Korean Series

The Korean Series is the final championship series of the KBO League. It has been held since the KBO League's first season in 1982 and is the final series of the post-season play-offs. From 2005 to 2013, the winner of the Korean Series went on to play in the Asia Series.

The teams finishing in third and fourth place in the regular season face each other in the first round of the play-offs. The winner of the first round faces the team that finished in second place during the regular season, and the winner of that round faces the team that finished in first place for the championship in the Korean Series. The Wild Card Game between the teams finishing in fourth and fifth place in the regular season was added to the KBO League postseason in 2015.[1]

All championships are a best-of-seven playoff series between the league pennant winner and the winner of the second round of the play-offs. If the game ends in a tie, more games would be scheduled until any one of the teams wins four games.

Korean Series winnersEdit

* Note: Winning team and losing team columns indicate the number of times that team has appeared in a Korean Series as well as each respective teams' Korean Series record to date.

* Note: Games in the KBO League have a limit to the number of extra innings and/or time that could be played before being officially declared a tied game (except in 2008 when this rule was removed). When post-season games were declared tied, they had to be replayed.

Year Winning team Manager Games Losing team Manager Most Valuable Player Ref.
1982 OB Bears (1, 1–0) Kim Yeong-duk 4–1–(1)[T] Samsung Lions (1, 0–1) Seo Yeong-mu Kim Yu-dong (OB-OF) [2]
1983 Haitai Tigers (1, 1–0) Kim Eung-ryong 4–0–(1)[T] MBC Chungyong (1, 0–1) Kim Dong-yub Kim Bong-yeon (Haitai-IF) [3]
1984 Lotte Giants (1, 1–0) Kang Byeong-cheol 4–3 Samsung Lions (2, 0–2) Kim Yeong-duk Yu Du-yeol (Lotte-OF) [4]
1985 Samsung Lions (1–2) Kim Yeong-duk No Korean Series[N] [5]
1986 Haitai Tigers (2, 2–0) Kim Eung-ryong 4–1 Samsung Lions (3, 1–3) Kim Yeong-duk Kim Jung-soo (Haitai-P) [6]
1987 Haitai Tigers (3, 3–0) Kim Eung-ryong 4–0 Samsung Lions (4, 1–4) Park Yeong-gil Kim Jun-hwan (Haitai-OF) [7]
1988 Haitai Tigers (4, 4–0) Kim Eung-ryong 4–2 Binggrae Eagles (1, 0–1) Kim Yeong-duk Mun Hui-su (Haitai-P) [8]
1989 Haitai Tigers (5, 5–0) Kim Eung-ryong 4–1 Binggrae Eagles (2, 0–2) Kim Yeong-duk Park Cheol-u (Haitai-IF) [9]
1990 LG Twins (2, 1–1) Baek In-chun 4–0 Samsung Lions (5, 1–5) Jeong Dong-jin Kim Yong-soo (LG-P) [10]
1991 Haitai Tigers (6, 6–0) Kim Eung-ryong 4–0 Binggrae Eagles (3, 0–3) Kim Yeong-duk Jang Chae-geun (Haitai-C) [11]
1992 Lotte Giants (2, 2–0) Kang Byeong-cheol 4–1 Binggrae Eagles (4, 0–4) Kim Yeong-duk Park Dong-hui (Lotte-P) [12]
1993 Haitai Tigers (7, 7–0) Kim Eung-ryong 4–2–(1)[T] Samsung Lions (6, 1–6) Woo Yong-deuk Lee Jong-beom (Haitai-IF) [13]
1994 LG Twins (3, 2–1) Lee Kwang-hwan 4–0 Pacific Dolphins (1, 0–1) Jeong Dong-jin Kim Yong-soo (LG-P) [14]
1995 OB Bears (2, 2–0) Kim In-sik 4–3 Lotte Giants (3, 2–1) Kim Yong-hee Kim Min-ho (OB-IF) [15]
1996 Haitai Tigers (8, 8–0) Kim Eung-ryong 4–2 Hyundai Unicorns (2, 0–2) Kim Jae-bak Lee Kang-chul (Haitai-P) [16]
1997 Haitai Tigers (9, 9–0) Kim Eung-ryong 4–1 LG Twins (4, 2–2) Cheon Bo-seong Lee Jong-beom (Haitai-IF) [17]
1998 Hyundai Unicorns (3, 1–2) Kim Jae-bak 4–2 LG Twins (5, 2–3) Cheon Bo-seong Chung Min-tae (Hyundai-P) [18]
1999 Hanwha Eagles (5, 1–4) Lee Hui-su 4–1 Lotte Giants (4, 2–2) Kim Myeong-seong Koo Dae-sung (Hanwha-P) [19]
2000 Hyundai Unicorns (4, 2–2) Kim Jae-bak 4–3 Doosan Bears (3, 2–1) Kim In-sik Tom Quinlan (Hyundai-3B) [20]
2001 Doosan Bears (4, 3–1) Kim In-sik 4–2 Samsung Lions (7, 1–7) Kim Eung-ryong Tyrone Woods (Doosan-1B) [21]
2002 Samsung Lions (8, 2–7) Kim Eung-ryong 4–2 LG Twins (6, 2–4) Kim Sung-keun Ma Hae-yeong (Samsung-OF) [22]
2003 Hyundai Unicorns (5, 3–2) Kim Jae-bak 4–3 SK Wyverns (1, 0–1) Cho Beom-hyeon Chung Min-tae (Hyundai-P) [23]
2004 Hyundai Unicorns (6, 4–2) Kim Jae-bak 4–2–(3)[T] Samsung Lions (9, 2–8) Kim Eung-ryong Cho Yong-joon (Hyundai-P) [24]
2005 Samsung Lions (10, 3–8) Sun Dong-yol 4–0 Doosan Bears (5, 3–2) Kim Kyung-moon Oh Seung-hwan (Samsung-P) [25]
2006 Samsung Lions (11, 4–8) Sun Dong-yol 4–1–(1)[T] Hanwha Eagles (6, 1–5) Kim In-sik Park Jin-man (Samsung-SS) [26]
2007 SK Wyverns (2, 1–1) Kim Sung-keun 4–2 Doosan Bears (6, 3–3) Kim Kyung-moon Kim Jae-hyun (SK-OF)[27] [28]
2008 SK Wyverns (3, 2–1) Kim Sung-keun 4–1 Doosan Bears (7, 3–4) Kim Kyung-moon Choi Jeong (SK-3B)[29] [30]
2009 Kia Tigers (10, 10–0) Cho Beom-hyeon 4–3 SK Wyverns (4, 2–2) Kim Sung-keun Na Ji-wan (Kia-LF)[31] [32]
2010 SK Wyverns (5, 3–2) Kim Sung-keun 4–0 Samsung Lions (12, 4–9) Sun Dong-yol Park Jung-kwon (SK-1B/RF)[33] [34]
2011 Samsung Lions (13, 5–9) Ryu Joong-il 4–1 SK Wyverns (6, 3–3) Lee Man-soo Oh Seung-hwan (Samsung-P)[35] [36]
2012 Samsung Lions (14, 6–9) Ryu Joong-il 4–2 SK Wyverns (7, 3–4) Lee Man-soo Lee Seung-yeop (Samsung-1B)[37] [38]
2013 Samsung Lions (15, 7–9) Ryu Joong-il 4–3 Doosan Bears (8, 3–5) Kim Jin-wook Park Han-yi (Samsung-RF)[39] [40]
2014 Samsung Lions (16, 8–9) Ryu Joong-il 4–2 Nexen Heroes (1, 0–1) Yeom Kyung-yup Yamaico Navarro (Samsung-2B)[41] [42]
2015 Doosan Bears (9, 4–5) Kim Tae-hyoung 4–1 Samsung Lions (17, 8–10) Ryu Joong-il Jung Soo-bin (Doosan-CF)[43] [44]
2016 Doosan Bears (10, 5–5) Kim Tae-hyoung 4–0 NC Dinos (1, 0–1) Kim Kyung-moon Yang Eui-ji (Doosan-C)[45] [46]
2017 Kia Tigers (11, 11–0) Kim Ki-tai 4–1 Doosan Bears (11, 5–6) Kim Tae-hyoung Yang Hyeon-jong (Kia-P)[47] [48]
2018 SK Wyverns (8, 4–4) Trey Hillman 4–2 Doosan Bears (12, 5–7) Kim Tae-hyoung Han Dong-min (SK-RF)[49] [50]
2019 Doosan Bears (13, 6–7) Kim Tae-hyoung 4–0 Kiwoom Heroes (2, 0–2) Jang Jung-suk Oh Jae-il (Doosan-1B)[51] [52]
2020 NC Dinos (2, 1–1) Lee Dong-wook 4–2 Doosan Bears (14, 6–8) Kim Tae-hyoung Yang Eui-ji (NC-C)[45] [53]

