The 50 Best Offensive Teams in MLB History

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2011

The 50 Best Offensive Teams in MLB History

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    Throughout the offseason, most experts picked the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies to be the runaway favorites for the World Series. Both teams have great pitching, at least on paper, and both teams have some of the deepest lineups in all of baseball.

    So how do they stack up to the greatest lineups ever assembled?

    Here is a look at the 50 greatest lineups in baseball history, and you can bet that the two guys pictured here will make quite a few appearances on the list.

1977 Philadelphia Phillies

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    Lineup
    RF Bake McBride
    SS Larry Bowa
    3B Mike Schmidt
    LF Greg Luzinski
    1B Richie Hebner
    CF Garry Maddox
    C Bob Boone
    2B Ted Sizemore

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Luzinski (.309)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Luzinski (39), Schmidt (38)

    100-plus RBI
    Luzinski (130), Schmidt (101)

    The Phillies had arguably the best third baseman in the history of the game in Schmidt for his entire career, but they never had much help around him in the lineup. This season, he was joined by Luzinski as well as Hebner, who had a solid .285 average, 18 homer, 62 RBI season.

    The pitching was solid, too, led by Steve Carlton, and the team won 101 games, but lost to the Dodgers 3-1 in the NLCS.

2001 Seattle Mariners

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    Lineup
    RF Ichiro Suzuki
    CF Mike Cameron
    DH Edgar Martinez
    1B John Olerud
    2B Bret Boone
    LF Al Martin
    3B David Bell
    C Dan Wilson
    SS Carlos Guillen

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Suzuki (.350), Boone (.331), Martinez (.306), Olerud (.302)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Boone (37)

    100-plus RBI
    Boone (141), Martinez (116), Cameron (110)

    In what was Ichiro's rookie season, the Mariners had what was the best season in franchise history, backed by a monster season from Boone as well.

    The team won 116 games, tying the record for most wins in a season with the 1906 Chicago Cubs, although they did it in just 154 games. They then lost in the ALCS to the Yankees 4-1.

2000 Toronto Blue Jays

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    Lineup
    LF Shannon Stewart
    SS Alex Gonzalez
    RF Raul Mondesi
    1B Carlos Delgado
    DH Brad Fullmer
    3B Tony Batista
    C Darrin Fletcher
    CF Jose Cruz Jr.
    2B Homer Bush

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Delgado (.344), Fletcher (.320), Stewart (.319)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Delgado (41), Batista (41), Fullmer (32), Cruz (31)

    100-plus RBI
    Delgado (137), Batista (114), Fullmer (104)

    While the lineup could have been even more potent had the team not traded Shawn Green for Raul Mondesi, nonetheless, they were still a great hitting team, with seven players who hit at least 20 home runs. Delgado himself made a serious run at the Triple Crown.

    However, beyond David Wells, the team didn't have much in the way of pitching and won just 83 games for a third-place finish.

2004 St. Louis Cardinals

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    Lineup
    2B Tony Womack
    RF Larry Walker
    1B Albert Pujols
    3B Scott Rolen
    CF Jim Edmonds
    SS Edgar Renteria
    RF Reggie Sanders
    C Mike Matheny

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Pujols (.331), Rolen (.314), Womack (.307), Edmonds (.301)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Pujols (46), Edmonds (42), Rolen (34)

    100-plus RBI
    Rolen (124), Pujols (123), Edmonds (111)

    This was the only season in which Rolen, Pujols and Edmonds were all healthy together, but beyond them, the Cardinals had a dangerous hitter in shortstop Renteria and they acquired Larry Walker at the trade deadline to replace a 37-year-old Ray Lankford in right field.

    The team won 105 games and made it to the World Series, but they were swept by the Red Sox which were coming off an improbable upset of the Yankees.

1995 Cleveland Indians

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    Lineup
    CF Kenny Lofton
    SS Omar Vizquel
    2B Carlos Baerga
    LF Albert Belle
    DH Eddie Murray
    3B Jim Thome
    RF Manny Ramirez
    1B Paul Sorrento
    C Tony Pena

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Murray (.323), Belle (.317), Baerga (.314), Thome (.314), Lofton (.310), Ramirez (.308)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Belle (50),

    100-plus RBI
    Belle (126), Ramirez (107)

    The Indians had the best offense of the 1990s and their 1995 season was one of their best, highlighted by a 50-home run season for Belle, back when that was a legitimate feat.

    The team won 100 games, thanks to the fact that they finally got some help from their pitching staff, and they advanced to the World Series before falling to the Braves 4-2.

1966 Baltimore Orioles

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    Lineup
    SS Luis Aparicio
    LF Curt Blefary
    RF Frank Robinson
    3B Brooks Robinson
    1B Boog Powell
    2B Davey Johnson
    CF Paul Blair
    C Andy Etchebarren

    .300-plus Batting Average
    F.Robinson (.316)

    30-plus Home Runs
    F.Robinson (49), Powell (34)

    100-plus RBI
    F.Robinson (122), Powell (109), B.Robinson (100)

    There is little question who was the star of this lineup, as Frank Robinson won the Triple Crown and MVP with one of the best seasons of his storied career. However, his teammate Brooks Robinson also had a great season, as he topped 100 RBI for just the second time in his career.

