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This is a list of Major League Baseball franchise postseason and World Series droughts, through the most recently completed baseball season (2008). Those teams which have never made it in franchise history are listed by the date they entered the leagues. The list includes only the modern World Series between the American League and the National League, not the various 19th-century championship series.

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MLB franchises with the longest current postseason drought

Seasons Team Last appearance
28 Washington Nationals 1981 NLCS (as the Montreal Expos)
24 Kansas City Royals 1985 World Series
17 Pittsburgh Pirates 1992 NLCS
16 Toronto Blue Jays 1993 World Series
14 Cincinnati Reds 1995 NLCS
12 Baltimore Orioles 1997 ALCS
10 Texas Rangers 1999 ALDS
8 Seattle Mariners 2001 ALCS
6 Florida Marlins 2003 World Series
6 San Francisco Giants 2003 NLDS
4 Atlanta Braves 2005 NLDS
4 Houston Astros 2005 World Series
3 New York Mets 2006 NLCS
3 Oakland Athletics 2006 ALCS
3 San Diego Padres 2006 NLDS
3 Detroit Tigers 2006 World Series
2 Arizona Diamondbacks 2007 NLCS
2 Cleveland Indians 2007 ALCS
1 Chicago Cubs 2008 NLDS
1 Chicago White Sox 2008 ALDS
1 Milwaukee Brewers 2008 NLDS
1 Tampa Bay Rays 2008 World Series
-- Boston Red Sox 2009 ALDS
-- Colorado Rockies 2009 NLDS
-- Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2009 ALCS
-- Los Angeles Dodgers 2009 NLCS
-- Minnesota Twins 2009 ALDS
-- New York Yankees 2009 World Series
-- Philadelphia Phillies 2009 World Series
-- St. Louis Cardinals 2009 NLDS

MLB franchises with the longest current league pennant drought

Seasons Team Last pennant
64 Chicago Cubs 1945
49 Texas Rangers (Washington Senators) never (franchise started in 1961)
41 Washington Nationals (Montreal Expos) never (franchise started in 1969)
33 Seattle Mariners never (franchise started in 1977)
30 Pittsburgh Pirates 1979
27 Milwaukee Brewers 1982 (never since joining the National League in 1998)
26 Baltimore Orioles 1983
24 Kansas City Royals 1985
21 Los Angeles Dodgers 1988
19 Cincinnati Reds 1990
19 Oakland Athletics 1990
18 Minnesota Twins 1991
16 Toronto Blue Jays 1993
12 Cleveland Indians 1997
11 San Diego Padres 1998
10 Atlanta Braves 1999
9 New York Mets 2000
8 Arizona Diamondbacks 2001
7 San Francisco Giants 2002
7 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2002
6 Florida Marlins 2003
4 Chicago White Sox 2005
4 Houston Astros 2005
3 Detroit Tigers 2006
3 St. Louis Cardinals 2006
2 Boston Red Sox 2007
2 Colorado Rockies 2007
1 Tampa Bay Rays 2008
-- New York Yankees 2009
-- Philadelphia Phillies 2009

MLB franchises with the longest current World Series crown drought

Seasons Team Last championship
101 Chicago Cubs 1908
61 Cleveland Indians 1948
55 San Francisco Giants (New York Giants) 1954 (as the New York Giants)
49 Texas Rangers (Washington Senators) never (franchise started in 1961)
48 Houston Astros (Houston Colt .45s) never (franchise started in 1962)
41 Milwaukee Brewers (Seattle Pilots) never (franchise started in 1969)
41 San Diego Padres never (franchise started in 1969)
41 Washington Nationals (Montreal Expos) never (franchise started in 1969)
33 Seattle Mariners never (franchise started in 1977)
30 Pittsburgh Pirates 1979
26 Baltimore Orioles 1983
25 Detroit Tigers 1984
24 Kansas City Royals 1985
23 New York Mets 1986
21 Los Angeles Dodgers 1988
20 Oakland Athletics 1989
19 Cincinnati Reds 1990
18 Minnesota Twins 1991
17 Colorado Rockies never (franchise started in 1993)
16 Toronto Blue Jays 1993
14 Atlanta Braves 1995
12 Tampa Bay Rays never (franchise started in 1998)
8 Arizona Diamondbacks 2001
7 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 2002
6 Florida Marlins 2003
4 Chicago White Sox 2005
3 St. Louis Cardinals 2006
2 Boston Red Sox 2007
1 Philadelphia Phillies 2008
-- New York Yankees 2009

