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At the first World Series, held in 1903, the Boston Americans (front row) defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates (back row) in eight games.

The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) and concludes the MLB postseason. First played in 1903,[1] the World Series championship is a best-of-seven playoff and is a contest between the champions of baseball's National League (NL) and American League (AL).[2] Often referred to as the "Fall Classic",[3] the modern World Series has been played every year since 1903 with two exceptions: in 1904, when the NL champion New York Giants declined to play the AL champion Boston Americans; and in 1994, when the series was canceled due to the players' strike.[1][2][4][5]

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.[1][2] Although the large majority of contests have been played entirely during the month of October, a small number of Series have also had games played during September and November. The Series-winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy.[6] Players, coaches and others associated with the team are generally given World Series rings to commemorate their victory; however, they have received other items such as pocket watches and medallions in the past.[7] The winning team is traditionally invited to the White House to meet the President of the United States.

A total of 115 Series have been contested, with the AL champion winning 66 and the NL champion winning 49. The New York Yankees of the AL have played in 40 World Series through 2019, winning 27 — the most championship appearances and most victories by any team in the four major North American professional sports leagues. The Los Angeles Dodgers of the NL have the most losses with 14, while the Yankees have the most losses among AL teams with 13. The St. Louis Cardinals have won 11 championships, the most championships among NL clubs and second-most all-time behind the Yankees, and have made 19 total appearances, third-most among NL clubs.[3] Both the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers have represented the NL in more World Series, with 20 each.

The Seattle Mariners are the only current MLB franchise that has never appeared in a World Series; the San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, and Milwaukee Brewers have all played in the Series but have never won it. The Toronto Blue Jays are the only franchise from outside the United States to appear in and win a World Series, winning in 1992 and 1993. The Houston Astros are the only franchise to have represented both the NL (2005) and the AL (2017 and 2019), winning the Series in 2017. The current World Series champions are the Washington Nationals.

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Winners

Numbers in parentheses in the table are World Series appearances as of the date of that World Series, and are used as follows:

