30 Most Dominant Teams in MLB Postseason History

Joel Reuter@JoelReuterBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 5, 2011

30 Most Dominant Teams in MLB Postseason History

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    The MLB postseason has given us some of the greatest moments in the history of the sport, from walk-off home runs to series-clinching shutouts and everything in between and nothing beats the excitement of a Game 7.

    That said, there have been a number of teams throughout playoff history who have simply been a step above the competition and have more or less steamrolled their way to a World Series title.

    Whether it is a strong showing from the starting pitching or a dominant offensive performance, some teams just simply outmatch their opposition.

    So here is a look at the 30 most dominant teams in MLB postseason history, with a look at how they got to the World Series and some of their biggest postseasons contributors. The stats included are cumulative of the entire postseason, not strictly for the World Series.

2008 Philadelphia Phillies

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    Won NLDS over Milwaukee Brewers (3-1)

    Won NLCS over Los Angeles Dodgers (4-1)

    Won World Series over Tampa Bay Rays (4-1)

    Back before the Phillies were stocked with starting pitching, Cole Hamels was the ace of the staff and he led the team to a World Series title in 2008 while winning MVP honors.

    That said, the Phillies offense was truly what got them that far, and in outscoring the Rays 24-15 in the World Series they proved that it was their greatest strength.

    Notable Pitchers

    Cole Hamels (4-0, 1.80 ERA), Joe Blanton (2-0, 3.18 ERA), Brett Myers (2-1, 4.74 ERA), Jamie Moyer (0-2, 8.49 ERA), Ryan Madson (11 G, 12.1 IP, 2.13 ERA), Brad Lidge (7 SV, 0.96 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Shane Victorino (2 HR, 13 RBI), Ryan Howard, Chase Utley (3 HR, 9 RBI), Pat Burrell (3 HR, 8 RBI)

2005 Chicago White Sox

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    Won ALDS over Boston Red Sox (3-0)

    Won ALCS over Los Angeles Angels (4-1)

    Won World Series over Houston Astros (4-0)

    White Sox starters threw four straight complete games to close out the ALCS and went at least seven innings in all four World Series starts. The story, however, was the improbable game-winning home runs from Scott Podsednik and Geoff Blum.

    Notable Pitchers

    Jose Contreras (3-1, 3.09 ERA), Mark Buehrle (2-0, 3.47 ERA, 1 SV), Freddy Garcia (3-0, 2.14 ERA), Jon Garland (1-0, 2.25 ERA), Bobby Jenks (4-of-5 SV)

    Notable Hitters

    Paul Konerko (5 HR, 15 RBI), Joe Crede (4 HR, 11 RBI), AJ Pierzynski (3 HR, 9 RBI), Scott Podsednik (2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 SB), Jermaine Dye (1 HR, 6 RBI)

1999 New York Yankees

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    Won ALDS over Texas Rangers (3-0)

    Won ALCS over Boston Red Sox (4-1)

    Won World Series over Atlanta Braves (4-0)

    While the 1999 Yankees team did not enjoy the same dominance during the regular season as they did the year before when they won 114 games, their 98 wins were enough to get them to the postseason and once there they once again asserted themselves, losing just one ALCS game during the entire postseason.

    Left fielder Chad Curtis added some dramatics with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 3 of the World Series.

    Notable Pitchers

    Orlando Hernandez (3-0, 1.20 ERA), Roger Clemens (2-1, 3.24 ERA), Andy Pettitte (2-0, 3.93 ERA), David Cone (2-0, 1.29 ERA), Mariano Rivera (6 SV, 2-0, 0.00 ERA) 

    Notable Hitters

    Tino Martinez and Bernie Williams (2 HR, 8 RBI), Ricky Ledee (1 HR, 7 RBI), Scott Brosius (2 HR, 5 RBI), Derek Jeter (.375 BA, 4 RBI)

1998 New York Yankees

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    Won ALDS over Texas Rangers (3-0)

    Won ALCS over Cleveland Indians (4-2)

    Won World Series over San Diego Padres (4-0)

    After going 114-48 in the regular season, the Yankees were equally dominant in the playoffs as they combined a deep lineup with a terrific rotation and a lights-out bullpen from the seventh inning on.

    Scott Brosius captured World Series MVP honors as he hit .471 BA, two HR and six RBI in the four-game sweep.

