Best/Worst Season: Orioles and Cardinals

Each day we are going to look at the nine best and worst seasons for each ball club.

This is not an examination of how the team did in the postseason, how well everybody got along, or anything else that may have happened other than wins and losses.

Nine to Know

Here are the best and the worst seasons of the two teams originally from St. Louis and both for the birds.

Best: Orioles

Rk Year W ▾ L W-L% Finish Playoffs
1 1969 109 53 .673 1st of 6 Lost WS (4-1)
2 1970 108 54 .667 1st of 6 Won WS (4-1)
3 1979 102 57 .642 1st of 7 Lost WS (4-3)
4 1971 101 57 .639 1st of 6 Lost WS (4-3)
5 1980 100 62 .617 2nd of 7
6 1997 98 64 .605 1st of 5 Lost ALCS (4-2)
7 1983 98 64 .605 1st of 7 Won WS (4-1)
8 1977 97 64 .602 2nd of 7
9 1973 97 65 .599 1st of 6 Lost ALCS (3-2)
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Generated 3/3/2013.

Worst: Orioles

Rk Year Tm W L ▾ Ties W-L% Finish
1 1939 St. Louis Browns 43 111 2 .279 8th of 8
2 1937 St. Louis Browns 46 108 2 .299 8th of 8
3 1988 Baltimore Orioles 54 107 0 .335 7th of 7
4 1911 St. Louis Browns 45 107 0 .296 8th of 8
5 1910 St. Louis Browns 47 107 4 .305 8th of 8
6 1951 St. Louis Browns 52 102 0 .338 8th of 8
7 1949 St. Louis Browns 53 101 1 .344 7th of 8
8 1912 St. Louis Browns 53 101 3 .344 7th of 8
9 1954 Baltimore Orioles 54 100 0 .351 7th of 8
10 1953 St. Louis Browns 54 100 0 .351 8th of 8
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Generated 3/3/2013.

Best: Cardinals

Rk Year W ▾ L Ties W-L% Finish Playoffs
1 1942 106 48 2 .688 1st of 8 Won WS (4-1)
2 2004 105 57 0 .648 1st of 6 Lost WS (4-0)
3 1944 105 49 3 .682 1st of 8 Won WS (4-2)
4 1943 105 49 3 .682 1st of 8 Lost WS (4-1)
5 1985 101 61 0 .623 1st of 6 Lost WS (4-3)
6 1967 101 60 0 .627 1st of 10 Won WS (4-3)
7 1931 101 53 0 .656 1st of 8 Won WS (4-3)
8 2005 100 62 0 .617 1st of 6 Lost NLCS (4-2)
9 1946 98 58 0 .628 1st of 8 Won WS (4-3)
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Generated 3/3/2013.

Worst: Cardinals

I have included the nine worst Cardinals seasons here

Rk Year Tm W L ▾ Ties W-L% Finish
1 1898 St. Louis Browns 39 111 4 .260 12th of 12
2 1908 St. Louis Cardinals 49 105 0 .318 8th of 8
3 1897 St. Louis Browns 29 102 2 .221 12th of 12
4 1907 St. Louis Cardinals 52 101 2 .340 8th of 8
5 1913 St. Louis Cardinals 51 99 3 .340 8th of 8
6 1909 St. Louis Cardinals 54 98 2 .355 7th of 8
7 1906 St. Louis Cardinals 52 98 4 .347 7th of 8
8 1905 St. Louis Cardinals 58 96 0 .377 6th of 8
9 1903 St. Louis Cardinals 43 94 2 .314 8th of 8
10 1892 St. Louis Browns 56 94 5 .373 11th of 12
11 1978 St. Louis Cardinals 69 93 0 .426 5th of 6
12 1916 St. Louis Cardinals 60 93 0 .392 7th of 8
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Generated 3/3/2013.