  • Winning team and losing team columns indicate the number of times that team has appeared in a World Series as well as each respective team's World Series record to date.
  National League team
  American League team
Year Winning team Manager Games Losing team Manager Ref.
1903 Boston Americans (1, 1–0) Jimmy Collins 5–3[V] Pittsburgh Pirates (1, 0–1) Fred Clarke [8]
1904 No World Series [1]
1905 New York Giants (1, 1–0) John McGraw 4–1 Philadelphia Athletics (1, 0–1) Connie Mack [9]
1906 Chicago White Sox (1, 1–0) Fielder Jones 4–2 Chicago Cubs (1, 0–1) Frank Chance [10]
1907 Chicago Cubs (2, 1–1) Frank Chance 4–0–(1)[T] Detroit Tigers (1, 0–1) Hugh Jennings [11]
1908 Chicago Cubs (3, 2–1) Frank Chance 4–1 Detroit Tigers (2, 0–2) Hugh Jennings [12]
1909 Pittsburgh Pirates (2, 1–1) Fred Clarke 4–3 Detroit Tigers (3, 0–3) Hugh Jennings [13]
1910 Philadelphia Athletics (2, 1–1) Connie Mack 4–1 Chicago Cubs (4, 2–2) Frank Chance [14]
1911 Philadelphia Athletics (3, 2–1) Connie Mack 4–2 New York Giants (2, 1–1) John McGraw [15]
1912 Boston Red Sox (2, 2–0) Jake Stahl 4–3–(1)[T] New York Giants (3, 1–2) John McGraw [16]
1913 Philadelphia Athletics (4, 3–1) Connie Mack 4–1 New York Giants (4, 1–3) John McGraw [17]
1914 Boston Braves (1, 1–0) George Stallings 4–0 Philadelphia Athletics (5, 3–2) Connie Mack [18]
1915 Boston Red Sox (3, 3–0) Bill Carrigan 4–1 Philadelphia Phillies (1, 0–1) Pat Moran [19]
1916 Boston Red Sox (4, 4–0) Bill Carrigan 4–1 Brooklyn Robins (1, 0–1) Wilbert Robinson [20]
1917 Chicago White Sox (2, 2–0) Pants Rowland 4–2 New York Giants (5, 1–4) John McGraw [21]
1918 Boston Red Sox (5, 5–0) Ed Barrow 4–2 Chicago Cubs (5, 2–3) Fred Mitchell [22]
1919 Cincinnati Reds (1, 1–0) Pat Moran 5–3[V] Chicago White Sox (3, 2–1) Kid Gleason [23]
1920 Cleveland Indians (1, 1–0) Tris Speaker 5–2[V] Brooklyn Robins (2, 0–2) Wilbert Robinson [24]
1921 New York Giants (6, 2–4) John McGraw 5–3[V] New York Yankees (1, 0–1) Miller Huggins [25]
1922 New York Giants (7, 3–4) John McGraw 4–0–(1)[T] New York Yankees (2, 0–2) Miller Huggins [26]
1923 New York Yankees (3, 1–2) Miller Huggins 4–2 New York Giants (8, 3–5) John McGraw [27]
1924 Washington Senators (1, 1–0) Bucky Harris 4–3 New York Giants (9, 3–6) John McGraw [28]
1925 Pittsburgh Pirates (3, 2–1) Bill McKechnie 4–3 Washington Senators (2, 1–1) Bucky Harris [29]
1926 St. Louis Cardinals (1, 1–0) Rogers Hornsby 4–3 New York Yankees (4, 1–3) Miller Huggins [30]
1927 New York Yankees (5, 2–3) Miller Huggins 4–0 Pittsburgh Pirates (4, 2–2) Donie Bush [31]
1928 New York Yankees (6, 3–3) Miller Huggins 4–0 St. Louis Cardinals (2, 1–1) Bill McKechnie [32]
1929 Philadelphia Athletics (6, 4–2) Connie Mack 4–1 Chicago Cubs (6, 2–4) Joe McCarthy [33]
1930 Philadelphia Athletics (7, 5–2) Connie Mack 4–2 St. Louis Cardinals (3, 1–2) Gabby Street [34]
1931 St. Louis Cardinals (4, 2–2) Gabby Street 4–3 Philadelphia Athletics (8, 5–3) Connie Mack [35]
1932 New York Yankees (7, 4–3) Joe McCarthy 4–0 Chicago Cubs (7, 2–5) Charlie Grimm [36]
1933 New York Giants (10, 4–6) Bill Terry 4–1 Washington Senators (3, 1–2) Joe Cronin [37]
1934 St. Louis Cardinals (5, 3–2) Frank Frisch 4–3 Detroit Tigers (4, 0–4) Mickey Cochrane [38]
1935 Detroit Tigers (5, 1–4) Mickey Cochrane 4–2 Chicago Cubs (8, 2–6) Charlie Grimm [39]
1936 New York Yankees (8, 5–3) Joe McCarthy 4–2 New York Giants (11, 4–7) Bill Terry [40]
1937 New York Yankees (9, 6–3) Joe McCarthy 4–1 New York Giants (12, 4–8) Bill Terry [41]
1938 New York Yankees (10, 7–3) Joe McCarthy 4–0 Chicago Cubs (9, 2–7) Gabby Hartnett [42]
1939 New York Yankees (11, 8–3) Joe McCarthy 4–0 Cincinnati Reds (2, 1–1) Bill McKechnie [43]
1940 Cincinnati Reds (3, 2–1) Bill McKechnie 4–3 Detroit Tigers (6, 1–5) Del Baker [44]
