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The 1976 Cincinnati Reds: Only Team With An Undefeated Postseason In The Playoffs Era

The 1976 Cincinnati Reds: Only Team With An Undefeated Postseason In The Playoffs Era

The Kansas City Royals are 7-0 this postseason and a win away from the World Series. If they win out, the Royals will join how many teams with undefeated postseasons?

There are two answers: a very, very short one and a slightly longer, technical one.

Since the first playoff rounds were introduced in 1969 (NLCS and ALCS), only one team ever has gone perfectly through the postseason: the 1976 Cincinnati Reds swept the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS and then swept the New York Yankees in the World Series.

Before that, any sweep in the World Series would have to be considered an undefeated postseason. That happened 12 times before 1969. So the longer answer? Thirteen teams in total have had perfect records in the postseason.

Want to see all the World Series sweeps? Click here.

SEASON WINNER
REC. SERIES
LOSER
1. 1907 Chicago Cubs 4-0 World Series Detroit Tigers
2. 1914 Boston Braves 4-0 World Series Philadelphia Athletics
3. 1922 New York Giants 4-0 World Series New York Yankees
4. 1927 New York Yankees 4-0 World Series Pittsburgh Pirates
5. 1928 New York Yankees 4-0 World Series St. Louis Cardinals
6. 1932 New York Yankees 4-0 World Series Chicago Cubs
7. 1938 New York Yankees 4-0 World Series Chicago Cubs
8. 1939 New York Yankees 4-0 World Series Cincinnati Reds
9. 1950 New York Yankees 4-0 World Series Philadelphia Phillies
10. 1954 New York Giants 4-0 World Series Cleveland Indians
11. 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 World Series New York Yankees
12. 1966 Baltimore Orioles 4-0 World Series Los Angeles Dodgers
13. 1976 Cincinnati Reds 7-0
4-0 World Series New York Yankees
3-0 NLCS Philadelphia Phillies

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MLB: The 10 Biggest Wins in NLCS History (Run Differential)

In The 1996 NLCS, The Atlanta Braves Handed Two Blowouts To The St. Louis Cardinals

In The 1996 NLCS, The Atlanta Braves Handed Two Blowouts To The St. Louis Cardinals

Yesterday, we checked out the most lopsided wins in ALCS history. Thirteen teams won their games by nine runs or more.

The NLCS sports similar stats.

But two NL games in particular are off the charts – and they both happened in the same (fated) season – 1996.

The 1995 reigning champion Atlanta Braves won Game 1 of the 1996 NLCS, then lost the next three games to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Braves followed that up in what would be the biggest blowout in NLCS history – a 14-0 annihilation in Game 5. They won Game 6, too, and finished it all off with an even bigger win: 15-0 in Game 7.

Atlanta would lose to the New York Yankees in the World Series, ushering in that team’s latest dynasty and the beginning of what could be called the Derek Jeter era.

SEASON WINNER LOSER GAME RUN DIFF.
1. 1996 Atlanta Braves 15 St. Louis Cardinals 0 Game 7 15
2. 1996 Atlanta Braves 14 St. Louis Cardinals 0 Game 5 14
3. 1984 Chicago Cubs 13 San Diego Padres 0 Game 1 13
4. 1974 Los Angeles Dodgers 12 Pittsburgh Pirates 1 Game 4 11
4. 1993 Atlanta Braves 14 Philadelphia Phillies 3 Game 2 11
4. 2009 Philadelphia Phillies 11 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 Game 3 11
7. 1985 St. Louis Cardinals 12 Los Angeles Dodgers 2 Game 4 10
8. 1992 Pittsburgh Pirates 13 Atlanta Braves 4 Game 6 9
8. 2003 Chicago Cubs 12 Florida Marlins 3 Game 2 9
8. 2011 St. Louis Cardinals 12 Milwaukee Brewers 3 Game 2 9
8. 2012 San Franciscso Giants 9 St. Louis Cardinals 0 Game 7 9
8. 2013 St. Louis Cardinals 9 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 Game 6 9

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MLB: The 10 Biggest Wins in ALCS History (Run Differential)

In 2004, The New York Yankees Won Game 3 Of The ALCS 19-8 To Take A 3-0 Lead, But The Boston Red Sox Won The Next Four Games

In 2004, The New York Yankees Won Game 3 Of The ALCS 19-8 To Take A 3-0 Lead, But The Boston Red Sox Won The Next Four Games

Everybody’s so in tune with the “blowout” lately, thanks to some high-scoring routs and shutouts in the NFL this season. Check out yesterday’s post for a bunch of links to football smackdowns.

But today, let’s switch to baseball and the American League Championship Series. How about blowouts there?

Thirteen times has a team won an ALCS game by at least nine runs, headed by a whomping involving the two greatest rivals in the game’s history.

In 1999, the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees in Game 3 by 12 runs, 13-1. The Yankees got the last laugh, though, taking the series in five and then sweeping the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.

Two other times has a team won by 11.

In 2001, the Seattle Mariners beat the Yankees 14-3, also in Game 3. Again the Yankees took the series in five, but lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series, 4-3.

But we haven’t gotten to the crazy stuff yet – and that’s the next item on today’s list. In 2004, the Yankees went up on the Red Sox three games to none with an epic 19-8 Game 3 spanking.

We all know what happened after that. History.

WINNER LOSER SEASON GAME RUN DIFF.
1. Boston Red Sox 13 New York Yankees 1 1999 Game 3 12
2. Seattle Mariners 14 New York Yankees 3 2001 Game 3 11
2. New York Yankees 19 Boston Red Sox 8 2004 Game 3 11
4. New York Yankees 13 Oakland A’s 3 1981 Game 2 10
4. Baltimore Orioles 11 Chicago White Sox 1 1983 Game 3 10
4. Boston Red Sox 12 Cleveland Indians 2 2007 Game 6 10
4. Texas Rangers 15 Detroit Tigers 5 2011 Game 6 10
8. Baltimore Orioles 11 Minnesota Twins 2 1969 Game 3 9
8. New York Yankees 12 Seattle Mariners 3 2001 Game 5 9
8. Boston Red Sox 11 Cleveland Indians 2 2007 Game 7 9
8. Tampa Bay Rays 13 Boston Red Sox 4 2008 Game 4 9
8. New York Yankees 10 Los Angeles Angels 1 2009 Game 4 9

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