Family First » atlanta braves Servings Families Online since 1998 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The History of the World Series Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:42:31 +0000 post thumbnail

October is not just for football and hockey – the end of the baseball season is upon us with the World Series.

This year, the Texas Rangers face the St. Louis Cardinals. After one game, the Cards are ahead in the best of 7 series. So, how did we get to playing a “world” series to determine a champion?

According to Baseball Almanac, the first championship occurred in 1884. The National League’s Providence Grays met the American Association’s New York Metropolitan Club (the precursor to the Mets?) in a three-game series. The Grays prevailed in what was known at the time at the “Championship of the United States.”

When newspapers dubbed the Grays “world champions” the name stayed with the series. In 1894, the owner of Pittsburgh’s team, William C. Temple started the National League’s 7-game series and offered the winners 65% of the ticket sales and the losers 35% of the sales.

After some consolidation, rivalry and reorganizations, in 1903, the first “Fall Classic” was played between the two league’s best teams, Boston Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates as the “World Series.”

In 1907, Detroit’s Hughie Jennings was the first person to be ejected from a World Series game after he argued being caught stealing a base.

The most recent ejection was Atlanta’s manager Bobby Cox in 1992 and 1996 for arguing.

The Chicago Cubs (yeah!) were the first team to sweep a series. In 1907, they beat the Detroit Tigers. The last sweep was by our own Colorado Rockies in 2007 against the Boston Red Sox. In the history of the series, it has happened only 20 times. The National League has swept 7 times and the American League has swept 13 times, of which 8 came from the New York Yankees.

The National League has won 43 times as of 2009 and the American League has won 62 times. October 10, 1920 in the 5th inning, Bill Wambsganss had an unassisted triple play, possibly the most difficult feat in all of baseball.

As of 2007, there have been 108 shut outs, 11 times where a team came back from losing the first 2 games to win and only ONE perfect game.  What was that game? Please comment below if you know.

Marijo Tinlin is the editor in chief of Family First, one of the oldest family-oriented websites on the internet. She is also the author of the new book “How to Raise an American Patriot, Making it Okay for Our Kids to Be Proud to Be American” available at

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The National League Champion Atlanta Braves Sun, 24 Oct 1999 12:00:00 +0000 Here it is, the best time of the baseball season. The playoffs are over, and only two teams remain to battle it out for the Major League Championship, the World Series. The next two FamSites will take a look at the two teams by visiting the official World Series site of Major League Baseball.

Today we look at the National League representatives, the Atlanta Braves. Their heritage is just as established as the NY Yankees, even if they haven’t been in the league as long. They have dominated the 1990’s with this being their fifth trip here in the last 10 years. But who could forget that this home field advantage will be taking place on a field where a Braves player (Hank Aaron) broke the long standing record of career home runs (714) by hitting number 715 here. That record was held by a Yankee player named Babe Ruth.

So head on over and get ready for the games. This will be a great series no matter who wins, a great one for the last one of the century. Enjoy your stop here today.

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