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Murphy didn’t get more than three good players for me during my seven years under him.
What's interesting here is that Chance is basically correct. In 1906 the Cubs picked up Orval Overall and Jack Taylor, but after that they didn't make a single deal of consequence in-season until 1911 when Johnny Kling was traded in an eight-player deal with Boston. Their significant pickups after 1906 were mostly players purchased from the minors or acquired in the minor league draft.
#8 is the Phillies.
BSN, NY, BAL
KC, TOR, TB
EDIT: A 4 minute old beverage to Randy Jones, although in my defense I didn't use a question mark. :)
The Dodgers are correct, but the Sox aren't the missing team; they faced off in the first Series Brooklyn ever played in, 1916.
I think 4 has to be the Pirates.
Of course since the Cubs were far and away the best team in the NL during that period this shouldn't have been much of an issue.
To me, the most amazing fact about WS matchups is the fact that more than 50 years after the first wave, we still haven't had an all-expansion World Series.
Closest was 2000 and 2001, when the NL was won by expansion teams both years, and the Yankees beat the Mariners in the ALCS both years.
1986 was extremely close.
It's such a good question, though, that it points out one thing to regret about interleague play (apart from its sheer pointlessness). The Giants and Tigers (if SF does win tonight) have never played in a Series (dang Merkle), but they've certainly played regular-season games. So the whole mystique of teams that have gone a century without ever meeting is ruined, permanently. It's nothing big, just a little tarnish on the event, should it happen.
Last Series featuring two teams with one combined appearance?
Last Series featuring two teams that had yet to make multiple appearances?
Yup - Dodgers (or Robins, at the time) 1, Indians 0.
Starting next year, it seems like Astros-Brewers would be the weirdest possible World Series matchup, right?
Is that as weird as the notion the Astros will be anywhere near a World Series in the foreseeable future?
I was going to second SoSH's suggestion, because an Astros-Cubs World Series in 2013 would have to have been preceded by the absolutely strangest series of events in regular-season and postseason history to bring us to that point.
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