was played only once, in 1900.
The series, played only once, was a precursor to the current World Series.

1904 World Series

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The 1904 Series, if it had been held, would have been between the AL's Boston Americans (Boston Red Sox) and the NL's New York Giants (now the San Francisco Giants).
In 1904, there was no World Series played between the champions of the two major leagues, the American League (AL) and the National League (NL).

San Francisco Giants

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The 1904 Series, if it had been held, would have been between the AL's Boston Americans (Boston Red Sox) and the NL's New York Giants (now the San Francisco Giants).
They have won 23 NL pennants and have played in 20 World Series competitions – both NL records.

1905 World Series

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With the new rules in place and the National Commission in control, McGraw's Giants made it to the 1905 Series, and beat the Philadelphia Athletics four games to one.
The 1905 World Series matched the National League (NL) champion New York Giants against the American League (AL) champion Philadelphia Athletics, with the Giants winning four games to one.

1924 World Series

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In 1925, Brooklyn owner Charles Ebbets persuaded others to adopt as a permanent rule the 2–3–2 pattern used in 1924.
The 1924 World Series was the championship series of the 1924 Major League Baseball season.

1903 Boston Americans season

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One of them matched the two pennant winners, Pittsburgh Pirates of the NL and Boston Americans (later known as the Red Sox) of the AL; that one is known as the 1903 World Series played at Huntington Avenue Grounds.
Boston went on to participate in the first World Series held between the AL and National League (NL) champions.

John T. Brush

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Thus the Giants' owner John T. Brush refused to allow his team to participate in such an event, citing the "inferiority" of the upstart American League.
Brush was also a leader in the formation of the rules that govern the modern World Series.

1944 World Series

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The 2–3–2 pattern has been used ever since save for the 1943 and 1945 World Series, which followed a 3–4 pattern due to World War II travel restrictions; in 1944, the normal pattern was followed because both teams were based in the same home stadium.
The 1944 World Series was an all-St. Louis World Series, matching the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Browns at Sportsman's Park.

2005 World Series

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The White Sox would not win a World Series again until 2005.
The 2005 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2005 season.

1904 New York Giants season

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The 1904 Series, if it had been held, would have been between the AL's Boston Americans (Boston Red Sox) and the NL's New York Giants (now the San Francisco Giants).
The first modern World Series had been played the previous year, but manager John McGraw and owner John T. Brush refused to play the American League champion Boston Americans in a 1904 World Series.

St. Louis Cardinals

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

1945 World Series

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The 2–3–2 pattern has been used ever since save for the 1943 and 1945 World Series, which followed a 3–4 pattern due to World War II travel restrictions; in 1944, the normal pattern was followed because both teams were based in the same home stadium.
The World Series again used the 3–4 wartime setup for home field sites, instead of the normal 2–3–2.

Oakland Athletics

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There are only two other occasions when a team has won at least three consecutive World Series: 1972 to 1974 by the Oakland Athletics, and 1998 to 2000 by the Yankees.
They have won nine World Series championships.

Babe Ruth

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The New York Yankees purchased Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox after the 1919 season, appeared in their first World Series two years later in 1921, and became frequent participants thereafter.
Although Ruth twice won 23 games in a season as a pitcher and was a member of three World Series championship teams with the Red Sox, he wanted to play every day and was allowed to convert to an outfielder.