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Teams Who Won @ Home Often

Posted by Steve Lombardi on March 23, 2011

How many teams, since 1919, have won 57 games (or more) at home in a given season?

Here's the list:

Rk Tm Year #Matching W L  
1 NYY 1961 65 65 0 Ind. Games
2 CIN 1975 64 64 0 Ind. Games
3 NYY 1998 62 62 0 Ind. Games
4 NYY 1932 62 62 0 Ind. Games
5 SFG 1962 61 61 0 Ind. Games
6 BOS 1949 61 61 0 Ind. Games
7 BOS 1946 61 61 0 Ind. Games
8 STL 1942 60 60 0 Ind. Games
9 PHI 1977 60 60 0 Ind. Games
10 PHA 1931 60 60 0 Ind. Games
11 BRO 1953 60 60 0 Ind. Games
12 BAL 1969 60 60 0 Ind. Games
13 CLE 1954 59 59 0 Ind. Games
14 BOS 1978 59 59 0 Ind. Games
15 BAL 1970 59 59 0 Ind. Games
16 STL 1943 58 58 0 Ind. Games
17 PIT 1977 58 58 0 Ind. Games
18 PHA 1930 58 58 0 Ind. Games
19 NYY 1985 58 58 0 Ind. Games
20 NYY 1942 58 58 0 Ind. Games
21 NYY 1963 58 58 0 Ind. Games
22 CIN 1962 58 58 0 Ind. Games
23 TBR 2008 57 57 0 Ind. Games
24 SFG 2003 57 57 0 Ind. Games
25 SEA 2001 57 57 0 Ind. Games
26 PHA 1929 57 57 0 Ind. Games
27 OAK 2003 57 57 0 Ind. Games
28 NYY 2004 57 57 0 Ind. Games
29 NYY 2009 57 57 0 Ind. Games
30 NYY 1927 57 57 0 Ind. Games
31 NYY 1937 57 57 0 Ind. Games
32 MIN 1969 57 57 0 Ind. Games
33 CIN 1970 57 57 0 Ind. Games
34 BRO 1942 57 57 0 Ind. Games
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 3/23/2011.

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Look at 2003. That's a lot of home team wins in the Bay Area between the Giants and A's. Ditto PA in 1977 between the Pirates and Phillies. Also NYC in 1942 between the Yankees and Dodgers.

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39 Responses to “Teams Who Won @ Home Often”

  1. jnolan33177 Says:

    not sure if i quite understand this!! i doubt all these teams were undefeated at home, so i think im reading it wrong!!

  2. jnolan33177 Says:

    1977 Phillies scored over 10 runs 17 times!! Why dont someone do a over 10 runs in a season one???

  3. jnolan33177 Says:

    The 75 Reds did it 20 times!

  4. Yankees 10, everybody else 24 .... sounds about right ...

  5. John Autin Says:

    @1, Jnolan -- The list is showing only the Wins. You can infer the losses by subtracting from 81 (for teams in the 162-game era) or from 77 (for teams in the 154-game era), though of course many teams did not play all of their scheduled games.

  6. Interestingly, the greatest team ever by winning %, the 1906 Cubs, does not make this list. They were only 56-21 at home, but 60-15 on the road!

  7. Too bad Boston in '78 couldn't have been 60. Effin' Bucky Dent!

  8. John Autin Says:

    Winning at home is nice and all. But wake me up when a team comes close to the 2001 Mariners' road record of 59-22 (.728).

  9. John Autin Says:

    (My bad timing strikes again, thanks to Kds....)

  10. John Autin Says:

    Fewest home wins in the game-searchable era (full season):
    17, by the 1939 St. Louis Browns.

    Whether there is a causal connection between this fact and their home attendance of 109,159 -- and, if so, which is the cause and which the effect -- I wouldn't dare speculate.

  11. I'd like to see the biggest difference between home and road wins (or home and road winning percentage). Generally, great teams are going to win lots of games in bad places (and bad teams will lose lots of games in both places). But I'm always struck by teams with huge home/road differentials.

  12. Am I right - in that the only teams to do this since 69 and win a ring are the 98 yanks and 75 reds?

  13. Mickey John Says:

    Am I correct in assuming that these are regular season home games only and not postseason? If so it would be interesting to look at the numbers including postseason games.

  14. @7 Get it right- it's Bucky Effin Dent.

  15. Mickey John Says:

    @12 Steve: I believe the 70 Orioles, 75 Reds, 98 Yanks, and 09 Yanks are all on this list and all won the World Series.

  16. topper009 Says:

    Looks like in '42 and '70 two teams from the list faced each other in the World Series

  17. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    John Autin {#5}:

    Just a reminder that for a home winning pct. total for a pre 1961 {prior to the American League's first expansion} team, you have to divide by 77 rather than 81.

  18. @ 12 - 70 Orioles and 09 Yanks too

  19. Mickey John Says:

    I should have checked before I posted post #13. The answer is that the list only counts regular season home wins. Counting postseason wins probably opens a new can of worms due to expanded playoff formats, especially the advent of the Wild Card.

  20. The top 2 teams on this list that did not make the postseason are
    Boston at numbers 6 and 14.

  21. It appears the 3 others are Cinci in 62, Pitt in 77 and Bro in 42.
    The Dodgers won 102 in 42, Cinci won 98 and Pitt 96.
    All outstanding teams as were both Bosox squads.
    The Sox in 78 were clearly the second best team in all of MLB.

  22. David Huemer Says:

    @7 and @14

    It's Effin' Bucky effin' Dent in some households.

  23. A bit surprised not to see the 1987 Twins, but I guess they only went 56-25. It was the huge home/road split that they were famous for. They went just 29-52 on the road.

    Plus they went 6-0 at home in the postseason including the first 4-0/0-3 home/road split in the World Series.