    The team won 97 games that season, and they rolled over the Dodgers with a four-game sweep in the World Series.

1977 Boston Red Sox

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    Lineup
    SS Rick Burleson
    RF Dwight Evans
    DH Jim Rice
    LF Carl Yastrzemski
    C Carlton Fisk
    1B George Scott
    CF Fred Lynn
    3B Butch Hobson
    2B Denny Doyle

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Rice (.320), Fisk (.315)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Rice (39), Scott (33), Hobson (30)

    100-plus RBI
    Rice (114), Hobson (112), Fisk (102), Yastrzemski (102)

    The 1977 season marked a changing of the guard of sorts in Boston, as Rice broke out and led the American League in home runs to preview the future star he would become, while Yaz was reaching the twilight years of his fantastic career.

    The team played well, winning 97 games, but they missed the playoffs, finishing second in the American League.

2003 Atlanta Braves

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    Lineup
    SS Rafael Furcal
    2B Marcus Giles
    RF Gary Sheffield
    LF Chipper Jones
    CF Andruw Jones
    C Javy Lopez
    1B Robert Fick
    3B Vinny Castilla

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Sheffield (.330), Lopez (.328), Giles (.316), C.Jones (.305)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Lopez (43), Sheffield (39), A.Jones (36)

    100-plus RBI
    Sheffield (132), A.Jones (116), Lopez (109), C.Jones (106)

    While the Braves' impressive streak of division titles is largely attributed to their pitching, their hitting was the star of the 2003 season, as every starter hit at least 10 home runs and had at least 60 RBI, as they were all able to stay healthy the entire season.

    The team ran into trouble in the playoffs, though, as the Cubs topped them 3-2 in the NLDS.

1996 New York Yankees

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    Lineup
    3B Wade Boggs
    CF Bernie Williams
    RF Paul O'Neill
    DH Cecil Fielder
    1B Tino Martinez
    LF Ruben Sierra
    2B Mariano Duncan
    C Joe Girardi
    SS Derek Jeter

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Duncan (.340), Jeter (.314), Boggs (.311), Williams (.305), O'Neill (.302)

    30-plus Home Runs
    None

    100-plus RBI
    Martinez (117), Williams (102)

    The Yankees' returned to prominence with their 1996 season, and they began to build a new dynasty in what was Jeter's rookie season. Williams, O'Neill and Martinez were all solid, consistent players and the lineup was a good mix of veterans and youngsters.

    The team won 92 games and knocked off the Rangers and then Orioles to advance to the World Series where they topped the Braves in six games.

1997 Seattle Mariners

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    Lineup
    2B Joey Cora
    SS Alex Rodriguez
    CF Ken Griffey Jr.
    DH Edgar Martinez
    RF Jay Buhner
    1B Paul Sorrento
    3B Russ Davis
    C Dan Wilson
    LF Jose Cruz

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Martinez (.330), Griffey (.304), Rodriguez (.300), Cora (.300)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Griffey Jr. (56), Buhner (40), Sorrento (31)

    100-plus RBI
    Griffey Jr (147), Buhner (109), Martinez (108)

    In what was one of the best seasons of Griffey's career, he was joined by a slew of other great hitters in A-Rod, Buhner and Martinez, and the team set a record with 264 home runs as every starter was in double digits.

    The Mariners won 90 games and won the AL West, but they fell to the Orioles 3-1 in the ALDS

2000 Anaheim Angels

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    Lineup
    LF Darin Erstad
    2B Adam Kennedy
    1B Mo Vaughn
    RF Tim Salmon
    CF Garrett Anderson
    3B Troy Glaus
    DH Scott Spiezio
    C Bengie Molina
    SS Bengie Gil

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Erstad (.355)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Glaus (47), Vaughn (36), Anderson (35), Salmon (34)

    100-plus RBI
    Vaughn (117), Anderson (117), Glaus (102), Erstad (100)

    Despite the fact that only one player on the team hit over .300, four more hit over .270, and with a lineup full of power hitters that's good enough to score some runs. This was also the only real season of production the team got out of Vaughn for the $80 million they signed him for.

    The team struggled, though, finishing just one game over .500 with 82 wins, and no starting pitcher won more than eight games.

2010 New York Yankees

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    Lineup
    SS Derek Jeter
    RF Nick Swisher
    1B Mark Teixeira
    3B Alex Rodriguez
    2B Robinson Cano
    C Jorge Posada
    CF Curtis Granderson
    LF Brett Gardner

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Cano (.319)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Teixeira (33), Rodriguez (30)

    100-plus RBI
    Rodriguez (125), Cano (109), Teixeira (108)

    The Yankees' move into their new stadium was highlighted by some impressive power numbers, as well as the emergence of Cano as a star, with an impressive lineup from top to bottom.

