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Rockies’ Historic Run Leads to First Ever World Series Appearance

October 18, 2007 08:16 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
The unheralded Colorado Rockies play their way into the history books, with a late season winning streak that rivals some of baseball’s greatest.

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The Colorado Rockies were close to being eliminated from playoff contention on Sept. 15. But they finished the regular season by winning 13 out of 14 games, tying the San Diego Padres for the wild-card playoff spot. 

The Rockies won the “play-in” game and then swept the Philadelphia Phillies and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Now this 15-year-old franchise, which has one of the youngest and lowest-paid rosters in Major League Baseball, heads to the World Series for the first time, riding the momentum of one of Major League Baseball’s greatest late-season streaks.

The only other teams in history to put together comparable streaks this late in the season are the 1977 Kansas City Royals and the 1935 Chicago Cubs.

The Royals won 24 of 25 games from Aug. 31 to Sept. 25 before losing the American League pennant to the New York Yankees.

And the 1935 Cubs won 21 consecutive games from Sept. 4 through Sept. 27—a number that remains unmatched today—before losing the World Series to the Detroit Tigers.

Colorado is also the first team to win their first seven playoff games since the 1976 Cincinnati Reds.

In addition to their autumn streak, the Rockies have set the single-season MLB record for fielding percentage with an astounding .98925.

For now it seems like all eyes are on Colorado, as the sports world waits to see how far the Rockies’ streak can take them.

Headline Links: Colorado wins the pennant

Background: The road to the Series and a Rockies timeline

Reactions: Denver comes of age

Key Players: Team Owners Charlie and Dick Monfort, General Manager Daniel O’Dowd, and Manager Clint Hurdle

Clint Hurdle has been the Colorado Rockies’ manager for six years. Before this season, his team had neither ranked better than fourth in the National League West nor finished a season with a record above .500. But according to Hurdle’s players, he’s developed and matured as a manager alongside them: “As we've gotten older and we have a little bit more experience, he's let us go out and play and just kind of sat back and made the moves he needs to make,” outfielder Matt Holliday told The Arizona Republic.

Historical Context: The greatest winning streaks in sports

Opinion: Rockies fans deserve it

Related Topics: The team of the interior West

Reference Material: Colorado’s low salaries and young players, and the probability of streaks

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