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The usual assortment of did-you-knows, including the history of wild-card races.

Originally Published: August 6, 2002
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

There aren't many teams like the '78 Yankees out there.

We learned that a few days ago on this very same web site, when our buddy, Alan Schwarz, unfurled some sensational research on how tough it is to come from more than 4½ games out heading into August and still finish first.

Now Useless Information steps up to examine the one area he didn't explore -- the wild-card races. And here's what we found:

There aren't many teams like the 2001 Cardinals out there, either.

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