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Five Memorable World Series Winners from the Recent Past: Fan's Take

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Every World Series winning team has a special place in the history of Major League Baseball. But, let's be honest, some teams are a little more special than others. From curse-breakers to record-breakers, here's a look back at five memorable World Series winners from the recent past.

2005 Chicago White Sox (99-63) -- In 2005, Ozzie Guillen guided the Chicago's South Siders to their first World Series title since 1917. Moreover, the A.L. Central champion White Sox swept the Houston Astros in four games to finish the postseason with a shiny record of 11-1. Series MVP Jermaine Dye, who batted .438 against the Astros, knocked in the only run in the title-clinching Game 5.

2004 Boston Red Sox (98-64) -- The Terry Francona-led 2004 Red Sox are legendary in Boston. Not only did they rally from three games down in the ALCS to beat the despised New York Yankees, an unprecedented postseason comeback, but they broke an 86-year World Series drought by sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in the Fall Classic. Boston won its final eight playoff games, also an MLB record.

1998 New York Yankees (114-48) -- Of all the immortal Yankees clubs over the years, none of them won more regular season games than the '98 team. Under Joe Torre, the Yanks ran away with the A.L. East -- they beat out the second-place Red Sox by 22 games -- before storming through the postseason. The Yankees swept the San Diego Padres in four games to win their first of three straight World Series titles.

1988 Los Angeles Dodgers (94-67) -- Under the legendary manager Tommy Lasorda, the 1988 Dodgers upset the heavily-favored New York Mets in the NLCS and stunned the Oakland Athletics in the World Series. There was something magical about the '88 Dodgers, who weren't even projected to make the postseason. A hobbled Kirk Gibson provided one of MLB's signature postseason moments with a pinch-hit home run off lights-out closer Dennis Eckersley to win Game 1.

1986 New York Mets (108-54) -- Davey Johnson's rowdy Mets capped of a memorable season with a miraculous comeback in the World Series. They rallied to win Game 6 against the Red Sox after trailing by two runs with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. The game famously -- or infamously, depending on your point of view -- ended on Mookie Wilson's slow-rolling ground ball which scooted under Bill Buckner's legs at first base. The Mets won Game 7 and a place in MLB history.

What is your favorite World Series-winning team? Why is it special to you? Let me know in the comments section below.

Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who roots for the New York Mets (and any team that is playing the New York Yankees). An avid fantasy baseball player and fan of Major League Baseball, his games of choice growing up were Strat-O-Matic and MicroLeague Baseball.

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