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The 1994 World Series matched the Chicago White Sox (98–64) of the American League against the Los Angeles Dodgers (84–78) of the National League. Chicago won the series in seven games. 

The two teams previously met in the 1959 World Series which was won by Los Angeles in six games in their first world series championship since moving to Los Angeles from Brooklyn.  For Los Angeles, this was their first world series appearance in six years and their 19th overall.  For Chicago, this was their first world series appearance in thirty five years and their 5th overall. 

Also, for Chicago, this was their first world series championship since 1917.  Frank Thomas was named the World Series MVP.  This was also the third world series in which the home team won each game in the series. 

Chicago White Sox (4) Gene Lamont 98–64, .605, GA: 1

Los Angeles Dodgers (3) Tommy Lasorda 84–78, .519, GA: 9

Dates: October 22–30

MVP: Frank Thomas (Chicago)

Television: ABC

TV announcers: Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Tim McCarver

Radio: CBS

Radio announcers: Vin Scully, Jeff Torborg

Umpires: Jim Evans (AL), Jerry Crawford (NL), Rich Garcia (AL), Frank Pulli (NL), Rick Reed (AL), Jim Quick (NL)

Hall of Famers:

White Sox: Frank Thomas

Dodgers: Tommy Lasorda (mgr.)

ALCS: Chicago White Sox over New York Yankees (4–2)

NLCS: Los Angeles Dodgers over Houston Astros (4–2)


Background


Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL West. They made it to the series by beating the Cincinnati Reds in four games in the National League Division Series, and the Houston Astros in six games in the National League Championship Series.


Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox won the newly formed AL Central. They made it to the series by beating the Texas Rangers in three games in the American League Division Series, and the New York Yankees in six games in the American League Championship Series.


Game 1 October 22 Los Angeles Dodgers 2, Chicago White Sox 3  Comiskey Park (II) 2:42 45,862

Game 2 October 23 Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Chicago White Sox 6  Comiskey Park (II) 3:12 46,256

Game 3 October 25 Chicago White Sox 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 7  Dodger Stadium 2:56 55,923

Game 4 October 26 Chicago White Sox 3, Los Angeles Dodgers 8  Dodger Stadium 3:06 56,010

Game 5 October 27 Chicago White Sox 2, Los Angeles Dodgers 6  Dodger Stadium 3:20 56,072

Game 6 October 29 Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Chicago White Sox 8  Comiskey Park (II) 3:16 46,725

Game 7 October 30 Los Angeles Dodgers 1, Chicago White Sox 6  Comiskey Park (II) 3:31 47,102


In Game 1, Ramon Martinez and Jack McDowell would be the starters. Playing in their first World Series home game since 1959, Chicago took an early lead with an RBI single from Julio Franco to start off 1-0. Los Angeles would get on the board in the third inning with an RBI by Mike Piazza to make the score 1-1. The score would remain that way until the bottom of the seventh inning, after Lance Johnson and Tim Raines got back to back singles, Frank Thomas came to the plate and hit a triple, driving in two runs to make it a 3-1 lead for Chicago. Los Angeles would get an RBI from Tim Wallach to make it 3-2, but that was all they would get as Roberto Hernandez came on the mound for Chicago in the ninth inning to get the save and the win to give Chicago a 1-0 series lead.

Pedro Astacio and Wilson Alvarez were the starters for Game 2. Chicago would get on the board first with a big first inning, scoring four runs as an RBI from Julio Franco and Darrin Jackson, and then two from Ron Karkovice gave them a 4-0 lead early. Mike Piazza would hit a two run home run into right field in the third inning to put Los Angeles on the board and make it a 4-2 game. After Frank Thomas drew a walk in the fifth inning, Julio Franco would come to the plate and hit a two run home run into center field to give Chicago a 6-2 lead. Mitch Webster would drive in a run for Los Angeles in the sixth inning to make it 6-3. Chicago would go on to win the game by that score to give Chicago a 2-0 series lead.

As the series shifted to Los Angeles for Game 3, the matchup would be between Jason Bere and Kevin Gross. Los Angeles would get on the board first as Mike Piazza hit a triple to bring in a run and make it 1-0. Raul Mondesi would hit a three run home run into right center field in the third inning to give Los Angeles a 4-0 lead. Ozzie Guillen would put Chicago on the board in the top half of the fifth inning with an RBI to make the score 4-1. In the bottom half of that inning, Los Angeles would score three runs. With the bases loaded, Eric Karros would hit a single to drive in two runs, and Jose Offerman also got a single to drive in the run and Los Angeles would take a 7-1 lead. Joey Cora would get an RBI for Chicago to make it a 7-2 game. Kevin Gross would pitch a complete game and give Los Angeles the win. Chicago would have the series lead 2-1.