    Notable Pitchers

    David Wells (4-0, 2.93 ERA), David Cone (2-0, 2.92 ERA), Andy Pettitte (2-1, 3.32 ERA), Orlando Hernandez (2-0, 0.64 ERA), Mariano Rivera (6 SV, 0.00 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Scott Brosius (4 HR, 15 RBI), Bernie Williams (1 HR, 8 RBI), Chili Davis (1 HR, 7 RBI), Paul O'Neil, Jorge Posada, Shane Spencer (2 HR, 4 RBI)

1990 Cincinnati Reds

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    Won NLCS over Pittsburgh Pirates (4-2)

    Won World Series over Oakland Athletics (4-0)

    After not making the postseason since 1979 and the time of the Big Red Machine, the 1990 Reds put it all together to make an impressive postseason run after winning 91 regular-season games.

    It took them six games to beat the Pirates in the NLCS, but their two losses came by just one run and they had far less trouble in a World Series sweep of the Athletics. Their three-headed monster of Rob Dibble, Randy Myers and Norm Charlton are viewed as one of the best bullpens of all time.

    Notable Pitchers

    Jose Rijo (3-0, 2.28 ERA), Tom Browning (2-1, 3.71 ERA), Danny Jackson (1-0, 3.86 ERA), Rob Dibble (7 G, 9.2 IP, 0.00 ERA), Norm Charlton (5 G, 6 IP, 1.50 ERA), Randy Myers (7 G, 8.2 IP, 4 SV, 0.00 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Chris Sabo (3 HR, 8 RBI), Eric Davis (1 HR, 7 RBI), Billy Hatcher (.519 BA, 4 RBI), Barry Larkin (.300 BA, 3 SB)

1989 Oakland Athletics

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    Won NLCS over Toronto Blue Jays (4-1)

    Won World Series over San Francisco Giants (4-0)

    The 1989 World Series was billed as the "Battle of the Bay," but that nickname was quickly replaced when an earthquake struck just before the start of Game 3, and it will no forever be known as the "Earthquake Series."

    In the end, the Athletics swept the series on the back of their impressive offense and their two aces, Dave Stewart and Mike Moore, who each started two games in the series.

    Notable Pitchers

    Dave Stewart (4-0, 2.25 ERA), Mike Moore (3-0, 1.35 ERA), Bob Welch (1-0, 3.18 ERA), Dennis Eckersley (4 SV, 1.23 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Rickey Henderson (.441 BA, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 11 SB), Carney Lansford (.444 BA, 1 HR, 8 RBI), Terry Steinbach (1 HR, 8 RBI), Jose Canseco (2 HR, 6 RBI), Dave Henderson, Dave Parker (3 HR, 5 RBI), Mark McGwire (1 HR, 4 RBI) 

1984 Detroit Tigers

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    Won ALCS over Kansas City Royals (3-0)

    Won World Series over San Diego Padres (4-1)

    To put it simply, the 1984 Tigers were just a lot better than everyone else in baseball in 1984 as they led the league in runs scored and in ERA en route to a 104-58 record.

    A three-run home run by Kirk Gibson in Game 5 gave the Tigers an 8-4 lead and iced the game and the series in one of the more memorable moments in team history.

    Notable Pitchers

    Jack Morris (3-0, 1,80 ERA), Dan Petry (0-1, 6.00 ERA, 3 Starts), Milt Wilcox (2-0, 0.64 ERA),
    Willie Hernandez (3 SV, 1.93 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Alan Trammell (.419 BA, 3 HR, 9 RBI), Kirk Gibson (3 HR, 9 RBI), Lance Parrish (2 HR, 5 RBI), Larry Herndon (2 HR, 4 RBI)

1983 Baltimore Orioles

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    Won ALCS over Chicago White Sox (3-1)

    Won World Series over Philadelphia Phillies (4-1)

    While they were not dominant for as long as the Orioles teams of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the 1983 Orioles were clearly the best team in baseball for at least one season.

    Backed by then-22-year-old Cal Ripken Jr., who won the AL MVP in just his second full season, and future Hall of Fame first baseman Eddie Murray, the offense was great and while the pitching staff lacked a star it was solid from top to bottom.

