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The longest losing streaks in MLB since 1900 | PHOTOS

After losing 14 straight earlier in the season, the Orioles hit another rough patch starting Aug. 3. The streak, which ended Aug. 25 with a 10-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels, is the longest in Major League Baseball in 16 years, and tied for the fourth longest in MLB since 1900. The club already secured a fourth straight losing season, and is heading for 100 or more losses for the third time in four seasons — with the abbreviated 2020 season the exception.
(Chris O'Meara/AP)
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Here are the Major League Baseball teams with the longest single-season losing streaks since 1900.
(Jon Meoli)
1961 Philadelphia Phillies – 23 losses
The longest losing streak since 1900 began on July 29 with a 4-3 loss to San Francisco and only got worse from there. The Phillies finished 47-107 (.305), last place in the National League that year, but once their streak finally ended, they won four straight and seven of 11.
The longest losing streak since 1900 began on July 29 with a 4-3 loss to San Francisco and only got worse from there. The Phillies finished 47-107 (.305), last place in the National League that year, but once their streak finally ended, they won four straight and seven of 11. (Teenie Harris Archive/Carnegie M/Getty Images)
1988 Baltimore Orioles – 21 losses
The faults of the 1988 Orioles have been well documented. They won on the second-to-last day of April to prevent a winless month, and despite not losing at that clip again for the rest of the season, still didn’t have a month over .500 and finished 54-107 (.335).
The faults of the 1988 Orioles have been well documented. They won on the second-to-last day of April to prevent a winless month, and despite not losing at that clip again for the rest of the season, still didn’t have a month over .500 and finished 54-107 (.335). (Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltiimore Sun)
1969 Montreal Expos – 20 losses
Gene Mauch managed the 1961 Phillies to their record losing streak and nearly matched it eight years later in Montreal. The Expos were 11-17 on May 10 and didn’t win again until June 8, and of the 20 losses in between, 12 were by three runs or more. They finished 52-110 (.321).
Gene Mauch managed the 1961 Phillies to their record losing streak and nearly matched it eight years later in Montreal. The Expos were 11-17 on May 10 and didn’t win again until June 8, and of the 20 losses in between, 12 were by three runs or more. They finished 52-110 (.321). (AP/Montreal Star,Peter Brosseau)
1943 Philadelphia Athletics – 20 losses
Connie Mack's team lost 20 straight from Aug. 6 to Aug. 24, finishing the season 49-105-1 with a run differential of minus-220. All but one of their starting pitchers finished with double-digit losses, with Lum Harris ending the year 7-21.
Connie Mack's team lost 20 straight from Aug. 6 to Aug. 24, finishing the season 49-105-1 with a run differential of minus-220. All but one of their starting pitchers finished with double-digit losses, with Lum Harris ending the year 7-21. (JS/ASSOCIATED PRESS)
1916 Philadelphia Athletics – 20 losses
The first 20-game losing streak of Mack's tenure as Athletics manager came in 1916, which began on July 21 and carried on through Aug. 8. The 1916 A's finished 36-117-1, and were outscored by 329 runs.
The first 20-game losing streak of Mack's tenure as Athletics manager came in 1916, which began on July 21 and carried on through Aug. 8. The 1916 A's finished 36-117-1, and were outscored by 329 runs. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
1906 Boston Americans – 20 losses
In their sixth year as an American League franchise, the Americans finished 49-105-1, losing 20 straight games from May 1 to May 25. Jimmy Collins (35-79-1) and Chick Stahl (14-26) managed the club, which had won the World Series just three years earlier. For perspective, Fenway Park didn't open in Boston until 1912.
In their sixth year as an American League franchise, the Americans finished 49-105-1, losing 20 straight games from May 1 to May 25. Jimmy Collins (35-79-1) and Chick Stahl (14-26) managed the club, which had won the World Series just three years earlier. For perspective, Fenway Park didn't open in Boston until 1912.
2021 Baltimore Orioles – 19 losses
After losing 14 straight earlier in the season, the Orioles hit another rough patch starting Aug. 3. The streak, which ended Aug. 25 with a 10-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels, is the longest in Major League Baseball in 16 years, and tied for the fourth longest in MLB since 1900. The club already secured a fourth straight losing season, and is heading for 100 or more losses for the third time in four seasons — with the abbreviated 2020 season the exception.
After losing 14 straight earlier in the season, the Orioles hit another rough patch starting Aug. 3. The streak, which ended Aug. 25 with a 10-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels, is the longest in Major League Baseball in 16 years, and tied for the fourth longest in MLB since 1900. The club already secured a fourth straight losing season, and is heading for 100 or more losses for the third time in four seasons — with the abbreviated 2020 season the exception. (Chris O'Meara/AP)
2005 Kansas City Royals – 19 losses
The longest losing streak of this century began in late-July and ran through most of August, with the Royals getting swept in six straight series before ending the streak with a nail-biter of a 2-1 win against the Oakland Athletics on Aug. 20. They finished 56-106 (.346) and took right-hander Luke Hochevar first overall the next year. He never really panned out.
The longest losing streak of this century began in late-July and ran through most of August, with the Royals getting swept in six straight series before ending the streak with a nail-biter of a 2-1 win against the Oakland Athletics on Aug. 20. They finished 56-106 (.346) and took right-hander Luke Hochevar first overall the next year. He never really panned out. (Ed Zurga / AP)
1975 Detroit Tigers – 19 losses
In 1975, the Tigers had a nine-game winning streak that elevated them to 37-46. Later that month, they began a 19-game losing streak. Three more five-game losing streaks after that helped them finish 57-102 (.358).
