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First World Series MVP

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When was the first World Series MVP named and who was named MVP?

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The World Series MVP was first awarded in 1955. The winner of that first World Series MVP was Brooklyn Dodgers starting pitcher Johnny Podres. Podres notched two complete game wins in the 1955 World Series, one of which was a shutout. He gave up only two earned runs in 18 innings pitched and had 10 strikeouts. The Dodgers defeated the New York Yankees in that 1955 World Series 4 games to 3.

First World Series Home Run

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Who hit the first World Series home run?

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In the seventh inning of World Series Game 1 Jimmy Sebring of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit a solo home run to extend the Pirates lead to 7-0 over the Boston Americans (now the Red Sox). This was the first home run in World Series history. The pirates won that game 7-3 but went on to lose that first World Series 5 games to 3.

Chicago Cubs Opponent in the 1908 World Series

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Who did the Chicago Cubs play in the 1908  World Series?

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The Chicago Cubs played the Detroit Tigers in the 1908 World Series.  The Series was a rematch of the 1907 World Series which was won by Chicago four games to none. The Cubs also won the 1908 World Series besting the Tigers four games to one.

Cleveland’s Opponent in the 1948 World Series

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Who did the Cleveland Indians play in the 1948  World Series?

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The Cleveland Indians played the Boston Braves in the 1948 World Series.  The Indians reached the Series by defeating the Boston Red Sox in a one-game playoff. Cleveland won the 1948 World Series four games to two.

1st for MVP in American and National Leagues

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Who was the first major league baseball player to earn the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in both the American League and the National League?

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Frank Robinson was the first major league baseball player to earn the MVP award in both leagues. He won the National League MVP award in 1961 with the Cincinnati Reds and the American League MVP in 1966 with Baltimore Orioles.

Yaz 400th Home Run

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Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski ended up with 452 home runs in his Hall of Fame career. Who did he hit his 400th home run off of?

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On July 24, 1979, Carl Yastrzemski hit his 400th home run off Mike Morgan of the Oakland Athletics. Boston won that game 7 to 3 and Yaz went 2 for 3 at the plate.

Manager for ’69 World Series Champ Mets

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Who managed the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets?

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Gil Hodges was the manager of the 1969 World Series Champion New York Mets. Gil played most of his career with the New York/LA Dodgers (1943, 1947–1961) but finished his playing career with the Mets (1962–1963). As a manager he managed the Washington Senators from 1963 to 1967, and the New York Mets from 1968 to 1971.

Longest Same Name Same City U.S. Professional Sports Team

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What U.S. professional sports team has been in the same city with the same name for the longest period of time?

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Founded in 1883 in the City of Brotherly Love as the Phillies in the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies hold the record for the longest amount of time in the same city with the same name.

World Series Home Field Advantage

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What was the first year that the MLB All-Star game decided which league gets home field advantage in the World Series?

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2003 was the first year that the league who won the All-Star game earned home-field advantage in the World Series.

9 Pitches, 9 Strikes, Side Retired in AL and NL

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To throw 9 pitches, 9 strikes, to retire the side does not happen very often in the major leagues. The feat has, to date (2016), been accomplished 81 times by 77 pitchers. Only 4 pitchers have done this twice. Only one pitcher, Sandy Koufax, has done it three times.

Only one pitcher has thrown 9 pitches and 9 strikes to retire a side once in the AL and once in the NL. Name that pitcher.

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On April 14, 1968 Nolan Ryan, pitching for the New York Mets, retired the Houston Astros in the 3rd inning with 9 straight strikes. On July 9, 1972 he repeated this feat by retiring the Boston Red Sox with 9 strikes in the 2nd inning while pitching for the California Angels.