Series appearances by clubEdit

In the sortable table below, teams are ordered first by number of appearances, then by number of wins, and finally by year of first appearance. In the "Season(s)" column, bold years indicate winning appearances.

Series
appearances
Team Wins Losses Win % Season(s)
17 Samsung Lions 7+1[N] 10 .412 1982, 1984, 1985,[N] 1986, 1987, 1990, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
14 Doosan Bears (OB Bears) 6 8 .429 1982, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
11 Kia Tigers (Haitai Tigers) 11 0 1.000 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2009, 2017
8 SSG Landers (SK Wyverns) 4 4 .500 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2018
6 Hyundai Unicorns (Pacific Dolphins)[D] 4 2 .667 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004
6 LG Twins (MBC Chungyong) 2 4 .333 1983, 1990, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2002
6 Hanhwa Eagles (Binggrae Eagles) 1 5 .167 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1999, 2006
4 Lotte Giants 2 2 .500 1984, 1992, 1995, 1999
2 NC Dinos 1 1 .500 2016, 2020
2 Kiwoom Heroes (Nexen Heroes) 0 2 .000 2014, 2019

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  • T The 1982, 1983, 1993, and 2006 Korean Series each included one tied game. The 2004 Korean Series had three tied games.
  • N No Korean Series played, the Samsung Lions won the title outright in the 1985 season.[54]
  • D The Hyundai Unicorns franchise was disbanded at the end of the 2007 season.

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