Two rings book-ended Mike Mussina’s Yankees career. This got me wondering as to how many others played for a team for 8 years or longer where the team won a World Championship the year before he joined and the year after – but not in between…
I figured that Lee Sinins was the best person to ask about this and here’s what he was able to share:
Mussina does hold the record. The prior record holder was Bill McGee who pitched for the Cardinals from 1935-41. The only others who did it four 5+ years were 4 members of the 1998-2002 Marlins: Preston Wilson, Kevin Millar, Ryan Dempster and Vic Darensbourg.
Something tells me this is a record that Moose is going to hold for a looooong time.
Update, 11/10/09, 3:49 pm ET: Looking it over, I see that Bill McGee was traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the New York Giants on May 14, 1941. So, he didn’t close the 1941 season with the Cards, and, therefore, he loses that “bookend” connection to their 1942 ring season. So, it appears that, perhaps, Preston Wilson, Kevin Millar, Ryan Dempster and Vic Darensbourg held the record – until Mussina blew it away with his 8-season streak.