Los Angeles Angels: Philadelphia Phillies
September, 16, 2011
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com
The Angels are trying to do something no American League team has ever done. Believe it or not, no AL team has ever won its division and/or league while trailing by as many as 3 1/2 games with exactly 13 games left.
On the other hand, five teams in the NL have done it, starting with the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals, who charged back from a deficit of 6 1/2 games to take the NL pennant from Gene Mauch's Philadelphia Phillies. The Cardinals beat the New York Yankees in the World Series that year.
Connections: Mauch later managed the Angels; Mike Scioscia grew up outside Philadelphia and was about to turn six.
Here are the precedents for what the Angels are trying to accomplish:
Year Team GB
2007 Phillies 3.5
2001 Cardinals 3.5
1973 Mets 3.5
1965 Dodgers 3.5
1964 Cardinals 6.5