Astros Face Yankees for AL Pennant

The Beginning of the New Good Old Days
Continues Against the Yankees Tonight





FRANCHISE * W L W% First WS In Last WS In
YANKEES 27 13 .675 1921 2009
DODGERS 6 12 .333 1916 1988
CUBS 3 8 .273 1906 2016
ASTROS 0 1 .000 2005 2005
  • The above chart tracts the broad brush World Series records for each of the four remaining 2017 contenders since the fall classic was devised as the championship of baseball final playoff match in 1903 between the champions of the American and National Leagues. If a club won or lost their first or last appearance in a World Series, those dates are shown in bold type. Appearances are based upon the total numbers for each club by franchise and does not differentiate the Dodger totals on the basis of their times in Brooklyn or Los Angeles, nor does it separate their two earliest dates of 1916 and 1920, when the team lost as the “Brooklyn Robins”.


Obvious Comments Upon What There is to See in the Table

  1. How Do You Get To Be a Dynasty? When you’ve won so many World Series titles that your 13 losses there are merely a minor injury statistic in the full tale of your franchise’s overall accomplishments.
  2. A Cubs Legacy. It’s still hard to think of the Cubs’ last World Series appearance – and not type “1908”.
  3. Is the # 7 “lucky” for the Astros? Hope so – because it sure isn’t lucky for me. In trying to write on the run this morning, I errantly typed “2007” instead of the correct “2005” answer for the year our Houston Astros made their only World Series appearance. – How big was that fact? It it’s been bold enough t0 jump out at me from the pennant that has hung over my head in my study for the past twelve years – and it still wasn’t big enough this morning to rein in my attention before it left early for the long car trip across town I planned, made, and just returned from, only a few minutes ago. My apologies for the error.
  4. Astros on Brink of 1st and Only Series “Double-League-Hitter”. If the Astros return to the World Series in 2017, they will become the first franchise to represent the same city there as champions of each league in modern history. If the Cubs also upset the Dodgers and reach the Series this year too, the Astros also will have become the first and only team to ever have played both clubs from Chicago in the fall classic.
  5. I don’t see it in the table, but I feel it. If George Springer leads off Game 1 of the ALCS against the Yankees tonight with a home run, the Astros are going to run right through the Boys from the Bronx and whomever else they have to face from the NL and make 2017 the year that Houston wins its first World Series title!



Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle


4 Responses to “Astros Face Yankees for AL Pennant”

  1. Grant Sovereign Says:

    Astros went to the WS last (and only time) in 2005?

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      Thanks, Grant. The slip of the mind was mine in a rush of the mind now stilled and corrected in the column text. Wish I didn’t make egregious errors, but I sometimes do.

  2. gregclucas Says:

    Regarding #5…Not like putting a lot of pressure on George tonight? The whole future of the team rests on his first at bat!

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      It’s the kind of magical thinking pressure one earns in baseball, once they’ve established their reputational knack for doing something so uplifting to the start of any game, that it nudges the idea higher to the hope that it may sometimes be called upon to do something even far more joyous than getting a single contest off to a good start.

      Last night, we should have settled for a Springer game-opening walk that would lead to a another terrific night for several teammates and a 2-1 win over the Yankees. 🙂

      Now, if George Springer does homer to start Game 2, well …. you know the rest. 🙂 🙂

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