New York Yankees: Consecutive WS Games Winning Streaks of 12, 10 and 14.

February 4, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments
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After sweeping the Chicago Cubs in the 1932 World Series, the New York Yankees had a 12-game winning streak in the Fall Classic.  Previously, the Yankees had swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1927 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1928.

The “experts” were certain that the Yankees would repeat as pennant winners for the next few years, but as is often the case, the experts were wrong.

It wasn’t until 1936 that the Yankees returned to the World Series. The New York Giants stopped the Yankees’ World Series winning streak with a convincing 6-1 victory in the opener at the Polo Grounds.

The Yankees won the 1936 Series in six games.

The next season, the Yankees and Giants met again, and once again the Yankees prevailed, this time in five games. The Yankees won the first three games, lost Game 4 and finished off the Giants in the fifth game.

The Yankees swept the Cubs for the second time in seven seasons in 1938. They followed that with a sweep of the Cincinnati Reds in 1939 to bring their World Series winning streak to nine game.

The Detroit Tigers won the 1940 pennant, but the Yankees came back with a vengeance in 1941 to win the pennant by 17 games over the Boston Red Sox. The Brooklyn Dodgers were the National League champions.

The Yankees won the Series opener to bring their streak to 10 consecutive World Series games, but Brooklyn won the second game to snap the streak.

Very few of us today saw those great Yankees teams, but most of us saw the team that was better than any of them. The 1996-99 Yankees were greater than the 1927-32 teams. It is impossible to determine that objectively, but that is the position here.

The earlier teams had two of the greatest stars ever, but the Yankees in the last years of the 20th century were a much more balanced team.

The Atlanta Braves, with a pitching staff led by Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Mark Wohlers, beat the Yankees soundly in the first two games of the 1996 World Series.

The Yankees swept the next four games.

In 1998, the Yankees swept the San Diego Padres, and in 1999, they swept the Braves. The winning streak against the Braves, which is still in tact, was eight games.

The World Series winning streak of 12 games tied the Yankees’ longest World Series winning streak.

The New York Mets, a Wild Card team, faced the Yankees in 2000. The Yankees won the first two games to stretch the streak to 14 games, but the Mets won Game 3 to snap the streak.

The longest regular season winning streak is 26 games set by the 1916 New York Giants. In 1947, the Yankees won 19 consecutive games, which is a team record.

For a team to win 26 consecutive games is a remarkable feat, but some of the teams the 1916 Giants played were weak sisters. Not taking anything away from the Giants, but the Yankees’ 14-game World Series streak must be ranked as a more remarkable achievement.

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