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Notables: Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Steve Avery, Mark Wohlers
Do you notice a theme running through the last five spots on this list? The 1971 Orioles, the 1954 Indians, the 1966 Dodgers, the 2003 Yankees, the 1905 A's.
What do they all have in common?
Hall of Fame starters and World Series failure.
What other team is famous for those two things? The 1990s Atlanta Braves dynasty, of course.
But because one of those Bobby Cox teams managed to win the whole thing, they deserve the top spot on this list.
Well, for that reason and because they had three future Hall of Famers in the prime of their careers.
Maddux had his finest season in the strike-shortened 1995 season, going 19-2 with a 1.63 ERA. Glavine won 16 games that season and would claim the World Series MVP thanks to two terrific outings against Cleveland.
And although Smoltz only won 12 games that season, within a year he would double that total and give the Braves a third Cy Young arm on the staff.
And since Mark Wohlers hadn't yet had his much publicized control problems, this Braves team also had an All-Star closer.
Finally, there is Steve Avery, the prospect once as heralded as any in the game. His best season was actually two years earlier, but if he doesn't allow one run in six innings in Game 4 of the Fall Classic, the Braves might not have ever won a World Series under Bobby Cox.