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World Series Notes

October 27, 2015

The opening game of the 2015 World Series will be played tonight in a contest matching two teams that are a combined (0-7) in World Series openers.

Neither the New York Mets (0-4) nor the Kansas City Royals (0-3) have ever won the opening game of the World Series.

New York and Kansas City will have met at all four stages of the post-season with this being the first finals series.

All of the post-season meetings have been in either baseball or football. The brief period in which Kansas City had a basketball or hockey team passed over three decades ago.

There were four previous baseball post season clashes between the two cities, all semi-finals/ALCS between the Yankees and Royals.

The Yankees won the first three (1976-1978) and went on to win the World Series in both 1977 and 1978.

The Royals won the 1980 ALCS but lost the subsequent World Series.

The Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets have met in the quarterfinal and preliminary/wild card rounds.

In the last AFL season and fourth in which the AFL and NFL champions would meet in the Super Bowl, the AFL instituted a “crossover” game matching the first place team in one division vs the second place team in the other.

In one of those games, on a blustery day at Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, the Chiefs defeated the defending Super Bowl champion Jets and eventually won the Super Bowl. They were champions along with the New York Mets from January 1970 until the Pirates won the NL East, eliminating the Mets in late September 1970.

The Jets having backed into the playoffs despite five straight losses then defeated the Chiefs in a wild card round game at the Jets’ Giants Stadium “home.” The Cleveland Browns then defeated the Jets in a quarterfinal/divisional round game in Cleveland the following week.

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