As is the case with both of these historically HARD-LUCK teams-- neither one WON the World Series. The Cubs LOST the 1906 World Series to the crosstown White Sox, 4-2. The Mariners LOST the 2001 ALCS to the New York Yankees, 4-1.
In fact, of the 4 highest regular-season win totals in major-league history only 1 of the teams managed to win the World Series. Here's a look--
- 1906 Cubs (116-36): LOST World Series
- 2001 Mariners (116-46): LOST ALCS
- 1998 Yankees (114-48): WON World Series
- 1954 Indians (111-43): LOST World Series
So I guess having a SUPER MONSTER regular season is good for the record books but terrible if you want to sport bling and drink champagne when it's all said and done. Unless of course, you're the New York Yankees.
But as is always the case in baseball, facts are truly stranger than fiction.
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