World Series history: Winners of the Fall Classic

The Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves will meet in the 2021 World Series.

The Astros are coming off a season in which they won the American League West with a 95-67. The team defeated the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox to get to the World Series. Yordan Alvarez won the ALCS MVP.

The Braves pulled off a National League East division title with a record of 88-73. The team defeated the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers to get to the World Series. Eddie Rosario was named the NLCS MVP.

Houston is back in the World Series for the first time since 2019. The Braves haven’t made a World Series appearance since 1999. The Astros won the title last in 2017 and the Braves in 1995.

WORLD SERIES 2021: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE FALL CLASSIC

Here are some of the things to know about the World Series.

Who has the most World Series titles?

The New York Yankees have won 27 World Series titles. The team’s last title came in 2009.

When did the World Series begin?

The World Series has been contested annually since 1903. The champion of the American League plays the winner of the National League. The World Series was not held in 1904 when the New York Giants didn’t want to play the Boston Americans and in 1994 during the strike.

What is the name of the trophy?

The World Series champions are given the Commissioner’s Trophy. The trophy was first awarded in 1967 but wasn’t named until 1985.

Past Champions

The 2020s

Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting an RBI single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game Five of the 2020 MLB World Series at Globe Life Field on October 25, 2020, in Arlington, Texas.
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2021: TBD

2020: Los Angeles Dodgers def. Tampa Bay Rays 4-2

The 2010s

Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants celebrates during the Giants’ victory parade on November 3, 2010, in San Francisco, California. Thousands of Giants fans lined the streets of San Francisco to watch the San Francisco Giants celebrate their 2010 World Series victory over the Texas Rangers.
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2019: Washington Nationals def Houston Astros, 4-3

2018: Boston Red Sox def. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-1

2017: Houston Astros def. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3

2016: Chicago Cubs def. Cleveland Indians, 4-3

2015: Kansas City Royals def. New York Mets, 4-1

2014: San Francisco Giants def. Kansas City Royals, 4-3

2013: Boston Red Sox def. St. Louis Cardinals, 4-2

2012: San Francisco Giants def. Detroit Tigers, 4-0

2011: St. Louis Cardinals def. Texas Rangers, 4-3

2010: San Francisco Giants def. Texas Rangers, 4-1

The 2000s

BRONX, NY – OCTOBER 25: Starting pitcher Josh Beckett #21 of the Florida Marlins throws a pitch against the New York Yankees in the first inning during game six of the Major League Baseball World Series on October 25, 2003, at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.
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2009: New York Yankees def. Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2

2008: Philadelphia Phillies def. Tampa Bay Rays, 4-1

2007: Boston Red Sox def. Colorado Rockies, 4-0

2006: St. Louis Cardinals def. Detroit Tigers, 4-1

2005: Chicago White Sox def. Houston Astros, 4-0

2004: Boston Red Sox def. St. Louis Cardinals, 4-0

2003: Florida Marlins def. New York Yankees, 4-2

2002: Anaheim Angels def. San Francisco Giants, 4-3

2001: Arizona Diamondbacks def. New York Yankees, 4-3

2000: New York Yankees def. New York Mets, 4-1

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The 1990s

TORONTO, ON – OCTOBER 23: Rickey Henderson (L) and Joe Carter of the Toronto Blue Jays carry the World Series trophy after the Blue Jays victory during World Series game six between the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays on October 23, 1993, at the Skydome in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jays defeated the Phillies 8-6.
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1999: New York Yankees def. Atlanta Braves, 4-0

1998: New York Yankees def. San Diego Padres, 4-0

1997: Florida Marlins def. Cleveland Indians, 4-3

1996: New York Yankees def. Atlanta Braves, 4-2

1995: Atlanta Braves def. Cleveland Indians, 4-2

1994: No World Series

1993: Toronto Blue Jays def. Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2

1992: Toronto Blue Jays def. Atlanta Braves, 4-2

1991: Minnesota Twins def. Atlanta Braves 4-3

1990: Cincinnati Reds def. Oakland Athletics, 4-0

The 1980s

Ray Knight #22 of the New York Mets being interviewed by Marv Albert after the Mets win Game 7 of the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox in Shea Stadium on October 27, 1986, in Flushing, New York.
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1989: Oakland Athletics def. San Francisco Giants, 4-0

1988: Los Angeles Dodgers def. Oakland Athletics, 4-1

1987: Minnesota Twins def. St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3

1986: New York Mets def. Boston Red Sox, 4-3

1985: Kansas City Royals def. St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3

1984: Detroit Tigers def. San Diego Padres, 4-1

1983: Baltimore Orioles def. Philadelphia Phillies, 4-1

1982: St. Louis Cardinals def. Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3

1981: Los Angeles Dodgers def. New York Yankees, 4-2

1980: Philadelphia Phillies def. Kansas City Royals, 4-2

The 1970s

Reggie Jackson, #44 of the New York Yankees, is interviewed by Bob Uecker in the locker after the Yankees won the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on October 18, 1977, at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York.
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1979: Pittsburgh Pirates def. Baltimore Orioles, 4-3

