The 2010 World Series was the 106th occurrence of Major League Baseball's championship series. The best-of-seven playoff, played between the American League champion Texas Rangers and the National League champion San Francisco Giants, began on Wednesday, October 27, and ended on Monday, November 1, with the Giants winning the series 4–1 to secure their first World Series championship since 1954, and their first since relocating to San Francisco from New York City in 1958.
In their respective League Championship Series, the Rangers and Giants had eliminated the 2009 World Series teams, the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. The Rangers' victory in the ALCS gave the franchise its first World Series appearance in its 50-year history, dating from the club's inauguration as the second Washington Senators franchise in 1961. Meanwhile, the Giants' victory in the NLCS gave the club its fourth World Series appearance since locating to San Francisco prior to the 1958 season; their most recent appearance had been in the 2002 World Series, when they lost to the Anaheim Angels in seven games. Coincidentally, the Giants and Rangers faced off in the first regular-season interleague game, on June 12, 1997, at the Ballpark in Arlington; current Ranger reliever Darren Oliver, in his first stint with the club, threw the game's first pitch.
The Giants had home-field advantage in the World Series, the first time the National League champion had home-field advantage since 2001, because the NL won the All-Star Game 3–1 on July 13. For the second consecutive year, Series games were scheduled for earlier start times in hope of attracting younger viewers. The first pitch was scheduled for 7:57 p.m. EDT for most games, with Game 3 starting at 6:57 p.m. EDT as part of a "family night" promotion and Game 4 starting at 8:20 p.m. EDT to accommodate the Fox network's NFL coverage.
San Francisco landmarks, such as Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, and San Francisco City Hall,...