World Series Droughts

By | Apr 3, 2009

The Major League Baseball season begins in a few days so i thought I would revise and republish my October 2007 post about World Series Droughts.

These baseball franchises have never won a World Series; Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers.

Of the above teams only the Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers have never played in a World Series. The Texas Rangers, first in Washington and now in Texas are the oldest team to never have been in a World Series. Their first season was in 1961. The Washington Senators franchise that has appeared in a World Series is the one that moved to Minnesota becoming the Twins in 1960.

The Philadelphia Phillies won their first World Series in 2008 since they defeated the Kansas City Royals in 1980. Their 1980 championship was the first for the franchise that began in 1883.

The Cleveland Indians are the American League team with the longest drought. They last won the Series in 1948. Their last World Series appearance was in 1997.

Since the 21st century began two teams with long World Series Droughts have ended them. The Boston Red Sox won in 2004, then again in 2007. Before 2004, their last win was in 1918. The Chicago White Sox won in 2005 for the first time since 1917. During the 2005 post season the White Sox won all but one of the games they played. While there was always a lot of conversation about Boston’s long drought, the White Sox’s had been longer.

Perhaps one of the reasons that the White Sox’s drought was seldom mention is that the longest current World Series Drought belongs to the other Chicago team, the Cubs. The Cubs last won in 1908. They also won in 1907. The last World Series appearance was in 1945. Amazingly they they won 2 of the first five World Series played and appeared in 4 of the first 7.


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