Baseball Crank
Covering the Front and Back Pages of the Newspaper
October 28, 2002
BASEBALL: From 41 Games Back

One of the really staggering figures last night was when Joe Buck noted that the Angels had finished 41 games out of first place last season. Here's my quick survey of teams finishing 20 or more games out of first place the year before winning the World Series:

1953 Giants -- 35 games behind Dodgers
1913 Braves -- 31.5 games behind Giants
1990 Twins -- 29 games behind A's
1968 Mets -- 24 games behind Cardinals
1911 Red Sox -- 24 games behind A's
1923 Senators -- 23.5 games behind Yankees
1986 Twins -- 21 games behind Angels
1958 Dodgers -- 21 games behind Braves

You'll notice that most of the teams at the top of the list were not only mediocre to bad, but they also trailed behind great teams.

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