A look at the longest losing season streaks in baseball history

Orioles have ensured they won't climb any higher on this list

September 14, 2012|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

When the Orioles win their next game, they will have captured a winning season for the first time since 1997.

And that will be something, considering the dire predictions (including by me) for this club in March.

With Thursday’s victory, their 81st of the season, the Orioles guaranteed they would not having a losing campaign, even if they drop the rest of their games this season.

If you missed it, here is a list of baseball's 10 longest consecutive losing seasons. These Orioles would have jumped into a third-place tie in modern history if they had been below .500 in 2012.

The list originally was compiled by the wonderful Pittsburgh-area baseball writer John Perrotto from various sources. The Pirates have the longest active streak, and now, after a strong showing earlier this summer, they look they could extend it to 20 straight years. That’s a record for North American professional sports teams.

The list:

19 -- Pirates 1993-2012 (active)

16 -- Phillies, 1933-48

15 -- Red Sox, 1919-33, Athletics, 1953-67

14 -- Phillies, 1918-31, Mariners, 1977-90, Orioles, 1998-2011

13 -- Athletics, 1934-46

12 -- Brewers, 1993-2004, Tigers, 1994-2005.

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