Baseball's World Series




2005 World Series
by Kelly Croslis

With all the publicity that other sports receive, baseball is the one that steals the heart of young and old alike. It is seen by all as the great American pastime.

With the hint of spring barely in the air, spring training begins. Though almost more important than the beginning of the season, is the end. Before the season officially starts in April, the opinions begin on who will make it to the big game in October, the game at the heart of this American pastime; The World Series.

The World Series, itself, dates back to the 1880's. At that time the National League and the American Association agreed to play exhibition games at the end of the regular season. The series did not receive much fan support though and ended in 1891, with the disbanding of the American Association.

In 1901 the American League was founded and once again the opportunity for competition presented itself. The first World Series was held October 1, 1903, between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Pilgrims, (later called the Boston Red Sox). In 1903 and from 1919-1921, the first team to win five out of nine games became the champion. Today, the first team to win four out of seven games becomes the World Champion. Making it to the World Series though; is no easy task. Each league holds a playoff series, featuring the top team in each division and the wild card team. The final series in the league play determines which team wins their leagues pennant and goes on to the World Series.

Over the last few years there have been many additions to the major league roster, more teams to cheer for and cheer against. Avid fans watch closely as the days become shorter, the air a little cooler and the pennant race heats up. This year, will be no different - as of this writing the standings are close and the teams vying for a wild card spot are being closely watched.

The leaders for the National League are the: Atlanta Braves; St. Louis Cardinals; San Diego Padres. With the Wild Card race including: Philadelphia Phillies; Houston Astros; Florida Marlins; Washington Nationals; New York Mets.

The leaders for the American League are the: Boston Red Sox; Chicago White Sox; Los Angeles, of Anaheim, Angels. With the Wild Card race including: New York Yankees; Oakland A's; Cleveland Indians; Minnesota Twins.

About the Author: Kelly Croslis is a stay-at-home-mom to 3 busy teenage girls. After moving around the country with her husband for the last 15 years, while he has served in the U.S. Navy, they are looking forward to joining the 'civilian world' later this year. She has been writing for several years, having several works published in Poem Anthologies. Families Online Magazine hopes you enjoy our parenting features!