Congrats to the Philadelphia Phillies, who just won consecutive pennants for the first time in their history. That brings up the question: what are the most recent back-to-back pennants for all 30 teams? Well, obviously not all 30 teams have done it, but which ones have?
Before checking, can you name:
– The only two pre-expansion teams who haven’t won consecutive pennants?
– The only expansion team to have ever done it?
Here they are: most recent repeat pennants from all the franchises who have done so, ordered from the present on backwards, broken up in groups of five to make it easier to read:
NYG 1937-1938 (now SFG)
WAS 1924-1925 (now MIN)
If you really want to go back, some now dormant teams like the 1890s Baltimore Orioles also won consecutive pennants, but how cares – they’re dormant now.
Cleveland and the White Sox have never done it. Blame the Yankees – both teams tallied up a slew of second place finishes during New York’s most dominant stretch, 1949-1964.
The Phillies were thus the last pre-expansion NL team to do it. Kudos to them.