  24. In some households (like mine), Bucky will be forever loved. ;-)

  25. John Autin Says:

    No Yankee fan here, but ... If you have an outfield fence that turns pop flies into home runs, sooner or later someone is going to break your heart by hitting a pop fly that turns into a home run.

  26. @David 23 This Cards fan may have a nightmare flashback to "Hefty bags."

  27. Two teams in the same league in the same year: 1942, Cardinals and Dodgers; 1962, Reds and Giants; 1969, Twins and Orioles; 1977, Pirates and Phillies.

  28. This can be done using the Situational Records feature (instead of Play Index), without the "since 1919" restriction. The best of the pre-1919 teams was the 1910 Cubs, 58-19. The 1909 Tigers, 1910 Athletics, and 1912 Red Sox also won 57 at home.

  29. I would be interested in "fewest home losses," or "best home winning %," as well.

  30. You can find the best winning % (as well as most wins and fewest losses) by using the situational record finder. Here are the best home winning percentages since 1901.

    Rk Tm Year G W L W-L% RS RA pythW-L%
    1 NYY 1932 77 62 15 .805 482 300 .704
    2 NYY 1961 81 65 16 .802 411 251 .711
    3 PHA 1931 75 60 15 .800 446 289 .689
    4 BOS 1949 77 61 16 .792 514 310 .716
    5 BOS 1946 78 61 16 .792 469 315 .674
    6 CIN 1975 81 64 17 .790 457 275 .717
    7 PIT 1902 71 56 15 .789 410 207 .777
    8 PHA 1929 74 57 16 .781 484 302 .703
    9 STL 1942 78 60 17 .779 419 229 .751
    10 BRO 1953 78 60 17 .779 517 333 .691
    11 PHA 1902 73 56 17 .767 477 330 .662
    12 CLE 1954 77 59 18 .766 376 252 .675
    13 NYY 1998 81 62 19 .765 472 314 .678
    14 PHA 1930 76 58 18 .763 485 329 .670
    15 CHC 1910 77 58 19 .753 354 231 .686
    16 NYY 1942 77 58 19 .753 394 226 .734
    17 DET 1909 78 57 19 .750 377 246 .686
    18 NYY 1927 77 57 19 .750 479 267 .745
    19 PHA 1910 78 57 19 .750 339 212 .702
    20 CLE 1995 72 54 18 .750 400 272 .669
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 3/23/2011.

    The highest ranked team of the 2000's is #63 overall - the 2001 Mariners who were 57-24 (.704) at home.

  31. #30, no team from the 1980s shows up in that top 20. The best home winning percentage of the 1980s was .725, by the 1985 Yankees, 58-22 at home.

  32. Mike Felber Says:

    This is another instance where it serves no useful purpose to give the unadjusted stats. Why list most wins when for most of baseball history teams had 8 less games scheduled? It is like not adjusting for era or park, the former usually the bigger factor, when listing stats that measure productivity, like wOPS +.

    Let us just start with home winning %. That is what is meaningful, not a list distorted by chances (games played).

  33. Nash Bruce Says:

    @#7 Larry R.............feeling your pain, did Joe Carter really hit that homer, was Mitch Williams really that used up, career over, by the '93 Series???? (answer, of course: yes)

  34. Lawrence Azrin Says:

    @20/ TheIronHorse Says: "The top 2 teams on this list that did not make the postseason are Boston at numbers 6 and 14."

    And both times, they lost to the Yankees; in 1949, after leading by one game with two to go, and losing the final two games in Yankee Stadium; then in 1978, losing the "Bucky %@?#! Dent" playoff in Fenway Park.

  35. A few thoughts:

    Every team with at least 59 wins has made the playoffs or been within reach on the last day of the season.

    Noting the Browns' lousy record and attendance, I'm curious about the highest and lowest ratios of attendance/wins.

    Is it just me, or should it be Bucky E. Dent? Effin' starts with an E. Sox fans don't know how to do anything right...

  36. John Autin Says:

    @35, TheGoof -- I'm not going to do the tedious research to prove it, but I'd bet that the highest ratio of attendance to wins was achieved by the 1993 Rockies, who drew almost 4.5 million and won 39 home games, or 115,000 per home win.

    As for the lowest ratio ... I'm not sure how official or complete some of the attendance numbers are on B-R. (For instance, the 1935 Browns' attendance is listed as less than 81,000. But only about 1/4 of their individual home games have attendance info; the listed attendance figures (all in round numbers) add up to about 37,000.) Anyway, if we take the total attendance figure as accurate, those Browns drew a little less than 3,000 per home win. I can't imagine any team doing worse. The 1918 Braves are listed with about 84,000 season attendance, but they only won 23 home games (season shortened by WWI), so over 3,600 per home win.

  37. John Autin Says:

    Can't believe I have to correct myself so quickly, but I just realized that the '94 Rockies drew even more fans per game than their first year (though in a shorter schedule), and won only 25 home games -- so they averaged over 131,000 per home win.

    P.S. Putting the Rockies' 1993 attendance into context: Over 2.3 million fans walked out of their park after witnessing a home loss -- about the same number as went through the home turnstiles all year in 2007, when they won the pennant.

  38. John Autin Says:

    The 1961 Yankees lost just 16 home games all year -- and 4 of those losses came in a 6-game homestand from May 12-17. They split 4 games with Detroit, then welcomed the expansion Senators to Yankee stadium by dropping a 2-game series that drew a total of 16,000 to the big ballpark.

    They also had homestands of 12-0 (including a 5-game series sweep), 10-1, 9-2, and 15-4 in 17 days (including three 4-game sweeps).

  39. @25, I don't know why, but that's the best and funniest thing I've read in a while. Thank you.