Winner take all: WS Game 7 facts and figures

Winner take all: WS Game 7 facts and figures

The Cubs and Indians added to Game 7 lore with a tense, taut, thrilling 2016 finale. Chicago became just the sixth team in a best-of-seven World Series to overcome a 3-1 deficit and win the title.

Here are a few more facts and figures about the history of Game 7 in the World Series:

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• There have been 37 winner-take-all World Series Game 7s.

• The National League has the edge over the American League in Game 7s, having won 23, and five of the past six, dating back to 1997.

Game Date Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 25 CLE 6, CHC 0 video
Gm 2 Oct. 26 CHC 5, CLE 1 video
Gm 3 Oct. 28 CLE 1, CHC 0 video
Gm 4 Oct. 29 CLE 7, CHC 2 video
Gm 5 Oct. 30 CHC 3, CLE 2 video
Gm 6 Nov. 1 CHC 9, CLE 3 video
Gm 7 Nov. 2 CHC 8 CLE, 7 (10) video

• The home team has gone 18-19, but before the Giants won the title at Kauffman Stadium two years ago, the home team had won nine straight dating back to 1982.

• Of the past 11 World Series to reach Game 7, nine of those champions also won Game 6 that year after trailing in the series, 3-2.

• Cubs-Indians was just the second World Series Game 7 played in November. The other was in 2001, when D-backs defeated the Yankees.

• The first World Series Game 7 was played in 1909 (Pirates over the Tigers, 8-0), the year after the Cubs won their second World Series title.

• Four World Series -- in 1903, '19, '20 and '21 -- were played under a best-of-nine format, and none reached a rubber ninth game.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.