    Notable Pitchers

    Scott McGregor (1-2, 1.14 ERA), Mike Boddicker (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 18 IP), Storm Davis (1-0, 2.45 ERA), Tippy Martinez (5 G, 9 IP, 2 SV, 1.00 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Eddie Murray (3 HR, 6 RBI), Gary Roenicke (1 HR, 4 RBI), Cal Ripken Jr. (.273 BA, 2 RBI)

1976 Cincinnati Reds

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    Won NLCS over Philadelphia Phillies (3-0)

    Won World Series over New York Yankees (4-0)

    While the 1976 season was the not the best for the Big Red Machine statistically, they played their best baseball in October and swept their way through the playoffs after winning the World Series the previous season in a thrilling seven-game series with the Red Sox.

    Notable Pitchers

    Don Gullett (2-0, 1.17 ERA), Gary Nolan (1-0, 2.19 ERA), Pat Zachry (2-0, 3.09 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Johnny Bench (.444 BA, 3 HR, 7 RBI), George Foster (2 HR, 8 RBI), Joe Morgan (5 R, 4 SB), Tony Perez (5 RBI)

1974 Oakland Athletics

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    Won ALCS over Baltimore Orioles (3-1)

    Won World Series over Los Angeles Dodgers (4-1)

    The Athletics won their third straight World Series in 1974, but after taking the previous two series to seven games, they put the Dodgers away in just five games and only lost two games the entire postseason after losing five in each of the previous two.

    Notable Pitchers

    Vida Blue (1-1, 1.99 ERA), Ken Holtzman (2-0, 0.86 ERA), Catfish Hunter (2-1, 1 SV, 3.26 ERA), Rollie Fingers (6 G, 12.1 IP, 3 SV, 2.19 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Ray Fosse, Sal Bando (2 HR, 4 RBI), Joe Rudi (1 HR, 5 RBI), Bert Campaneris (5 RBI, 2 SB), Reggie Jackson (1 HR, 2 RBI)

1970 Baltimore Orioles

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    Won ALCS over Minnesota Twins (3-0)

    Won World Series over Cincinnati Reds (4-1)

    Once again backed by the Robinsons and a fantastic pitching staff, the Orioles won 108 games during the regular season and then rolled through the postseason. Brooks Robinson brought his offensive game to match his stellar defense and took home World Series MVP honors.

    The Orioles only postseason loss came when Lee May hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning of Game 4 to give the Reds a 6-5 victory.

    Notable Pitchers

    Jim Palmer (2-0, 3.28 ERA), Dave McNally (2-0, 3.00 ERA), Mike Cuellar (1-0, 5.74 ERA), Dick Hall (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV)

    Notable Hitters

    Brooks Robinson (.485 BA, 2 HR, 7 RBI), Boog Powell (3 HR, 11 RBI), Frank Robinson (3 HR, 6 RBI), Davey Johnson (2 HR, 6 RBI)

1969 New York Mets

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    Won NLCS over Atlanta Braves (3-0)

    Won World Series over Baltimore Orioles (4-1)

    The Miracle Mets were a team of destiny, as they trailed the Cubs by 10 games on August 13th but finished out the season 38-11 to capture the NL East crown and eventually take home the franchise's first World Series title.

    Notable Pitchers

    Jerry Koosman (2-0, 4.03 ERA), Tom Seaver (2-0, 4.09 ERA), Gary Gentry (1-0, 2.08 ERA), Nolan Ryan (1 SV, 1.93 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Tommie Agee (3 HR, 5 RBI), Donn Clendenon (3 HR, 4 RBI), Ken Boswell (2 HR, 5 RBI), Cleon Jones (1 HR, 4 RBI)

1966 Baltimore Orioles

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    Won World Series over Los Angeles Dodger (4-0)

    Prior to the 1966 season, the Orioles acquired Frank Robinson from the Reds and he responded by winning the AL Triple Crown and leading the team to the World Series.

    Once there, however, the pitching took over as the Dodgers were shut out in three of the four games and managed just two runs and a .142 average in the series. Robinson came through with a solo home run in the decisive Game 4 that proved to be the difference as they won 1-0 and he earned World Series MVP honors.

    Notable Pitchers

    Dave McNally (1-0, 1.59 ERA), Jim Palmer (1-0, 0.00 ERA), Wally Bunker (1-0, 0.00 ERA), Moe Drabowsky (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Frank Robinson (2 HR, 3 RBI), Luis Aparicio (2 RBI), Paul Blair, Brooks Robinson (1 HR, 1 RBI)

1963 Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Won World Series over New York Yankees (4-0)

    The Dodgers offense was no longer what it was in the 1950s when they reached the World Series in 1963, but they didn't need it to be, as they had two of the best pitchers in the game in Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale and they combined to go 3-0 and allowed just three runs in 27 inning while striking out 32.

