The 2012 World Series was the 108th edition of Major League Baseball’s championship series.The San Francisco Giants, the National League champions, won the best-of-seven playoff in a 4-game sweep over the American League champions Detroit Tigers. This marked the Giants’ seventh World Series title in franchise history, their second in San Francisco (they won five in New York), and their second in a three-year period (2010–2012). Their World Series sweep was the first by a National League team since the Cincinnati Reds swept the Oakland Athletics in the 1990 series and the first NL sweep not by the Reds since 1963, when the Los Angeles Dodgers swept the New York Yankees. The Giants’ Pablo Sandoval, who in Game 1 tied a record by hitting three home runs in one World Series game, two off of Tigers’ ace Justin Verlander, was named the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP).
The San Francisco Giants held home field advantage for the best-of-seven World Series: San Francisco hosted Games 1 and 2, and would have hosted Games 6 and 7 if these had been necessary to decide the Series. The 2012 series began on Wednesday, October 24, at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California and ended on Sunday, October 28, at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, with the conclusion of the fourth game.
The Tigers entered Game 1 in San Francisco, six days after sweeping the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. Two days before Game 1, the Giants had taken the National League Championship from the St. Louis Cardinals, the defending World Series champions, at home in San Francisco, after winning Game 7 of the National League Championship Series.