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The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) and concludes the MLB postseason. First played in 1903, the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff and is contested between the champions of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL).

The best-of-seven style has been the format of all World Series (except in 1903, 1919, 1920 and 1921, when the winner was determined through a best-of-nine playoff). The Series-winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. Players, coaches, and others associated with the team are generally given rings to commemorate their victory; however, they have received other items such as pocket watches and medallions in the past. The winner of the World Series is traditionally invited to the White House to meet the President of the United States.

The New York Yankees of the American League have played in 40 of the 105 Series through 2009 and have won 27 World Series championships, the most of any Major League franchise. The Yankees have also lost more (13) than any other club. For the National League, the Dodgers have appeared in the Series the most at 18 times (9 each in Brooklyn and Los Angeles), but have won the Series only 6 times (once in Brooklyn, five times in Los Angeles). The St. Louis Cardinals have represented the National League 17 times and have won 10 championships, which is the second-most among Major League teams. The Chicago Cubs have the longest streak of not winning the World Series, with their last championship coming in 1908. The Toronto Blue Jays are the only franchise from outside the United States to appear in a World Series, winning in 1992 and 1993.

WinnersEdit

List of World Series champions
Season World Series Champions Record Runner-Up Record 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 World Series MVP
1971 PITcap70-75 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
97-65
BALcap66- Baltimore Orioles AL
101–57
BAL
5-3
BAL
11-3
PIT
5-1
PIT
4-3
PIT
4-0
BAL
3-2
PIT
2-1
Clemente1 Roberto Clemente OF
1972 OAKcap75-78 Oakland Athletics AL
93–62
CINcap Cincinnati Reds NL
95–59
OAK
3-2
OAK
2-1
CIN
1-0
OAK
3-2
CIN
5-4
CIN
8-1
OAK
3-2
A's72-73 Gene Tenace C
1973 OAKcap75-78 Oakland Athletics AL
94–68
NYMcap New York Mets NL
82-79
OAK
2-1
NYM
10-7
OAK
3-2
NYM
6-1
NYM
2-0
OAK
3-1
OAK
5-2
RJackson1OAK Reggie Jackson OF
1974 OAKcap75-78 Oakland Athletics AL
90–72
LADcap Los Angeles Dodgers NL
102-60
OAK
3-2
LAD
3-2
OAK
3-2
OAK
5-2
OAK
3-2
A's73-82 Rollie Fingers CP
1975 CINcap Cincinnati Reds NL
108–54
BOScap75-78 Boston Red Sox AL
95-65
BOS
6-0
CIN
3-2
CIN
6-5
BOS
5-4
CIN
6-2
BOS
7-6
CIN
4-3
PRose1 Pete Rose 3B
1976 CINcap Cincinnati Reds NL
102–60
NYYcap New York Yankees AL
97–62
CIN
5-1
CIN
4-3
CIN
6-2
CIN
7-2
Bench1 Johnny Bench C
1977 NYYcap New York Yankees AL
100–62
LADcap Los Angeles Dodgers NL
98–64
NYY
4-3
LAD
6-1
NYY
5-3
NYY
4-2
LAD
10-4
NYY
8-4
RJackson1NYY Reggie Jackson OF
1978 NYYcap New York Yankees AL
100–63
LADcap Los Angeles Dodgers NL
95–67
LAD
11-5
LAD
4-3
NYY
5-1
NYY
4-3
NYY
12-2
NYY
7-2
Dent1 Bucky Dent SS
1979 PITcap76-84 Pittsburgh Pirates NL
98–64
BALcap75-88 Baltimore Orioles AL
102–57
BAL
5-4
PIT
3-2
BAL
8-4
BAL
9-6
