Take a Look at World Series History by the Numbers

By Glen Sparks

In this quiz, you get a number. The challenge is to guess why this number is important in World Series history.  Yes, I understand that you might come up with a different fact from mine. If you do, award yourself a bonus point. Good luck!

  1. 0.95 … What was Sandy Koufax’s career ERA in the World Series?

    Sandy Koufax had just a 4-3 won-loss record in Series play but a sparkling 0.95 ERA.

    Sandy Koufax had just a 4-3 won-loss record in Series play but a sparkling 0.95 ERA.

  2. 27 … How many times have the Yankees won the World Series?
  3. 1980 … What year did the Phillies finally win the World Series?
  4. $1,182, $1,316 … What were the winning (Boston Pilgrims, or Americans, the forerunner of the Red Sox) and losing (Pittsburgh Pirates) shares in the first World Series (1903)? No, this is not a typo. This was the only time the losing team got more than the winning team. Pirates’ owner Barney Dreyfuss gave his share to the players.
  5. $307,322.68, $228,300.17 … What were the winning (Red Sox) and losing (Cardinals) shares in the 2013 World Series? No, this is not a typo. It’s just a lot of dough.
  6. 16,242 … How many people attended the first World Series game, held Oct., 1903, at Huntington Avenue Grounds in Boston?
  7. 92,650 … How many people attended Game 4 of the 1959 World Series (Dodgers vs. White Sox) at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum?
  8. 15 … How many home runs did Babe Ruth hit in his 129 Series at-bats?
  9. 2 … How many times did Bob Gibson win Game 7 in a World Series? (1964 and 1967)
  10. 1-8 … What was the Dodgers’ all-time World Series record in Brooklyn? The team is 5-4 in L.A.
  11. 7 … How many bases did the Cubs steal in Game 3 of the 1907 World Series against the Tigers?
  12. 0 … How many outfield assists did Joe DiMaggio record in 51 Series games?
  13. 1 … How many hits did Kirk Gibson get in the 1988 World Series? Gibby went 1-1. The one hit was pretty big.
  14. 1-0 … What was the count on the Pirates’ Bill Mazeroski when he hit his Series-ending home run against the Yankees in 1960?
  15. 1.727 … What was Lou Gehrig’s slugging percentage in the 1928 World Series?
  16. 0.50 … What was the team ERA of the Orioles in the 1966 World Series against the Dodgers?
  17. 146 … How many innings did the Yankees’ Whitey Ford pitch in the World Series?
  18. .417 … What did light-hitting Cardinals shortstop Tommy Thevenow (.256 during the season, .2467 lifetime) bat in the 1926 World Series?
  19. .375, .324, .226. … What did “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver and Eddie Collins, respectively, bat in the 1919 World Series? Jackson and Weaver were later implicated in the Black Sox Scandal and banned from baseball for life. Collins was never accused in the mess.
  20. 5,280 … How many feet was the Royals’ Jorge Orta out by in Game 6 of the 1985 World Series? Yes, fans, Orta was out by a mile.

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