A Look Inside the World Series Winners

The 4 most important defensive positions on the baseball diamond are C, 2B, SS, and CF. I will look at the 104 WS championship teams and see how many of those positions were filled by homegrown players.

Here are the 104 WS championship teams. 6 teams filled 0 positions with homegrown players. 9 teams filled 1 position with homegrown players. 27 team filled 2 positions with homegrown players. 32 teams filled 3 positions with homegrown players. 30 teams filled 4 positions with homegrown players. Over 59% of teams filled at least 3 of the positions with homegrown players and over 85% filled at least 2 of the positions with homegrown players. I think this pretty much shows that there’s a correlation between homegrown players up the middle and WS championships.

1903 Boston Americans(AL)

C Lou Criger
2B Hobe Ferris
SS Freddy Parent (H)
CF Chick Stahl

1905 New York Giants(NL)

C Roger Bresnahan
2B Billy Gilbert
SS Bill Dahlen
CF Mike Donlin

1906 Chicago White Sox(AL)

C Billy Sullivan
2B Frank Isbell
SS George Davis
CF Fielder Jones

1907 Chicago Cubs(NL)

C Johnny Kling (H)
2B Johnny Evers (H)
SS Joe Tinker (H)
CF Jimmy Slagle (H)

1908 Chicago Cubs(NL)

C Johnny Kling (H)
2B Johnny Evers (H)
SS Joe Tinker (H)
CF Solly Hofman

1909 Pittsburgh Pirates(NL)

C George Gibson (H)
2B Dots Miller (H)
SS Honus Wagner
CF Tommy Leach

1910 Philadelphia Athletics(AL)

C Jack Lapp (H)
2B Eddie Collins (H)
SS Jack Barry (H)
CF Rube Oldring

1911 Philadelphia Athletics(AL)

C Ira Thomas
2B Eddie Collins (H)
SS Jack Barry (H)
CF Rube Oldring

1912 Boston Red Sox(AL)

C Bill Carrigan (H)
2B Steve Yarkes
SS Heinie Wagner
CF Tris Speaker (H)

1913 Philadelphia Athletics(AL)

C Jack Lapp (H)
2B Eddie Collins (H)
SS Jack Barry (H)
CF Rube Oldring

1914 Boston Braves(NL)

C Hank Gowdy
2B Johnny Evers
SS Rabbit Maranville (H)
CF Les Mann (H)

1915 Boston Red Sox(AL)

C Pinch Thomas (H)
2B Heinie Wagner
SS Everett Scott (H)
CF Tris Speaker (H)

1916 Boston Red Sox(AL)

C Pinch Thomas (H)
2B Jack Barry
SS Everett Scott (H)
CF Tilly Walker

1917 Chicago White Sox(AL)

C Ray Schalk (H)
2B Eddie Collins
SS Swede Risberg (H)
CF Happy Felsch (H)

1918 Boston Red Sox(AL)

C Sam Agnew
2B Dave Shean
SS Everett Scott (H)
CF Amos Strunk

1919 Cincinnati Reds(NL)

C Ivey Wingo
2B Morrie Rath
SS Larry Kopf
CF Edd Roush

1920 Cleveland Indians(AL)

C Steve O’Neill (H)
2B Bill Wambsganss (H)
SS Ray Chapman (H)
CF Tris Speaker

1921 New York Giants(NL)

C Frank Snyder
2B Johnny Rawlings
SS Dave Bancroft
CF George Burns (H)

1922 New York Giants(NL)

C Frank Snyder
2B Frankie Frisch (H)
SS Dave Bancroft
CF Casey Stengal/Bill Cunningham (H)

1923 New York Yankees(AL)

C Wally Schang
2B Aaron Ward (H)
SS Roger Peckinpaugh
CF Elmer Miller

1924 Washington Senators(NL)

C Muddy Ruel
2B Bucky Harris (H)
SS Roger Peckinpaugh
CF Earl McNeely (H)

1925 Pittsburgh Pirates(NL)

C Earl Smith
2B Eddie Moore (H)
SS Glenn Wright (H)
CF Max Carey (H)

1926 St. Louis Cardinals(NL)

C Bob O’Farrell
2B Rogers Hornsby (H)
SS Tommy Thevenow (H)
CF Taylor Douthit (H)

1927 New York Yankees(AL)

C Pat Collins
2B Tony Lazzeri (H)
SS Mark Koenig (H)
CF Earle Combs (H)