    The Yankees managed just four runs and a team average of .171 for the series, in one of the more dominant pitching performances by a team in postseason history.

    Notable Pitchers

    Sandy Koufax (2-0, 1.50 ERA), Don Drysdale (1-0, 0.00 ERA), Johnny Podres (1-0, 1.08 ERA), Ron Perranoski (1 SV, 0.00 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Bill Skowron (.385 BA, 1 HR, 3 RBI), John Roseboro (1 HR, 3 RBI), Willie Davis (3 RBI)

1961 New York Yankees

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    Won World Series over Cincinnati Reds (4-1)

    The 1961 season was a magical one for the New York Yankees, as the home run race between Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris garnered national attention and ended with Maris hitting his 61st home run and setting the single-season mark.

    Matched up against the Reds in the World Series, the Yankees dropped just one game and outscored the Reds 27-13 despite the struggles of Maris and Mantle and thanks in part to 14 shutout inning from ace Whitey Ford in his two starts.

    Notable Pitchers

    Whitey Ford (2-0, 0.00 ERA), Ralph Terry (0-1, 4.82 ERA), Bud Daley (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Hector Lopez (1 HR, 7 RBI), Bill Skowron (1 HR, 5 RBI), Johnny Blanchard (2 HR, 3 RBI), Roger Maris (.105 BA, 1 HR, 2 RBI), Mickey Mantle (.167 BA, 0 RBI)

1954 New York Giants

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    Won World Series over Cleveland Indians (4-0)

    The 1954 Giants team was highlighted by a 23-year-old Willie Mays winning the NL MVP award in just his second full season, and he was there again in Game 1 of the World Series to make what is simply known now as "The Catch."

    Later in Game 1, pinch-hitter Dusty Rhodes gave the Giants a walk-off win with a pinch-hit three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th, setting the tone for the series sweep.

    Notable Pitchers

    Johnny Antonelli (1-0, 0.84 ERA), Don Liddle (1-0, 1.29 ERA), Ruben Gomez (1-0, 2.45 ERA), Hoyt Wilhelm (1 SV, 0.00 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Dusty Rhodes (.667 BA, 2 HR, 7 RBI), Willie Mays (.444 OBP, 3 RBI), Wes Westrum (3 RBI), Monte Irvin (2 RBI)

1950 New York Yankees

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    Won World Series over Philadelphia Phillies (4-0)

    With Joe DiMaggio putting the finishing touches on his Hall of Fame career and Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford just kicking theirs off, the 1950 Yankees were in a transition phase but they still won 98 games during the regular season before sweeping the Phillies for the title.

    It wasn't as easy as the sweep looked though, as it took a 10th inning home run by DiMaggio in Game 2 and a walk-off single by Jerry Coleman in Game 3 to get two of the four wins.

    Notable Pitchers

    Allie Reynolds (1-0, 1 SV, 0.87 ERA), Whitey Ford (1-0, 0.00 ERA), Vic Raschi (1-0, 0.00 ERA), Eddie Lopat (0-0, 2.25 ERA) 

    Notable Hitters

    Jerry Coleman (3 RBI), Joe DiMaggio (.308 BA, 1 HR, 2 RBI), Yogi Berra (1 HR, 2 RBI)

1949 New York Yankees

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    Won World Series over Brooklyn Dodgers (4-1)

    The Yankees and Dodgers met up in the 1949 World Series after posting identical 97-57 records during the regular season and on paper the two teams looked to match up very well.

    However, the Yankees dominated the Dodgers over the five-game series, with the only Dodgers victory coming in Game 2 when Preacher Roe threw a shutout to give the team a 1-0 win. Tommy Henrich turned in the highlight of the series with a walk-off solo home run in Game 1.

    Notable Pitchers

    Allie Reynolds (1-0, 1 SV, 0.00 ERA), Vic Raschi (1-1, 4.30 ERA), Joe Page (1-0, 2.00 ERA), Eddie Lopat (1-0, 6.35 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Bobby Brown (5 RBI), Jerry Coleman (4 RBI), Joe DiMaggio (.111 BA, 2 RBI), Yogi Berra (.063 BA, 1 RBI)

1942 St. Louis Cardinals

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    Won World Series over New York Yankees (4-1)

    The Cardinals tallied 106 wins during the regular season in 1942, and they met up with a Yankees team that won a solid 103 games themselves.

