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The Bridegrooms as Bridesmaids
2003-02-03 13:28
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

The Dodgers, who were known as the Brooklyn Bridegrooms for several years in the late 1800s, have played six consecutive seasons without making the playoffs – their most since a seven-season streak from 1967-73.

It could be worse (and indeed, it can still be worse).

Longest streaks without postseason play for the Dodgers since 1900 (keeping in mind that only two teams made the postseason until 1969):

1921-1940…20
1901-1915…15
1967-1973…7
1997-2002…6
1989-1993…5
1942-1946…5

If you’re reading this, you probably know that the Dodgers haven’t won a postseason game since 1988 – 14 seasons. So the top two streaks above are what they are challenging for true postseason futility.

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During those three long streaks that began before 1969, the Dodgers finished in second place in the National League in 1902, 1924, 1940, 1970, 1971 and 1973. Just for fun, let’s say the Dodgers were the wild-card team those years. Then, in the hypofunical world, the streaks would be:

1925-1939…15
1903-1915…13
1997-2002…6

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In researching this, I actually found something even more interesting, or at least surprising.

In their long history, the Dodgers have not played a postseason game in more than two consecutive seasons.

They almost broke the streak in the mid-1990s. They were leading the NL West in 1994 when the strike hit and wiped out the postseason. The Dodgers then won the division in 1995 and the wild card in 1996.

Surprising to me, anyway.

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