PIT
7-1
PIT
4-0
PIT
4-1
Stargell1 Willie Stargell OF
1980 PHIcap73-91 Philadelphia Phillies NL
91–71
KCcap Kansas City Royals AL
97–65
PHI
7-6
PHI
6-4
KC
4-3
KC
5-3
PHI
4-3
PHI
4-1
Schmidt276-82 Mike Schmidt 3B
1981 LADcap Los Angeles Dodgers NL
36–21
27–26
NYYcap New York Yankees AL
34–22
25-26
NYY
5-3
NYY
3-0
LAD
5-4
LAD
8-7
LAD
2-1
LAD
9-2
Dodgers1 Ron Cey
Pedro Guerrero
Steve Yeager
3B
OF
C
1982 STLcap St. Louis Cardinals NL
92–70
MILcap2 Milwaukee Brewers AL
95–67
MIL
10-0
STL
5-4
STL
6-2
MIL
7-5
MIL
6-4
STL
13-1
STL
6-3
Cardinals1 Darrell Porter C
1983 BALcap75-88 Baltimore Orioles AL
98–64
PHIcap73-91 Philadelphia Phillies NL
90–72
PHI
2-1
BAL
4-1
BAL
3-2
BAL
5-4
BAL
5-0
Dempsey1 Rick Dempsey C
1984 DETcap Detroit Tigers AL
104–58
SDcap80-84 San Diego Padres NL
92–70
DET
3-2
SD
5-3
DET
5-2
DET
4-2
DET
8-4
Trammell1 Alan Trammell SS
1985 KCcap Kansas City Royals AL
91–71
STLcap St. Louis Cardinals NL
101–61
STL
3-1
STL
4-2
KC
6-1
STL
3-0
KC
6-1
KC
2-1
KC
11-0
Saberhagen1 Bret Saberhagen SP
1986 NYMcap New York Mets NL
108–54
BOScap Boston Red Sox AL
95–66
BOS
1-0
BOS
9-3
NYM
7-1
NYM
6-2
BOS
4-2
NYM
6-5
NYM
8-5
RKnight1 Ray Knight 3B
1987 MINcap87- Minnesota Twins AL
85–77
STLcap St. Louis Cardinals NL
95–67
MIN
10-1
MIN
8-4
STL
3-1
STL
7-2
STL
4-2
MIN
11-5
MIN
4-2
Viola1 Frank Viola SP
1988 LADcap Los Angeles Dodgers NL
94–67
OAKcap Oakland Athletics AL
104–58
LAD
5-4
LAD
6-0
OAK
2-1
LAD
4-3
LAD
5-2
Dodgers55 Orel Hershiser SP
1989 OAKcap Oakland Athletics AL
99–63
SFcap San Francisco Giants NL
92–70
OAK
5-0
OAK
5-1
OAK
13-7
OAK
9-6
A's88- Dave Stewart SP
1990 CINcap Cincinnati Reds NL
91–71
OAKcap Oakland Athletics AL
103–59
CIN
7-0
CIN
5-4
CIN
8-3
CIN
2-1
Reds72-92 José Rijo SP
1991 MINcap87- Minnesota Twins AL
95–67
ATLcap Atlanta Braves NL
94–68
MIN
5-2
MIN
3-2
ATL
5-4
ATL
3-2
ATL
14-5
MIN
4-3
MIN
1-0
Twins87-01 Jack Morris SP
1992 TORcap77-93 Toronto Blue Jays AL
96–66
ATLcap Atlanta Braves NL
98–64
ATL
3-1
TOR93
5-4
TOR93
3-2
TOR93
2-1
ATL
7-2
TOR93
4-3
Borders1 Pat Borders C
1993 TORcap77-93 Toronto Blue Jays AL
95–67
PHIcap Philadelphia Phillies NL
97–65
TOR93
8-5
PHI
6-4
TOR93
10-3
TOR93
5-14
PHI
2-0
TOR93
8-6
Molitor1TOR Paul Molitor 3B/DH
1994 No World Series was played in 1994 due to the 1994–95 strike.
1995 ATLcap Atlanta Braves NL
90–54
CLEcap Cleveland Indians AL
100-44
ATL
3-2
ATL
4-3
CLE
7-6
ATL
5-2
CLE
5-4
ATL
1-0
Glavine1 Tom Glavine SP
1996 NYYcap New York Yankees AL
92–70
ATLcap Atlanta Braves NL
96–66
ATL
12-4
ATL
4-0
NYY
5-2
NYY
8-6
NYY
1-0
NYY
3-2
Wetteland1 John Wetteland CP
1997 FLAcap Florida Marlins NL
92-70
CLEcap Cleveland Indians AL
86–75
FLA
7-4
CLE
6-1
FLA
14-9
CLE
10-3
FLA
8-7
CLE
4-1
FLA
3-2
Livan1FLA Liván Hernández SP
1998 NYYcap New York Yankees AL
114–48
SDcap San Diego Padres NL
98–64
NYY
9-6
NYY
9-3
NYY
5-4
NYY
3-0
Brosius1 Scott Brosius 3B
1999 NYYcap New York Yankees AL
98–64
ATLcap Atlanta Braves NL
103–59
NYY
4-1
NYY
7-2
NYY
6-5
NYY
4-1
MRivera1 Mariano Rivera CP
2000 NYYcap New York Yankees AL
87–74
NYMcap New York Mets NL
94–68
NYY
4-3
NYY
6-5
NYM
4-2
NYY
3-2
NYY
4-2
Jeter1 Derek Jeter SS
2001 ARIcap07-b Arizona Diamondbacks NL
92-70
NYYcap New York Yankees AL
95-66
ARI
9-4
ARI
4-0
NYY
2-1
NYY
4-3
NYY
3-2
ARI
15-2
ARI
3-2
    Schilling1ARI

