The 2013 World Series was the 109th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series. The American League (AL) champions Boston Red Sox defeated the National League (NL) champions St. Louis Cardinals in the best-of-seven playoff 4 games to 2. The Red Sox had home field advantage for the series, based on the American League's win in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field in Queens, New York, on July 16. The Series started on Wednesday, October 23, ending on Game 6 the following Wednesday, October 30, 2013.
The Red Sox won the first game at Fenway Park on October 23, followed by the Cardinals winning the second game on October 24 to tie the series 1–1. The series then moved to Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals won the third game on October 26 to gain a 2–1 lead. The Red Sox won the fourth game on October 27 to tie the series at 2–2, then won the last of three games at Busch Stadium on October 28 for a 3–2 lead. The series then moved back to Fenway Park, where the Red Sox decisively won the final game on October 30, becoming the World Series champions for 2013.
This was the fourth meeting of the Cardinals and the Red Sox in the World Series (previously meeting in 1946, 1967, and 2004). Winning in six games, the Red Sox clinched their first World Series championship at their home field of Fenway Park since 1918, and the last such Series to date won by the home team. David Ortiz was awarded the World Series Most Valuable Player Award. He became the first non-Yankee to win 3 World Series titles with one team since Jim Palmer (Baltimore Orioles 1966, 1970 & 1983).