Boston Red Sox and the Greatest Turnarounds in Baseball History (Under .500 to World Series Champions)

The Boston Red Sox Are the 2013 World Series Champions After Finishing 69-93 in 2012

The Boston Red Sox Are the 2013 World Series Champions After Finishing 69-93 in 2012

The Boston Red Sox can add another unparalleled, historical comeback to their lore. First, in 2004, they became the only team ever to come back from 3-0 in a seven-game postseason series (against their archenemies, the New York Yankees no less).

Now they have pulled off the greatest year-over-year comeback in baseball history. Sorry Bobby Valentine, your last-place .426 club of last season has won the 2013 World Series. That’s the lowest W-L percentage of any team that would go on to win the World Series the following year.

All together, 15 teams have posted a losing record the season before winning it all. Here they are, sorted by the worst records of the losing campaigns.

      PREVIOUS SEASON
  WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS SEASON RECORD W-L PCT PLACE
1. Boston Red Sox 2013 69-93 .426 5th of 5
2. Minnesota Twins 1987 71-91 .438 6th of 7
3. Los Angeles Dodgers 1988 73-89 .451 4th of 6
3. New York Mets 1969 73-89-1 .451 9th of 10
5. New York Giants 1954 70-84-1 .455 5th of 8
6. Boston Braves 1914 69-82-3 .457 5th of 8
6. Minnesota Twins 1991 74-88 .457 7th of 7
8. Los Angeles Dodgers 1959 71-83 .461 7th of 8
9. Cincinnati Reds 1990 75-87 .463 5th of 6
9. Anaheim Angels 2002 75-87 .463 3rd of 4
11. New York Giants 1933 72-82 .468 6th of 8
11. Florida Marlins 2003 79-83 .488 4th of 5
13. Washington Senators I 1924 75-78-2 .490 4th of 8
14. Los Angeles Dodgers 1965 80-82-2 .494 6th of 10
14. Florida Marlins 1997 80-82 .494 3rd of 5

Photo: Fox Sports via espn.com

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