    However, their pitching was as bad as it had been in years, and the team won 95 games and finished second in the American League East, winning the Wild Card and sweeping the Twins before losing to the Rangers in the ALCS.

1961 Milwaukee Braves

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    Lineup
    RF Lee Maye
    2B Frank Bolling
    3B Eddie Mathews
    RF Hank Aaron
    1B Joe Adcock
    LF Frank Thomas
    C Joe Torre
    SS Roy McMillan

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Aaron (.327), Mathews (.306)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Adcock (35), Aaron (34), Mathews (32)

    100-plus RBI
    Aaron (120), Adcock (108)

    There were a number of great seasons for the Braves lineup that included Aaron, Mathews and Adcock in the middle, but this was by far the best season for Adcock, and that group was joined by one of the best hitting catchers in the league in Torre.

    They also had a rotation that featured Lew Burdette and Warren Spahn, so it is hard to believe the team won just 83 games and finished fourth in the National League.

1964 Minnesota Twins

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    Lineup
    SS Zoilo Versalles
    3B Rich Rollins
    RF Tony Oliva
    LF Harmon Killebrew
    CF Jimmie Hall
    1B Bob Allison
    C Earl Battey
    2B Bernie Allen

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Oliva (.323)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Killebrew (49), Oliva (32), Allison (32)

    100-plus RBI
    Killebrew (111)

    Killebrew led the AL in home runs with his 49, also tying a career high, as the team had five players top the 20 home-run mark. However, the season belonged to Oliva, who won Rookie of the Year and the batting title.

    The team didn't fare as well, going 79-83 for a disappointing sixth-place finish in the American League.

1950 Boston Red Sox

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    Lineup
    CF Dom DiMaggio
    3B Johnny Pesky
    LF  Ted Williams
    SS Vern Stephens
    1B Walt Dropo
    2B Bobby Doerr
    RF Al Zarilla
    C Birdie Tebbetts

    .300-plus Batting Average
    DiMaggio (.328), Zarilla (.325), Dropo (.322), Williams (.317), Pesky (.312), Tebbetts (.310)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Dropo (34), Stephens (30)

    100-plus RBI
    Dropo (144), Stephens (144), Doerr (120)

    Any lineup that features Williams is bound to be one of the best in the league, and when three of his teammates have better overall seasons than he does, you have a dangerous lineup on your hands.

    The pitching, however, did not match the offensive firepower, and the team won 94 games which was only good for a third-place finish in the National League.

2004 Boston Red Sox

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    Lineup
    CF Johnny Damon
    2B Mark Bellhorn
    LF Manny Ramirez
    DH David Ortiz
    1B Kevin Millar
    C Jason Varitek
    RF Trot Nixon
    SS Orlando Cabrera
    3B Bill Mueller

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Ramirez (.308), Damon (.304), Ortiz (.301)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Ramirez (43), Ortiz (41)

    100-plus RBI
    Ortiz (139), Ramirez (130)

    The Red Sox 2004 season will go down as one of the most memorable in baseball history, as they broke the Curse of the Bambino and did it in the most dramatic fashion. Their lineup was anchored by their big two in Ortiz and Ramirez, but they were solid from top to bottom.

    The team won 98 games and made the playoffs as the Wild Card. After sweeping the Angels, they came back from down 3-0 against the Yankees in the ALCS to advance to the World Series where they swept the Cardinals.

2006 Chicago White Sox

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    Lineup
    LF Scott Podsednik
    2B Tadahito Iguchi
    DH Jim Thome
    1B Paul Konerko
    RF Jermaine Dye
    C AJ Pierzynski
    3B Joe Crede
    SS Juan Uribe
    CF Brian Anderson

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Dye (.315), Konerko (.313)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Dye (44), Thome (42), Konerko (35), Crede (30)

    100-plus RBI
    Dye (120), Konerko (113), Thome (109)

    A year after winning the World Series over the Astros, the White Sox looked like an even more dangerous team, as they returned everyone but Aaron Rowand in center field and added a big bat in Jim Thome. Dye had the best season of his career and Thome made the White Sox offense a force.

    However, the pitching was not nearly as good as it was the previous season, and while they still won 90 games, that was only good for a third-place finish in the AL Central.

2009 Philadelphia Phillies

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    Lineup
    SS Jimmy Rollins
    CF Shane Victorino
    2B Chase Utley
    1B Ryan Howard
    RF Jayson Werth
    LF Raul Ibanez
    3B Pedro Feliz
    C Carlos Ruiz

    .300-plus Batting Average
    None

    30-plus Home Runs
    Howard (45), Werth (36), Ibanez (34), Utley (31)

    100-plus RBI
    Howard (141)

    While pitching is the talk of Philadelphia this year, it was their lineup that was revered throughout the league back in 2009, and while no one had a huge season other than Howard, they were great from top to bottom.

    They won 93 games and moved fairly easily through the rest of the National League, although they were eventually beaten by the Yankees 4-2.

