Mizzou Alumni in the World Series

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As former Mizzou Tiger Ian Kinsler takes part in the Major League Baseball World Series, we wanted to take a look at some other former Tigers that have played in the Fall Classic.

 

Records from the early 1900s and before are scarce, but to the best of our knowledge, seven former MU stars, including Kinsler, have made a total of 11 World Series appearances.

 

Heading into this year's series with Kinsler and the Rangers, Missouri alums are an impressive 9-1 in the World Series.

 

Kinsler is the first former Tigers to appear in the Fall Classic since Tim Launder was part of the 1987 World Champion Minnesota Twins. Laudner had an impressive series as the Twins defeated the Cardinals in seven games. He hit .318, with a double, a home run and four RBI. His home run came in a Game 2 victory by the Twins.

 

Mike Shannon is one of two former Tigers to play in multiple World Series. He was part of three St. Louis Cardinals teams that made it to the World Series. Shannon and the Cardinals claimed the title in 1964 and 1967 before losing to Detroit in the 1968 World Series.

 

Shannon hit .235 in 21 World Series games and had a home run in each of the three World Series trips.

 

Joining Shannon on the 1964 Cardinal team was another MU alum, Charlie James, who played in three games during that series.

 

Darold Knowles was part of the Oakland A's who won three-consecutive World Series titles between 1972-74.

 

The earliest record of a Missouri player in the World Series comes in 1925, when Glenn Wright helped Pittsburgh to a title. Wright played in four games, picking up two hits and two RBI. Homer Summa was part of the World Champion Philadelphia Athletics in 1929.

 

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