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Congrats To the Champs

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 7:51 AM
Filed Under: General Baseball | Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies finally finished Game 5 and did so in winning fashion.  When they quickly put up a run there in the sixth, I figured that might be the end of it.  Say this about the Rays, though, they don't give up.  Even in the ninth they had a chance.  Brad Lidge may have been perfect in save opportunities, but everytime I've seen him this postseason it seems like he's just a more successful version of Izzy.  He walks the wire but comes through at the end.

For the last few years, I've kept a running list of World Series droughts.  After last night, this is what it looks like.  (I can't figure out how to do tables so bear with the formatting.)

Last won      Years
Philadelphia 2008 0
Boston 2007 1
St. Louis 2006 2
Chicago White Sox 2005 3
Florida 2003 5
Los Angeles of Anaheim 2002 6
Arizona 2001 7
New York Yankees 2000 8
Tampa Bay 1998 10 *
Atlanta 1995 13
Colorado 1993 15 *
Toronto 1993 15
Minnesota 1991 17
Cincinnati 1990 18
Oakland 1989 19
Los Angeles 1988 20
New York Mets 1986 22
Kansas City 1985 23
Detroit 1984 24
Baltimore 1983 25
Pittsburgh 1979 29
Seattle 1977 31 *
San Diego 1969 39 *
Milwaukee 1969 39 *
Washington 1969 39 *
Houston 1962 46 *
Texas 1961 47 *
San Francisco 1954 54
Cleveland 1948 60
Chicago Cubs 1908 100

*--Never won a series

I think we've also figured out why the NL keeps losing the All-Star Game.  It's a subtle swipe at the AL, since no Series goes 7 anymore.  (Last 7-gamer was 2001, before the Great All-Star Debacle.)  With only 4 or 5 games in the Series, it either means the AL team has to win the Series on the road, away from their fans, or the NL team gets to win it at home in front of their fans.  Very, very subtle!  The Cardinals and the Phillies are the only teams to win on their home field since 2002.

Now, can someone open up the grate and stoke that Hot Stove?

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I think that the Texas Rangers were at one time the Washington Senators, so that might go back farther.

Got the Twitterfeed on this.


The original Washington Senators moved to Minnesota and became the Twins before the 1961 season. Washington DC got a new team, also named the Senators, for the 1961 season. This version moved to Arlington before the 1972 season and became the Rangers.

What C70 has posted is correct vis-a-vis time since winning a World Series.

Thanks, Chet. Glad to know it's working.

Thanks for double checking me as well, Mike. I put this together I think in '04 or somewhere around there, so I wouldn't have sworn I'd have gone back to the Washington days when I was doing it.

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