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Down In History: The Best Of MLB’s 2011 Season

The Season

The 2011 MLB season began Thursday, March 31, 2011 and ended Wednesday, September 28, 2011.

Historical Facts

  • 1976 was the last time a Major League Baseball season because on a Thursday.
  • The 107th World Series:
    • Began Wednesday, October 19th and ended Monday, October 28th.
    • Was played between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.
    • Cardinals had the home advantage.
    • Game 1: Played on October 19th, 2011 at Busch Stadium; Cardinals won, 3-2.
    • Game 2: Played on October 20th, 2011 at Busch Stadium; Rangers won, 2-1.
    • Game 3: Played on October 22nd, 2011 at the Rangers’ Ballpark; Cardinals won, 16-7.
      • Albert Pujols of the Cardinals joined Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson as the only players to ever hit three home runs in a World Series game.
  • Game 4: Played on October 23rd, 2011 at the Rangers’ Ballpark; Rangers won, 4-0.
  • Game 5: Played on October 24th, 2011 at the Rangers’ Ballpark; Rangers won, 4-2.
  • Game 6: Played on October 27th, 2011 at Busch Stadium; Cardinals won, 10-9.
    • The game went into overtime, and Cardinals won.  Rangers were one strike away from winning the series twice when the Cardinals erased two-run deficits.
  • Game 7: Played on October 28th, 2011 at Busch Stadium; Cardinals won,6-2.
  • The Division Series:

American League

  • New York Yankees (1) v. Detroit Tigers (3); Detroit won in a 3-2 series.
  • Texas Rangers (2) v. Tampa Bay Rays (4); Texas won in a 3-1 series.


National League

  • Philadelphia Phillies (1) v. St. Louis Cardinals (4); St. Louis won in a 3-2 series.
  • Milwaukee Brewers (3) v. Arizona Diamondbacks (2); Milwaukee won in a 3-2 series.


  • League Championship Series
    • American League: Detroit Tigers v. Texas Rangers; Rangers win in a 4-2 series.
    • National League:  St. Louis Cardinals v. Milwaukee Brewers; Brewers win in a 4-2 series.
    • According to Nadia Mishkinof the Bleacher Report, the 2011 season finale was the best in history.

Best Catches

Angels v. Mariners, Trayvon Robinson Catch:

Giants v. Phillies, Eli Whitefield Catch:

Best Teams

The following is the list of the best teams of 2011:

  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Atlanta Braves
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • New York Yankees
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • Texas Rangers

Leading Players of 2011

  • Hitting: Lance Berkman, St. Louis Cardinals.
  • Pitching: Derek Holland, Texas Rangers.
  • Fielding: Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers.

Awesome 2011 Plays

Gina Williams is a guest post and article writer bringing to ushistorical occurrences that took place during the 2011 Major League Baseball season.

Gina also writes about motorcycle accidents.

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