1940 Boston Red Sox

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    Lineup
    CF Dom DiMaggio
    RF Doc Cramer
    LF Ted Williams
    1B Jimmie Foxx
    SS Joe Cronin
    2B Bobby Doerr
    3B Jim Tabor
    C Gene Desautels

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Williams (.344), Cramer (.303), DiMaggio (.301)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Foxx (36)

    100-plus RBI
    Foxx (119), Williams (113), Cronin (111), Doerr (105)

    For two seasons, Foxx and Williams were teammates, and you can argue that they are two of the top-five hitters to ever play the game. Throw in Cronin and Doerr, both future Hall of Famers, and you have one heck of a lineup.

    However, with only one starter in double-digit wins, the team managed just an 82-72 record and a fourth-place finish in the American League.

1982 Milwaukee Brewers

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    Lineups
    3B Paul Molitor
    SS Robin Yount
    1B Cecil Cooper
    C Ted Simmons
    LF Ben Oglivie
    CF Gorman Thomas
    DH Don Money
    RF Charlie Moore
    2B Jim Gantner

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Yount (.331), Cooper (.313), Molitor (.302)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Thomas (39), Oglivie (34), Cooper (32)

    100-plus RBI
    Cooper (121), Yount (114), Thomas (112), Oglivie (102)

    The Brewers were one of the best offensive teams of the 1980s, and they put it all together in 1982 when they had five players hit at least 20 home runs,

    The team won 95 games and advanced to the World Series, where they eventually lost 4-3 against the Cardinals.

1977 New York Yankees

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    Lineup
    CF Mickey Rivers
    LF Roy White
    C Thurman Munson
    RF Reggie Jackson
    1B Chris Chambliss
    3B Craig Nettles
    DH Lou Pinella
    2B Willie Randolph
    SS Bucky Dent

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Rivers (.326), Munson (.308)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Nettles (37), Jackson (32)

    100-plus RBI
    Jackson (110), Nettles (107), Munson (100)

    The Yankees of the 1970 were a tumultuous group, with one of the biggest personalities in the game in Jackson, but they were also a very talented lineup.

    They would go on to win 100 games, and after knocking off the Royals in the ALCS, they beat the Dodgers 4-2 in the World Series.

1997 Colorado Rockies

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    Lineup
    2B Eric Young
    CF Ellis Burks
    RF Larry Walker
    1B Andres Galarraga
    LF Dante Bichette
    3B Vinny Castilla
    SS Walt Weiss
    C Kirt Manwaring

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Walker (.366), Galarraga (.318), Bichette (.308), Castilla (.304)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Walker (49), Galarraga (41), Castilla (40), Burks (32)

    100-plus RBI
    Galarraga (140), Walker (130), Bichette (118), Castilla (113)

    This was at a time when the Coors Effect was in full swing and balls were flying out of the park in Colorado, but the numbers that their five sluggers were able to put up are still impressive, and Walker was great, winning the MVP and the batting title.

    The team, however, had absolutely no pitching with reliever Darren Holmes leading the team in wins with nine, and they won just 83 games.

1961 New York Yankees

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    Lineup
    2B Bobby Richardson
    SS Tony Kubek
    RF Roger Maris
    CF Mickey Mantle
    LF Yogi Berra
    C Elston Howard
    1B Moose Skowron
    3B Clete Boyer

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Howard (.348), Mantle (.317)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Maris (61), Mantle (54)

    100-plus RBI
    Maris (141), Mantle (128)

    While the 1961 team was not nearly as deep as the teams that Babe Ruth played for, you can't overlook what Maris and Mantle accomplished, and Howard was arguably the best catcher in baseball at that time as well.

    Thanks to the offense, as well as ace Whitey Ford's 25-win season, the team won 109 games and the World Series 4-1 over the Cincinnati Reds.

1999 Texas Rangers

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    Lineup
    2B Mark McLemore
    C Ivan Rodriguez
    LF Rusty Greer
    RF Juan Gonzalez
    DH Rafael Palmeiro
    3B Todd Zeile
    1B Lee Stevens
    SS Royce Clayton
    CF Tom Goodwin

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Rodriguez (.332), Gonzalez (.326), Palmeiro (.324), Greer (.300)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Palmeiro (47), Gonzalez (39), Rodriguez (35)

    100-plus RBI
    Palmeiro (148), Gonzalez (128), Rodriguez (113), Greer (101)

    Throughout the 1990s, the Rangers consistently had one of the best offenses in the game, and the 1999 season was the best numbers that their core group posted, as Rodriguez had the best season of his career and won the MVP.

    However, the lowest ERA by any of their starters was 4.79, and while they still managed to win 95 games and reach the playoffs, they were swept by the Yankees in the first round.

1999 Cleveland Indians

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    Lineup
    CF Kenny Lofton
    SS Omar Vizquel
    2B Roberto Alomar
    RF Manny Ramirez
    1B Jim Thome
    DH Richie Sexson
    LF David Justice
    3B Travis Fryman
    C Einar Diaz

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Ramirez (.333), Vizquel (.333), Alomar (.323), Lofton (.301)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Ramirez (44), Thome (33), Sexson (31)

    100-plus RBI
    Ramirez (165), Alomar (120), Sexson (116), Thome (108)

    The 1999 Indians had the most potent lineup of the last 20 years, and despite sub-par starting pitching that included two of their starters with ERAs over 6.00, they won 97 games and the AL Central.

