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The History of World Series Game 7s

In preparation for tonight’s game, we breakdown the past MLB Game 7s

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It all comes down to this... Each team is 27 outs away from the crown, 27 outs away from snapping their lengthy World Series droughts, 27 outs away from eternal glory. In preparation for tonight’s Game 7 matchup between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, here’s a breakdown the history of winner-take-all World Series games.


  • The Cubs and Indians have each only played in one World Series Game 7 in their franchises’ histories (Cubs lost 9-3 to the Tigers in 1945 at Wrigley Field, Indians lost 3-2 in extra innings to the Marlins in 1997 in Florida).
  • Five teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win the World Series and three of them were the Pittsburgh Pirates (1925 Pirates, 1960 Pirates, 1968 Tigers, 1979 Pirates, 1985 Royals).
  • There have only been four Game 7s that have gone to extra innings and the home teams are 4-0 in those games (1912 Red Sox, 1924 Senators, 1991 Twins, 1997 Marlins).
  • Home teams have not had much of an advantage in World Series Game 7, they are 19-18 (51.35% win percentage).
  • The largest run differential in a deciding game is eleven (1934 Cardinals over the Tigers, 1985 Royals over the Cardinals).
  • 28 of the 37 Game 7s have been decided by three runs or less (75.68%).

Tonight marks the 38th time that the World Series has gone to the seventh and final game. 24 of the previous 37 (64.86%) Game 7s took place between 1940 and 1987.

Here is a team-by-team breakdown of World Series Game 7 performances:

  • Anaheim Angels: 1-0, 100% WPct
  • Arizona Diamondbacks: 1-0, 100% WPct
  • Atlanta Braves: 0-1, 0% WPct
  • Baltimore Orioles: 0-2, 0% WPct
  • Boston Red Sox: 1-4, 20% WPct
  • Brooklyn Dodgers: 1-3, 25% WPct
  • Chicago Cubs: 0-1, 0% WPct
  • Cincinnati Reds: 2-1, 66.67% WPct
  • Cleveland Indians: 0-1, 0% WPct
  • Detroit Tigers: 2-3, 40% WPct
  • Florida Marlins: 1-0, 100% WPct
  • Kansas City Royals: 1-1, 50% WPct
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: 1-0, 100% WPct
  • Milwaukee Braves: 1-2, 33.33% WPct
  • Minnesota Twins: 2-1, 66.67% WPct
  • New York Giants: 0-2, 0% WPct
  • New York Mets: 1-1, 50% WPct
  • New York Yankees: 5-6, 45.45% WPct
  • Oakland Athletics: 2-0, 100% WPct
  • Philadelphia Athletics: 0-1, 0% WPct
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: 5-0, 100% WPct
  • San Francisco Giants: 1-2, 33.33% WPct
  • St. Louis Cardinals: 8-3, 72.73% WPct
  • Texas Rangers: 0-1, 0% WPct
  • Washington Senators: 1-1, 50% WPct

It all comes down to this... Try to enjoy tonight, Cubs fans! We are all witnessing history, and we all have one final question that will be answered this evening:

Can the Cubs #FlyTheW one more time?