Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals and the Longest Current World Series Title Droughts
With all the talk about the Royals finally making the postseason after a looong 28 years, you’d think it was the only team getting over a huge hump. Not even close.
The hapless Orioles have made the playoffs four times during that period (including 2014), but they’ve been waiting for a ring even longer than KC.
And the Nationals? Don’t get me started. Since moving to Washington, the Nats franchise has made the postseason twice (again, including this season) in 10 years. But, if you include the Montreal Expos, that’s just three playoff appearances in 46 years – and no title either. Top that.
Well, it’s hard to match those postseason numbers, but there are four other teams that have waited even longer for a championship than the Montreal-Washington franchise.
Two have never hoisted the Commissioner’s Trophy at all, both out of Texas. The Texas Rangers (1961, as the second iteration of the Washington Senators) and Houston Astros (1962, as the Colt .45’s) have never won the World Series.
The Cleveland Indians have been around since the National and American Leagues “unified” into Major League Baseball (1901, as the Cleveland Blues) and have two titles to their credit (1920 and 1948). But that last one, was their last one. It’s been 66 years.
Of course, though, no team in American sports can touch the accursed Chicago Cubs. There’s hardly a person alive that saw them win it all. It’s been over a century – 106 years, man!
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|TEAM||YEARS SINCE LAST WORLD SERIES TITLE||LAST TITLE||FRANCHISE NOTES|
|3.||Texas Rangers||54||None||Includes Washington Senators II|
|4.||Houston Astros||53||None||Includes Houston Colt .45’s|
|5.*||Washington Nationals||46*||None||Includes Montreal Expos|
|5.||Milwaukee Brewers||46||None||Includes Seattle Pilots|
|5.||San Diego Padres||46||None|
|12.*||Kansas City Royals||28*||1985|
|12.||New York Mets||28||1986|
|14.*||Los Angeles Dodgers||25*||1988|
|19.||Toronto Blue Jays||21||1993|
|21.||Tampa Bay Rays||17||None||Includes Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|23.*||Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||11*||2002|
|23.||Miami Marlins||11||2003||Includes Florida Marlins|
|25.||Chicago White Sox||9||2005|
|27.||New York Yankees||5||2009|
|28.*||St. Louis Cardinals||2*||2011|
|29.*||San Francisco Giants||1*||2012|
|29.||Boston Red Sox||1||2013|
* As of the date of this post, these teams are still alive in the postseason, so I have not added 2014 to their drought numbers (yet).
Posted on October 2, 2014, in MLB Baseball and tagged baltimore orioles, baseball, championship, chicago cubs, cleveland indians, current, detroit tigers, droughts, houston astros, kansas city royals, last won, List, longest, mlb, teams, texas rangers, title, washington nationals, world series, years since. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.