1978: New York Yankees def. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-2

1977: New York Yankees def. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-2

1976: Cincinnati Reds def. New York Yankees, 4-0

1975: Cincinnati Reds def. Boston Red Sox, 4-3

1974: Oakland Athletics def. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-1

1973: Oakland Athletics def. New York Mets, 4-3

1972: Oakland Athletics def. Cincinnati Reds, 4-3

1971: Pittsburgh Pirates def. Baltimore Orioles, 4-3

1970: Baltimore Orioles def. Cincinnati Reds, 4-1

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The 1960s

1969: New York Mets def. Baltimore Orioles, 4-1

1968: Detroit Tigers def. St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3

1967: St. Louis Cardinals def. Boston Red Sox, 4-3

1966: Baltimore Orioles def. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-0

1965: Los Angeles Dodgers def. Minnesota Twins, 4-3

1964: St. Louis Cardinals def. New York Yankees, 4-3

1963: Los Angeles Dodgers def. New York Yankees, 4-0

1962: New York Yankees def. San Francisco Giants

1961: New York Yankees def. Cincinnati Reds, 4-1

1960: Pittsburgh Pirates def. New York Yankees, 4-3

The 1950s

1959: Los Angeles Dodgers def. Chicago White Sox

1958: New York Yankees def. Milwaukee Braves

1957: Milwaukee Braves def. New York Yankees, 4-3

1956: New York Yankees def. Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-3

1955: Brooklyn Dodgers def. New York Yankees, 4-3

1954: New York Giants def. Cleveland Indians, 4-0

1953: New York Yankees def. Brooklyn Dodgers

1952: New York Yankees def. Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-3

1951: New York Yankees def. New York Giants, 4-2

1950: New York Yankees def. Philadelphia Phillies, 4-0

The 1940s

1949: New York Yankees def. Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-1

1948: Cleveland Indians def. Boston Braves, 4-2

1947: New York Yankees def. Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-3

1946: St. Louis Cardinals def. Boston Red Sox, 4-3

1945: Detroit Tigers def. Chicago Cubs, 4-3

1944: St. Louis Cardinals def. St. Louis Browns, 4-2

1943: New York Yankees def. St. Louis Cardinals, 4-1

1942: St. Louis Cardinals def. New York Yankees 4-1

1941: New York Yankees def. Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-1

1940: Cincinnati Reds def. Detroit Tigers, 4-3

The 1930s

1939: New York Yankees def. Cincinnati Reds, 4-0

1938: New York Yankees def. Chicago Cubs, 4-0

1937: New York Yankees def. New York Giants, 4-1

1936: New York Yankees def. New York Giants, 4-2

1935: Detroit Tigers def. Chicago Cubs, 4-2

1934: St. Louis Cardinals def. Detroit Tigers, 4-3

1933: New York Giants def. Washington Senators, 4-1

1932: New York Yankees def. Chicago Cubs, 4-0

1931: St. Louis Cardinals def. Philadelphia Athletics, 4-3

1930: Philadelphia Athletics def. St. Louis Cardinals, 4-2

The 1920s

1929: Philadelphia Athletics def. Chicago Cubs, 4-1

1928: New York Yankees def. St. Louis Cardinals, 4-0

1927: New York Yankees def. Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0

1926: St. Louis Cardinals def. New York Yankees, 4-3

1925: Pittsburgh Pirates def. Washington Senators, 4-3

1924: Washington Senators def. New York Giants 4-3

1923: New York Yankees def. New York Giants, 4-2

1922: New York Giants def. New York Yankees, 4-0-1

1921: New York Giants def. New York Yankees, 5-3

1920: Cleveland Indians def. Brooklyn Robins, 5-2

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The 1910s

1919: Cincinnati Reds def. Chicago White Sox, 5-3

1918: Boston Red Sox def. Chicago Cubs, 4-2

1917: Chicago White Sox def. New York Giants, 4-2

1916: Boston Red Sox def. Brooklyn Robins, 4-1

1915: Boston Red Sox def. Philadelphia Phillies, 4-1

1914: Boston Braves def. Philadelphia Athletics, 4-0

1913: Philadelphia Athletics def. New York Giants, 4-1

1912: Boston Red Sox def. New York Giants, 4-3-1

1911: Philadelphia Athletics def. New York Giants, 4-2

1910: Philadelphia Athletics def. Chicago Cubs, 4-1

The 1900s

1909: Pittsburgh Pirates def. Detroit Tigers, 4-3

1908: Chicago Cubs def. Detroit Tigers, 4-1

1907: Chicago Cubs def. Detroit Tigers, 4-0-1

1906: Chicago White Sox def. Chicago Cubs, 4-2

1905: New York Giants def. Philadelphia Athletics, 4-1

1904: No World Series

1903: Boston Americans def. Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-3

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