1. Cleveland Indians win the 1920 World Series for first title
Tom Brady will tell you the most important title is the next one. Most people will say the most important title is the most recent one. Given the history of the Cleveland Indians, the most important one might have been the first.
During the club’s 20th season of existence, they reached the pinnacle of the sport by winning the 1920 World Series. Once again, some of the all-time greats headlined the roster with names like Tris Speaker and Ray Caldwell. What might give this series the edge more than anything else is that it went seven games.
Any championship series that needs seven games gets a bump in excitement, even if the landscape was a bit different from what we typically think of for a game seven. Adding that it was the first title for the Cleveland Indians and the Tribe’s 5-2 series win (yes, 5-2) over the Brooklyn Robins is arguably the best moment in the storied history of the club.
After Cleveland won the first game, Brooklyn came firing back to take the next two games. However, the Tribe roared back with four straight victories to close out the series. Stan Coveleski made a huge difference, picking up three wins in the series. He pitched game one, game four and game seven to do so, granting Cleveland three of their five wins.