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Friday, July 08, 2005

It is an immutable law of nature, folks, first postulated by Archimedes, that Shit Happens. Occasionally, the nature of such Shit is that good teams get beaten - even whipped, as was the case last night.

You want proof? Fine.

July 9, 1927 - Detroit 14, New York 4
August 9, 1927 - Philadelphia 8, New York 1
(The '27 Yankees, of course, being the gold standard against which all other great teams are measured)

May 10, 1929 - Cleveland 9, Philadelphia 0
June 7, 1929 - St. Louis 15, Philadelphia 6
June 30, 1929 - Washington 12, Philadelphia 2
August 7, 1929 - New York 13, Philadelphia 1
September 29 - Washington 12, Philadelphia 3
September 29, 1929 - Boston 10, Philadelphia 0

July 2, 1931 - Cleveland 12, Philadelphia 4
July 14, 1931 - Detroit 12, Philadelphia 3
July 26, 1931 - Cleveland 13, Philadelphia 2
September 12, 1931 - St. Louis 10, Philadelphia 2

(The '29 and '31 A's were two of the best teams in baseball history that nobody remembers. The '29 team went 104-46 and won the World Series; the '31 club went 107-45 and lost to the Gashouse Gang Cardinals in seven games)

May 2, 1932 - Washington 10, New York 3
May 28, 1932 - Washington 13, New York 5
July 14, 1932 - Cleveland 11, New York 3

(The '32 Yankees had Ruth, Gehrig, Lazzeri, etc. They won 107 games and finished 13 games ahead of the second-place team in the AL, then destroyed the Cubs in the World Series.)

May 17, 1953 - Cincinnati 13, Brooklyn 5
June 18, 1953 - St. Louis 12, Brooklyn 4
July 5, 1953 - New York 20, Brooklyn 6
August 2, 1953 - St. Louis 10, Brooklyn 1
August 26, 1953 - Chicago 13, Brooklyn 4

(The '53 Dodgers won 105 games and finished 13 games in front)

July 20, 1975 - Philadelphia 11, Cincinnati 4
September 9, 1975 - San Diego 11, Cincinnati 2

(You'll never hear Joe Morgan mention these games, but occasionally even the Big Red Machine got creamed. They finished 108-54 and won the Series)

June 12, 1984 - Toronto 12, Detroit 3
July 1, 1984 - Minnesota 9, Detroit 0
July 2, 1984 - Chicago 7, Detroit 1
August 6, 1984 - Boston 10, Detroit 2
August 8, 1984 - Boston 8, Detroit 0
August 14, 1984 - California 12, Detroit 1

(The modern exemplar of a team that was dominant wire-to-wire, the '84 Tigers won 104 games in the regular season and went 7-1 in the postseason. They started the year 35-5...and then promptly got swept by Seattle by scores of 7-3, 9-5, and 6-1)

May 22, 1986 - San Francisco 10, New York 2
July 9, 1986 - Cincinnati 11, New York 1
August 24, 1986 - San Francisco 10, New York 1

(The Mets won 108 games and the World Series that year)

May 6, 2001 - Toronto 11, Seattle 3
May 7, 2001 - Boston 12, Seattle 4
July 5, 2001 - Texas 14, Seattle 2
September 22, 2001 - Oakland 11, Seattle 2

(The Mariners won 116 games that year. 116!)

April 22, 2002 - Seattle 16, Anaheim 5
July 14, 2002 - Kansas City 12, Anaheim 3

(A-hem!)

This list is by no means comprehensive; I picked those teams from memory. Do a more thorough search and I'm sure you'll find blowouts of the '31 Cards, '61 Yankees, and every other team, at least in the live ball era.

July 7, 2005 - Seattle 10, Los Angeles 2

(Big deal)

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