What was the total number of runs scored in the 1986 World Series?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The total number of runs scored in the 1986 World Series (the championship series for Major League Baseball, which is based in the United States) was 59. In that year, the New York Mets of the National League scored a total of 32 runs over the 7-game series, while the Boston Red Sox of the American League scored 27 runs. While the team with the higher aggregate total of runs does not necessarily win the World Series, the Mets did win this Series. They won four games, while the Red Sox won only three.

In Major League Baseball, the World Series has been played as a best-of-seven series since 1922. Whichever team is first to win four games wins the Series and, by doing so, the MLB championship for that year. This means a World Series can be as short as four games or as long as seven games. The 1986 Series lasted for the maximum seven games.

As far as number of runs scored, this World Series was not particularly remarkable. The highest number of total runs scored by both teams in a World Series was in 2002, when the two teams scored a total of 85 runs, 26 more than the teams in the 1986 Series. By contrast, the lowest number of runs ever scored by two teams in a World Series came in 1966, when the Baltimore Orioles and the Los Angeles Dodgers combined to score only 15 total runs in their series.

While I cannot find easily accessible run totals for every World Series ever played, the 1986 Series appears to be in line with many 7-game Series in terms of total runs scored.  Here are run totals from recent 7-game Series:

2014: 57

2011: 68

2002: 85

2001: 51

1997: 81

1991: 53

1987: 64

1986: 59

1985: 41

From this, we can see that the number of runs scored in 7-game World Series fluctuates a great deal and the 1986 Series is relatively unremarkable in terms of its total score.

readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here is a brief summary of the series. And in my opinion, it was one of the greatest, or at least, one of the most exciting series ever played. Many people turned off the TV when the best were down in the 9th inning of game 7. Those who did regret it. 

Game 1 - Boston Red Sox 1, and New York Mets 0

Game 2 - Boston Red Sox 9, and New York Mets 3

Game 3 - New York Mets 7, and Boston Red Sox 1

Game 4 - New York Mets 6, and Boston Red Sox 2

Game 5 - Boston Red Sox 4, and New York Mets 2

Game 6 - New York Mets 6, and Boston Red Sox 5 (10 innings)

Game 7 (An amazing game) New York Mets 8, Boston Red Sox 5. 

The New York Mets won the World Series in game 7. The total score for the Mets was 32. The total score for the Red Sox was 27. The total points overall were 59. 

dikshitaboruah | Student

NL New York Mets (4) vs. AL Boston Red Sox (3)

GameScoreDateLocationAttendanceTime of Game

1Red Sox – 1, Mets – 0October 18Shea Stadium(New York) 57,908 3:18

2Red Sox – 9, Mets – 3October 19Shea Stadium(New York) 57,911 2:44

3Mets – 7, Red Sox – 1October 21Fenway Park (Boston) 33,595 3:09

4Mets – 6, Red Sox – 2October 22Fenway Park (Boston) 33,920 3:22

5 Mets – 2, Red Sox – 4October 23Fenway Park (Boston) 34,010 2:55

6 Red Sox – 5, Mets – 6 (10 inn.)October 25Shea Stadium(New York) 57,908 3:18

7 Red Sox – 5, Mets – 8October 27Shea Stadium(New York) 57,911 2:44