May 8, 2017

Playing In The World Series

Imagine you are a professional baseball player.

You make your major league debut in 2003 with the Florida Marlins. In October, the Marlins beat the Yankees and win the World Series.

Then, before the 2004 season begins, you are traded to the Boston Red Sox. And - after three weeks of unforgettable playoff games - the Red Sox make history when they become World Champions.

You end up wearing a Chicago White Sox uniform in 2005 ...

You play in the major leagues for 14 seasons, for the Marlins, Red Sox, White Sox, Cardinals, back to the Red Sox, Phillies, Giants, Rangers, Giants again, Cardinals again, Giants for a third time, Royals, and, finally, Cleveland. The odds are beyond astronomical, but by some quirk of fate, you played in the World Series for 14 straight seasons ...

And yet you still did not play in more World Series games than Yogi Berra did!

Berra played 19 years in the major leagues. He appeared in 14 World Series and won 10 rings (in bold): 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, and 1963.

When people talk about baseball records that will never be broken, Berra's achievement of playing in 75 World Series games should be near or at the top of the list. Seventy-five games - that's also how many World Series games have been played over the last 14 years, from 2003 to 2016.


laura k said...

The amazing Yogi.

FenFan said...

If you come to a fork in the road, take it! RIP, Yogi

hrstrat57 said...

I knew the record would stand until it was broken.