The World Series, first played in 1903, is the culmination of eight months of work and grit where only one team gets crowned the champion of Major League Baseball. Held in October every year, the World Series is a best-of-seven matchup between representatives of the American League and National League. The game is held in both team's home parks. The team that comes from the league that won the All-Star game that year gets home field advantage by getting one extra game played at their home park.
The New York Yankees have won the World Series 27 times in their illustrious history, and second place is not even close. They won their first in 1923, and by the time we had hit 1960 they had amassed 18 titles. The Cardinals have 11 titles, and are the only other club with double figure World Series wins. The list of past champions shows you a complete portrait of every Fall Classic. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for World Series tickets.
World Series Experience and History
Over the last 20 years, many stadiums have hosted World Series games, most of which being old Yankee Stadium which was recently replaced in the Bronx. Whether it be Turner Field in Atlanta or AT&T Park in San Francisco, the World Series transforms any major league park to the most electric place in the country for a few nights every October.
1960: Bill Mazeroski's Walk-Off Home Run
The Pirates were in Game 7 of the World Series against the mighty New York Yankees at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. With one swing of the bat in the bottom of the ninth, Mazeroski won the game for the Pirates and gave sports fans one of the most memorable moments in sports history. It was the first time the World Series had been won with a Walk-Off Home Run in its 57-year history.
1986: It Gets Through Buckner
Mets and Red Sox fans will remember this game forever, though it brings different emotions to each. The Red Sox were about to win their first World Series since 1918, but they managed to give away Game 6 of the 1986 World Series to the Mets when they couldn't close out what looked to be a sure win in the bottom of the 9th, capped when a routine ground ball went through Bill Buckner's legs at first base. Shea Stadium went wild and the Mets went on to win Game 7 and the World Series.
2011: One Out Away for Texas
The Texas Rangers took a 3-2 series lead going back to St. Louis, and had a 7-5 lead in that Game 6 going into the 9th inning. Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz had two outs, but David Freese hit a game-tying triple to tie it. Then in the 11th, Freese delivered again with a walk-off homer to win the game. The Cardinals won Game 7 handily and thus won the World Series.
2014 World Series Preview
The 2014 MLB World Series pits two teams with completely opposite stories against each other. The Kansas City Royals are making their first postseason, and first World Series appearance since 1985. The Royals needed an extra innings thriller to defeat the Oakland Athletics in the AL Wild Card game and 6 of their 8 playoff victories have come by 1 run or less. Despite this, the Kansas City Royals enter the 2014 World Series undefeated in the MLB Postseason and look to bring Kansas City its first World Series title in almost 30 years. On the other side is World Series regular the San Francisco Giants. The Giants will appear in the World Series for the 3rd time in 5 seasons and will try to tie the Boston Red Sox for 4th on the all-time World Series victories list at 8. Both the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants utilize opportunist hitting to backup stellar pitching staffs, and the 2014 World Series should feature one of the best defensive matchups in recent years.
Check out our World Series Preview History page for previews of previous years' World Series.
World Series Event Guide
What game should I buy tickets for?
If you want to ensure you get to see a game, aim to buy tickets for one of the first four games of the series. The series could be over after game four and while you will be refunded your money, you won't get to see a game in person.
Which team will have home field advantage?
The rule was recently changed in 2003 so that the team from the league that won the All-Star game will have home field advantage in the World Series.
What games will my team be playing at home?
If your team has home field advantage, they will have Games 1, 2, 6 and 7 at home (with the last two being "if necessary"). The team without home field will host games 3, 4, and 5.
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World Series Veteran As a TicketCity employee I have been fortunate to have many opportunities to attend World Series games - these are the highlights. Yankees at Padres 1998 - my first world series, the atmosphere in San Diego was electric, even though they we're on their way to getting swept. Subway Series 2000 - Attended games in both stadiums - learned that Yankees fans have zero respect for the Mets. Yankees vs Diamondbacks 2001 - This was post 9/11, a very emotional series. Attended games 3 and 4. Game 3 W. threw out the first pitch and Clemens was dominant. Game 4 - Tino hit a two run bomb in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game and Jeter hit a bomb in the 10th to win it. One of the best games I ever attended. Red Sox vs Cardinals 2004 - I drove up from NY, where I was setting up for another Yankees World Series, but the Red Sox somehow came back from a 3-0 deficit. Game 2 was my first game in Fenway and Schilling was dominant, bloody sock and all. Astros vs White Sox 2005 - Game 3 in Houston, it was 14 innings of pure frustration. The Astros had no hitting, and all the pitching. Houston has had it pretty rough since the 95 Rockets. These are my experiences and they are all memorable and history was made in all them. If the World Series ever comes to your town, you will never regret attending. August 26, 2013