Ranking the 5 Worst Seasons in New York Baseball History
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The New York Mets are rebuilding. The New York Yankees are hurting.
It could be a very dismal year for baseball in the Empire State.
New York has indeed enjoyed a rich history when it comes to the sport of baseball. The Dodgers, Giants and Yankees for decades embodied both excellence and dominance at various times, and oftentimes they did it in the same season.
After the Dodgers and Giants moved west, the Mets became the second team in the most populous city in America. For a period of time, the Mets stunk worse than garbage day in the city, and the Yankees were experiencing a downturn at the same time.
Now, it could feature a repeat of the those days in the 1960s.
In a guest column for ESPN Insider (subscription required), Paul Swydan of FanGraphs takes a look at the state of the Yankees and Mets as they prepare for the upcoming 2013 season. He takes a hard look at the two teams and wonders if it indeed could be a season of misery in the Big Apple.
But how would it possibly compare to other terrible seasons in New York baseball history?
Let's take a look.
New York Giants manager John McGraw. Photo courtesy wikimedia.org
In 1925, the Yankees had Babe Ruth and a very young Lou Gehrig, but not much else.
Brooklyn Robins manager Wilbert Robinson had 22-game winner Dazzy Vance, but little support otherwise.
The New York Giants had legendary manager John McGraw nearing the end of his career.
Together, the three teams compiled a .486 winning percentage. The Giants helped save face in New York that year, placing second in the National League.
Brooklyn Robins second baseman Casey Stengel. Photo courtesy baseball-reference.com
The 1915 season brought much gloom and doom to the city of New York.
The New York Highlanders hadn't yet become the mighty Yankees—they suffered through a 69-83 season.
The New York Giants also experienced an uncharacteristically poor season, with aging starter Christy Mathewson suffering through one of the worst years of his illustrious career.
The Brooklyn Robins at least cracked the .500 mark with young second baseman Casey Stengel, who would manage the team some 20 years later.
The combined .478 winning percentage made the summer of 1915 a long one in New York.
Buck Showalter had his hands full in his first season with the Yankees.
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The 1992 season saw nothing but misery for both the Yankees and Mets—not to mention for their fans.
Under new manager Jeff Torborg, the Mets stumbled their way to a 72-90 finish. They were clearly well past the dominant years of the 1980s.
The Yankees also saw tough times as new manager Buck Showalter guided them to a 76-86 season— but it was a five-game improvement over the previous year.
The combined .449 winning percentage kept fans in New York growling throughout the summer.
The 1908 Giants were led by Christy Mathewson's 37 wins. Photo courtesy hickoksports.com
In 1908, both the New York Highlanders and Brooklyn Superbas were the virtual laughingstocks of their respective leagues.
The Highlanders finished at 51-103, taking up space in the cellar of the American League. The Superbas completed their season with a 53-101 record, just out of last place in the National League.
The Giants at least saved face in the Big Apple—they finished second in the National League with a 98-56 record.
The combined winning percentage of .437 was abysmal despite the Giants' efforts to make the city look good.
An aging and hurt Mickey Mantle couldn't save the New York Yankees in 1966. Photo courtesy jamescampion.com
The 1966 season was just simply an awful year to watch baseball in New York City.
The Yankees were finally on the decline with an aging and injured Mickey Mantle. The Mets were a fifth-year expansion team simply trying to hold their heads above water.
Together, the two combined for a .421 winning percentage and another long summer in the city that never sleeps.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.