Special Report

Sports Franchises With The Most Consecutive Winning Seasons

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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.

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15. Oakland Raiders
> Consecutive winning seasons: 16 seasons
> Seasons: 1965 to 1980
> Championships: 2 Super Bowls
> Notable players: Ken Stabler, Gene Upshaw

Legendary Raiders owner Al Davis was famed for his simple philosophy, “Just win, baby!” And during his early years as Raiders owner, that’s exactly what they did. After stepping down as coach after an 8-5-1 1965 season, he assumed control of the team and guided Oakland to 11 postseason appearances in the next 15 seasons. Coaches John Madden and Tom Flores each led the Raiders to a Super Bowl in that time. Even as coaches and quarterbacks changed, the Raiders kept winning.

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14. San Francisco 49ers
> Consecutive winning seasons: 16 seasons
> Seasons: 1983 to 1998
> Championships: 4 Super Bowls
> Notable players: Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott

The San Francisco 49ers won their first Super Bowl after the 1981 season but struggled in the shortened 1982 season (due to strike), going 3-6. The championship team, led by safety Ronnie Lott, QB Joe Montana, and head coach Bill Walsh, were primed and ready for more success. The Niners won at least 10 games in each of the next 16 seasons, winning four more Super Bowls. Even after Walsh, Montana, and Lott left, the team kept winning as former defensive coordinator George Seifert took over as head coach and Steve Young admirably replaced Montana.

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13. Los Angeles Lakers
> Consecutive winning seasons: 16 seasons
> Seasons: 1976-1977 to 1991-1992
> Championships: 5 NBA titles
> Notable players: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the most dominant franchises in American pro sports history. Arguably, their greatest stretch was from the mid-70s to early 1990s. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar teamed up with Magic Johnson to create the Showtime Lakers — one of the most exciting and successful sports franchises in sports history. The Lakers won five championships and played in nine finals during the Showtime era, never missing the playoffs from 1977 to 1993.

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12. Chicago White Sox
> Consecutive winning seasons: 17 seasons
> Seasons: 1951 to 1967
> Championships: None
> Notable players: Minnie Minoso, Billy Pierce

Much like the Red Sox, the Chicago White Sox had a string of winning seasons in the mid-20th century but could never win a championship. The South Siders were consistently over .500 in the 1950s and 1960s, but they only made one World Series, losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1959. Chicago fans thought they were cursed by the Black Sox Scandal, in which players from the 1919 White Sox were allegedly paid to throw the World Series.

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