Champions, Tantrums and Bad Umps: The 1885 “World Series”

By Paul E. Doutrich

This article was published in the Fall 2017 Baseball Research Journal.

For more than a century the World Series has been an integral part of American culture. One of the earliest blooms of the World Series as we know it flowered eighteen years earlier, in 1885. Two strong-willed and fiercely competitive team owners each ponied up $500 and agreed to a winner-take-all series of games. The seven games that followed marked a significant step toward the institutionalization of today’s annual competition to determine which team and league carries the title as the world’s best. . . .

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