    RJohnson1ARI

Curt Schilling
Randy Johnson
SP
SP
2002 LAAcap Anaheim Angels AL
99-63
SFcap San Francisco Giants NL
95-66
SF
4-3
LAA
11-9
LAA
10-4
SF
4-3
SF
16-4
LAA
6-5
LAA
4-1
Glaus1 Troy Glaus 3B
2003 FLAcap Florida Marlins NL
91-71
NYYcap New York Yankees AL
101-61
FLA
3-2
NYY
6-1
NYY
6-1
FLA
4-3
FLA
6-4
FLA
2-0
Beckett1FLA Josh Beckett SP
2004 BOScap Boston Red Sox AL
98-64
STLcap St. Louis Cardinals NL
105-57
BOS
11-9
BOS
6-2
BOS
4-1
BOS
3-0
Manny1BOS Manny Ramirez OF
2005 CHWcap Chicago White Sox AL
99-63
HOUcap Houston Astros NL
89-73
CWS
5-3
CWS
3-1
CWS
5-0
CWS
5-4
Dye1 Jermaine Dye OF
2006 STLcap St. Louis Cardinals NL
83-78
DETcap Detroit Tigers AL
95-67
STL
7-2
DET
3-1
STL
5-0
STL
5-4
STL
4-2
Eckstein1 David Eckstein SS
2007 BOScap Boston Red Sox AL
96-66
COLcap Colorado Rockies NL
90-73
BOS
13-1
BOS
2-1
BOS
10-5
BOS
4-3
Lowell1 Mike Lowell 3B
2008 PHIcap Philadelphia Phillies NL
92-70
TBcap Tampa Bay Rays AL
97-65
PHI
3-2
TB
4-2
PHI
5-4
PHI
10-2
PHI
4-3
Hamels1 Cole Hamels SP
2009 NYYcap New York Yankees AL
103-59
PHIcap Philadelphia Phillies NL
93-69
PHI
6-1
NYY
3-1
NYY
8-5
NYY
7-4
PHI
8-6
NYY
7-3
Matsui1 Hideki Matsui DH
Milwaukee

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