Before Game One of the 2009 World Series, since 1969, the visiting team has won the first game of the World Series 14 times. Here’s the list of all the times, since 1969, where the visiting team has won Game One of a World Series:
Date Win Lose Score Champ 10/28/2009 PHI NYY 6-1 ?? 10/22/2008 PHI TBR 3-2 PHI 10/21/2006 STL DET 7-2 STL 10/18/2003 FLA NYY 3-2 FLA 10/19/2002 SFG ANA 4-3 ANA 10/23/1999 NYY ATL 4-1 NYY 10/20/1996 ATL NYY 12-1 NYY 10/18/1986 BOS NYM 1-0 NYM 10/19/1985 STL KCR 3-1 KCR 10/9/1984 DET SDP 3-2 DET 10/11/1983 PHI BAL 2-1 BAL 10/12/1982 MIL STL 10-0 STL 10/12/1974 OAK LAD 3-2 OAK 10/14/1972 OAK CIN 3-2 OAK 10/10/1970 BAL CIN 4-3 BAL
O.K., so, in these 14 cases, here, 57% of the time the team that won that first game went on to win the World Series. That’s not far off from being 50-50.
However, note that, from 1985 forward, the visiting team who won that first game of the series went on to get a ring every time except in series where something funky happened – like the Giants choke in 2002, the Leyritz/Wohlers homer in 1996, the Red Sox choke in 1986 and the Don Denkinger call in 1985.
So, does this mean the Yankees now need something funky to happen in this World Series for them to come back and win it? Well, put it this way…it couldn’t hurt…could it?