Who is the worst team to win the World Series?

Based on regular season winning percentage, the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals were the worst team to win the World Series. They finished the regular season with only a 83-78 record, but they not only made the World Series, but they beat the Detroit Tigers to win the championship.

Has a team with a losing record ever won the World Series?

No, a team with a losing record in the regular season has never won the World Series.

Has a team with a losing record ever won the World Series the next season?

Yes, this has happened 16 times in history. The 2012 Boston Red Sox (69-93), 1986 Minnesota Twins (71-91), 1987 Los Angeles Dodgers (73-89), 1968 New York Mets (73-89), 1953 New York Giants (70-84), 1990 Minnesota Twins (74-88), 1913 Boston Braves (69-82), 1958 Los Angeles Dodgers (71-83), 2001 Anaheim Angels (75-87), 1989 Cincinnati Reds (75-87), 1932 New York Giants (72-82), 2013 San Francisco Giants (76-86), 2002 Florida Marlins (79-83), 1923 Washington Senators (75-78), 1996 Florida Marlins (80-82) and 1964 Los Angeles Dodgers (80-82) all won the World Series the next season after having a losing record.

Worst MLB Regular Season Records To Win World Series

Team Year Regular Season Record Result
1 St. Louis Cardinals 2006 83-78 Won WS
2 Minnesota Twins 1987 85-77 Won WS
3 New York Yankees 2000 87-74 Won WS
4 San Francisco Giants 2014 88-74 Won WS
5 Atlanta Braves 2021 88-73 Won WS
6 Oakland Athletics 1974 90-72 Won WS
St. Louis Cardinals 2011 90-72 Won WS
8 Cincinnati Reds 1990 91-71 Won WS
Florida Marlins 2003 91-71 Won WS
Kansas City Royals 1985 91-71 Won WS
Philadelphia Phillies 1980 91-71 Won WS
12 Los Angeles Dodgers 1959 88-68 Won WS
13 Arizona Diamondbacks 2001 92-70 Won WS
Florida Marlins 1997 92-70 Won WS
New York Yankees 1996 92-70 Won WS
Philadelphia Phillies 2008 92-70 Won WS
San Francisco Giants 2010 92-70 Won WS
St. Louis Cardinals 1982 92-70 Won WS
19 Los Angeles Dodgers 1981 63-47 Won WS
20 St. Louis Cardinals 1964 93-69 Won WS
Washington Nationals 2019 93-69 Won WS
22 Detroit Tigers 1945 88-65 Won WS
23 St. Louis Cardinals 1926 89-65 Won WS
24 Oakland Athletics 1973 94-68 Won WS
San Francisco Giants 2012 94-68 Won WS
26 Los Angeles Dodgers 1988 94-67 Won WS
27 Kansas City Royals 2015 95-67 Won WS
Minnesota Twins 1991 95-67 Won WS
Toronto Blue Jays 1993 95-67 Won WS
30 Boston Red Sox 1916 91-63 Won WS
31 Boston Red Sox 2007 96-66 Won WS
New York Yankees 1962 96-66 Won WS
Toronto Blue Jays 1992 96-66 Won WS
34 Boston Red Sox 1918 75-51 Won WS
35 New York Yankees 1958 92-62 Won WS
Washington Senators 1924 92-62 Won WS
37 New York Giants 1933 91-61 Won WS
38 Boston Red Sox 2013 97-65 Won WS
Los Angeles Dodgers 1965 97-65 Won WS
Pittsburgh Pirates 1971 97-65 Won WS
41 Oakland Athletics 1972 93-62 Won WS
42 New York Giants 1922 93-61 Won WS
43 Baltimore Orioles 1983 98-64 Won WS
Boston Red Sox 2004 98-64 Won WS
New York Yankees 1999 98-64 Won WS
Pittsburgh Pirates 1979 98-64 Won WS
47 Baltimore Orioles 1966 97-63 Won WS
48 Anaheim Angels 2002 99-63 Won WS
Chicago White Sox 2005 99-63 Won WS
Oakland Athletics 1989 99-63 Won WS
Team Year Regular Season Record Result
1 St. Louis Cardinals 2006 83-78 Won WS
2 Minnesota Twins 1987 85-77 Won WS
3 New York Yankees 2000 87-74 Won WS
4 San Francisco Giants 2014 88-74 Won WS
5 Atlanta Braves 2021 88-73 Won WS
6 Oakland Athletics 1974 90-72 Won WS
St. Louis Cardinals 2011 90-72 Won WS
8 Cincinnati Reds 1990 91-71 Won WS
Florida Marlins 2003 91-71 Won WS
Kansas City Royals 1985 91-71 Won WS
Philadelphia Phillies 1980 91-71 Won WS
12 Arizona Diamondbacks 2001 92-70 Won WS
Florida Marlins 1997 92-70 Won WS
New York Yankees 1996 92-70 Won WS
Philadelphia Phillies 2008 92-70 Won WS
San Francisco Giants 2010 92-70 Won WS
St. Louis Cardinals 1982 92-70 Won WS
18 St. Louis Cardinals 1964 93-69 Won WS
Washington Nationals 2019 93-69 Won WS
20 Los Angeles Dodgers 1959 88-68 Won WS
21 Oakland Athletics 1973 94-68 Won WS
San Francisco Giants 2012 94-68 Won WS
23 Los Angeles Dodgers 1988 94-67 Won WS
24 Kansas City Royals 2015 95-67 Won WS
Minnesota Twins 1991 95-67 Won WS
Toronto Blue Jays 1993 95-67 Won WS
27 Boston Red Sox 2007 96-66 Won WS
New York Yankees 1962 96-66 Won WS
Toronto Blue Jays 1992 96-66 Won WS
30 Detroit Tigers 1945 88-65 Won WS
31 St. Louis Cardinals 1926 89-65 Won WS
32 Boston Red Sox 2013 97-65 Won WS
Los Angeles Dodgers 1965 97-65 Won WS
Pittsburgh Pirates 1971 97-65 Won WS
35 Baltimore Orioles 1983 98-64 Won WS
Boston Red Sox 2004 98-64 Won WS
New York Yankees 1999 98-64 Won WS
Pittsburgh Pirates 1979 98-64 Won WS
39 Boston Red Sox 1916 91-63 Won WS
40 Baltimore Orioles 1966 97-63 Won WS
41 Anaheim Angels 2002 99-63 Won WS
Chicago White Sox 2005 99-63 Won WS
Oakland Athletics 1989 99-63 Won WS
44 New York Yankees 1958 92-62 Won WS
Washington Senators 1924 92-62 Won WS
46 Oakland Athletics 1972 93-62 Won WS
47 New York Giants 1933 91-61 Won WS
48 New York Giants 1922 93-61 Won WS
49 Boston Red Sox 1918 75-51 Won WS
50 Los Angeles Dodgers 1981 63-47 Won WS

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