Biggest Cinderellas in Baseball History

1971 Pittsburgh Pirates

To qualify their Cinderella-hood, I must start by stating that the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates were plenty good. They won 97 regular season games and buzzed through the San Francisco Giants at a four-game NLCS.
But the Baltimore Oriole team they faced in that year’s World Series was another monster, a 101-win titan that featured four 20-game winners.
When the O’s took the first two games, most folks penciled the defending champs to get a repeat.
Then the unlikely, a three-game run that saw them beat Mike Cuellar, Pat Dobson and Dave McNally in order. After dropping Game 6, the Pirates responded with a Game 7 street win that would cement one of the excellent upsets in Series history.
1995 Seattle Mariners
Before 1995, the Seattle Mariners had completed over .500 only twice in their 18-year presence and never qualified for the playoffs.
With each losing campaign, the possibility of baseball in the Pacific Northwest grew darker and darker. That was, after all, the town that had dropped its first franchise, the Seattle Pilots, after only 1 season.
Midway through that strike-shortened ???95 season, it looked like more of the same. On August 20, the Mariners were 53-53 and 12.5 games behind the first-place California Angels.
Subsequently the improbable, a scorching encounter over the season’s final month and shift combined with a epic Angels collapse. The clubs finished the regular season tied, and Seattle capped the comeback by winning a one-game playoff.
From the franchise’s first playoff series they dropped the opening two games to the Yankees before lifting an additional mad comeback to force a decisive Game 5. After there, Seattle place a cherry atop their improbable season by walking-off against New York at the bottom of the 11th inning.
The Mariners would shed from the ALCS to the Cleveland Indians, but too much good came in the ???95 year to end on such a sour note.
Randy Johnson became a celebrity, Edgar Martinez struck on the highest high of his remarkable career, and the indelible image of Ken Griffey Jr. giggling under an onslaught of teammates signified baseball’s salvation in Seattle.

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