The time period of 1920-1960 is what many consider the Golden Age of baseball.
Which franchises were the most successful during this time? I've previously covered the period of pre-1920, so now we can see what franchises dropped back in the rankings and which ones have risen to prominence.
As before, the rankings are based on a point system I developed to ensure no bias on my part. The higher the total points received, the higher the ranking the franchise received. Here's the breakdown of the point system:
- first place finishes: 3 points
- World Series appearance: 5 points
- World Series win: 10 points
- Season over .556 win percentage (90 wins in a 162 game schedule): 1 point
- Season over .617 win percentage (100 wins in a 162 game schedule): 3 points
- Season over .650 win percentage (105 wins in a 162 game schedule): 7 points
- Season over .700 win percentage (113 wins in a 162 game schedule): 10 points
- Average years between World Series wins: teams are ranked in order of fewest average years between wins, with lowest average getting most points and worst average getting the fewest. Points based on number of teams in MLB at the time, so points were 16 points to best average, 1 point to the worst.
I will also list the ranking the franchise received from my pre-1920 rankings so we can see how the franchise has changed in this era compared to the previous one.
All teams existed for this entire time period of 41 years, so that won't be listed on any of the slides.
Before we get started, why don't you write down how you think the 16 teams will be ranked for the period of 1920 through 1960 and see how your rankings compare to mine. The teams are the same as they were prior to 1920; the Athletics, Braves, Cardinals, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Indians, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates, Red Sox, Reds, Senators (Twins), Tigers, White Sox and Yankees.
Let's get started with the 16th ranked team.