List of Major League Baseball longest winning streaks

Last updated on 22 September 2017

This is a list of the longest team winning streaks or unbeaten streaks in Major League Baseball history. Streaks started at the end of one season are carried over into the following season. The lists below include streaks that consist entirely of regular-season games, streaks from the predecessor National Association (1871–1875), streaks of playoff games and World Series games, and streaks that include both regular-season and postseason games.

The 1916 New York Giants hold the record for the longest unbeaten streak in MLB history at 26, with a tie inbetween the 14th and 15th win. The record for the longest winning streak by an American League team is held by the 2017 Cleveland Indians at 22. The Chicago Cubs franchise has won 21 games twice, once in 1880 when they were the Chicago White Stockings and once in 1935.

The longest winning streak consisting only of playoff games stands at 12 consecutive wins, by the 1927, 1928 and 1932 New York Yankees (who swept the World Series all three seasons) and tied by the 1998–99 Yankees. For streaks that have included both regular and postseason games, the 1970 and 1971 Baltimore Orioles hold the top two positions with 17 and 16 consecutive victories, respectively.

Several entries in the table are denoted as including ties. In the early days of baseball, a game that was postponed due to weather or darkness was replayed from the beginning (instead of being resumed from that point), but all statistics from the game were counted. In official records, the game is unofficial but is listed as a tie.[1]

Key

^ Denotes streaks that contain unofficial tie(s) not included in the win totals
** Denotes streaks that spanned over two seasons
Denotes streaks that are currently in progress
* Denotes season in which team won the World Series

Game streaks

Regular season

This list contains only the top 30 streaks consisting entirely of regular-season games.

Rank Games Team Season(s) Season
record(s)
Date Score Opponent Date Score Opponent
Beginning (first victory) End (first defeat)
1 26^ New York Giants 1916 86–66 September 7, 1916 4–1 Brooklyn Robins September 30, 1916 3–8 Boston Braves
2 22 Cleveland Indians 2017 91–57 August 24, 2017 13–6 Boston Red Sox September 15, 2017 3–4 Kansas City Royals
3 (tie) 21^ Chicago White Stockings 1880 67–17 June 2, 1880 5–4 Boston Braves July 10, 1880 0–2 Cleveland Spiders
3 (tie) 21 Chicago Cubs 1935 100–54 September 4, 1935 8–2 Philadelphia Phillies September 28, 1935 5–7 (11) St. Louis Cardinals
5 (tie) 20 St. Louis Maroons 1884 94–19 April 20, 1884 7–2 Chicago/Pittsburgh May 24, 1884 1–8 Boston Reds
5 (tie) 20 Providence Grays 1884 84–28 August 7, 1884 4–2 New York Giants September 9, 1884 0–2 Buffalo Bisons
5 (tie) 20 Oakland Athletics 2002 103–59 August 13, 2002 5–4 Toronto Blue Jays September 6, 2002 0–6 Minnesota Twins
8 (tie) 19^ Chicago White Sox 1906* 93–58 August 2, 1906 3–0 Boston Americans August 25, 1906 4–5 Washington Senators
8 (tie) 19 New York Yankees 1947* 97–57 June 29, 1947 3–1 Washington Senators July 18, 1947 0–8 Detroit Tigers
10 (tie) 18 Chicago White Stockings 1885 87–25 June 1, 1885 6–0 Detroit Wolverines June 25, 1885 0–2 Philadelphia Phillies
10 (tie) 18^ Boston Beaneaters 1891 87–51 September 16, 1891 7–2 Chicago Colts October 3, 1891 3–5 Philadelphia Phillies
10 (tie) 18 New York Giants 1904 106–47 June 16, 1904 4–3 St. Louis Cardinals July 4, 1904 5–6 Philadelphia Phillies
10 (tie) 18 New York Yankees 1953* 99–52 May 27, 1953 3–1 Washington Senators June 16, 1953 1–3 St. Louis Browns
14 (tie) 17 St. Louis Browns 18851 79–33 May 5, 1885 12–4 Louisville Colonels June 2, 1885 1–7 Baltimore Orioles
14 (tie) 17 Boston Beaneaters 1897 93–39 May 31, 1897 25–5 St. Louis Cardinals June 22, 1897 4–7 Brooklyn Bridegrooms
14 (tie) 17 New York Giants 1907 82–71 April 25, 1907 6–3 Philadelphia Phillies May 20, 1907 4–6 St. Louis Cardinals
14 (tie) 17 Washington Senators 1912 91–61 May 30, 1912 5–0 Boston Red Sox June 19, 1912 1–2 Philadelphia Athletics
14 (tie) 17 New York Giants 1916 86–66 May 9, 1916 13–5 Pittsburgh Pirates May 30, 1916 1–5 Philadelphia Phillies
14 (tie) 17 Philadelphia Athletics 1931 107–45 May 5, 1931 4–1 Boston Red Sox May 26, 1931 2–6 New York Yankees
14 (tie) 17 Pittsburgh Pirates** 1937
1938
86–68
86–64
September 24, 1937 8–2 Cincinnati Reds April 26, 1938 3–5 (10) Chicago Cubs
21 (tie) 16 St. Louis Maroons 1884 94–19 August 26, 1884 5–4 Chicago/Pittsburgh September 18, 1884 2–4 Washington Nationals
21 (tie) 16^ Philadelphia Quakers 1887 75–48 September 15, 1887 8–4 Indianapolis Hoosiers April 20, 1888 3–4 Boston Beaneaters
21 (tie) 16 Philadelphia Phillies 1890 78–53 July 8, 1890 9–4 Cincinnati Reds July 28, 1890 4–12 Chicago Colts
21 (tie) 16 Philadelphia Phillies 1892 87–66 June 10, 1892 7–1 Cleveland Spiders June 29, 1892 1–9 Boston Beaneaters
21 (tie) 16 Pittsburgh Pirates 1909* 110–42 September 9, 1909 3–1 Cincinnati Reds September 27, 1909 7–8 New York Giants
21 (tie) 16 New York Giants 1912 103–48 June 19, 1912 6–5 Boston Braves July 4, 1912 4–10 Brooklyn Dodgers
21 (tie) 16 New York Yankees 1926 91–63 May 10, 1926 13–9 Detroit Tigers May 28, 1926 1–2 Philadelphia Athletics
21 (tie) 16 New York Giants 1951 98–59 August 12, 1951 3–2 Philadelphia Phillies August 28, 1951 0–2 Pittsburgh Pirates
21 (tie) 16 Kansas City Royals 1977 102–60 August 31, 1977 5–4 Texas Rangers September 16, 1977 1–4 Seattle Mariners
21 (tie) 16 Milwaukee Brewers** 1986
1987
77–84
91–71
October 3, 1986 4–1 Toronto Blue Jays April 21, 1987 1–7 Chicago White Sox

