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The 1906 Chicago Cubs: Best Team To Lose The World Series

The 1906 Chicago Cubs: Best Team To Lose The World Series

Well, not really 20. Let’s go just a little further: A total of 29 teams won 100 games or more during the regular season – and after all that – made it to the World Series, only to lose.

And again, oh those Chicago Cubs top the list. Yesterday, we saw they already have the longest World Series title drought of any team – an unimaginable 106 years. The Cubs last won it all in 1908.

A day before, we learned the 1945 Cubs lost the Series to one of the weakest winners ever.

And now, something else. A couple years before their last title, they became – and still are – the very best team that ever lost the World Series. The 1906 Cubs won 116 games that season and finished with a .763 percentage, but lost the Series four games to two.

It gets worse.

They lost to the Chicago White Sox.

Below find sorted by both wins and win-lost percentage perhaps the biggest letdowns in the game’s history. Domination followed by humiliation.

But wait.

Of the 29, four – marked with asterisks – were not upsets (and one of those just barely – 1941 – Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Yankees, of course).

One more thing. Lookee there. The 1985 Kansas City Royals.

Ah, one more thing…

The New York Yankees beat a 100-game winning team five times, most of all.

BY WINS

SEASON WORLD SERIES LOSER W L W-L PCT WORLD SERIES WINNER, RECORD
1. 1906 Chicago Cubs 116 36 .763 Chicago White Sox, 93-58
2. 1954 Cleveland Indians 111 43 .721 New York Giants, 97-57
3. 1969 Baltimore Orioles 109 53 .673 New York Mets, 100-62
4. 2004 St. Louis Cardinals 105 57 .648 Boston Red Sox, 98-64
4. 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers 105 49 .682 New York Yankees, 99-52
4. 1943 St. Louis Cardinals 105 49 .682 New York Yankees, 98-56
7. 1988 Oakland A’s 104 58 .642 Los Angeles Dodgers, 94-67
7. 1963 New York Yankees 104 57 .646 Los Angeles Dodgers, 99-63
7. 1946 Boston Red Sox 104 50 .675 St. Louis Cardinals, 98-58
7. 1910 Chicago Cubs 104 50 .675 Philadelphia Athletics, 102-48
11. 1999 Atlanta Braves 103 59 .636 New York Yankees, 98-64
11. 1990 Oakland A’s 103 59 .636 Cincinnati Reds, 91-71
11. 1962 San Francisco Giants 103 62 .624 New York Yankees, 96-66
11. 1942* New York Yankees* 103 51 .669 St. Louis Cardinals, 106-48*
11. 1912* New York Giants* 103 48 .682 Boston Red Sox, 105-47*
16. 1979 Baltimore Orioles 102 57 .642 Pittsburgh Pirates, 98-64
16. 1974 Los Angeles Dodgers 102 60 .630 Oakland A’s, 90-72
16. 1970* Cincinnati Reds* 102 60 .630 Baltimore Orioles, 108-54*
16. 1965 Minnesota Twins 102 60 .630 Los Angeles Dodgers, 97-65
20. 2003 New York Yankees 101 61 .623 Florida Marlins, 91-71
20. 1985 St. Louis Cardinals 101 61 .623 Kansas City Royals, 91-71
20. 1971 Baltimore Orioles 101 57 .639 Pittsburgh Pirates, 97-65
20. 1934 Detroit Tigers 101 53 .656 St. Louis Cardinals, 95-58
20. 1931 Philadelphia Athletics 101 45 .692 St. Louis Cardinals, 101-53
20. 1913 New York Giants 101 51 .664 Philadelphia Athletics, 96-57
26. 1995 Cleveland Indians 100 44 .694 Atlanta Braves, 90-54
26. 1941* Brooklyn Dodgers* 100 54 .649 New York Yankees, 101-53*
26. 1935 Chicago Cubs 100 54 .649 Detroit Tigers, 93-58

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BY W-L PERCENTAGE (MINIMUM 100 WINS)