1941 New York Yankees (12, 9–3) Joe McCarthy 4–1 Brooklyn Dodgers (3, 0–3) Leo Durocher [45]
1942 St. Louis Cardinals (6, 4–2) Billy Southworth 4–1 New York Yankees (13, 9–4) Joe McCarthy [46]
1943 New York Yankees (14, 10–4) Joe McCarthy 4–1 St. Louis Cardinals (7, 4–3) Billy Southworth [47]
1944 St. Louis Cardinals (8, 5–3) Billy Southworth 4–2 St. Louis Browns (1, 0–1) Luke Sewell [48]
1945 Detroit Tigers (7, 2–5) Steve O'Neill 4–3 Chicago Cubs (10, 2–8) Charlie Grimm [49]
1946 St. Louis Cardinals (9, 6–3) Eddie Dyer 4–3 Boston Red Sox (6, 5–1) Joe Cronin [50]
1947 New York Yankees (15, 11–4) Bucky Harris 4–3 Brooklyn Dodgers (4, 0–4) Burt Shotton [51]
1948 Cleveland Indians (2, 2–0) Lou Boudreau 4–2 Boston Braves (2, 1–1) Billy Southworth [52]
1949 New York Yankees (16, 12–4) Casey Stengel 4–1 Brooklyn Dodgers (5, 0–5) Burt Shotton [53]
1950 New York Yankees (17, 13–4) Casey Stengel 4–0 Philadelphia Phillies (2, 0–2) Eddie Sawyer [54]
1951 New York Yankees (18, 14–4) Casey Stengel 4–2 New York Giants (13, 4–9) Leo Durocher [55]
1952 New York Yankees (19, 15–4) Casey Stengel 4–3 Brooklyn Dodgers (6, 0–6) Charlie Dressen [56]
1953 New York Yankees (20, 16–4) Casey Stengel 4–2 Brooklyn Dodgers (7, 0–7) Charlie Dressen [57]
1954 New York Giants (14, 5–9) Leo Durocher 4–0 Cleveland Indians (3, 2–1) Al Lopez [58]
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers (8, 1–7) Walter Alston 4–3 New York Yankees (21, 16–5) Casey Stengel [59]
1956 New York Yankees (22, 17–5) Casey Stengel 4–3 Brooklyn Dodgers (9, 1–8) Walter Alston [60]
1957 Milwaukee Braves (3, 2–1) Fred Haney 4–3 New York Yankees (23, 17–6) Casey Stengel [61]
1958 New York Yankees (24, 18–6) Casey Stengel 4–3 Milwaukee Braves (4, 2–2) Fred Haney [62]
1959 Los Angeles Dodgers (10, 2–8) Walter Alston 4–2 Chicago White Sox (4, 2–2) Al Lopez [63]
1960 Pittsburgh Pirates (5, 3–2) Danny Murtaugh 4–3 New York Yankees (25, 18–7) Casey Stengel [64]
1961 New York Yankees (26, 19–7) Ralph Houk 4–1 Cincinnati Reds (4, 2–2) Fred Hutchinson [65]
1962 New York Yankees (27, 20–7) Ralph Houk 4–3 San Francisco Giants (15, 5–10) Alvin Dark [66]
1963 Los Angeles Dodgers (11, 3–8) Walter Alston 4–0 New York Yankees (28, 20–8) Ralph Houk [67]
1964 St. Louis Cardinals (10, 7–3) Johnny Keane 4–3 New York Yankees (29, 20–9) Yogi Berra [68]
1965 Los Angeles Dodgers (12, 4–8) Walter Alston 4–3 Minnesota Twins (4, 1–3) Sam Mele [69]
1966 Baltimore Orioles (2, 1–1) Hank Bauer 4–0 Los Angeles Dodgers (13, 4–9) Walter Alston [70]
1967 St. Louis Cardinals (11, 8–3) Red Schoendienst 4–3 Boston Red Sox (7, 5–2) Dick Williams [71]
1968 Detroit Tigers (8, 3–5) Mayo Smith 4–3 St. Louis Cardinals (12, 8–4) Red Schoendienst [72]
1969 New York Mets (1, 1–0) Gil Hodges 4–1 Baltimore Orioles (3, 1–2) Earl Weaver [73]
1970 Baltimore Orioles (4, 2–2) Earl Weaver 4–1 Cincinnati Reds (5, 2–3) Sparky Anderson [74]
1971 Pittsburgh Pirates (6, 4–2) Danny Murtaugh 4–3 Baltimore Orioles (5, 2–3) Earl Weaver [75]
1972 Oakland Athletics (9, 6–3) Dick Williams 4–3 Cincinnati Reds (6, 2–4) Sparky Anderson [76]
1973 Oakland Athletics (10, 7–3) Dick Williams 4–3 New York Mets (2, 1–1) Yogi Berra [77]
1974 Oakland Athletics (11, 8–3) Alvin Dark 4–1 Los Angeles Dodgers (14, 4–10) Walter Alston [78]
1975 Cincinnati Reds (7, 3–4) Sparky Anderson 4–3 Boston Red Sox (8, 5–3) Darrell Johnson [79]
1976 Cincinnati Reds (8, 4–4) Sparky Anderson 4–0 New York Yankees (30, 20–10) Billy Martin [80]
1977 New York Yankees (31, 21–10) Billy Martin 4–2 Los Angeles Dodgers (15, 4–11) Tommy Lasorda [81]
1978 New York Yankees (32, 22–10) Bob Lemon 4–2 Los Angeles Dodgers (16, 4–12) Tommy Lasorda [82]
1979 Pittsburgh Pirates (7, 5–2) Chuck Tanner 4–3 Baltimore Orioles (6, 2–4) Earl Weaver [83]
1980 Philadelphia Phillies (3, 1–2) Dallas Green 4–2 Kansas City Royals (1, 0–1) Jim Frey [84]