1928 New York Yankees(AL)

C Johnny Grabowski
2B Tony Lazzeri (H)
SS Mark Koenig (H)
CF Earle Combs (H)

1929 Philadelphia Athletics(AL)

C Mickey Cochrane (H)
2B Max Bishop (H)
SS Joe Boley(H)
CF Mule Haas

1930 Philadelphia Athletics(AL)

C Mickey Cochrane (H)
2B Max Bishop (H)
SS Joe Boley(H)
CF Mule Haas

1931 St Louis Cardinals(NL)

C Jimmie Wilson
2B Frankie Frisch
SS Charlie Gelbert (H)
CF Pepper Martin (H)

1932 New York Yankees(AL)

C Bill Dickey (H)
2B Tony Lazzeri (H)
SS Frankie Crosetti (H)
CF Earle Combs (H)

1933 New York Giants(NL)

C Gus Mancuso
2B Hughie Critz
SS Blondy Ryan
CF Kiddo Davis

1934 St Louis Cardinals(NL)

C Spud Davis (H)
2B Frankie Frisch
SS Leo Durocher
CF Ernie Orsatti (H)

1935 Detroit Tigers(AL)

C Mickey Cochrane
2B Charlie Gehringer (H)
SS Billy Rogell
CF Jo-Jo White (H)

1936 New York Yankees(AL)

C Bill Dickey (H)
2B Tony Lazzeri (H)
SS Frankie Crosetti (H)
CF Joe DiMaggio (H)

1937 New York Yankees(AL)

C Bill Dickey (H)
2B Tony Lazzeri (H)
SS Frankie Crosetti (H)
CF Joe DiMaggio (H)

1938 New York Yankees(AL)

C Bill Dickey (H)
2B Joe Gordon (H)
SS Frankie Crosetti (H)
CF Joe DiMaggio (H)

1939 New York Yankees(AL)

C Bill Dickey (H)
2B Joe Gordon (H)
SS Frankie Crosetti (H)
CF Joe DiMaggio (H)

1940 Cincinnati Reds(NL)

C Ernie Lombardi
2B Lonny Frey
SS Billy Myers (H)
CF Harry Craft (H)

1941 New York Yankees(AL)

C Bill Dickey (H)
2B Joe Gordon (H)
SS Phil Rizzuto (H)
CF Joe DiMaggio (H)

1942 St. Louis Cardinals(NL)

C Walker Cooper (H)
2B Creepy Crespi (H)
SS Marty Marion (H)
CF Terry Moore (H)

1943 New York Yankees(AL)

C Bill Dickey (H)
2B Joe Gordon (H)
SS Frankie Crosetti (H)
CF Roy Weatherly

1944 St. Louis Cardinals(NL)

C Walker Cooper (H)
2B Emil Verban (H)
SS Marty Marion (H)
CF Johnny Hopp (H)

1945 Detroit Tigers(AL)

C Bob Swift
2B Eddie Mayo
SS Skeeter Webb
CF Doc Cramer

1946 St. Louis Cardinals(NL)

C Joe Garagiola(H)
2B Red Schoendienst(H)
SS Marty Marion(H)
CF Terry Moore(H)

1947 New York Yankees(AL)

C Yogi Berra (H)
2B Snuffy Stirnweiss (H)
SS Phil Rizzuto (H)
CF Joe DiMaggio (H)

1948 Cleveland Indians(AL)

C Jim Hegan (H)
2B Joe Gordon
SS Lou Boudreau (H)
CF Larry Doby (H)

1949 New York Yankees(AL)

C Yogi Berra (H)
2B Jerry Coleman (H)
SS Phil Rizzuto (H)
CF Joe DiMaggio (H)

1950 New York Yankees(AL)

C Yogi Berra (H)
2B Jerry Coleman (H)
SS Phil Rizzuto (H)
CF Joe DiMaggio (H)

1951 New York Yankees(AL)

C Yogi Berra (H)
2B Jerry Coleman (H)
SS Phil Rizzuto (H)
CF Joe DiMaggio (H)

1952 New York Yankees(AL)

C Yogi Berra (H)
2B Billy Martin (H)
SS Phil Rizzuto (H)
CF Mickey Mantle (H)

1953 New York Yankees(AL)

C Yogi Berra (H)
2B Billy Martin (H)
SS Phil Rizzuto (H)
CF Mickey Mantle (H)

1954 New York Giants(NL)

C Wes Westrum (H)
2B Davey Williams (H)
SS Alvin Dark
CF Willie Mays (H)

