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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
World Series did you know
By Bob Carter
Special to ESPN Classic


1. In World Series play, Reggie Jackson hit 95 points above his career regular-season average, .357 to .262.

2. In both the 1987 and 1991 Series, the Minnesota Twins won four games at home and lost three on the road. They are the only seven-game Series in which every game was won by the home team.

3. In the 1929 Series opener, Philadelphia Athletics manager Connie Mack bypassed 20-game winner Lefty Grove, the only pitcher in the majors with an ERA below 3.00 that season, and started Howard Ehmke, who had pitched all of 55 innings that year. Ehmke struck out a then-Series record 13 and beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1.

4. There were no home runs hit in three of the first four World Series.

5. Joe DiMaggio played in 10 World Series -- and his Yankees won nine.

6. In the first World Series (1903) the losing Pittsburgh Pirates got more money per player than the winning Boston team because their owner, Barney Dreyfuss, contributed his whole share to the pool. Each Pirate received $1,316.25 and each Boston player $1,182 -- the only time Series losers got more than the winners.

7. Bill Klem umpired the most World Series (18) and Series games (104), the first in 1908 and the last in 1940.

8. There was no World Series in 1904. New York Giants manager John McGraw was angry with AL president Ban Johnson, who once suspended him for fighting, and refused to allow his team to play Boston.

9. Al Weis, a .215 batter in 1969, hit a tying home run in the Mets' Game 5 Series clincher that season. It was the only homer he ever hit in Shea Stadium.

10. Jack Quinn, a Philadelphia Athletics pitcher, was the oldest World Series player -- 47 in 1930. New York Giants infielder Freddie Lindstrom was the youngest -- 18 in 1924.





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