On Tuesday night, the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers each recorded their 80th wins of the 2019 campaign. Each club sits at 80-41 (.661 winning percentage) entering play on Wednesday, and each club finds itself once again linked to the past.
The @Yankees and @Dodgers are the first teams to 80 wins …
This has happened twice before (1947 & 1953). Both times, they played each other in the #WorldSeries.
(h/t: @Joelsherman1) pic.twitter.com/JY4vH5h9NR
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) August 14, 2019
The amazing MLBstats account (a very worth-while follow on Twitter) brings us the note — via MLB Network insider Joel Sherman — that twice before, the ball clubs found themselves in this scenario.
In 1947, back when the MLB season was only 154 games long, Brooklyn and New York recorded their 80th victories on August 29th. Brooklyn would go on to complete the regular season with a 94-60 record, while the Yanks ended at 97-57. The two would meet in the World Series — because there was only the World Series after the regular season — and New York would take the series 4 games to 3.
In 1953 the two clubs hit the 80 win mark on August 19, with “Dem Bums” ending their season with a still-standing franchise record 105-49 record, and the pinstripes settled on a 99-52 record. They met once again in the fall classic, and once again the Yankees defeated the Dodgers, this time 4 games to 2.
Nothing Set in Stone
Back then it was Joe D, the Duke, and Jackie leading the clashing of titans, but of course, they had two fewer road blocks en route to potential glory. Now we see Belli, Judge, and Babe Ryuth needing to make it through Division Series, and League Championship Series rounds before this rematch can take place.
All time, the Yankees and Dodgers have gone head-to-head in the Fall Classic 11 times, with New York leading 8-3 in the matchup.
The last time these two teams faced off in October was — everyone all together now — 1981 when Fernando and The Infield finally got their revenge.
The first test is coming up August 23-35 at Dodger Stadium as Los Angeles welcomes the Yankees to southern California for Players Weekend.
More Statistics per Wikipedia
|Meetings total||78 (World Series: 65, regular season: 13)|
|Regular season series||Dodgers, 7–6|
|Largest victory||12–2, Yankees (World Series–October 15, 1978)
6–0, Dodgers (regular season–June 19, 2013)
|Longest win streak||
|Current win streak||1, Dodgers|
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