The World Series is the final best-of-seven series in the Major League Baseball playoffs. It is contested by that year’s American League and National League champions, who face off to try and win the biggest honor in baseball. The winner of the World Series receives the Commissioner’s Trophy, which is one of the only major trophies in North American professional sports that isn’t named after someone in memoriam. Naturally, the trophy is presented to the winning team by the commissioner himself.
Unlike other professional sports trophies like NHL’s Stanley Cup, there is a new World Series trophy made every year, as opposed to simply adding onto the old one. The World Series has been played in every year, except two, since 1903.
Every year, the World Series typically begins around late October or early November. The team with the better regular-season record is awarded home-field advantage, which can end up being a huge factor since every MLB ballpark is unique. As the series is a best-of-seven affair, a team needs to win four games in order to be crowned World Series champions.