Cities waiting for their first World Series crown

  • Only includes cities which currently host a major league franchise
  • Note that while neither the Washington Nationals nor Milwaukee Brewers have ever won a World Series, their cities celebrated championships with, respectively, the 1924 Senators and 1957 Braves.
City First Season Seasons waited Furthest round reached Notes
San Francisco 1958 52 1962, 1989, and 2002 World Series Giants last won in 1954, before relocating from New York.
Houston 1962 48 2005 World Series
San Diego 1969 41 1984 and 1998 World Series
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas 1972 38 1996, 1998, and 1999 ALDS
Seattle 1977 33 1995, 2000, and 2001 ALCS Not counting 1969, when the Brewers franchise played one season as the Seattle Pilots.
Denver 1993 17 2007 World Series
Tampa Bay, Florida 1998 12 2008 World Series

Longest major league pennant droughts through history

List begins with 1903, about the time the current configuration of National League and American League stabilized and also the year of the first World Series. Note that no pennants were won in 1994 due to strike. This list only shows droughts of 20 or more seasons.

Seasons Team Prev. Pennant Next Pennant
64 Chicago Cubs 1945
49 Washington Senators/Texas Rangers 1961*
46 Chicago White Sox 1959 2005
43 Houston Colt .45s/Astros 1962* 2005
41 St. Louis Browns 1903* 1944
41 Los Angeles-California-Anaheim Angels 1961* 2002
41 Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals 1969*
41 Philadelphia-Kansas City-Oakland Athletics 1931 1972
41 Cleveland Indians 1954 1995
40 Chicago White Sox 1919 1959
35 Philadelphia Phillies 1915 1950
34 Boston Braves 1914 1948
33 Seattle Mariners 1977*
33 Pittsburgh Pirates 1927 1960
33 Milwaukee-Atlanta Braves 1958 1991
32 Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins 1933 1965
30 Pittsburgh Pirates 1979
30 Philadelphia Phillies 1950 1980
28 Boston Red Sox 1918 1946
28 Cleveland Indians 1920 1948
27 Milwaukee Brewers 1982
27 San Francisco Giants 1962 1989
26 Baltimore Orioles 1983
25 Detroit Tigers 1909 1934
24 Kansas City Royals 1985
23 St. Louis Cardinals 1903* 1926
23 Detroit Tigers 1945 1968
22 St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles 1944 1966
22 Minnesota Twins 1965 1987
22 Detroit Tigers 1984 2006
21 Washington Senators 1903* 1924
21 Los Angeles Dodgers 1988
21 Brooklyn Dodgers 1920 1941
21 Cincinnati Reds 1940 1961
21 Boston Red Sox 1946 1967

* Year does not indicate a pennant, but rather the team's first year of existence or the first year of this list (1903).

Longest World Series crown droughts through history

The first World Series was played in 1903. Note that no World Series was played in 1904 or 1994. This list only shows droughts of 30 or more seasons.

Seasons** Team Prev. Title Next Title
101 Chicago Cubs 1908
87 Chicago White Sox 1917 2005
85 Boston Red Sox 1918 2004
77 Philadelphia Phillies 1903* 1980
63 St. Louis Browns/Baltimore Orioles 1903* 1966
62 Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins 1924 1987
61 Cleveland Indians 1948
55 New York-San Francisco Giants 1954
52 Brooklyn Dodgers 1903* 1955
49 Washington Senators/Texas Rangers 1961*
48 Houston Colt .45s/Astros 1962*
42 Boston-Milwaukee Braves 1914 1957
41 Philadelphia-Kansas City-Oakland Athletics 1930 1972
41 Los Angeles-California-Anaheim Angels 1961* 2002
41 Seattle Pilots/Milwaukee Brewers 1969*
41 San Diego Padres 1969*
41 Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals 1969*
37 Milwaukee-Atlanta Braves 1957 1995
34 Pittsburgh Pirates 1925 1960
34 Cincinnati Reds 1940 1975
33 Seattle Mariners 1977*
32 Detroit Tigers 1903* 1935
30 Pittsburgh Pirates 1979

* Year does not indicate a title won, but rather the team's first year of existence or the first year of this list (1903).

**Bold is active drought.

World Series in which both teams were making their first Series appearance

Season Won Lost
1906 Chicago White Sox Chicago Cubs
1905 New York Giants Philadelphia Athletics
1903 Boston Americans Pittsburgh Pirates

World Series in which both teams were ending 20-season-plus pennant droughts

Season Won Drought (seasons) Lost Drought (seasons)
2005 Chicago White Sox 46 Houston Astros 44
1948 Cleveland Indians 28 Boston Braves 34

World Series in which neither franchise had won a championship in 30-plus seasons

Teams that had never won the World Series are included, even if they were less than 30 seasons old at the time.

