The Cardinals: The king of Game 7
Posted by keithosaunders on November 3, 2011
You’d better believe I’m in baseball withdrawal. What a compelling, riveting Series we just experienced; it was one of the best I”ve ever seen. Now comes the boring time of the year which is dominated by free agent signings and arbitration settlements. Gee, will you look at that, Willie Bloomquist got a 2.5 million dollar extension…
Last week’s game seven Cardinals win got me thinking about how they had won more Series — 11– than any National League team. The runners-up are the Dodgers and Giants, each of whom have won 6 out of 18 Series appearances. (the Cards have also played in 18 Series)
But I was more interested in the Series that went to a seventh game. Off the top of my head it seemed the Cardinals had played in an inordinate amount of them. Here is what I found:
The Cardinals have won eight World Series game sevens.
1926 v Yankees
1931 v Athletics
1934 v Tigers
1946 v Redsox
1964 v Yankees
1967 v Redsox
1982 v Brewers
2011 v Rangers
They lost game sevens to the Tigers in ’68, the Royals in 85, and the Twins in ’87.
61% of the World Series that the Cardinals have appeared in have gone to a seventh game and their winning percentage in these games is 72%.
Now lets look at the Yankees who have won a staggering 27 Series.
Of those 27 Series ony ten have gone to a seventh game and they have won four of them, or 40%. Three of those four wins were versus the Dodgers in ’47, ’52, and ’56, and they beat the Giants in ’62. Admittedly the Yankees probably did not play that many game sevens because of their dominance, but still, for a team that has one 67% of the Series that they appeared in, (27/40) you would think they would have won more game sevens.
The Dodgers are 2-3 in game sevens, (but I think 1955 should count for more than one win!) and the Giants are 1-2.
The Philadelphia/Oakland Athletics have fourteen pennants to their name, but have only played in three game sevens, going 2-1. The Tigers, on the other hand have played in ten Series, five of which have gone to a game seven. Their record in those games is 2-3.
What can we learn from this? The Yankees are indisputably the most dominant team in baseball, but the Cardinals are the most clutch. After coming from ten and a half games behind in the division, 3-2 down in the Series, and down to their last strike (twice!) who can deny it?