SEASON WORLD SERIES LOSER W L W-L PCT WORLD SERIES WINNER, RECORD
1. 1906 Chicago Cubs 116 36 .763 Chicago White Sox, 93-58
2. 1954 Cleveland Indians 111 43 .721 New York Giants, 97-57
3. 1995 Cleveland Indians 100 44 .694 Atlanta Braves, 90-54
4. 1931 Philadelphia Athletics 101 45 .692 St. Louis Cardinals, 101-53
5. 1912 New York Giants 103 48 .682 Boston Red Sox, 105-47*
5. 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers 105 49 .682 New York Yankees, 99-52
5. 1943 St. Louis Cardinals 105 49 .682 New York Yankees, 98-56
8. 1946 Boston Red Sox 104 50 .675 St. Louis Cardinals, 98-58
8. 1910 Chicago Cubs 104 50 .675 Philadelphia Athletics, 102-48
10. 1969 Baltimore Orioles 109 53 .673 New York Mets, 100-62
11. 1942 New York Yankees 103 51 .669 St. Louis Cardinals, 106-48*
12. 1913 New York Giants 101 51 .664 Philadelphia Athletics, 96-57
13. 1934 Detroit Tigers 101 53 .656 St. Louis Cardinals, 95-58
14. 1941 Brooklyn Dodgers 100 54 .649 New York Yankees, 101-53*
14. 1935 Chicago Cubs 100 54 .649 Detroit Tigers, 93-58
16. 2004 St. Louis Cardinals 105 57 .648 Boston Red Sox, 98-64
17. 1963 New York Yankees 104 57 .646 Los Angeles Dodgers, 99-63
18. 1988 Oakland A’s 104 58 .642 Los Angeles Dodgers, 94-67
18. 1979 Baltimore Orioles 102 57 .642 Pittsburgh Pirates, 98-64
20. 1971 Baltimore Orioles 101 57 .639 Pittsburgh Pirates, 97-65
21. 1999 Atlanta Braves 103 59 .636 New York Yankees, 98-64
21. 1990 Oakland A’s 103 59 .636 Cincinnati Reds, 91-71
23. 1974 Los Angeles Dodgers 102 60 .630 Oakland A’s, 90-72
23. 1970 Cincinnati Reds 102 60 .630 Baltimore Orioles, 108-54*
23. 1965 Minnesota Twins 102 60 .630 Los Angeles Dodgers, 97-65
26. 1962 San Francisco Giants 103 62 .624 New York Yankees, 96-66
27. 2003 New York Yankees 101 61 .623 Florida Marlins, 91-71
27. 1985 St. Louis Cardinals 101 61 .623 Kansas City Royals, 91-71

Thanks to baseball-reference.com. Have you not checked it out? Like, everything about the postseason, here.

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Major League Baseball’s Top Rookies of 2014 (Pitching)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

WINS 9 Chase Anderson SP R Arizona Diamondbacks
  8 Jacob deGrom SP R New York Mets
  6 Tyler Matzek SP L Colorado Rockies
  6 David Buchanan SP R Philadelphia Phillies
         
GAMES 71 Jeurys Familia RP R New York Mets
  52 Tommy Kahnle RP R Colorado Rockies
  51 Carlos Martinez RP R St. Louis Cardinals
         
IP 134.1 Jacob deGrom SP R New York Mets
  111.2 Tyler Matzek SP L Colorado Rockies
  109.1 Chase Anderson SP R Arizona Diamondbacks
  105.2 David Buchanan SP R Philadelphia Phillies
 
CG 1 Tyler Matzek SP L Colorado Rockies
 
SHO 1 Tyler Matzek SP L Colorado Rockies
 
ERA (RP)* 2.33 Jeurys Familia RP R New York Mets
  3.16 David Hale RP R Atlanta Braves
  3.72 Tommy Kahnle RP R Colorado Rockies
         
ERA (SP)* 2.68 Jacob deGrom SP R New York Mets
  3.70 Chase Anderson SP R Arizona Diamondbacks
  3.75 David Buchanan SP R Philadelphia Phillies
         