    However, the Cardinals pair of aces in Johnny Beazley and Mort Cooper did what they needed to in the series, and Ernie White came through with a shutout in Game 3.

    Notable Pitchers

    Johnny Beazley (2-0, 2.50 ERA), Mort Cooper (0-1, 5.54 ERA), Ernie White (1-0, 0.00 ERA), Max Lanier (1-0, 0-00 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Whitey Kurowski (1 HR, 5 RBI), Walker Cooper (4 RBI), Marty Marion (3 RBI), Enos Slaughter (1 HR, 2 RBI)

1939 New York Yankees

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    Won World Series over Cincinnati Reds (4-0)

    After rolling over the American League to a 106-45 record and hitting a stellar .287 as a team the Yankees hit just .206 in the World Series but got the timely hits they needed to sweep.

    After rolling the first three games of the series, the Yankees found themselves down 4-2 in the ninth in Game 4 but rallied to force extras and then won on an RBI single by Joe DiMaggio in the 10th.

    Notable Pitchers

    Red Ruffing (1-0, 1.00 ERA), Monte Pearson (1-0, 0.00 ERA, Bump Hadley (1-0, 2.25 ERA), Lefty Gomez (0-0, 9.00 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Charlie Keller (.438 BA, 3 HR, 6 RBI), Bill Dickey (2 HR, 5 RBI), Joe DiMaggio (1 HR, 3 RBI) 

1938 New York Yankees

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    Won World Series over Chicago Cubs (4-0)

    The 1938 Yankees did not have quite the same offensive firepower that they did in their World Series season the following year, but they still had more than enough punch and some fantastic starting pitching as they won 99 games and coasted to a sweep of the Cubs, outscoring them 22-9 in the series.

    Notable Pitchers

    Red Ruffing (2-0, 1.50 ERA), Lefty Gomez (1-0, 3.86 ERA), Monte Pearson (1-0, 1.00 ERA), Johnny Murphy (1 SV, 0.00 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Joe Gordon (.400 BA, 1 HR, 6 RBI), Frankie Crosetti (1 HR, 6 RBI), Bill Dickey (.400 BA, 1 HR, 2 RBI), Joe DiMaggio (1 HR, 2 RBI)

1932 New York Yankees

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    Won World Series over Chicago Cubs (4-0)

    Winners of 107 games during the regular season, the Yankees' explosive offense was on full display during the World Series as they outscored the Cubs 37-19 in a four-game sweep

    Notable Pitchers

    Lefty Gomez (1-0, 1.00 ERA), Wilcy Moore (1-0, 0.00 ERA), Red Ruffing (1-0, 3.00 ERA), George Pipgras (1-0, 4.50 ERA), Herb Pennock (2 SV, 2.25 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Lou Gehrig (.529 BA, 3 HR, 8 RBI), Babe Ruth (2 HR, 6 RBI), Tony Lazzeri (2 HR, 5 RBI), Ben Chapman (6 RBI), Earle Combs (1 HR, 4 RBI)

1928 New York Yankees

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    Won World Series over St. Louis Cardinals (4-0)

    Back again after their famed 1927 season, the Yankees were dominant once again as they won 101 games in the regular season and then rolled over the Cardinals in the World Series as Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig nearly single-handedly won the series.

    Notable Pitchers

    Waite Hoyt (2-0, 1.50 ERA), George Pipgras (1-0, 2.00 ERA), Tom Zachary (1-0, 3.00 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Babe Ruth (.625 BA, 3 HR, 4 RBI), Lou Gehrig (.545 BA, 4 HR, 9 RBI), Bob Meusel (1 HR, 3 RBI)

1927 New York Yankees

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    Won World Series over Pittsburgh Pirates (4-0)

    Considered by many to be the greatest team of all time, the 1927 Yankees went an impressive 110-44 during the regular season backed by their Murderer's Row lineup.

    The Yankees pitching was the story of the series though, as they used just their four starters in a four-game sweep. Babe Ruth managed to make some noise though with home runs in Game 3 and Game 4.

    Notable Pitchers

    Wilcy Moore (1-0, 0.84 ERA), Herb Pennock (1-0, 1.00 ERA), George Pipgras (1-0, 2.00 ERA), Waite Hoyt (1-0, 4.91 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Babe Ruth (.400 BA, 2 HR, 7 RBI), Lou Gehrig (.308 BA, 4 RBI), Mark Koenig (.500 BA, 2 RBI), Earle Combs (.313 BA, 2 RBI) 

1922 New York Giants

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    Won World Series over New York Yankees (4-0-1)

    For the second straight season, both New York teams met up in the World Series in 1922, and for the second straight year the Giants came out on top as they swept the Yankees after a six-game series the previous season. 