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers (17, 5–12) Tommy Lasorda 4–2 New York Yankees (33, 22–11) Bob Lemon [85]
1982 St. Louis Cardinals (13, 9–4) Whitey Herzog 4–3 Milwaukee Brewers[L1] (1, 0–1) Harvey Kuenn [86]
1983 Baltimore Orioles (7, 3–4) Joe Altobelli 4–1 Philadelphia Phillies (4, 1–3) Paul Owens [87]
1984 Detroit Tigers (9, 4–5) Sparky Anderson 4–1 San Diego Padres (1, 0–1) Dick Williams [88]
1985 Kansas City Royals (2, 1–1) Dick Howser 4–3 St. Louis Cardinals (14, 9–5) Whitey Herzog [89]
1986 New York Mets (3, 2–1) Davey Johnson 4–3 Boston Red Sox (9, 5–4) John McNamara [90]
1987 Minnesota Twins (5, 2–3) Tom Kelly 4–3 St. Louis Cardinals (15, 9–6) Whitey Herzog [91]
1988 Los Angeles Dodgers (18, 6–12) Tommy Lasorda 4–1 Oakland Athletics (12, 8–4) Tony La Russa [92]
1989 Oakland Athletics (13, 9–4) Tony La Russa 4–0 San Francisco Giants (16, 5–11) Roger Craig [93]
1990 Cincinnati Reds (9, 5–4) Lou Piniella 4–0 Oakland Athletics (14, 9–5) Tony La Russa [94]
1991 Minnesota Twins (6, 3–3) Tom Kelly 4–3 Atlanta Braves (5, 2–3) Bobby Cox [95]
1992 Toronto Blue Jays (1, 1–0) Cito Gaston 4–2 Atlanta Braves (6, 2–4) Bobby Cox [96]
1993 Toronto Blue Jays (2, 2–0) Cito Gaston 4–2 Philadelphia Phillies (5, 1–4) Jim Fregosi [97]
1994 No World Series due to a players' strike.
1995 Atlanta Braves (7, 3–4) Bobby Cox 4–2 Cleveland Indians (4, 2–2) Mike Hargrove [98]
1996 New York Yankees (34, 23–11) Joe Torre 4–2 Atlanta Braves (8, 3–5) Bobby Cox [99]
1997 Florida Marlins[W] (1, 1–0) Jim Leyland 4–3 Cleveland Indians (5, 2–3) Mike Hargrove [100]
1998 New York Yankees (35, 24–11) Joe Torre 4–0 San Diego Padres (2, 0–2) Bruce Bochy [101]
1999 New York Yankees (36, 25–11) Joe Torre 4–0 Atlanta Braves (9, 3–6) Bobby Cox [102]
2000 New York Yankees (37, 26–11) Joe Torre 4–1 New York Mets[W] (4, 2–2) Bobby Valentine [103]
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks (1, 1–0) Bob Brenly 4–3 New York Yankees (38, 26–12) Joe Torre [104]
2002 Anaheim Angels[W] (1, 1–0) Mike Scioscia 4–3 San Francisco Giants[W] (17, 5–12) Dusty Baker [105]
2003 Florida Marlins[W] (2, 2–0) Jack McKeon 4–2 New York Yankees (39, 26–13) Joe Torre [106]
2004 Boston Red Sox[W] (10, 6–4) Terry Francona 4–0 St. Louis Cardinals (16, 9–7) Tony La Russa [107]
2005 Chicago White Sox (5, 3–2) Ozzie Guillén 4–0 Houston Astros[W][L2] (1, 0–1) Phil Garner [108]
2006 St. Louis Cardinals (17, 10–7) Tony La Russa 4–1 Detroit Tigers[W] (10, 4–6) Jim Leyland [109]
2007 Boston Red Sox (11, 7–4) Terry Francona 4–0 Colorado Rockies[W] (1, 0–1) Clint Hurdle [110]
2008 Philadelphia Phillies (6, 2–4) Charlie Manuel 4–1 Tampa Bay Rays (1, 0–1) Joe Maddon [111]
2009 New York Yankees (40, 27–13) Joe Girardi 4–2 Philadelphia Phillies (7, 2–5) Charlie Manuel [112]
2010 San Francisco Giants (18, 6–12) Bruce Bochy 4–1 Texas Rangers (1, 0–1) Ron Washington [113]
2011 St. Louis Cardinals[W] (18, 11–7) Tony La Russa 4–3 Texas Rangers (2, 0–2) Ron Washington [114]
2012 San Francisco Giants (19, 7–12) Bruce Bochy 4–0 Detroit Tigers (11, 4–7) Jim Leyland [115]
2013 Boston Red Sox (12, 8–4) John Farrell 4–2 St. Louis Cardinals (19, 11–8) Mike Matheny [116]
2014 San Francisco Giants[W] (20, 8–12) Bruce Bochy 4–3 Kansas City Royals[W] (3, 1–2) Ned Yost [117]
2015 Kansas City Royals (4, 2–2) Ned Yost 4–1 New York Mets (5, 2–3) Terry Collins [118]
2016 Chicago Cubs (11, 3–8) Joe Maddon 4–3 Cleveland Indians (6, 2–4) Terry Francona [119]
2017 Houston Astros (2, 1–1) A. J. Hinch 4–3 Los Angeles Dodgers (19, 6–13) Dave Roberts [120]
2018 Boston Red Sox (13, 9–4) Alex Cora 4–1 Los Angeles Dodgers (20, 6–14) Dave Roberts [121]
2019 Washington Nationals[W] (1, 1–0) Dave Martinez 4–3 Houston Astros (3, 1–2) A. J. Hinch [122]

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