STRIKEOUTS 134 Jacob deGrom SP R New York Mets
  100 Chase Anderson SP R Arizona Diamondbacks
  83 Tyler Matzek SP R Colorado Rockies
  78 Carlos Martinez SP R St. Louis Cardinals
SAVES 5 Jeurys Familia RP R New York Mets

*

AMERICAN LEAGUE

WINS 16 Matt Shoemaker SP R Los Angeles Angels
  13 Yordano Ventura SP R Kansas City Royals
  12 Masahiro Tanaka SP R New York Yankees
  11 Jake Odorizzi SP R Tampa Bay Rays
GAMES 67 Dellin Betances RP R New York Yankees
  62 Jake Petricka RP R Chicago White Sox
  53 Daniel Webb RP R Chicago White Sox
         
IP 172.0 Yordano Ventura SP R Kansas City Royals
  165.0 Jake Odorizzi SP R Tampa Bay Rays
  163.2 Roenis Elias SP L Seattle Mariners
 
CG 3 Masahiro Tanaka SP R New York Yankees
  1 Kevin Gausman SP R Baltimore Orioles
1 Roenis Elias SP L Seattle Mariners
1 Marcus Stroman SP R Toronto Blue Jays
SHO 1 Masahiro Tanaka SP R New York Yankees
  1 Marcus Stroman SP R Toronto Blue Jays
1 Roenis Elias SP L Seattle Mariners
ERA (RP)* 1.33 Dellin Betances RP R New York Yankees
  2.83 Jake Petricka RP R Chicago White Sox
  3.56 Daniel Webb RP R Chicago White Sox
         
ERA (SP)* 1.83 James Paxton SP L Seattle Mariners
  2.51 Masahiro Tanaka SP R New York Yankees
  2.66 Collin McHugh SP R Houston Astros
         
STRIKEOUTS 171 Jake Odorizzi SP R Tampa Bay Rays
  151 Collin McHugh SP R Houston Astros
  147 Yordano Ventura SP R Kansas City Royals
  143 Roenis Elias SP L Seattle Mariners
SAVES 13 Jake Petricka RP R Chicago White Sox
  1 Dellin Betances RP R New York Yankees

Major League Baseball’s Top Rookies of 2014 (Batting)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

GAMES 147 Billy Hamilton CF B Cincinnati Reds
  123 Yangervis Solarte 3B B San Diego Padres
  108 Ender Inciarte CF L Arizona Diamondbacks
       
AB 546 Billy Hamilton CF B Cincinnati Reds
  438 Yangervis Solarte 3B B San Diego Padres
 
RUNS 72 Billy Hamilton CF B Cincinnati Reds
  53 Yangervis Solarte 3B B San Diego Padres
  49 Ender Inciarte CF L Arizona Diamondbacks
48 Kolten Wong 2B L St. Louis Cardinals
48 Travis d’Arnaud C R New York Mets
46 Gregory Polanco RF L Pittsburgh Pirates
       
HITS 140 Billy Hamilton CF B Cincinnati Reds
  115 Yangervis Solarte 3B B San Diego Padres
       
DOUBLES 25 Billy Hamilton CF B Cincinnati Reds
  22 Travis d’Arnaud C R New York Mets
  18 Yangervis Solarte 3B B San Diego Padres
       
TRIPLES 9 David Peralta LF, RF, CF L Arizona Diamondbacks
  8 Billy Hamilton CF B Cincinnati Reds
  6 Chris Owings SS R Arizona Diamondbacks
       
HOME RUNS 13 Travis d’Arnaud C R New York Mets
  12 Mike Olt 3B R Chicago Cubs
  11 Kolten Wong 2B L St. Louis Cardinals
10 Yangervis Solarte 3B B San Diego Padres
       
RBI 48 Billy Hamilton CF B Cincinnati Reds
  48 Yangervis Solarte 3B B San Diego Padres
  41 Travis d’Arnaud C R New York Mets
  39 Kolten Wong 2B L St. Louis Cardinals
       
BB 53 Yangervis Solarte 3B B San Diego Padres
  36 Tommy La Stella 2B L Atlanta Braves
  33 Billy Hamilton CF B Cincinnati Reds
  32 Travis d’Arnaud C R New York Mets
  30 Gregory Polanco RF L Pittsburgh Pirates
       
