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anewman35
08-02-2005, 12:38 PM
Don't jump on me, I don't for a second think the Sox are going to fall apart and not make the playoffs. However, I was just curious - anybody have a list of the biggest late-season collapses ever?

jackbrohamer
08-02-2005, 01:00 PM
IIRC the 1964 Phillies blew a 6.5 game lead with 12 games left. 1978 Red Sox blew a 14 game lead they had in late July.

MarySwiss
08-02-2005, 01:04 PM
Don't jump on me, I don't for a second think the Sox are going to fall apart and not make the playoffs. However, I was just curious - anybody have a list of the biggest late-season collapses ever?.

And of course, let's not forget the '69 flubs. They were in 1st for the last time on Sept. 9th with a record of 82-57. Finished 92-70, 8 games back. Memories!

SOXPHILE
08-02-2005, 01:05 PM
The 1995 Angels blew a petty substantial lead to the Mariners, but I don't remember what the lead was. They wound up tied, and the Mariners beat them in a 1 game playoff.

A_ROW33
08-02-2005, 01:06 PM
Don't jump on me, I don't for a second think the Sox are going to fall apart and not make the playoffs. However, I was just curious - anybody have a list of the biggest late-season collapses ever?

I don't have all the particulars but the 95 Angels had big lead in August, I want to say 8 games, but lost 9 in a row from August 23 to September 3. Then lost 9 in a row again from 9/13 to 9/23. They eventually lost to seattle in a 1 game playoff.

MarySwiss
08-02-2005, 01:08 PM
I tried Googling this topic, but came up empty. Funny; you'd think somebody somewhere would have put together a list.

jackbrohamer
08-02-2005, 01:08 PM
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And of course, let's not forget the '69 flubs. They were in 1st for the last time on Sept. 9th with a record of 82-57. Finished 92-70, 8 games back. Memories!

I think those idiots also blew like a 10 game lead they had over Houston in August 2004 for the Wild Card, a bigger choke than 1969 even, though surprisingly the local media did not portray it like the monumental choke job it actually was. Of course, for post-season chokes there's always 2003 but that's the answer to a different question.

MarySwiss
08-02-2005, 01:19 PM
I think those idiots also blew like a 10 game lead they had over Houston in August 2004 for the Wild Card, a bigger choke than 1969 even, though surprisingly the local media did not portray it like the monumental choke job it actually was. Of course, for post-season chokes there's always 2003 but that's the answer to a different question.

Yeah, and I don't remember the year, but they had a classic post-season choke against San Diego. I think they were up 2-0 in the best-of-five.

But the cool thing about the '69 choke was it came against the Mets, which really drove Flubs fans nuts since the Mets were still kind of considered "newbies."

RogueWarrior27
08-02-2005, 01:25 PM
The '51 Dodgers were in first by 13.5 games against the Giants, before the Giants went on a tear to force a 3 game playoff which led to Bobby Thomson's Shot Heard 'Round The World to win the pennant.

"The Giants win the pennat. The Giants win the pennat. The Giants win the pennat. The Giants win the pennat."

That call gives me goosebumps and I'm not even a fan of the Giants.

SOXSINCE'70
08-02-2005, 01:27 PM
The 1995 Angels blew a petty substantial lead to the Mariners, but I don't remember what the lead was. They wound up tied, and the Mariners beat them in a 1 game playoff.

Their lead was at least 14 games.The Halos went ice cold in
August,the Mariners were red hot.Hence,the tie.

Iwritecode
08-02-2005, 01:45 PM
The Orioles were something like 14 games over .500 at one point during this season. They are currently 3 under. :o:

Cowhead418
08-02-2005, 01:51 PM
The Orioles were something like 14 games over .500 at one point during this season. They are currently 3 under. :o:
Actually I think they were 16 over at one point I believe. What a choke job they've had. Also, didn't the Angels this year once have a double-digit lead over the Rangers (and probably a lot more over the A's) and are now only 1 game ahead. If they don't win the West this could be considered a huge choke job.

socko82
08-02-2005, 02:12 PM
The '93 Giants had a 10 game lead on the Braves on July 22nd and blew it.
The '87 Blue Jays had a 3 1/2 game lead with 7 games left, they lost all 7 and Detroit won the division.

jackbrohamer
08-02-2005, 02:26 PM
The 1914 Boston Braves were more than 20 games behind the NY Giants in early July, passed them easily and then swept the Philadelphia A's in the World Series.

Lip Man 1
08-02-2005, 02:41 PM
In my lifetime it would be the 64 Phillies, the 69 Cubs, the 78 Red Sox, the 95 Angels. I have read and seen footage of the 51 Dodgers demise.

Lip