The starters for Game 4 would be Alex Fernandez and Tom Candiotti. Chicago would get on the board in the first inning with a single by Robin Ventura, and a bases loaded walk to give them an early 2-0 lead. Los Angeles would get on the board in the second inning with a Tim Wallach solo home run into right field to make the score 2-1. Los Angeles would have a big inning in the third, with RBIs from Mike Piazza and Raul Mondesi, followed by another home run by Wallach, which was a two run home run into left field and Los Angeles was leading 5-2. Delino Deshields would add on an RBI in the fourth inning to make it a 6-2 game. DeShields would come up again in the sixth inning with a two run home run down the left field line to make it 8-2. Ventura would get another RBI for Chicago in the seventh inning to make the score 8-3. Los Angeles would close out the game by getting Ventura to ground into a double play and tie the series at 2-2.

In Game 5, Los Angeles would get on the board first with a Mike Piazza two run home run that bounced high off the left field foul pole to make it a 2-0 game. Pedro Astacio would drive in a run in the second inning to make it a 3-0 lead for Los Angeles. Tim Raines would help Chicago get on the board with an RBI in the third inning to make it 3-1. Then in the top of the fourth inning, Robin Ventura hit a solo home run into left center to make it 3-2. In the bottom of that inning, Raul Mondesi would single to drive in two runs, but Mondesi took a chance at trying to reach second base and was called out in a close play. Los Angeles would now lead 5-2. Piazza would get an RBI in the sixth inning off a single to give Los Angeles a 6-2 lead. Los Angeles would get the win and lead the series 3-2.

Game 6 marked the latest date that a World Series game was played, which would be surpassed the next day. As the series shifted back to Chicago for Game 6, It would be Chicago getting on the board first in the first inning by scoring four runs. After Julio Franco drove in a run, Robin Ventura hit a three run home run into left center field to give them an early 4-0 lead. Los Angeles would get a run in the second inning from a solo home run by Tim Wallach into center field to make it 4-1. Mitch Webster would come up in the top of the fourth inning and get a two run home run down the left field line to make the score 4-3. In the bottom half of that inning, Frank Thomas would hit a two run home run into left field to give Chicago a 6-3 lead. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Franco would drive in another run with a triple, along with a single by Ron Karkovice to drive in another run and make it a 8-3 game. Mike Piazza would hit a double in the eighth inning to drive in to runs to make the score 8-5. Chicago would close out the game and get the win, which would tie the series at 3-3.

For Game 7, October 30 was the latest end date ever for a World Series until 2001, when the World Series, which was delayed by 9/11 related postponements, ran from October 27 to November 4. In Game 7, Chicago would get on the board first. After Lance Johnson and Tim Raines walked, Frank Thomas came up to the plate and hit a three run home run into left center field to give Chicago an early 3-0 lead. Raines would hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run in the second inning to make it 4-0. Raul Mondesi would single in a run for Los Angeles in the fourth inning to make the score 4-1. Lance Johnson would hit a solo home run down the right field line for Chicago to make it a 5-1 game. Thomas would drive in another run in the seventh inning by getting a single to give Chicago a 6-1 lead. Jack McDowell would pitch a complete game for Chicago, as Tim Wallach grounded out to second base for the final out of the game and the Chicago White Sox would win the World Series in seven games. With the 4-3 series win, it was their first World series championship in 77 years. This was the third world series in which the home team won each game. The pattern of the home team winning each game did not occur again until the 2001 World Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees.


Total attendance: 353,950

Average attendance: 50,564

Winning player's share: $167,277.89

Losing player's share: $106,584.08

Broadcasting

ABC Televised the world series this year. Al Michaels (play-by-play), Jim Palmer (color commentary) and Tim McCarver (color commentary), called the action on ABC. John Saunders served as pre-game host for ABC's coverage of the World Series. Serving as field reporters for ABC were Jim Gray (in the Dodgers' dugout) and Lesley Vissler (in the White Sox's dugout.)

This was one of two World Series (the other was 1995) to be produced under the "Baseball Network" umbrella (a revenue sharing joint venture between Major League Baseball, ABC and NBC). In July 1995, both networks announced that they would be pulling out of what was supposed to be a six-year-long venture. NBC would next cover the 1997 and 1999 World Series over the course of a five-year-long contract, in which Fox would cover the World Series in even numbered years (1996, 1998 and 2000).

The national radio broadcast was provided by CBS, with Vin Scully and Jeff Torborg on the call. Locally, the series was called on KABC (AM) in Los Angeles, In Chicago, the series was called on WMAQ (AM).

Aftermath

This is, to date, the most recent World Series appearance for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 21-year pennant drought is their longest in franchise history.

The Chicago White Sox would win the World Series again in 2005, when they swept the Houston Astros in four games.

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