Season Won Drought (seasons) Lost Drought (seasons)
2005 Chicago White Sox 88 Houston Astros 43*
2002 Anaheim Angels 41* San Francisco Giants 48
1997 Florida Marlins 4* Cleveland Indians 49
1995 Atlanta Braves 38 Cleveland Indians 47
1992 Toronto Blue Jays 15* Atlanta Braves 35
1980 Philadelphia Phillies 77* Kansas City Royals 11*
1975 Cincinnati Reds 35 Boston Red Sox 57
1972 Oakland Athletics 42 Cincinnati Reds 32
1920 Cleveland Indians 17* Brooklyn Dodgers 17*
1909 Pittsburgh Pirates 6* Detroit Tigers 6*
1907 Chicago Cubs 4* Detroit Tigers 4*
1906 Chicago White Sox 3* Chicago Cubs 3*
1905 New York Giants 2* Philadelphia Athletics 2*
1903 Boston Americans 0* Pittsburgh Pirates 0*

Numbers marked with * indicates that the number is counted from either the franchise's first year of existence or the first year of this list (1903).

World Series crown droughts by region

Includes only regions which currently field an MLB club.

Region Drought (seasons) Last World Series title
Cleveland 61 Cleveland Indians, 1948
Washington, D.C. 52* Washington Senators, 1924
Milwaukee 48^ Milwaukee Braves, 1957
Houston 48** None
San Diego 41** None
Dallas-Fort Worth 38** None
Seattle 33** None
Pittsburgh 30 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1979
Baltimore 26 Baltimore Orioles, 1983
Detroit 25 Detroit Tigers, 1984
Kansas City 24 Kansas City Royals, 1985
San Francisco Bay Area 20 Oakland Athletics, 1989
Cincinnati 19 Cincinnati Reds, 1990
Minneapolis-St. Paul 18 Minnesota Twins, 1991
Denver 17** None
Toronto 16 Toronto Blue Jays, 1993
Atlanta 14 Atlanta Braves, 1995
Tampa-St. Petersburg 12** None
Phoenix 8 Arizona Diamondbacks, 2001
Greater Los Angeles Area 7 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 2002
South Florida 6 Florida Marlins, 2003
Chicago 4 Chicago White Sox, 2005
St. Louis 3 St. Louis Cardinals, 2006
Boston 2 Boston Red Sox, 2007
Philadelphia 1 Philadelphia Phillies, 2008
New York City -- New York Yankees, 2009

*region without MLB for 33 seasons (1972-2004)

^region without MLB for 4 seasons (1966-1969)

**number doesn't indicate a title won, but rather total seasons played

Pennant droughts by region

Includes only regions which currently field an MLB club.

Region Drought (seasons) Last pennant
Washington, D.C. 43* Washington Nationals/Senators, 1933
Dallas-Ft. Worth 38** None
Seattle 33** None
Pittsburgh 30 Pittsburgh Pirates, 1979
Milwaukee 27 Milwaukee Brewers, 1982 (in A.L.)
Baltimore 26 Baltimore Orioles, 1983
Kansas City 24 Kansas City Royals, 1985
Cincinnati 19 Cincinnati Reds, 1990
Minneapolis-St. Paul 18 Minnesota Twins, 1991
Toronto 16 Toronto Blue Jays, 1993
Cleveland 12 Cleveland Indians, 1997
San Diego 11 San Diego Padres, 1998
Atlanta 10 Atlanta Braves, 1999
Phoenix 8 Arizona Diamondbacks, 2001
Greater Los Angeles Area 7 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 2002
San Francisco Bay Area 7 San Francisco Giants, 2002
South Florida 6 Florida Marlins, 2003
Chicago 4 Chicago White Sox, 2005
Houston 4 Houston Astros, 2005
Detroit 3 Detroit Tigers, 2006
St. Louis 3 St. Louis Cardinals, 2006
Denver 2 Colorado Rockies, 2007
Boston 2 Boston Red Sox, 2007
Tampa-St. Petersburg 1 Tampa Bay Rays, 2008
New York City -- New York Yankees, 2009
Philadelphia -- Philadelphia Phillies, 2009

*region without MLB for 33 seasons (1972-2004)

**number doesn't indicate a title won, but rather total seasons played

See also

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