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The World Series A Brief History of the October Classic In Americas favorite pastime the game of baseball there is one major goal each year for every team in the league and that is to win the World series For nearly one hundred years two teams each year have competed in a best of seven series with the champion of the American League and the champion of the National League representing their respective leagues The New York Yankees have won the most titles by far with twenty-five championships and the St Louis Cardinals have the second-most with ten Many teams have never won the World Series and with the small income and coverage of some teams they may never win a series From 1901 to 1902 the American and National leagues were staged in war and there was no World Series The American League was still very young and many felt that they could not compete with the powerful teams of the National League However a national championship was not far away When the Boston Pilgrims of the American League accepted a challenge from owner Barney Dreyfuss of the National League Pittsburgh Pirates the modern World Series was born Total World Series-Boston 1 The Pirates entered the 1903 series heavily favored to win even with injuries to the ace of the pitching staff Sam Leever and also to Honus Wagner The Pirates had also lost pitcher Ed Doheny to mental illness In game one of the series Cy Young took the mound for the Pilgrims but was stunned in the first inning as the Pirates scored four runs and went on to take a 1-0 series lead In the game the Pirates Jimmy Sebring hit the first home run in World Series history Total World Series-Boston 2 After taking a commanding 3-1 series lead the tide began to turn on the Pirates The Pilgrims won the next two games and
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