1955 Brooklyn Dodgers(NL)

C Roy Campanella (H)
2B Jim Gilliam (H)/Don Zimmer (H)
SS Pee Wee Reese (H)
CF Duke Snider (H)

1956 New York Yankees(AL)

C Yogi Berra (H)
2B Billy Martin (H)
SS Gil McDougald (H)
CF Mickey Mantle (H)

1957 Milwaukee Braves(NL)

C Del Crandall (H)
2B Red Schoendienst
SS Johnny Logan (H)
CF Hank Aaron (H)

1958 New York Yankees(AL)

C Yogi Berra (H)
2B Gil McDougald (H)
SS Tony Kubek (H)
CF Mickey Mantle (H)

1959 Los Angeles Dodgers(NL)

C Johnny Roseboro (H)
2B Charlie Neal (H)
SS Maury Wills (H)
CF Duke Snider (H)/Don Demeter (H)

1960 Pittsburgh Pirates(NL)

C Smoky Burgess
2B Bill Mazeroski (H)
SS Dick Groat (H)
CF Bill Virdon

1961 New York Yankees(AL)

C Elston Howard (H)
2B Bobby Richardson (H)
SS Tony Kubek (H)
CF Mickey Mantle (H)

1962 New York Yankees(AL)

C Elston Howard (H)
2B Bobby Richardson (H)
SS Tom Tresh (H)/Tony Kubek (H)
CF Mickey Mantle (H)

1963 Los Angeles Dodgers(NL)

C Johnny Roseboro (H)
2B Charlie Neal (H)
SS Maury Wills (H)
CF Willie Davis (H)

1964 St. Louis Cardinals(NL)

C Tim McCarver (H)
2B Julian Javier (H)
SS Dick Groat
CF Curt Flood

1965 Los Angeles Dodgers(NL)

C Johnny Roseboro (H)
2B Charlie Neal (H)
SS Maury Wills (H)
CF Willie Davis (H)

1966 Baltimore Orioles(AL)

C Andy Etchebarren (H)
2B Davey Johnson (H)
SS Luis Aparicio
CF Paul Blair (H)

1967 St. Louis Cardinals(NL)

C Tim McCarver (H)
2B Julian Javier (H)
SS Dal Maxvill (H)
CF Curt Flood

1968 Detroit Tigers(AL)

C Bill Freehan (H)
2B Dick McAuliffe (H)
SS Ray Oyler (H)
CF Mickey Stanley (H)

1969 New York Mets(NL)

C Jerry Grote
2B Ken Boswelli (H)
SS Bud Harrelson (H)
CF Tommie Agee

1970 Baltimore Orioles(AL)

C Ellie Hendricks (H)
2B Davey Johnson (H)
SS Mark Belanger (H)
CF Paul Blair (H)

1971 Pittsburgh Pirates(NL)

C Manny Sanguillen (H)
2B Dave Cash (H)
SS Gene Alley (H)
CF Al Oliver (H)

1972 Oakland Athletics(AL)

C Gene Tenace (H)/Dave Duncan** (H)
2B Tim Cullen
SS Bert Campaneris (H)
CF George Hendrick (H)/Reggie Jackson* (H)

*Didn’t play in the WS
**Didn’t catch in the WS

1973 Oakland Athletics(AL)

C Ray Fosse
2B Dick Green (H)
SS Bert Campaneris (H)
CF Billy North

1974 Oakland Athletics(AL)
C Ray Fosse
2B Dick Green (H)
SS Bert Campaneris (H)
CF Billy North

1975 Cincinnati Reds(NL)

C Johnny Bench (H)
2B Joe Morgan
SS Dave Concepcion (H)
CF Cesar Geronimo

1976 Cincinnati Reds(NL)

C Johnny Bench (H)
2B Joe Morgan
SS Dave Concepcion (H)
CF Cesar Geronimo

1977 New York Yankees(AL)

C Thurman Munson (H)
2B Willie Randolph
SS Bucky Dent
CF Mickey Rivers

1978 New York Yankees(AL)

C Thurman Munson (H)
2B Willie Randolph
SS Bucky Dent
CF Mickey Rivers

1979 Pittsburgh Pirates(NL)

C Eddie Ott (H)
2B Rennie Stennett (H)
SS Tim Foli
CF Omar Moreno (H)

1980 Philadelphia Phillies(NL)

C Bob Boone (H)
2B Manny Trillo
SS Larry Bowa (H)
CF Garry Maddox

1981 Los Angeles Dodgers(NL)

C Mike Scioscia (H)
2B Davey Lopes (H)
SS Bill Russell (H)
CF Ken Landreaux/Pedro Guerrero* (H)

