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51 years and counting

Now that baseball season is over, and people are happy for Philly fans because their team hadn't won the Series since way back in 1980, I can present the following information. Here is a list of teams that have never won a World Series (the Phillies have won two). I define "teams" not as franchises ... I don't consider the pre-1961 records of the Washington Senators to be part of the history of the team known as the Minnesota Twins ... but rather as sporting institutions which have been supported by local fans. I doubt there are many people in the Twin Cities who take pride in the Senators' 1924 World Series championship. Anyway, here are the existing teams, as defined by local fan base, that have never won a World Series ... I don't think I've missed anyone, have I?

Colorado
Houston
Milwaukee
San Diego
San Francisco
Seattle
Tampa Bay
Texas
Washington

As you might expect, these are teams that were either post-1960 expansion teams, or teams which moved from their original homes. So Milwaukee used to be Seattle and Minnesota used to be Washington and Texas used to be Washington and Washington used to be Montreal. And San Francisco used to be New York. The New York Giants were a storied franchise, and I suppose many fans think of the history of the New York Giants to be a part of the history of the San Francisco Giants ... the current owners certainly have no problem milking the New York history whenever they see a few dollars on the horizon. But I don't think I am the only San Francisco Giants fan who does not take special pride in the exploits of the New York team, any more than those Twins fans care about what Washington did in the 1920s. What Carl Hubbell did for New York is no more "mine" than what Dizzy Dean did for St. Louis.

What am I heading towards with this seemingly pointless post? The above list is alphabetical ... let me order the 9 teams in a different way. See if you can guess how I am sorting them:

San Francisco
Houston
San Diego
Milwaukee
Texas
Seattle
Colorado
Tampa Bay
Washington

I'll save you the trouble of figuring out the sort order. This time, the teams are listed by how long they have existed in their current cities. Call it the Fan Suffering Index. Fans of the Washington Nationals have "enjoyed" 4 seasons of watching their team not win the World Series ... fans of Colorado have endured 16 non-championship season ... Houston followers have suffered through 47 seasons of baseball without their team winning the Series even once. The team that joined MLB at the same time as Houston, the New York Mets, have won two World Series over that period.

San Francisco Giants fans have gone 51 seasons and counting without their team winning the World Series. That's a lot of Fan Suffering.

There are a couple of teams that have gone more than 51 years without a title, most famously the Chicago Cubs, who last won the Series in 1908. That's a lot of suffering, too. But somewhere out there is a 105-year-old Cub fan who can still recall what it was like when the Cubs won it all.

There are no San Francisco Giants fans with that memory, because their team has NEVER won it all. No fans in baseball today have a longer zero-title streak than Giants fans.

Which is why I can't get too teary-eyed for all of those Philly fans who waited all of 28 years for a Series title. Their second.

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