National Association

Rank Games Team Season(s) Season
record(s)
Date Score Opponent Date Score Opponent
Beginning (first victory) End (first defeat)
1 26^ Boston Red Stockings 1875 71–8 April 19, 1875 6–0 New Haven Elm Citys June 5, 1875 4–5 St. Louis Brown Stockings
2 18 Boston Red Stockings 1872 39–8 May 7, 1872 23–3 Brooklyn Atlantics July 20, 1872 10–17 Troy Trojans
3 (tie) 15 Hartford Dark Blues** 1874
1875
16–37
54–28
October 27, 1874 10–3 Philadelphia Whites May 18, 1875 5–10 Boston Red Stockings
3 (tie) 15 Boston Red Stockings 1875 71–8 September 6, 1875 9–4 Philadelphia Whites October 29, 1875 8–9 Hartford Dark Blues

1Denotes season in which team won a pennant in the American Association

Postseason

This list contains only the top 10 streaks consisting entirely of postseason games.

Rank
Games Team Beginning (first victory) End (first defeat)
1 (tie) 12 New York Yankees 192728, 1932 October 5, 1927 5–4 Pittsburgh Pirates September 30, 1936 1–6 New York Giants
1 (tie) 12 New York Yankees 199899 October 10, 1998 4–0 Cleveland Indians October 16, 1999 1–13 Boston Red Sox
3 11 Kansas City Royals 1985, 2014 October 24, 1985 6–1 St. Louis Cardinals October 21, 2014 1–7 San Francisco Giants
4 (tie) 10 New York Yankees 193739, 1941 October 10, 1937 4–2 New York Giants October 2, 1941 2–3 Brooklyn Dodgers
4 (tie) 10 Oakland Athletics 198990 October 7, 1989 6–5 Toronto Blue Jays October 16, 1990 0–7 Cincinnati Reds
4 (tie) 10 San Francisco Giants 2012, 2014 October 19, 2012 5–0 St. Louis Cardinals October 6, 2014 1–4 Washington Nationals
7 9 Boston Red Sox 200708 October 18, 2007 7–1 Cleveland Indians October 5, 2008 4–5 (12) Los Angeles Angels
8 (tie) 8 Cincinnati Reds 197576 October 22, 1975 4–3 Boston Red Sox October 12, 1979 2–5 (11) Pittsburgh Pirates
8 (tie) 8 Cincinnati Reds 1990, 1995 October 12, 1990 2–1 Pittsburgh Pirates October 10, 1995 1–2 (11) Atlanta Braves
8 (tie) 8 Boston Red Sox 2004 October 17, 2004 6–4 (12) New York Yankees October 4, 2005 2–14 Chicago White Sox
8 (tie) 8 Chicago White Sox 2005 October 12, 2005 2–1 Los Angeles Angels October 2, 2008 4–6 Tampa Bay Rays