*Played CF in WS

1982 St. Louis Cardinals(NL)

C Darrell Porter
2B Tom Herr (H)
SS Ozzie Smith
CF Willie McGee (H)

1983 Baltimore Orioles(AL)

C Rick Dempsey
2B Rich Dauer (H)
SS Cal Ripken (H)
CF Al Bumbry (H)

1984 Detroit Tigers(AL)

C Lance Parrish (H)
2B Lou Whitaker (H)
SS Alan Trammel (H)
CF Chet Lemon

1985 Kansas City Royals(AL)

C Jim Sundberg
2B Frank White (H)
SS Onix Concepcion (H)
CF Willie Wilson (H)

1986 New York Mets(NL)

C Gary Carter
2B Wally Backman (H)
SS Rafael Santana
CF Lenny Dykstra (H)

1987 Minnesota Twins(AL)

C Tim Laudner (H)
2B Steve Lombardozzi (H)
SS Greg Gagne (H)
CF Kirby Puckett (H)

1988 Los Angeles Dodgers(NL)

C Mike Scioscia (H)
2B Steve Sax (H)
SS Alfredo Griffin
CF John Shelby

1989 Oakland Athletics(AL)

C Terry Steinbach (H)
2B Tony Phillips (H)
SS Mike Gallego (H)
CF Dave Henderson

1990 Cincinnati Reds(NL)

C Joe Oliver (H)
2B Mariano Duncan
SS Barry Larkin (H)
CF Eric Davis (H)

1991 Minnesota Twins(AL)

C Brian Harper
2B Chuck Knoblauch (H)
SS Greg Gagne (H)
CF Kirby Puckett (H)

1992 Toronto Blue Jays(AL)

C Pat Borders (H)
2B Roberto Alomar
SS Manuel Lee (H)
CF Devon White

1993 Toronto Blue Jays(AL)

C Pat Borders (H)
2B Roberto Alomar
SS Tony Fernandez (H)
CF Devon White

1995 Atlanta Braves(NL)

C Javy Lopez (H)
2B Mark Lemke (H)
SS Jeff Blauser (H)
CF Marquis Grissom

1996 New York Yankees(AL)
C Joe Girardi
2B Mariano Duncan
SS Derek Jeter (H)
CF Bernie Williams (H)

1997 Florida Marlins(NL)
C Charles Johnson (H)
2B Luis Castillo (H)
SS Edgar Renteria (H)
CF Devon White

1998 New York Yankees(AL)
C Jorge Posada (H)
2B Chuck Knoblauch
SS Derek Jeter (H)
CF Bernie Williams (H)

1999 New York Yankees(AL)
C Jorge Posada (H)
2B Chuck Knoblauch
SS Derek Jeter (H)
CF Bernie Williams (H)

2000 New York Yankees(AL)
C Jorge Posada (H)
2B Chuck Knoblauch
SS Derek Jeter (H)
CF Bernie Williams (H)

2001 Arizona Diamondbacks(NL)
C Damian Miller
2B Jay Bell
SS Tony Womack
CF Steve Finley

2002 Los Angeles Angels(AL)
C Bengie Molina (H)
2B Adam Kennedy
SS David Eckstein
CF Darin Erstad (H)

2003 Florida Marlins(NL)
C Ivan Rodriguez
2B Luis Castillo (H)
SS Alex Gonzalez (H)
CF Juan Pierre

2004 Boston Red Sox(AL)
C Jason Varitek (H)
2B Mark Bellhorn
SS Orlando Cabrera*
CF Johnny Damon

*traded for mid-season

2005 Chicago White Sox(AL)
C AJ Piezynski
2B Tadahito Iguchi*
SS Juan Uribe
CF Aaron Rowand (H)

*White Sox signed him out of Japan, but he was already an established star over there

2006 St. Louis Cardinals(NL)
C Yadier Molina (H)
2B Aaron Miles
SS David Eckstein
CF Jim Edmonds

2007 Boston Red Sox(AL)
C Jason Varitek (H)
2B Dustin Pedroia (H)
SS Julio Lugo
CF Coco Crisp/Jacoby Ellsbury (H)

2008 Philadelphia Phillies(NL)
C Carlos Ruiz (H)
2B Chase Utley (H)
SS Jimmy Rollins (H)
CF Shane Victorino

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