The Texas Rangers made history on Wednesday after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-0 in Game 5. With the win, the Rangers won their first World Series title, with an overall margin of victory of 4-1. It wasn’t just the team, however, for Rangers player, Will Smith, it was a bigger achievement. He became the first player in Major League Baseball (MLB) history to win three World Series titles with three different teams in three years.
Smith’s incredible success is remarkable and an inspiration to many. He emphasized how his achievement is almost like a fairy tale because he was very lucky to do so.
“As a kid, in your front yard playing catch, when you first fall in love with baseball, it’s always 3-2, bottom of the ninth, Game 7 of the World Series. You always dream of being in these situations. So to be lucky enough to do it three years in a row is something I can never take for granted,” Smith said after Game 4 as cited by AP.
The 34-year-old said he never expected such an incredible turn out in his career and never dreamed of winning more than just one World Series title.
Interestingly enough, there are only two other players in history who have marked their appearance in three consecutive World Series with different teams. One of them was Don Baylor, who played in the World Series with the 1986 Red Sox, 1987 Twins, and 1988 A’s. The other was Eric Hinske, who did it with the 2007 Red Sox, 2008 Rays, and 2009 Yankees.
The other two titles were won by Smith
In 2021, Smith played for the Braves who defeated the Astros to win the World Series.
Then, Smith was part of the Houston Astros’ roster as they won the World Series title in 2022.
Smith’s incredible record
Smith is the only player from the four major North American sports leagues—MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA—to appear in at least one game of a title run with three different teams in three consecutive years.
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