Where Does Cubs-Indians Rank Among 7 Greatest Game 7s in World Series History?

  • David Gonos

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The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians battled through the rain in extra innings to decide the final baseball game of the 2016 MLB season. The Cubs came out on top to end their curse (and prolong the Indians’ curse), as Cubbies fans can now claim to be World Series champions for the first time since 1908!

But was it the greatest Game 7 in World Series history?

Before this game started, though, it’s important to take a look back and see what the greatest Game 7s in World Series history happened before it?

Let’s first examine what happened to make this group among the seven best ever.

  • Including 2016, there have been 112 World Series.
  • Every year since 1903, there has been a World Series, excluding 1904 (when the N.Y. Giants declined to play the Boston Americans) and 1994 (players’ strike).
  • In 1903, 1919, 1920, 1921, it was a best-of-nine World Series, so we’re not counting those,
  • There have been 37 Game 7s in World Series history, including 2016,

Of the 36 Game 7s that preceded the 2016 entry, we ranked the seven greatest Game 7s based on several things, including the games being exciting, meaningful and memorable. A Game 7 one-run win by a perennial champion versus another perennial champion won’t make the cut (sorry 1926 Cardinals-Yankees)

7 Greatest Game 7s in World Series History

(You might be surprised not to find the Reds-Red Sox battle in 1975, but really, it was Game 6, not Game 7, that was the most intriguing of the series, with Carlton Fisk willing a flyball to stay fair down the foul line.)

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David Gonos

David Gonos has been writing about sports online since 2001, including CBSSports.com, FoxSports.com, NFL.com, MLB.com and SportsIllustrated.com.