Expansion Clubs in the World Series

The 1962 expansion club New York Mets lost 120 games. - Who could have dreamed back then that 7 years later they reach and win the 1969 World Series?

The 1962 expansion club New York Mets lost 120 games. – Who could have dreamed back then that seven years later they (with different players, for sure) would reach and win the 1969 World Series?

The following chart displays the record of modern era expansion clubs in the World Series through 2014. Interesting to note too, no matter who wins the ALCS (which is now early in Game Six at this writing), is the fact that no matter who wins between two the battling AL former expansion teams, that 2015 will mark the first time in modern World Series history that two contemporary expansion clubs shall meet in World Series play. As you know the NL Mets are already there – and awaiting either the Royals or Blue Jays. – Up until now, it’s always been one of the “since 1961” clubs versus one of the original turn of the century 16 clubs that were the MLB for slightly better than the first fifty years of the 20th century.

The Modern Era Expansion Club Record in the World Series, 1969-2014:

YEAR CLUB FOE RESULT SCORE
1969 METS ORIOLES WON 4-1
1973 METS ATHLETICS LOST 3-4
1980 ROYALS PHILLIES LOST 2-4
1982 BREWERS CARDINALS LOST 3-4
1984 PADRES TIGERS LOST 1-4
1985 ROYALS CARDINALS WON 4-3
1986 METS RED SOX WON 4-3
1992 BLUE JAYS BRAVES WON 4-2
1993 BLUE JAYS PHILLIES WON 4-2
1997 MARLINS INDIANS WON 4-3
1998 PADRES YANKEES LOST 0-4
2000 METS YANKEES LOST 1-4
2001 D’BACKS YANKEES WON 4-3
2002 ANGELS GIANTS WON 4-3
2003 MARLINS YANKEES WON 4-2
2005 ASTROS WHITE SOX LOST 0-4
2007 ROCKIES RED SOX LOST 0-4
2008 RAYS PHILLIES LOST 1-4
2010 RANGERS GIANTS LOST 1-4
2011 RANGERS CARDINALS LOST 3-4
2014 ROYALS GIANTS LOST 3-4

Obviously, no true expansion club ever had the talent to reach a World Series in their first year of existence. The “Amazin’ Mets” of 1962 needed seven additional seasons to evolve into the first of their kind to  reach a World Series – and then to become the first to win the 1969 reiteration of our big moment in every baseball season with a collection of incredible plays and “amazin” good fortune that were straight out of a classic early 1950s baseball movie starring Paul Douglas. – Remember “Angels in the Outfield”?

Here’s a link that will allow you to play with the data to your individual heart’s delight:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_World_Series_champions

There are still a handful of clubs awaiting their first turn at the big wheel – and you may also wish to use the linkage data to chart how long it took each of the clubs who did get there  to reach baseball’s Valhalla the first or only time.

Allow me to make an amendment to that Valhalla metaphor from an Astros fan perspective. It’s not “Valhalla” if your club lost its only time there – and didn’t so much as win a single game in the process.

Have fun!

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eagle-0range

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