Novel World Series matchups

Next to the Yankees, the Cardinals, Dodgers, A’s, Tigers, and Red Sox are the teams with the most pennants, and all are still in the playoffs.  So you might think we’re very likely to see a World Series matchup we’ve seen before.  If the Cardinals win the pennant, that’s true:  they went up against the A’s in 1930 and 1931, the Tigers in 1934, 1968, and 2006, and the Red Sox in 1946, 1967, 2004.

But the Dodgers have never faced the Tigers or the Red Sox in the World Series.  Basically, they won lots of pennants but just played the Yankees again and again.

I’m still holding out hope for the Pirates to take the National League pennant.  If they do, they’ve got a chance to get revenge for their loss in the very first World Series, in 1903, 5 games to 3 to the team then known as the Boston Americans, now called the Red Sox.


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4 thoughts on “Novel World Series matchups

  1. byesac says:

    I’d love to see Dodgers-A’s again.

  2. Eugene says:

    The Red Sox beat the Dodgers (or whatever they were called at the time) in the 1916 series: Red Sox-Pirates would be good.

  3. Tom Goodwillie says:

    It seems that the Dodgers were called the Robins in 1916, but I have the impression that team names were more fluid in those days, often more a nickname than a name.

    According to Wikipedia, “The team was known alternatively as the Bridegrooms, Grooms, Superbas, Robins, and Trolley Dodgers before officially becoming the Dodgers in the 1930s.”

    I like “Superbas” best. It sounds like it ought to be a box of cigars.

  4. Ø says:

    Likewise the Cardinals were at one time called the Perfectos.

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