Every Baseball Team’s Best Season

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6. Chicago White Sox
> Best season: 1917
> Record: 100-54-2
> Result: Won World Series (4-2)
> Best player: Eddie Cicotte
> Manager: Pants Rowland

The 1917 Chicago White Sox won 100 games — a franchise record that still stands over a century later. That team also won their second World Series title, topping the New York Giants. Their offense was first in the AL in runs scored (4.2 per game) and the pitching staff owned a league-best 2.16 ERA. The pitching duo of Eddie Cicotte and Red Faber started five of the six World Series games. Faber picked up three of the four wins in the series, which was played against the backdrop of World War I. It was the White Sox first title since 1906 — and last championship until 2005.

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7. Cincinnati Reds
> Best season: 1919
> Record: 96-44
> Result: Won World Series (5-3)
> Best player: Heinie Groh
> Manager: Pat Moran

The Reds built on a 7-0 start to the 1919 season and won the NL pennant and their first World Series title. The offense was propelled by third baseman Heinie Groh (team-high five home runs, 63 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases) and outfielder Edd Roush, who led the NL in batting average (.321) and contributed four home runs, a team-high 71 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Pitcher Hod Eller won both of his starts in the World Series, which was overshadowed by the Black Sox scandal in which eight of the White Sox were accused of intentionally losing the series for money.

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8. Cleveland Indians
> Best season: 1920
> Record: 98-56
> Result: Won World Series (5-2)
> Best player: Jim Bagby
> Manager: Tris Speaker

Pitchers Jim Bagby (31), Stan Coveleski (24), and Ray Caldwell (20) combined to win 75 games to help the Cleveland Indians secure their first AL championship, which led to the franchise’s first World Series title. The Indians lost two of the first three World Series games to the Brooklyn Robins and came back with four straight wins. They won Game 5, 8-1, when Bill Wambsganss had an unassisted triple play, Elmer Smith had the first grand slam in World Series history, and Bagby became first pitcher to hit a homerun in World Series history.

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9. Colorado Rockies
> Best season: 2007
> Record: 90-73
> Result: Lost World Series (4-0)
> Best player: Troy Tulowitzki
> Manager: Clint Hurdle

In 2007, the Colorado Rockies seemed to be getting hot at the right time. They won 14 of their last 15 regular season games, ending with a 9-8, 13-inning win over the San Diego Padres in a one-game playoff for the wild-card berth. Then they swept their first two playoff series — 3-0 over the Phillies and 4-0 over the Diamondbacks. The magic ended when they were swept by the Red Sox in the World Series. Despite recent regular season success, the Rockies have never made it back to the World Series, and are one of just three teams that have never won a World Series game.

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10. Detroit Tigers
> Best season: 1984
> Record: 104-58
> Result: Won World Series (4-1)
> Best player: Alan Trammell
> Manager: Sparky Anderson

Kirk Gibson with his arms raised high after slamming a three-run home run to win the World Series remains the symbol of the 1984 season in which Detroit led the AL East from wire to wire. The Tigers started 9-0 and never relinquished the AL East lead. Relief pitcher Willie Hernandez won the Cy Young Award and was the AL MVP, while shortstop Alan Trammell won the World Series MVP title, hitting .450 with two home runs and six RBIs. Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson helped bring Detroit its fourth World Series title, its first since 1968.