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Which team has won the most MLB World Series? List of winners

The New York Yankees hold the most World Series titles, 27, while the St. Louis Cardinals come next in line, with 11. Find out who's next in line.

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Who has won the MLB each year? list of winners
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The Atlanta Braves are the 2021 World Series winners

The Atlanta Braves are the official winners of the 2021 World Series for only the second time since moving the franchise to Atlanta. The Braves defeated the Houston Astros 7-0 in game 6 of the World Series. The odds were surely stacked against the team after the Braves lost their star pitcher, Charlie Morton, to a broken in game 1 of the World Series.

Despite the team's amazing 2021 World Series victory, they are not at the top of the list when it comes to who has won the most World Series in the history of the MLB. In fact, the Braves have not won a World Series since 1995.

So which team has won the most World Series in MLB History?

There is a reason the New York Yankees are labeled the most hated baseball team in the US by everyone who resides outside the Bronx: as the most successful team in the history of MLB by quite a long chalk, fans of other sides tend to find the pinstriped New Yorkers hard to stomach.

The Yanks even revel in a nickname bestowed on them by their arch-rivals the Red Sox in 2002, when former Boston chief Larry Lucchino alluded to the “evil empire” over the Yankees’ success in landing Red Sox target Jose Contreras, who would eventually go on to win the 2005 World Series with the White Sox.

For Yankees detractors, it is the regularity of their success that breeds contempt. The Bronx Bombers have played in 40 of the 116 World Series contested to date, winning 27 of those. The next most-successful team, the St. Louis Cardinals, have won 11 of the 19 World Series they have contested. Those two records represent the only double-figure World Series winners in MLB history.

Behind the Yankees and the Cardinals are the Athletics and the Red Sox, with nine wins each, and the Giants and Dodgers, with eight and seven respectively, several of those triumphs for both those sides coming when they were city rivals to the Yankees under their former identities as the New York Giants and Brooklyn Dodgers prior to their relocation to San Francisco and Los Angeles in 1957.

With little to trouble the Yankees’ rule as kings of New York since then (the Mets have won the World Series twice, albeit most recently in 2015, with the Yankees’ last win coming in 2009) the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees, widely considered the longest-running and most fractious rivalry in US sports, has been permitted to flourish.

Red Sox got some revenge at Yankees

The 2021 MLB postseason started with the Red Sox and Dodgers winning the AL and NL Wild Card Games, sequentially. The Red Sox got back at their A.L. East arch-rival, defeating New York 6-2 at Fenway Park on Oct. 6.

Only six teams in MLB history have never won a World Series: San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays (who were last season’s runners-up), Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies and the Seattle Mariners, who hold an uncherished record as the only MLB side to never have played in a World Series.