“The ghosts of Wee Willie Keeler and all the other old-time Oriole greats, who love so much to win, will have to await some other year before they can frolic again in triumph.” ~ The Baltimore Sun, September 26, 1954
On September 25, 1954, on the last day of the regular season, the Baltimore Orioles lost their 100th game.
Losing 100 games is that limbo bar that separates the terrible teams that lose 99 from the truly awful ones who lose 100.
Like the 1954 Orioles.
It is possible that the Tigers, the Phillies, and the Giants could cross under that 100-loss bar this season. But, with just a week to play, it’s not likely.
The 2017 Orioles were eliminated from the post-season last night with their 9-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.
If the O’s lose their remaining six games – and I strongly urge them not to do this – they will have lost 88.
At least it’s not 100.
The 1954 Orioles, formerly the St. Louis Browns, were finishing up their first season in Baltimore on September 25. They were the first major league team in the city since 1901.