SB 56 Billy Hamilton CF B Cincinnati Reds
  20 Kolten Wong 2B L St. Louis Cardinals
  16 Ender Inciarte CF L Arizona Diamondbacks
13 Gregory Polanco RF L Pittsburgh Pirates
       
AVG* .300 Joe Panik 2B L San Francisco Giants
  .293 David Peralta LF, RF, CF L Arizona Diamondbacks
  .274 Eric Campbell 1B R New York Mets
       
OBP* .344 Joe Panik 2B L San Francisco Giants
  .343 Yangervis Solarte 3B B San Diego Padres
  .334 Tommy La Stella 2B L Atlanta Braves
       
SLG* .461 David Peralta LF, RF, CF L Arizona Diamondbacks
  .423 Chris Owings SS R Arizona Diamondbacks
  .414 Travis d’Arnaud C R New York Mets
       
OPS* .787 David Peralta LF, RF, CF L Arizona Diamondbacks
  .729 Chris Owings SS R Arizona Diamondbacks
  .721 Travis d’Arnaud C R New York Mets
.720 Yangervis Solarte 3B B San Diego Padres

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

GAMES 138 Nick Castellanos 3B R Detroit Tigers
  136 Jose Abreu 1B R Chicago White Sox
  136 Xander Bogaerts SS R Boston Red Sox
       
AB 524 Jose Abreu 1B R Chicago White Sox
  507 Xander Bogaerts SS R Boston Red Sox
  500 Nick Castellanos 3B R Detroit Tigers
       
RUNS 77 Jose Abreu 1B R Chicago White Sox
  68 Brock Holt 3B L Boston Red Sox
  64 Danny Santana SS B Minnesota Twins
       
HITS 167 Jose Abreu 1B R Chicago White Sox
  133 Nick Castellanos 3B R Detroit Tigers
  126 Brock Holt 3B L Boston Red Sox
  122 Xander Bogaerts SS R Boston Red Sox
       
DOUBLES 35 Jose Abreu 1B R Chicago White Sox
  31 Nick Castellanos 3B R Detroit Tigers
  27 Xander Bogaerts SS R Boston Red Sox
       
TRIPLES 7 Danny Santana SS B Minnesota Twins
  6 Kevin Kiermaier RF L Tampa Bay Rays
  6 Rougned Odor 2B L Texas Rangers
5 Brock Holt 3B L Boston Red Sox
5 James Jones CF L Seattle Mariners
       
HOME RUNS 35 Jose Abreu 1B R Chicago White Sox
  20 George Springer RF R Houston Astros
  15 Jonathan Schoop 2B R Baltimore Orioles
       
RBI 103 Jose Abreu 1B R Chicago White Sox
  61 Nick Castellanos 3B R Detroit Tigers
  51 George Springer RF R Houston Astros
       
BB 50 Jon Singleton 1B L Houston Astros
  46 Jose Abreu 1B R Chicago White Sox
  39 George Springer RF R Houston Astros
39 Xander Bogaerts SS R Boston Red Sox
       
SB 26 James Jones CF L Seattle Mariners
  18 Danny Santana SS B Minnesota Twins
  12 Brock Holt 3B L Boston Red Sox
10 Jake Marisnick CF R Houston Astros
       
AVG* .324 Danny Santana SS B Minnesota Twins
  .319 Jose Abreu 1B R Chicago White Sox
       
OBP* .382 Jose Abreu 1B R Chicago White Sox
  .360 Danny Santana SS B Minnesota Twins
       
SLG* .594 Jose Abreu 1B R Chicago White Sox
  .484 Danny Santana SS B Minnesota Twins
  .482 C.J. Cron 1B R Los Angeles Angels
  .481 Kennys Vargas 1B B Minnesota Twins
       
OPS* .975 Jose Abreu 1B R Chicago White Sox
  .844 Danny Santana SS B Minnesota Twins
  .804 George Springer RF R Houston Astros
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