    Eventually their pitching caught up with them, however, and they fell to the Red Sox 3-2 in the ALDS.

1955 Brooklyn Dodgers

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    Lineup
    2B Jim Gillam
    SS Pee Wee Reese
    CF Duke Snider
    1B Gil Hodges
    C Roy Campanella
    3B Jackie Robinson
    LF Sandy Amoros
    RF Carl Furillo

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Campanella (.318), Furillo (.314), Snider (.309)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Snider (42), Campanella (32)

    100-plus RBI
    Snider (136), Campanella (107), Hodges (102)

    The Dodgers of the 1950s were chock full of Hall of Famers, and while the 1953 season is widely regarded as the best in team history, they weren't too shabby in 1955 either, led once again by center fielder Duke Snider.

    The rotation and Don Newcombe did their part, and the team won 98 games and went on to a seven-game series win over the Yankees to take the title.

1927 Philadelphia Athletics

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    Lineup
    2B Max Bishop
    3B Sammy Hale
    RF Ty Cobb
    CF AL Simmons
    C Mickey Cochrane
    1B Jimmy Dykes
    LF Zack Wheat
    SS Joe Boley

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Simmons (.392), Cobb (.357), Cochrane (.338), Wheat (.324), Dykes (.324), Hale (.313), Boley (.311)

    30-plus Home Runs
    None

    100-plus RBI
    Simmons (108)

    In a lineup that featured two of the greatest hitters to ever play the game in Cobb and Simmons, as well as a 40-year-old Eddie Collins, who hit .336 in a part time role, there was really no weakness. Two of the team's top reserves also hit over .300, and the only regular who didn't was Bishop at .277.

    The team won 91 games and finished second in the American League.

1936 Detroit Tigers

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    Lineup
    RF Jo-Jo Walker
    1B Jack Burns
    2B Charlie Gehringer
    LF Goose Goslin
    CF Al Simmons
    3B Marv Owen
    SS Billy Rogell
    C Ray Hayworth

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Gehringer (.354), Walker (.353), Simmons (.327), Goslin (.315), Fox (.305)

    30-plus Home Runs
    None

    100-plus RBI
    Goslin (125), Gehringer (116), Simmons (112), Owen (105)

    While the Tigers only got 12 games out of Hank Greenberg, and saw future Hall of Fame catcher Mickey Cochrane move to the bench, they added Simmons and the offense was still very dangerous.

    The team, however, suffered without its two leaders, and won just 83 games to finish second in the American League.

1932 Philadelphia Athletics

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    Lineup
    2B Max Bishop
    CF Mule Haas
    C Mickey Cochrane
    LF Al Simmons
    1B Jimmie Foxx
    SS Eric McNair
    RF Bing Miller
    3B Jimmy Dykes

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Foxx (.364), Simmons (.322), Haas (.305)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Foxx (58), Simmons (35)

    100-plus RBI
    Foxx (169), Simmons (151), Cochrane (112)

    The season that Foxx put together during this season was one of the best in baseball history, as he won the Triple Crown, and he and Simmons combined for a ridiculous 320 RBI, more than making this one of the most impressive lineups ever.

    That only resulted in 94 wins, however, as the team finished second in the American League.

1930 Brooklyn Dodgers

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    Lineup
    CF Johnny Frederick
    3B Wally Gilbert
    RF Babe Herman
    SS Glenn Wright
    1B Del Bissonette
    LF Rube Bressler
    2B Neal Finn
    C Al Lopez

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Herman (.393), Bissonette (.336), Frederick (.334), Wright (.321), Lopez (.309)

    30-plus Home Runs
    None

    100-plus RBI
    Herman (130), Wright (126), Bissonette (113)

    While it's the Dodgers teams of the 1950s that are known as some of the best in baseball history, the 1930 team had a terrific offense led by Hall of Famer Babe Herman.

    A rotation led by Dazzy Vance was not good enough to put the team over the top, however, as they won 86 games and finished fourth in the National League.

1936 New York Yankees

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    Lineup
    SS Frank Crosetti
    3B Red Rolfe
    CF Joe DiMaggio
    1B Lou Gehrig
    C Bill Dickey
    RF George Selkirk
    2B Tony Lazzeri
    LF Jake Powell

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Dickey (.362), Gehrig (.354), DiMaggio (.323), Rolfe (.319), Selkirk (.308), Powell (.302)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Gehrig (49)

    100-plus RBI
    Gehrig (152), DiMaggio (125), Lazzeri (109), Dickey (107), Selkirk (107)

    As the Yankees struggled to adjust to life without Babe Ruth, along came a new star in 1936 in DiMaggio, who, at just 21 years old, immediately became a force to go along with the other holdovers from the glory days of the 1920s.

    The team won 102 games and topped the Giants in six games in the World Series, making DiMaggio an instant star.

