, played between the American League
and National League
champions since 1903
. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff and awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. Because the World Series is played in October, it is sometimes called the Fall Classic.
The New York Yankees
of the American League have played in 40 World Series and won 27, and the Oakland/Philadelphia Athletics
have played in 14 and won 9.
1903 Baseball: The Boston Americans play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of the modern World Series.
1919 Black Sox scandal: The Cincinnati Reds win the World Series.
1921 Baseball: The World Series is broadcast on the radio for the first time.
1947 The World Series, featuring the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, is televised for the first time.
1956 New York Yankees's Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game in a World Series; one of only 20 perfect games in MLB history.
1975 Game 6 of the World Series is played between the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds. The game would be won on a home run off the left field foul pole at Fenway Park hit by Carlton Fisk in the bottom of the 12th inning, ending perhaps the greatest baseball game played in World Series history.
2004 The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years.