MLB: The 20 Best Teams that Lost the World Series

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

*

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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