• Yankees Post-Season Losing Streaks

    Posted by on October 8th, 2010 · Comments (8)

    I thought this list was pretty interesting. The only times the Yankees have lost 4 games in a row in a single post-season were: 1942, 1963, 1976, 1981 and 2004. (Yikes, I got to see three of those five!) Yes, I know the Yankees lost the 1922 series, four games to none – but, that wasn’t a sweep since Game 2 ended in a tie.

    And, the only times the Yankees have lost 3 games in a row in a single post-season were: 1922, 1955, 1980, 1995, 2002 and 2003. (I saw the last four here.)

    So, of all the times the Yankees have lost 3+ games in a row, in a single post-season, I saw seven of the eleven such streaks. Hopefully, it will be a very long time before I see another – if ever.

    Rk   Strk Start End Games Opp
    1 NYY 2006-10-05 2007-10-05 5 DET,CLE
    2 NYY 1976-10-16 1977-10-05 5 CIN,KCR
    3 NYY 1963-10-02 1964-10-07 5 LAD,STL
    4 NYY 2004-10-17 2004-10-20 4 BOS
    5 NYY 2003-10-22 2004-10-05 4 FLA,MIN
    6 NYY 2002-10-02 2003-09-30 4 ANA,MIN
    7 NYY 1995-10-06 1996-10-01 4 SEA,TEX
    8 NYY 1981-10-23 1981-10-28 4 LAD
    9 NYY 1942-10-01 1942-10-05 4 STL
    10 NYY 1922-10-06 1923-10-10 4 NYG
    11 NYY 1921-10-11 1922-10-04 4 NYG
    12 NYY 1980-10-08 1980-10-10 3 KCR
    13 NYY 1957-10-10 1958-10-02 3 MLN
    14 NYY 1955-10-04 1956-10-05 3 BRO
    15 NYY 1955-09-30 1955-10-02 3 BRO
    16 NYY 2005-10-05 2005-10-07 2 LAA
    17 NYY 2001-11-03 2001-11-04 2 ARI
    18 NYY 2001-10-27 2001-10-28 2 ARI
    19 NYY 2001-10-10 2001-10-11 2 OAK
    20 NYY 1998-10-07 1998-10-09 2 CLE
    21 NYY 1997-10-05 1997-10-06 2 CLE
    22 NYY 1996-10-20 1996-10-21 2 ATL
    23 NYY 1981-10-09 1981-10-10 2 MIL
    24 NYY 1978-10-10 1978-10-11 2 LAD
    25 NYY 1964-10-11 1964-10-12 2 STL
    26 NYY 1960-10-09 1960-10-10 2 PIT
    27 NYY 1957-10-06 1957-10-07 2 MLN
    28 NYY 1953-10-02 1953-10-03 2 BRO
    29 NYY 1947-10-02 1947-10-03 2 BRO
    30 NYY 1926-10-09 1926-10-10 2 STL
    31 NYY 1926-10-03 1926-10-05 2 STL
    32 NYY 1921-10-07 1921-10-09 2 NYG
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 10/8/2010.

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    Comments on Yankees Post-Season Losing Streaks

    1. Jim TreshFan
      October 8th, 2010 | 11:27 am

      I think the Yankees lost 4 in a row in the postseason in 1963. “Koufax and Drysdale. How can we fail?”

    2. Jim TreshFan
      October 8th, 2010 | 11:30 am

      Oh and the Spirit of ’76, lest we forget.

    3. Raf
      October 8th, 2010 | 11:41 am

      Why isn’t 1995 on there?

    4. Jim TreshFan
      October 8th, 2010 | 12:00 pm

      @ Raf:
      It’s #7 on the list. But since the Yanks lost in the first game of the ’96 ALDS it counts as the first 3 of a 4 game streak.

    5. MJ Recanati
      October 8th, 2010 | 12:15 pm

      Jim TreshFan wrote:

      Oh and the Spirit of ’76, lest we forget.

      Similar to your comment to Raf, the Reds sweep of the Yanks in the ’76 World Series is captured in the five-game losing streak which extended into the first game of the ’77 ALCS against KC.

    6. October 8th, 2010 | 12:24 pm

      Good points on 1976 and 1995!
      Missed that. Just another reason why I should retire!

    7. Raf
      October 8th, 2010 | 1:25 pm

      @ Jim TreshFan:
      @ MJ Recanati:

      Thanks!

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Good points on 1976 and 1995!
      Missed that. Just another reason why I should retire!

      It’s there, it’s just counted over more than one season.

    8. October 8th, 2010 | 3:26 pm

      Post updated to include the years I missed. Thanks to all for the heads-up.

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