By Wook Kim
October 26, 2008 at 07:00 PM EDT

From the invaluable Baseball Almanac: a year-by-year history of the Fall Classic, with sturdy recaps of each series as well as line and box scores for each game. I learned that in the 1918 Cubs-Red Sox contest, “Boston’s pitchers had combined for an impressive 1.70 ERA and Chicago’s boasted an even better 1.04.”  Of course, a key player in the Sox championship — which would begin a miserable 86-year drought — was a young hurler named Babe Ruth. On a quick sidenote: I’ve been to two World Series game — I sat in the uppermost reaches of Veterans Stadium at games 1 and 6 of the 1980 series and watched the Phillies beat the Kansas City Royals. Spectacular. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I’m rootin’ for the Phils. (That was a crazy game on Saturday night/early Sunday morning — I loved seeing Tampa Bay’s five-man infield in the ninth.)  But, honestly, if they were playing any other team, I’d be cheering on them scrappy Rays. Anybody else out there watching this series? And if so, who are you rootin’ for?

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