The Astros and Dodgers have just concluded a seven-game Word Series, the 37th to date. Courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com, here are the scores of the deciding games of every seven-game Series:
1912 – Boston (AL) 3 – New York (NL) 2 (10 innings)
1924 – Washington (AL) 4 – New York (NL) 3 (12 innings)
1960 – Pittsburgh (NL) 10 – New York (AL) 9 (decided by Bill Mazeroski’s home run in the bottom of the 9th)
1997 – Florida (NL) 3 – Cleveland (AL) 2 (11 innings)
2001 – Arizona (NL) 3 – New York (AL) 2 (decided in the bottom of the 9th)
2016 – Chicago (NL) 8 – Cleveland (AL) 7 (10 innings)
34 percent (37) of 109 Series have gone to the limit of seven games (another four Series were in a best-of-nine format, but none went to nine games)
20 of the 37 Series were decided by 1 or 2 runs
14 of those Series decided by 1 run (7 times in extra innings or the winning team’s last at-bat)
19 of the 37 Series were won by the team that was behind after five games
six of the 37 Series were won by the team that was behind after four games.
Does the World Series deliver high drama? It depends on your definition of high drama. If a seven-game series is high drama, the World Series has delivered about one-third of the time. If high drama means a seven-game series where the final game was decided by only 1 run in extra innings or the winning team’s final at-bat, the World Series has delivered only 6 percent of the time. There are other ways to define high drama — take your pick.