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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES HISTORY
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In 1903 the first World Series was played. The Pittsburgh Pirates (NL) and the Boston Pilgrims (AL - now the Red Sox) win their respective Leagues, and agree to a best-of-9 World Series, which was called the Championship of the United States.
In 1904, the New York Giants win the National League, but refuse to play the Boston Pilgrims (AL - now the Red Sox) in the World Series. 1904 and 1994 (baseball strike) are the only two years that the World Series is not played.
In 1905, the two Leagues formalize the annual World Series. The World Series adopted a best-of-seven series which is still in place today.
The Chicago Cubs are mired in the longest World Series drought. They haven't won a World Series since 1908.
In 1969, Major League Baseball expands to 12 teams per League. Each League is split into 2 Divisions (East and West), and the 2 Division winners from each League meet in a Championship Series to determine who will advance to the World Series.
In 1994, each League is split into 3 Divisions (West, Central, and East) and a three-tiered playoff structure is planned. Each Division has a first-place team, and the second-place team with the best record in each League is designated the Wild Card team. There are two Divisional Series per League to decide which teams will meet in the Championship Series.
In 2009, the New York Yankees won their 27th World Series title making them, by far, the most successful major league baseball franchise. The St. Louis Cardinals have the second most World Series titles with 10.
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