Who Won the First World Series in History?

The World Series is an annual baseball championship series that brings together the best teams from the National League and the American League. The first World Series was played in 1903, and it was a best-of-nine series between the Pittsburgh Pirates of the NL and the Boston Americans (later known as the Red Sox) of the AL. But, who won this historic event?

The First World Series

The first World Series was played between October 1-13, 1903, and it was a highly anticipated event. The Pittsburgh Pirates had won the National League pennant with a record of 91-49, while the Boston Americans had won the American League pennant with a record of 91-47.

The Teams

Both teams were stacked with talent. For Pittsburgh, their star player was Honus Wagner, who is widely considered one of the greatest shortstops in baseball history.

He hit .355 during the regular season and led his team in runs batted in (RBIs). For Boston, their star player was pitcher Cy Young, who won 28 games during the regular season.

The Games

The first World Series was played at Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds in Boston. The Pirates took an early lead in Game One and never looked back, winning by a score of 7-3. In Game Two, Pittsburgh shut out Boston to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.

The series then shifted to Exposition Park in Pittsburgh for Games Three through Five. The Pirates won Game Three by a score of 4-2, but Boston bounced back to win Game Four by a score of 5-4.

Game Five was perhaps the most memorable game of the series. It went into extra innings tied at three runs apiece.

In the top of the ninth inning, Honus Wagner hit an inside-the-park home run to give the Pirates a 4-3 lead. However, Boston tied the game in the bottom of the ninth with a two-out rally. The game was eventually called due to darkness after 13 innings, resulting in a tie.

The series then returned to Boston for Games Six and Seven. Pittsburgh won Game Six by a score of 6-3, setting up a winner-take-all Game Seven.

In Game Seven, Pittsburgh’s Deacon Phillippe pitched a complete game, allowing only one run on six hits. The Pirates won the game by a score of 7-3, becoming the first team in history to win the World Series.

The Legacy

The first World Series was an instant success and helped establish baseball as America’s national pastime. It also set the stage for future World Series matchups and cemented baseball’s place in American popular culture.


In conclusion, the Pittsburgh Pirates were the winners of the first World Series in history. They defeated the Boston Americans (Red Sox) in a best-of-nine series that took place over two weeks in October 1903. Their victory paved the way for future baseball championships and helped establish baseball as America’s national pastime.