In 1975, the Tigers had a nine-game winning streak that elevated them to 37-46. Later that month, they began a 19-game losing streak. Three more five-game losing streaks after that helped them finish 57-102 (.358). (Preston Stroup/AP)
1914 Cincinnati Reds – 19 losses
Buck Herzog's Reds finished with one of the best records of any team on this list at 60-94-3. A 19-game slide from Sept. 5 to Sept. 23 took them from 56-65 to completely out of contention.
Buck Herzog's Reds finished with one of the best records of any team on this list at 60-94-3. A 19-game slide from Sept. 5 to Sept. 23 took them from 56-65 to completely out of contention. (Aaron Doster/AP)
1906 Boston Beaneaters – 19 losses
Two Boston teams managed to crack this list in the same season. The Beaneaters, pictured here in 1886, lost 19 straight from May 17 to June 9, ending the season 49-102-1.
Two Boston teams managed to crack this list in the same season. The Beaneaters, pictured here in 1886, lost 19 straight from May 17 to June 9, ending the season 49-102-1. (FPG/Getty Images)
1977 Atlanta Braves – 17 losses
What began on April 23 for a Braves club that at 8-6 was above .500 ended in farce. After 16 straight losses, Braves owner and entertainment magnate Ted Turner put himself in uniform and managed the team on May 11, a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh. He was told he wasn’t allowed to manage the team by the league, but maybe the new manager bounce helped. The Braves snapped their streak with a 6-1 win the following afternoon, finishing 61-101 (.377).
What began on April 23 for a Braves club that at 8-6 was above .500 ended in farce. After 16 straight losses, Braves owner and entertainment magnate Ted Turner put himself in uniform and managed the team on May 11, a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh. He was told he wasn’t allowed to manage the team by the league, but maybe the new manager bounce helped. The Braves snapped their streak with a 6-1 win the following afternoon, finishing 61-101 (.377). (AP)
1962 New York Mets – 17 losses
The worst team in modern baseball history doesn’t rank as high on this list as one would think, though they got to their 40-120 record by adding in streaks of seven, nine, 11, and 13 along with it.
The worst team in modern baseball history doesn’t rank as high on this list as one would think, though they got to their 40-120 record by adding in streaks of seven, nine, 11, and 13 along with it. (Frank Hurley/New York Daily News)
2011 Seattle Mariners – 17 losses
The first team on this list to avoid a 100-loss season, the 2011 Mariners had just climbed back to .500 at 43-43 on July 5 before they lost the first of their 17 straight. They were probably playing over their heads the first half, as they were 24-47 with a minus-101 run differential after the All-Star break, finishing 67-95 (.414).
The first team on this list to avoid a 100-loss season, the 2011 Mariners had just climbed back to .500 at 43-43 on July 5 before they lost the first of their 17 straight. They were probably playing over their heads the first half, as they were 24-47 with a minus-101 run differential after the All-Star break, finishing 67-95 (.414). (/ AP)
2013 Houston Astros – 15 losses
Well into the Astros rebuild that these Orioles are trying to emulate, they were 51-96 with 15 games left in the season and had a chance, however slim, to avoid 100 losses. Instead, they lost every game the rest of the way to finish 51-111 (.315). The first overall pick yielded left-hander Brady Aiken, who they didn’t sign.
Well into the Astros rebuild that these Orioles are trying to emulate, they were 51-96 with 15 games left in the season and had a chance, however slim, to avoid 100 losses. Instead, they lost every game the rest of the way to finish 51-111 (.315). The first overall pick yielded left-hander Brady Aiken, who they didn’t sign. (/ AP)
1982 New York Mets – 15 losses
One of several appearances for the Mets on this list, this edition of the team won just five times in August as they lost their last 15 games of the month. They finished 65-97 (.401).
One of several appearances for the Mets on this list, this edition of the team won just five times in August as they lost their last 15 games of the month. They finished 65-97 (.401). (ASSOCIATED PRESS, RAY STUBBLEBINE)
1963 New York Mets – 15 losses
With plenty of practice going on long losing streaks from the year before, the 1963 Mets began the year with eight straight losses before dropping 15 straight in late-June into July. They snapped it with a run of three wins in four games before losing 11 straight later in July, finishing 51-111 (.315).
With plenty of practice going on long losing streaks from the year before, the 1963 Mets began the year with eight straight losses before dropping 15 straight in late-June into July. They snapped it with a run of three wins in four games before losing 11 straight later in July, finishing 51-111 (.315). (Frank Hurley/New York Daily News)
2002 Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 15 losses
The 2002 Devil Rays were treading water at 9-10 in early May before the bottom fell out with 15 straight losses. They also were spared a longer losing streak when a walk-off win on July 13 separated runs of eight straight and seven straight losses. They finished 55-106 (.342).
The 2002 Devil Rays were treading water at 9-10 in early May before the bottom fell out with 15 straight losses. They also were spared a longer losing streak when a walk-off win on July 13 separated runs of eight straight and seven straight losses. They finished 55-106 (.342). (STEVE NESIUS, Associated Press)
1972 Texas Rangers – 15 losses
Ted Williams’ club had already done a lot more losing than winning when they lost 15 straight at the end of September to go 3-23 that month — one of the worst calendar months this exercise has revealed. They won two of three in October to make them an even 54-100 (.351).
Ted Williams’ club had already done a lot more losing than winning when they lost 15 straight at the end of September to go 3-23 that month — one of the worst calendar months this exercise has revealed. They won two of three in October to make them an even 54-100 (.351). (Frank C. Curtin/AP)
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