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Sports Franchises With The Most Consecutive Winning Seasons

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11. Baltimore Orioles
> Consecutive winning seasons: 18 seasons
> Seasons: 1968 to 1985
> Championships: 2 World Series
> Notable players: Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer

From 1968 to 1985, the Baltimore Orioles made five World Series appearances, winning two of them. Earl Weaver was the manager for most of that period — running the team for seven of the 14 playoff appearances the franchise has made in its 119-season history. The team was full of legendary Hall of Fame ball players like Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken Jr., Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, and Frank Robinson.

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10. New Jersey Devils
> Consecutive winning seasons: 18 seasons
> Seasons: 1991-1992 to 2009-2010
> Championships: 3 Stanley Cups
> Notable players: Martin Brodeur, Scott Niedermayer

One of the key reasons the New Jersey Devils were a winning team each year from the 1991-1992 season through the 2009-2010 season was goaltender Martin Brodeur. He played sparingly in his early years but burst onto the scene in the 1993-1994 season, winning the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. The next season, the Devils won their first ever Stanley Cup. Even as coaches and skaters changed, Brodeur brought consistency, playing for New Jersey for 21 seasons. He always gave his team a chance to win, never giving up more than 2.6 goals per game as a starter.

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9. New England Patriots
> Consecutive winning seasons: 19 seasons
> Seasons: 2001 to 2019
> Championships: 6 Super Bowls
> Notable players: Tom Brady, Rodney Harrison

Ever since Bill Belichick took over as head coach in 2000, the New England Patriots have been a winning machine. Though in his first season, the Pats went 5-11, in the next, QB Drew Bledsoe went down with an injury early in the season, paving the way for unheralded backup Tom Brady — and the rest is history.

The Pats won the 2001 Super Bowl — their first of six under the Brady-Belichick tandem. New England posted its first losing season in nearly two decades in 2020. They went 7-9 following Brady’s departure for Tampa Bay, where he won a Super Bowl in his first year with the Buccaneers.

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8. Utah Jazz
> Consecutive winning seasons: 19 seasons
> Seasons: 1985-1986 to 2003-2004
> Championships: None
> Notable players: Karl Malone, John Stockton

The Utah Jazz own the dubious honor of having the longest winning season streak in American pro sports history that never yielded a championship. The Jazz selected John Stockton and Karl Malone in consecutive NBA drafts in 1984 and 1985, respectively. The pair perfected the pick and roll offense and never missed the playoffs while playing together. Yet they could never get over the hump, losing in the first round of the playoffs nine times, the conference semi-finals four times, the conference finals three times, and the NBA Finals twice, both times to Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls.

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7. Dallas Cowboys
> Consecutive winning seasons: 20 seasons
> Seasons: 1966 to 1985
> Championships: 2 Super Bowls
> Notable players: Roger Staubach, Drew Pearson

Head coach Tom Landry was the driving force that took the Dallas Cowboys from a hapless expansion team to an NFL dynasty. Dallas did not win a single game in its inaugural 1960 NFL season. But Landry’s squad made steady improvements before they finally made their first postseason appearance after the 1966 season. The team made the playoffs each of the next seven seasons, winning Super Bowl VI in 1972. Landry was fired after the 1988 season, but in his time as head coach, he made it to five Super Bowls, winning two of them and putting together 20 straight winning seasons — an NFL record.

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