World Series

This list contains only the top 10 streaks consisting entirely of World Series games.

Rank Games Team Series Date Score Opponent Date Score Opponent
Beginning (first victory) End (first defeat)
1 14 New York Yankees 1996, 19982000 October 22, 1996 5–2 Atlanta Braves October 24, 2000 2–4 New York Mets
2 12 New York Yankees 192728, 1932 October 5, 1927 13–6 Pittsburgh Pirates September 30, 1936 1–6 New York Giants
3 10 New York Yankees 193739, 1941 October 10, 1937 3–2 New York Giants October 2, 1941 2–3 Brooklyn Dodgers
4(tie) 9 Cincinnati Reds 197576, 1990 October 22, 1975 4–3 Boston Red Sox
4(tie) 9 Boston Red Sox 2004, 2007, 2013 October 23, 2004 8–1 St. Louis Cardinals October 24, 2013 2–4 St. Louis Cardinals
5(tie) 7 New York Yankees 194950 October 7, 1949 5–2 Brooklyn Dodgers October 4, 1951 1–5 New York Giants
5(tie) 7 San Francisco Giants 2010, 2012, 2014 October 31, 2010 7–1 Texas Rangers October 22, 2014 2–7 Kansas City Royals
7(tie) 6 Chicago Cubs 190708 October 9, 1907 6–1 Detroit Tigers October 12, 1908 3–8 Detroit Tigers
7(tie) 6 Los Angeles Dodgers 1981, 1988 October 23, 1981 6–0 New York Yankees October 18, 1988 1–2 Oakland Athletics
7(tie) 6 New York Yankees 1978, 1981 October 13, 1978 3–0 Los Angeles Dodgers October 23, 1981 4–5 Los Angeles Dodgers
10(tie) 5 Baltimore Orioles 1966, 1969 October 5, 1966 4–1 Los Angeles Dodgers October 12, 1969 1–2 New York Mets
10(tie) 5 Boston Americans 1903, 1912 October 7, 1903 11–2 Pittsburg Pirates October 9, 1912 6–6

(tie)

New York Giants
October 10, 1912 1–2
10(tie) 5 Boston Braves 1912, 1914 October 16, 1912 3–1 Philadelphia Athletics October 8, 1915 1–3 Philadelphia Phillies
10(tie) 5 Boston Red Sox 191516 October 9, 1915 6–5 Brooklyn Robins October 7, 1916 5–6 Boston Red Sox
10(tie) 5 Los Angeles Dodgers 1959, 1963 October 8, 1959 2–1 Chicago White Sox October 6, 1965 2–8 Minnesota Twins
10(tie) 5 New York Yankees 1943, 1947 October 7, 1943 10–3 St. Louis Cardinals October 2, 1947 8–9 Brooklyn Dodgers

Regular season and postseason

This list includes streaks that involve both regular season games and games which occurred in the postseason.

