World Series Final Outs

How Every World Series in Major League History Ended

Each year, the primary focus in any professional sport is the race for a championship. Every sport has their pinnacle trophy, but none is as coveted as baseball's World Series. An event as important as any holiday on the calendar, it is as traditional as Thanksgiving, as patriotic as the Fourth of July and as anticipated as Christmas morning.

Over the last century, the World Series has been woven into the fabric of America's culture evolving far beyond a mere baseball tournament and what often stands out the most — in both good and bad memories — are the final outs (and walkoff wins).

"The young, thrifty Marlins made the Yankees look old and overpaid. By the final game they had Andy Pettitte shouting angrily into his glove and Jeter muttering to himself. And when Beckett tagged Jorge Posada for the final out, the Marlins became the first visiting team to celebrate a World Series title at Yankee Stadium since the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981." - Sportswriter Steven Wine in Yahoo! Sports (October 25, 2003)
The Final Outs of Every World Series

World Series Final Outs / How Every Fall Classic Ended / by Baseball Almanac

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Struck out swinging.
5
Grounded out to shortstop.
6
Grounded out to first base.
5
Popped out to shortstop.
5
Grounded out at home plate.
8
Popped out to left field.
5
Tagged out on force play to short stop.
6
Grounded out to third base.
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5
Popped out to right field.
4
Grounded out to third base.
5
Grounded out to shortstop.
5
Grounded out to shortstop.
6
Grounded out to second base.
6
Grounded out to second base.
8
Grounded out to second base.
7
Forced out at second base.
8
Trying to advance to third base.
5
Popped out to right field.
6
Grounded out to second base.
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7
Struck out looking.
7
Caught trying to steal second base.
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4
Popped out to left field (in foul territory).
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6
Popped out to right field.
7
Popped out to center field.
4
Popped out to right field.
5
Struck out swinging.
7
Forced out at second base by shortstop.
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6
Grounded out to first base.
5
Grounded out to first base.
4
Grounded out to pitcher.
4
Lined out to the shortstop.
7
Grounded out to second base.
5
Popped out to center field.
5
Grounded out to second base.
5
Grounded out to second base.
6
Struck out swinging.
7
Forced out at second base by shortstop.
7
Forced out at second by second baseman.
7
Grounded to shortstop (double play).
6
Popped out to left field.
5
Struck out swinging.
4
Struck out swinging.
6
Lined out to right field.
7
Popped out to left field.
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4
Popped out to third base (in foul territory).
7
Grounded out to shortstop.
7
Struck out swinging (catcher threw to first).
7
Forced out at third base.
7
Lined out to center field.
6
Popped out to left field.
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5
Popped out to left field.
7
Lined out to second base.
4
Ground out to shortstop.
7
Popped out to second base.
7
Struck out swinging.
4
Popped out to center field.
7
Struck out swinging.
7
Popped out to the catcher (in foul territory).
5
Popped out to left field.
5
Grounded out to third base.
7
Grounded out to shortstop.
7
Popped out to left field.
7
Popped out to shortstop.
5
Grounded out to the pitcher.
7
Popped out to center field.
4
Popped out to left field.
6
Popped out to the pitcher.
6
Popped out to the catcher (in foul territory).
7
Popped out to center field.
6
Struck out swinging.
6
Popped out to center field.
7
Struck out swinging.
5
Lined out to shortstop.
5
Popped out to left field.
7
Popped out to right field.
7
Struck out swinging.
7
Grounded out to third base.
5
Struck out swinging.
4
Grounded out to second base.
4
Popped out to first base (in foul territory).
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6
Bunted back to pitcher.
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6
Popped out to center field.
6
Popped out to third base (in foul territory).
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4
Grounded out to third base.
4
Popped out to left field.
5
Popped out to center field.
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7
Popped out to center field.
6
Tagged out running to first base.
4
Grounded out back to pitcher.
4
Grounded out to shortstop.
5
Struck out swinging.
4
Struck out swinging.
5
Struck out swinging.
6
Grounded out to second base.
5
Struck out swinging.
7
Popped out to left field.
4
Struck out looking.
6
Struck out swinging.
7
Popped out to third base (in foul territory).
5
Struck out looking.
7
Grounded out to third base.
7
Grounded out to second base.
5
Struck out swinging.
7
Struck out swinging.
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Final Outs of the World Series | Research by Baseball Almanac, Inc.


From the 1903 World Series through the 2018 World Series , twelve hall of fame baseball players have made the final out in a World Series and twenty-three hall of fame ballplayers have gotten the final out.
In the Final Outs of the World Series chart above, we wrote "See Fast Facts at bottom of page" several times. This is because eleven World Series have ended with the winning team's last at bat. Here is that classic data set:

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