    Notable Pitchers

    Art Nehf (1-0, 2.25 ERA), Jesse Barnes (0-0, 1.80 ERA, 10 IP), Hugh McQuillan (1-0, 3.00 ERA), Jack Scott (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Irish Meusel (1 HR, 7 RBI), Frankie Frisch (.471 BA, 2 RBI), Ross Youngs (.375 BA, 2 RBI)

1916 Boston Red Sox

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    Won World Series over Brooklyn Robins (4-1)

    The 1916 Red Sox entered the 1916 World Series with 91 regular-season wins squaring off against the Brooklyn Robins (who would become the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932) who won 94 regular-season games.

    The game of the series was Game 2, as 21-year-old Babe Ruth out-dueled Sherry Smith in a 14-inning thriller as both pitchers threw complete games and the Red Sox came out on top 2-1.

    Notable Pitchers

    Ernie Shore (2-0, 1.53 ERA), Babe Ruth (1-0, 0.64 ERA), Dutch Leonard (1-0, 1.00 ERA), Carl Mays (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Larry Gardner (2 HR, 6 RBI), Chick Shorten (.571 BA, 2 RBI), Dick Hoblitzell (2 RBI)

1914 Boston Braves

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    Won World Series over Philadelphia Athletics (4-0)

    Facing off with the reigning World Series champs in the Athletics, the Braves' three-man rotation gave up just six runs over the four-game series to sweep the A's and show that three great starting pitchers top a "$1 Million Infield."

    Notable Pitchers

    Dick Rudolph (2-0, 0.50 ERA), Bill James (2-0, 0.00 ERA), Lefty Tyler (0-0, 3.60 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Hank Gowdy (.545 BA, 1 HR, 3 RBI), Rabbit Maranville (3 RBI, 2 SB), Johnny Evers (.438 BA, 2 RBI)

1908 Chicago Cubs

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    Won World Series over Detroit Tigers (4-1)

    When the 1908 Chicago Cubs won their second straight World Series title, it would have been hard to believe that it would be the last time they won it all.

    Backed once again by their phenomenal pitching staff, the Cubs went 99-55 during the regular season and then posted a 2.60 ERA in the postseason. They closed out the series with a pair of shutouts by Mordecai Brown and Orval Overall.

    Notable Pitchers

    Orval Overall (2-0, 0.98 ERA), Mordecai Brown (2-0, 0.00 ERA), Jack Pfiester (0-1, 7.88 ERA), Ed Reulbach (0-0, 4.70 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Joe Tinker (1 HR, 4 RBI), Solly Hofman (4 RBI), Harry Steinfeldt (3 RBI), Frank Chance (.421 BA, 5 SB)

1907 Chicago Cubs

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    Won World Series over Detroit Tigers (4-0-1)

    After Game 1 ended in a 3-3 tie after 12 innings, the Cubs pitching took charge of the series allowing just three runs over the next four games to sweep the series. Offensively, they ran wild on the basepaths in stealing a ridiculous 15 bases.

    Notable Pitchers

    Orval Overall (1-0, 1.00 ERA), Ed Reulbach (1-0, 0.75 ERA), Jack Pfiester (1-0, 1.00 ERA), Mordecai Brown (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

    Notable Hitters

    Jimmy Slagle (3 RBI, 5 SB), Harry Steinfeldt (.471 BA, 2 RBI), Johnny Evers (.350 BA, 3 SB)

1905 New York Giants

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    Won World Series over Philadelphia Athletics (4-1)

    The 1905 World Series went five games, and there were five shutouts thrown in perhaps the single greatest example of dead ball baseball ever.

    For the losing side, Eddie Plank (0-2, 1.59 ERA, 17 IP) and Chief Bender (1-1, 1.06 ERA, 17 IP) would normally have been heroes but instead that title went to Christy Mathewson who threw three shutouts in the series.

    Notable Pitchers

    Christy Mathewson (3-0, 0.00 ERA, 27 IP), Joe McGinnity (1-1, 0.00 ERA, 17 IP), Red Ames (0.00 ERA, 1 IP)

    Notable Hitters

    Dan McGann (4 RBI), Billy Gilbert, Sam Mertes (2 RBI)


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