Rank Total games Playoff games Team Season(s) Season
record(s)
Date Score Opponent Date Score Opponent
Beginning (first victory) End (first defeat)
1 17 6 Baltimore Orioles 1970 108–54 September 20, 1970 7–0 Cleveland Indians October 14, 1970 5–6 Cincinnati Reds
2 16 5 Baltimore Orioles 1971 101–57 September 19, 1971 8–1 Detroit Tigers October 12, 1971 1–5 Pittsburgh Pirates
3 12 4 New York Yankees 1927
1928
110–44
101–53
September 27, 1927 7–4 Philadelphia Athletics April 19, 1928 6–7 Boston Red Sox
4 (tie) 11 4 New York Yankees 1932
1933
107–47
91–59
September 28, 1932 12–6 Chicago Cubs April 23, 1933 4–5 Washington Senators
4 (tie) 11 4 New York Yankees 1998 114–48 September 22, 1998 10–4 Cleveland Indians October 7, 1998 1–4 (12) Cleveland Indians
6 (tie) 10 1 Baltimore Orioles 1974 91–71 September 22, 1974 7–2 Boston Red Sox October 6, 1974 0–5 Oakland Athletics
6 (tie) 10 7 Cincinnati Reds 1976
1977
102–60
88–74
October 3, 1976 11–1 Atlanta Braves April 9, 1977 3–6 San Diego Padres
6 (tie) 10 3 Atlanta Braves 1998 106–56 September 19, 1998 5–0 Arizona Diamondbacks October 7, 1998 2–3 (10) San Diego Padres
6 (tie) 10 7 Colorado Rockies 2007 90–73 September 29, 2007 11–1 Arizona Diamondbacks October 24, 2007 1–13 Boston Red Sox
10 (tie) 9 4 New York Giants^ 1922
1923
93–61
95–58
October 1, 1922 3–0 Boston Braves April 20, 1923 2–9 Boston Braves
10 (tie) 9 3 Detroit Tigers 1984
1985
104–58
84–77
October 12, 1984 5–2 San Diego Padres April 17, 1985 0–2 Milwaukee Brewers
10 (tie) 9 1 San Francisco Giants 2002 95–66 September 20, 2002 5–1 Milwaukee Brewers October 3, 2002 3–7 Atlanta Braves
10 (tie) 9 8 Chicago White Sox 2005
2006
99–63
90–72
October 12, 2005 2–1 Los Angeles Angels April 4, 2006 2–8 Cleveland Indians
10 (tie) 9 8 Kansas City Royals 2014 89–73 September 28, 2014 6–4 Chicago White Sox October 21, 2014 1–7 San Francisco Giants
10 (tie) 9 1 Chicago Cubs 2015 97–65 September 27, 2015 4–0 Pittsburgh Pirates October 9, 2015 0–4 St. Louis Cardinals
10 (tie) 9 6 Cleveland Indians 2016 94–67 September 30, 2016 7–2 Kansas City Royals October 18, 2016 1–5 Toronto Blue Jays

Series streaks

Postseason

This list contains only the top 10 streaks consisting entirely of postseason series. For the purpose of this list, one-game wild card matchups, such as the 2012 Cardinals' win, and the Giants' wild card wins in 2014 and 2016, are counted.

Rank
Series Team Beginning (first victory) End (first defeat)
1 (tie) 11 New York Yankees 19982001 1998 ALDS 3–0 Texas Rangers 2001 WS 3–4 Arizona Diamondbacks
1 (tie) 11 San Francisco Giants 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 2010 NLDS 3–1 Atlanta Braves 2016 NLDS 1–3 Chicago Cubs
3 8 New York Yankees 192728, 1932, 193639, 1941 1927 WS 4–0 Pittsburgh Pirates 1942 WS 1–4 St. Louis Cardinals
4 7 New York Yankees 1943, 1947, 194953 1943 WS 4–1 St. Louis Cardinals 1955 WS 3–4 Brooklyn Dodgers
5 (tie) 6 Oakland Athletics 197274 1972 ALCS 3–2 Detroit Tigers 1975 ALCS 0–3 Boston Red Sox
5 (tie) 6 Florida Marlins* 1997, 2003 1997 NLDS 3–0 San Francisco Giants
7 (tie) 5 Boston Red Sox 1903, 1912, 191516, 1918 1903 WS 5–3 Pittsburgh Pirates 1946 WS 3–4 St. Louis Cardinals
7 (tie) 5 Atlanta Braves 199596 1995 NLDS 3–1 Colorado Rockies 1996 WS 2–4 New York Yankees
7 (tie) 5 Minnesota Twins 1987, 1991, 2002 1987 ALCS 4–1 Detroit Tigers 2002 ALCS 1–4 Anaheim Angels
7 (tie) 5 Philadelphia Phillies 200809 2008 NLDS 3–1 Milwaukee Brewers 2009 WS 2–4 New York Yankees
7 (tie) 5 St. Louis Cardinals 201112 2011 NLDS 3–2 Philadelphia Phillies 2012 NLCS 3–4 San Francisco Giants

See also

References

  1. ^ Brisbee, Grant. "The Indians’ winning streak needs to reach 26 to be a record". SBNation.com. Retrieved September 15, 2017.

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