Baseball Dynasties Are Few And Far Between

When the Red Sox gallant comeback against the Tampa Bay Rays finally fizzled in Game Seven, another potential dynasty bit the dust.

The Sox loss demonstrated once more just how difficult it is to build and maintain  dynasty in baseball’s current three-series playoff format.

And it underlines the remarkable accomplishment of the Yankees, who won three World Series in a row and four out of five from 1996-2000.

If you define a dynasty as three championships in five years, only the Yankees qualify since the three-round playoff format was instituted in 1995. In fact, the Yankees are the only team to win back-to-back championships in that time frame.

And the Oakland A’s, who won three straight World Series starting in 1972, are the only team to earn the dynasty label since baseball first began a playoff format in 1969 with the league championship series.

The Yankees have the all-time record with five straight World Series championships between 1949-53. Overall, the Yanks won 14 pennants and nine World Series in a period that began in 1949 and ended in 1964.

The Bombers also won four in a row between 1936 and 1939. Both those runs occurred when the American and National League winners went directly to the World Series.

Other than the Yankees and the A’s, there have been three mini-dynasties in baseball history.

A’s 1910-11 and 1913
Red Sox 1915-16 and 1918
Cardinals 1942, 1944 and 1946

And what of this year’s World Series contestants? The Rays have never won a World Series, never even made the playoffs before this year.

And the Phillies have been around since 1883, and in all that time have just one World Championship to show for their efforts.

In 1980, the Phillies beat the Royals in six games, leading a young copy editor to come up with the headline “Phinally: It’s the Phillies” while working the slot for the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

Championship Runs

Five Straight
Yankees (1949-53)

Four Straight
Yankees (1936-39)

Three Straight
A’s (1972-74)
Yankees (1998-2000)

Two Straight
Cubs (1907-08)
A’s (1910-11)
Red Sox (1915-16)
Giants (1921-22)
Yankees (1927-28)
A’s (1929-30)
Yankees (1961-62)
Reds (1975-76)
Yankees (1977-78)
Blue Jays (1992-93)

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