1970 Cincinnati Reds

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    Lineup
    RF Pete Rose
    CF Bobby Tolan
    3B Tony Perez
    C Johnny Bench
    1B Lee May
    LF Bernie Carbo
    2BTommy Helms
    SS Dave Concepcion

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Perez (.317), Rose (.316), Tolan (.316), Carbo (.310)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Bench (45), Perez (40), May (34)

    100-plus RBI
    Bench (148), Perez (129)

    While this was prior to the days of the Big Red Machine, these were the best seasons of both Bench and Perez's careers, and the team also had a big slugger who was not part of the later teams in May.

    The team performed well, winning 102 games and sweeping the Pirates in the NLCS, but they lost to the Orioles 4-1 in the World Series.

1928 New York Giants

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    Lineup
    CF Jimmy Welch
    LF Lefty O'Doul
    RF Mel Ott
    3B Freddie Lindstrom
    1B Bill Terry
    SS Travis Jackson
    2B Andy Cohen
    C Shanty Hogan

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Lindstrom (.358), Hogan (.333), Terry (.326), Ott (.322), O'Doul (.319), Andy Reese (.308), Welsh (.307)

    30-plus Home Runs
    None

    100-plus RBI
    Lindstrom (107), Terry (101)

    While Terry was already and established veteran, Ott was just 19 years old and only scratching the surface of his vast potential, and the team would become a force within the next couple seasons.

    However, that season they only managed 92 wins, which was only good for third in the National League.

1921 Detroit Tigers

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    Lineup
    2B Ralph Young
    SS Donnie Bush
    CF Ty Cobb
    LF Bobby Veach
    RF Harry Heilmann
    1B Lu Blue
    3B Bob Jones
    C Johnny Bassler

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Heilmann (.394), Cobb (.389), Veach (.338), Blue (.308), Bassler (.307), Jones (.303)

    30-plus Home Runs
    None

    100-plus RBI
    Heilmann (139), Veach (128), Cobb (101)

    With two players batting over .380, the Tigers were able to put up a .316 batting average as a team, and player-manager Cobb was still among the best at 34 years old.

    The team went just 71-82, however, and finished sixth in the American League.

1939 New York Yankees

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    Lineup
    SS Frankie Crosetti
    3B Red Rolfe
    RF Charlie Keller
    CF Joe DiMaggio
    C Bill Dickey
    LF George Selkirk
    2B Joe Gordon
    1B Babe Dahlgren

    .300-plus Batting Average
    DiMaggio (.381), Keller (.334), Rolfe (.329), Selkirk (.306), Dickey (.302)

    30-plus Home Runs
    DiMaggio (30)

    100-plus RBI
    DiMaggio (126), Gorgon (111), Dickey (105), Selkirk (101)

    At 24 years old, DiMaggio posted the best batting average of his storied career, winning the batting title in the process, and he was joined by a pair of other Hall of Famers in Dickey and Gordon.

    The team won 106 games, and then rolled over the Reds in the World Series in a four-game sweep to take home the title.

1976 Cincinnati Reds

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    Lineup
    3B Pete Rose
    RF Ken Griffey
    2B Joe Morgan
    LF George Foster
    C Johnny Bench
    1B Tony Perez
    CF Cesar Geronimo
    SS Dave Concepcion

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Griffey (.336), Rose (.323), Morgan (.320), Geronimo (.307), Foster (.306)

    30-plus Home Runs
    None

    100-plus RBI
    Foster (121), Morgan (111)

    The 1976 season was the Big Red Machine at its finest, and they were fantastic despite a poor season from Johnny Bench, who hit just .234.

    Despite that the team won 102 games and swept their way through the playoffs for a World Series title over the Yankees.

1934 Detroit Tigers

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    Lineup
    RF Pete Fox
    C Mickey Cochrane
    LF Goose Goslin
    2B Charlie Gehringer
    SS Billy Rogell
    1B Hank Greenberg
    3B Marv Owen
    CF Jo-Jo White

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Gehringer (.356), Greenberg (.339), Cochrane (.320), Owen (.317), White (.313), Goslin (.305)

    30-plus Home Runs
    None

    100-plus RBI
    Greenberg (139), Gehringer (127), Rogell (100), Goslin (100)

    For a three-year span from 1934-1935 when Goslin, Gehringer, and Greenberg were all teammates, the Tigers had one of the best lineups of all-time, and they were all at their best in 1934.

    The team won 101 games, which was good for the AL Pennant, but they fell to the Cardinals in seven games in the World Series

1932 New York Yankees

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    Lineup
    CF Earle Combs
    3B Joe Sewell
    RF Babe Ruth
    1B Lou Gehrig
    2B Tony Lazzeri
    C Bill Dickey
    RF Ben Chapman
    SS Frankie Crosetti

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Gehrig (.349), Ruth (.341), Dickey (.310), Lazzeri (.300)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Ruth (41), Gehrig (34)

    100-plus RBI
    Gehrig (151), Ruth (137), Lazzeri (113), Chapman (107)

    This marked Ruth's final truly Ruthian season, and his second-to-last year with the team, as he was still producing at the age of 37, and the team used the same lineup they had the previous season.

