Special Report

Sports Franchises with the Most Consecutive Winning Seasons

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20. Chicago Bears
> Consecutive winning seasons: 15 seasons
> Seasons: 1930 to 1944
> Championships: 5 NFL championships
> Notable players: Bronko Nagurski, Sid Luckman

Legendary Chicago Bears founder and owner George Halas guided the team to glory as an executive and head coach in the early days of the franchise. From 1930 to 1944, the team made eight NFL Championship Game appearances, winning five titles. This was all the more impressive considering that the Monsters of the Midway had to contend with the Green Bay Packers, who were also consistently in contention for the postseason as well. In several stints as head coach, Halas led his team to six total NFL titles, the latest coming in 1963.

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19. Vancouver Canucks
> Consecutive winning seasons: 15 seasons
> Seasons: 1999-2000 to 2014-2015
> Championships: None
> Notable players: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin

For all but the first year of their 15-season winning streak, the Vancouver Canucks were led by twin brothers Daniel and Henrik Sedin. After being drafted with the second and third picks in the 1999 NHL draft, the Sedins put up spectacular numbers for the Canucks for 17 seasons, making 11 postseason appearances from 2000 to 2015. Yet Vancouver was never able to bring home the Stanley Cup, losing the Finals in seven games in 2011 to the Boston Bruins.

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18. Boston Red Sox
> Consecutive winning seasons: 16 seasons
> Seasons: 1967 to 1982
> Championships: None
> Notable players: Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk

Even while they were still afflicted with the Curse of the Bambino, the Boston Red Sox had some great seasons from 1967 to 1982. After awful 1950s and early 1960s seasons, Boston’s fortunes changed thanks to Carl Yastrzemski. The Red Sox went from ninth place in the AL in 1966 to first the next season, and all the way to the World Series. Boston lost in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals, but they played well for the next decade and a half. The team made another World Series in 1975, but again lost in seven games, this time to the Cincinnati Reds. Boston fans would have to wait nearly 40 more seasons for their next World Series championship.

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17. Chicago Blackhawks
> Consecutive winning seasons: 16 seasons
> Seasons: 1960-1961 to 1975-1976
> Championships: 1 Stanley Cup
> Notable players: Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull

Hockey changed a lot from 1960 to 1976. The NHL expanded from six teams to 18. But the Chicago Blackhawks, part of the original six teams, were consistent, posting a winning record each season for that entire span. After failing to have a single winning season during the entire 1950s, coach Rudy Pilous turned the franchise around and led the Hawks to the title in 1961. Though Chicago missed the playoffs only once, in 1969, in the seasons that followed their winning streak, the team failed to find postseason success again until 2010.

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16. Philadelphia Flyers
> Consecutive winning seasons: 16 seasons
> Seasons: 1972-1973 to 1987-1988
> Championships: 2 Stanley Cups
> Notable players: Bobby Clarke, Bernie Parent

Newer pro sports franchises can take years or even decades to win their first championship — but not the Philadelphia Flyers. After forming for the 1967-1968 season, the Flyers had their first winning season in 1972-1973, then won the 1974 and 1975 Stanley Cups, led by Hall of Fame coach Fred Shero. Those two seasons were the two best in the career of goaltender Bernie Parent — the Hall of Famer won both the Conn Smythe and Vezina Trophies in both of those seasons.