No team’s won 3 straight NL pennants since 1945

I was debating the 2010 season/postseason with colleague Jeff Schultz, who was talking about how strong the Phillies are and how tough it will be to knock them off.

I agreed, but said their pitching’s not great and one key injury (Roy Halladay? Ryan Howard?) could make them vulnerable.

Then I asked him, when’s the last time an NL team won three consecutive pennants? I didn’t even know the answer, just knew it had been at least 20 years and that history says the Phillies won’t do it. So I looked it up.

Without looking it up, do most of you all realize how long it’s been since a team won three consecutive NL pennants? The Braves won back-to-back pennants a couple of times since the League Championship Series era began in 1969, and the Reds and Dodgers have also won consecutive pennants in that period.

But the last team to win three in a row? You have to go back more than six decades. That’s right, you’ve got to go back to the 1942-44 St. Louis Cardinals of Stan Musial and ace Mort Cooper, a quarter-century before the LCS era. Back when they  played just one postseason series, the World Series.

However, while it’s exceedingly rare in the NL, five AL teams have won at least three consecutive pennants just since the LCS era began in 1969, including Oakland twice and the Yankees twice (including four in a row).

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TF

February 28th, 2010
9:42 am

DOB, you missed an incredible Bottle Rockets show at Smith’s last night. Packed house, great energy, plenty of old and new tunes. DBT shows coming up in 2 weeks…how’s the Dark Star music scene?

NCBravesFan

February 28th, 2010
9:45 am

Amazing stat – and it puts the accomplishments of the Braves from 1991-2005 in an even better perspective.

Give the man some credit

February 28th, 2010
9:45 am

Give the man some credit

February 28th, 2010
9:45 am

richbrave

February 28th, 2010
9:46 am

richbrave

February 28th, 2010
9:46 am

WOW SIXTH!!!!!

richbrave

February 28th, 2010
9:47 am

Wow, wow…………Plueeze.

GovClintonTyree

February 28th, 2010
9:59 am

TF, stop. This is what makes him grouchy.

Give the man some credit

February 28th, 2010
10:02 am

Was that directed at me richbrave?

Bravissimo

February 28th, 2010
10:42 am

How about 4 in a row?…Go back to the ‘21-’24 NY Giants led by John McGraw. In ‘22 the great first baseman..High Pockets Kelly had 107 RBI.

They actually came in 2nd 3 straight years prior to winning 4 NL pennants in a row.

AdirondackDave

February 28th, 2010
10:59 am

Bravissimo — Thank you!! It’s HIGHPOCKETS HEYWARD! Thank you, thank you very much…

Bravissimo

February 28th, 2010
11:01 am

Itll probably be more like “Deep pockets” if hes as good as advertised!

Benjamin

February 28th, 2010
11:40 am

Aside from Oakland and the Yankees, who was the other team who won three consecutive league pennants?

Bravissimo

February 28th, 2010
12:09 pm

The Orioles…69-71

bruce

February 28th, 2010
1:38 pm

Dave –
Did you and Jeff draw any conclusions as to whether it was AL vs NL or just the nature of the teams that actually did it being superior/lucky?

mikemc

February 28th, 2010
1:55 pm

DOB, Many thanks for the Melky info. I know most folks (myself included) were down on the trade, but I hope he will bring something to the table to help the team in 2010.

Coach (2011 or Bust)

February 28th, 2010
2:17 pm

232 from 2006-2009. The number of stolen bases since Furcal left for Dodger town. Where does it rank the Braves? DEAD FREAKING LAST among all thirty teams.

Rare stat indeed.

Jose Rodriguez - Future LF/3B for the Braves in 2024

February 28th, 2010
3:52 pm

The Braves will go back to the summit that they once held for many years. The Phillies will break out this year from injuries. btw – DOB, who’s the most underrated player in camp?

LFP6

March 1st, 2010
8:33 am

19th? :)

Anyway, I think we have a very strong X-factor in Heyward this year. If he’s as good as everyone says he is, then the Phils better take notice!

GO BRAVES!

rick11p

March 1st, 2010
12:03 pm

Wow, a Bottles Rockets mention. Im going to have stop by here more often

Bob

March 1st, 2010
7:56 pm

42-44 was war years, should have a big asterik

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