    However, unlike the previous season, the team took home the title, sweeping the Cubs in the World Series after winning 107 games in the regular season.

1931 New York Yankees

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    Lineup
    CF Earle Combs
    3B Joe Sewell
    RF Babe Ruth
    1B Loy Gehrig
    LF Ben Chapman
    SS Lyn Lary
    C Bill Dickey
    2B Tony Lazzeri

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Ruth (.373), Gehrig (.341), Dickey (.321), Combs (.318), Chapman (.315), Sewell (.302)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Gehrig (46), Ruth (46)

    100-plus RBI
    Gehrig (184), Ruth (163), Chapman (122), Lary (107)

    Another season, another fantastic lineup put on the field by the Yankees, as Gehrig enjoyed a huge year with 184 RBI while Lary had the only 100 RBI season of his career.

    The team, however, missed the playoffs as 94 wins was only good for second place in the American League.

1930 New York Yankees

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    Lineup
    CF Earle Combs
    3B Joe Sewell
    RF Babe Ruth
    1B Lou Gehrig
    LF Ben Chapman
    SS Lyn Lary
    C Bill Dickey
    2B Tony Lazzeri

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Gehrig (.379), Ruth (.359), Combs (.344), Dickey (.339), Chapman (.316), Lazzeri (.303),

    30-plus Home Runs
    Ruth (49), Gehrig (41)

    100-plus RBI
    Gehrig (174), Ruth (153), Lazzeri (121)

    While not the Murderers' Row lineup of 1927, this team was impressive nonetheless, with Gehrig and Ruth each having some of their best seasons, and three other players in the lineup eventual Hall of Famers as well.

    The team actually fell short, winning 86 games and finishing third in the American League.

1925 Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Lineup
    CF Max Carey
    2B Eddie Moore
    RF Kiki Cuyler
    LF Clyde Barnhart
    3B Pie Traynor
    SS Glenn Wright
    1B George Grantham
    C Earl Smith

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Cuyler (.357), Carey (.343), Grantham (.326), Barnhart (.325), Traynor (.320), Smith (.313), Wright (.308)

    30-plus Home Runs
    None

    100-plus RBI
    Wright (121), Barnhart (114), Traynor (106), Cuyler (102)

    The Pirates are one of the league's most storied franchises, and their 1925 season marked their second World Series title and first since 1909. Traynor and Cuyler anchored the lineup as future Hall of Famers, while every regular hit over .300 except Moore, who hit .298.

    The team finished with 95 wins, and it took them seven games, but they bested the Washington Senators in the World Series.

1929 Chicago Cubs

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    Lineup
    3B Norm McMillan
    SS Woody English
    2B Rogers Hornsby
    CF Hack Wilson
    RF Kiki Cuyler
    LF Riggs Stephenson
    1B Charlie Grimm
    C Zack Taylor

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Hornsby (.380), Stephenson (.362), Cuyler (.360), Wilson (.345)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Hornsby (39), Wilson (39)

    100-plus RBI
    Wilson (159), Hornsby (149), Stephenson (110), Cuyler (102)

    While he is best remembered as a member of the Cardinals, Hornsby spent four seasons with the Cubs, and the 1929 season was his only full year with the club. He joined Cuyler and Wilson as future Hall of Famers, and the Cubs offense thrived.

    The team did well also, winning 98 games and capturing the NL pennant before falling to the Athletics 4-1 in the World Series.

1935 Detroit Tigers

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    Lineup
    CF Jo-Jo White
    C Mickey Cochrane
    2B Charlie Gehringer
    1B Hank Greenberg
    LF Goose Goslin
    SS Billy Rogell
    RF Pete Fox
    3B Marv Owen

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Gehringer (.330), Greenberg (.328), Fox (.321), Cochrane (.319)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Greenberg (36)

    100-plus RBI
    Greenberg (170), Goslin (109), Gehringer (108)

    This was a lineup that featured four future Hall of Famers in Greenberg, Gehringer, Cochrane and Goslin,  and they were anchored by Greenberg, who had one of the best seasons of his fantastic career.

    The team managed to ride that hitting to a 93-win season and a 4-2 World Series win over the Chicago Cubs.

1930 New York Giants

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    Lineup
    2B Hughie Critz
    LF Freddy Leach
    3B Freddie Lindstrom
    1B Bill Terry
    RF Mel Ott
    C Shanty Hogan
    SS Travis Jackson
    CF Wally Roettger

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Terry (.401), Lindstrom (.379), Ott (.349), Hogan (.339), Jackson (.339), Leach (.327)

    30-plus Home Runs
    None

    100-plus RBI
    Terry (129), Ott (119), Lindstrom (106)

    With six everyday players over .300, including a fantastic .401 season from first baseman Bill Terry, who had an impressive 254 hits, the Giants had an incredibly deep lineup.

    However, their pitching was nothing special beyond Carl Hubbell and they won just 87 games.

