There’s no shortage of great comeback stories in baseball. But when it comes to vying for the pennant, that’s truly when teams channel their competitive magic.
Teams are often prematurely written off after a poor first half, but nothing is more integral for playoff contention than a dominant second half. Some of the most unlikely teams, like the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals, for instance, won the World Series despite finishing a game below .500 in the first half.
Below are the five most amazing pennant-race comebacks in history.
Note: Teams were picked based on first-half to second-half differences, as well as particularly historic moments (i.e. Bobby Thomson’s “shot heard ‘round the world”).
All statistics sourced from Baseball-Reference.com.