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The World Series

The World Series is the yearly championship series for Major League Baseball. One of the most popular sporting events on the American calendar, it has been running since 1903. It is held between the respective winners of the American League and the National League, and the winner is determined after a series of best-of-seven playoffs. The series is played mainly in October, though it occasionally carries over into November, and is also dubbed ‘the Fall Classic’ because of this.Before 1969, the World Series would automatically be contested by the teams that held the best record in win-loss throughout the season in their respective leagues. However, from this year on, each league has conducted a championship series prior to the World Series in order to choose who advances and who does not. In total, the World Series has been played 113 times, with the American League winning 65 of the contests and the National League just 48.This year, 2017, saw the World Series play out between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. All seven games were played, with the Astros finally victorious at the end of the seventh, with a score of 5 -1. This marks the first time the Astros have ever won the series.The most prolific team in the World Series has been the New York Yankees, playing in 40 of the contests and winning 27 of them. Over the years, other teams have seen repeated moderate success but, as yet, no one has come close to the Yankees. In fact, the Yankees have the distinction of being the last team to win consecutively – in 1998, 1999 and 2000 – something that has yet to be repeated in recent times. Currently, in 2017, this is the longest period the sport has gone without a consecutive win.

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The Top Five Baseball Players

Baseball is a continuously evolving sport; players come and go with alacrity. To this effect, this ‘top five’ list comprises players from all-time rather than the ever-changing top players of the present day.

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth played for a number of teams – the Red Sox, Yankees and Braves. His career spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 to 1935. He established many records in his time as a player, including 714 home runs, 2062 bases on balls, and a slugging percentage of .0690. This last still stands today.

Willie Mays

Active from 1951 to 1973, Mays played for the Giants and the Mets. Considered to be the greatest player of all time after Ruth (of course), he scored 660 home runs with 3283 hits and 338 stolen bases. He was awarded 12 Gold Gloves, though as they weren’t awarded until 1957, it’s likely he would have gained a considerable number more. His final claim to fame is the fact that he made every single All-Star team between 1954 and 1973.

Barry Bonds

The most contemporary player on this list, having played from 1986 to 2007, Bonds played for both the Pirates and Giants. Calm and collected, in 2004 he reached base on a massive 376 occasions and walked 232 times. Seen as an exceptional hitter, he was placed in the top five hitters in 12 out of 17 qualifying seasons. With eight Gold Gloves for his defense, he is only second behind Babe Ruth in Wins Above Replacement.

Ted Williams

Nicknamed ‘the Splendid Splinter’, he played exclusively for the Red Sox during his 1939 to 1960 career. It was clear from a young age that he was going to play baseball; he even carried a bat with him to high school. Over his career he won six batting titles, leading his league 12 times in the OBP.

Hank Aaron

Aaron played for both the Braves and Brewers during his 22-year career. Playing from 1954 through to 1976, he had to deal with a lot of hate in his time. With the shadow of Babe Ruth hanging over him, and under a lot of scrutiny from the media, there was a lot of pressure on his shoulders until his record 755th home run. Even with all the pressure, Aaron was known for his calm demeanour, always showing up for practice with no complaints.

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