1922 St. Louis Browns

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    Lineup
    RF Jack Tobin
    2B Marty McManus
    1B George Sisler
    LF Ken Williams
    CF Baby Doll Jacobson
    C Hank Severeid
    SS Wally Gerber
    3B Frank Ellerbe

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Sisler (.420), Williams (.332), Tobin (.331), Severeid (.321), Jacobson (.317), McManus (.312)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Williams (39)

    100-plus RBI
    Williams (155), McManus (109), Sisler (105), Jacobson (102)

    The Browns were clearly led by Sisler, who posted the seventh-highest batting average of all-time while also stealing 51 bases, hitting 18 triples and recording 246 hits. Beyond him, however, the team had a number of impressive run producers.

    The team won 93 games, but fell one game short of the pennant, which was taken by the New York Yankees.

1930 St. Louis Cardinals

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    Lineup
    CF Taylor Douthit
    3B Sparky Adams
    2B Frankie Frisch
    1B Jim Bottomley
    LF Chick Hafey
    RF George Watkins
    C Jimmie Wilson
    SS Charlie Gelbert

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Watkins (.373), Frisch (.346), Hafey (.336), Wilson (.318), Adams (.314), Bottomley (.304), Gelbert (.304), Douthit (.303)

    30-plus Home Runs
    None

    100-plus RBI
    Frisch (114), Hafey (107)

    The 1930 Cardinals hold the distinction of being the only team to ever have all eight everyday players hit over .300, and they did it with a group of guys that was really without a star, with Frisch being the only real big name.

    They won 92 games and the NL pennant, but lost to the Athletics in the World Series 4-2.

1929 Philadelphia Phillies

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    Lineup
    2B Fresco Thompson
    LF Lefty O'Doul
    RF Chuck Klein
    1B Don Hurst
    3B Pinky Whitney
    CF Bernie Friberg
    SS Tommy Thevenow
    C Walt Lerian

    .300-plus Batting Average
    O'Doul (.398), Klein (.356), Whitney (.327), Thompson (.324), Hurst (.304), Friberg (.301)

    30-plus Home Run
    Klein (43), O'Doul (32), Hurst (31)

    100-plus RBI
    Klein (145), Hurst (125), O'Doul (122), Whitney (115)

    The Phillies boasted one of the best hitters of all-time in Klein, who was in his first full season and already a force, but he was backed by several other solid run producers, most notably O'Doul, who was amazing in 1929.

    However, the offense was not nearly enough to propel the team into the playoffs as they finished a sub-par 71-82, leaving them fifth in the National League.

1953 Brooklyn Dodgers

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    Lineup
    2B Jim Gilliam
    SS Pee Wee Reese
    CF Duke Snider
    LF Jackie Robinson
    1B Gil Hodges
    C Roy Campanella
    RF Carl Furillo
    3B Billy Cox

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Furillo (.344), Snider (.336), Robinson (.329), Campanella (.312), Hodges (.302)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Snider (42), Campanella (41), Hodges (31)

    100-plus RBI
    Campanella (142), Snider (126), Hodges (122)

    The Dodgers were the class of the National League throughout the 1950s, and the 1953 season was probably the best statistically for their star-studded lineup. Campanella's season goes down as one of the best ever by a catcher, as he won MVP.

    The team won an impressive 105 games, but fell short of a title when they fell to the Yankees 4-2 in the World Series.

1928 New York Yankees

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    Lineup
    CF Earle Combs
    SS Mark Koenig
    RF Babe Ruth
    1B Lou Gehrig
    LF Bob Meusel
    2B Tony Lazzeri
    3B Joe Dugan
    C Johnny Grabowski

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Gehrig (.374), Lazzeri (.332), Ruth (.323), Koenig (.319), Combs (.310)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Ruth (54)

    100-plus RBI
    Ruth (142), Gehrig (142), Meusel (113)

    While the numbers that the 1927 Yankees put up were better across the board, the chances of topping those numbers were slim, and with more or less the same roster for the following season, they were still impressive.

    The team had similar success, too, as they won 101 games and rolled through the Cardinals in the World Series in a four-game sweep.

1927 New York Yankees

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    Lineup
    CF Earle Combs
    SS Mark Koenig
    RF Babe Ruth
    1B Lou Gehrig
    LF Bob Meusel
    2B Tony Lazzeri
    3B Joe Dugan
    C Pat Collins

    .300-plus Batting Average
    Gehrig (.373), Combs (.356), Ruth (.356), Meusel (.337), Lazzeri (.309)

    30-plus Home Runs
    Ruth (60), Gehrig (47)

    100-plus RBI
    Gehrig (175), Ruth (164), Meusel (103), Lazzeri (102)

    The famed "Murderers' Row" lineup is the most storied lineup in baseball history, as it featured four future Hall of Famers in Combs, Ruth, Gehrig and Lazzeri.

    The team won 110 games during the regular season and swept the Pirates in the World Series, as they dominated their competition every step of the way, and there has never been a more dangerous lineup in baseball history.