A World Series For the Record Books

November 2, 2018

The 2018 “Fall Classic” is all over. The Boston Red Sox defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to win its ninth overall World Series. It was a bit of a nutty postseason, and here are some of the records that were set since the end of the regular season. 

Longest game ever

 The ridiculously long Game 3 of the 2018 World Series set a number of endurance records. It was the longest World Series game in baseball history, as well as the longest playoff game of any kind. It went on for seven hours and 20 minutes East Coast viewers had to stay up until 3 a.m. to see Max Muncy hit a dramatic, game-winning home run for the Dodgers in the bottom of the 18th inning.

Most innings ever

It’s also the longest World Series game in not just time, but innings played, at 18. The previous record of 14 (set in 1916 and tied in 2005 and 2015) was shattered.

How long was it?

That game was so long. (HOW LONG WAS IT?) It was so long that its running time is more than the 1939 World Series in its entirety. That year, the New York Yankees swept the Cincinnati Reds in four games with utter efficiency.

How many players?

 A total of 46 combined players (including 18 pitchers) took part in that Game 3. That beat the previous record of 43. The only roster members who didn’t play for either team: Game 4’s probably pitchers for both squads.

Strike-out record

Altogether in Game 3, players on both teams struck out a total of 34 times. That’s a one-game record, too.

No hits

Boston’s Xander Bogaerts set a record for World Series futility. Despite eight trips to the plate, he didn’t get a single hit.

When did the teams last play together in the World Series?

Despite being two of the oldest franchises in baseball (and in all of sports), the Red Sox and Dodgers have only played each other in the World Series once before: in 1916. That makes for the longest span between two teams meeting, and that first time was so long ago that the Los Angeles Dodgers weren’t based in Los Angeles or even called the Dodgers — they were the Brooklyn Robins at the time. And on the mound for Boston: young pitcher Babe Ruth.

Lots of records for Boston’s manager

Boston manager Alex Cora (a former Dodgers player) led the team to victory. Not only is he one of the few rookie managers to ever go all the way to the World Series, but at age 43, he’s one of the youngest. Cora is a native of Puerto Rico, and his trip to the championship made him the first Puerto Rican manager to guide a team to the Series, as well as to win one.