Monday, September 28th, 2020

Potential World Series Rematches: 2020 (v2.0)

[I]New York Yankees legend, Joe DiMaggio, ties Game Four of the 1939 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. The Yankees would sweep the Series.

The 2020 postseason picture is now set with American League games scheduled to start on Tuesday afternoon. National League teams begin on Wednesday. Speaking of the National League, what a crazy finish. Going into the final day of the regular season, four teams were battling for the last two playoff spots. By beating the Milwaukee Brewers, the St. Louis Cardinals secured second place in the National League Central. But in order for the Brewers to lock up a wild card spot, both the San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies needed to lose. Somehow that scenario worked out. The Brewers and Houston Astros reached the postseason with losing records. With 16 teams-more than half of the franchises-reaching the postseason, that was a likely possibility.

Since the Giants failed to advance, that eliminated a healthy dose of potential World Series rematches in 2020. Most of those dated back the franchise's time in New York's Polo Grounds. With the Phillies bowing out, that removed a few from recent memory. But with the Yankees, Dodgers (Brooklyn and Los Angeles), Cubs, Athletics (Philadelphia and Oakland), and Braves (Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta), we can still see 49 World Series from the past. Here's a look.

1906: Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs
1910: Philadelphia Athletics vs. Chicago Cubs
1914: Boston Braves vs. Philadelphia Athletics
1919: Cincinnati Reds vs. Chicago White Sox
1920: Cleveland Indians vs. Brooklyn Robins
1926: St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees
1928: New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals
1929: Philadelphia Athletics vs. Chicago Cubs
1930: Philadelphia Athletics vs. St. Louis Cardinals
1931: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Athletics
1932: New York Yankees vs. Chicago Cubs
1938: New York Yankees vs. Chicago Cubs
1939: New York Yankees vs. Cincinnati Reds
1941: New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers
1942: St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees
1943: New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals
1947: New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers
1948: Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Braves
1949: New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers
1952: New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers
1953: New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers
1955: Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Yankees
1956: New York Yankees vs. Brooklyn Dodgers
1957: Milwaukee Braves vs. New York Yankees
1958: New York Yankees vs. Milwaukee Braves
1959: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Chicago White Sox
1961: New York Yankees vs. Cincinnati Reds
1963: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees
1964: St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Yankees
1965: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Minnesota Twins
1972: Oakland Athletics vs. Cincinnati Reds
1974: Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
1976: Cincinnati Reds vs. New York Yankees
1977: New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
1978: New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
1981: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees
1987: Minnesota Twins vs. St. Louis Cardinals
1988: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Oakland Athletics
1990: Cincinnati Reds vs. Oakland Athletics
1991: Minnesota Twins vs. Atlanta Braves
1992: Toronto Blue Jays vs. Atlanta Braves
1995: Atlanta Braves vs. Cleveland Indians
1996: New York Yankees vs. Atlanta Braves
1997: Florida Marlins vs. Cleveland Indians
1998: New York Yankees vs. San Diego Padres
1999: New York Yankees vs. Atlanta Braves
2003: Florida Marlins vs. New York Yankees
2016: Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians
2017: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Photo: AP


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