The 2011 World Series is still a heartbreaking memory for me. The Texas Rangers are such an exciting group with a cool core of players, and it would've been perfect for them to be Texas' first championship team. As we all know, it didn't work out that way, and already I'm feeling a sense of desperation for them. In my mind, this Ranger team needs to win it at some point, or baseball history will have truly lost out on a deserving addition to its pantheon of champions.
It got me thinking though: do you ever look back on a team from a certain era and marvel at what an interesting group they were, yet feel a sense of lament because they never won a World Series? I'm not talking about teams that disappointingly lost one year in an era where they won other titles, I'm talking about teams whose eras came and went without them ever capturing a title.
For instance, I know the 1985 Cardinals are still one of St. Louis' most beloved teams, but even though they came up short, many of their core players were part of the team that won the World Series three years earlier. The Whiteyball Cardinals got their ring, even if the best team from that era wasn't the one that secured it.
In the interest of being reasonable, it'd probably be best only to consider teams that were true pennant contenders, not perennial middle-of-the-pack teams, or even bad teams that were never a real threat to win anything. The early Mets might've been an interesting collection of castoffs, but let's face it, they had no business ever winning the World Series.
What are some teams that, if you had your way, would've won it at least once? Here are some of mine:
The Jennings/Cobb/Crawford Tigers (1907-1917). That's three Hall of Famers, two of whom never got to experience a World Series title. It's a doggone shame, especially since one of them was the greatest player of the deadball era and one of my favorite historical players.
The Go-Go White Sox (1951-1961). While the Go-Go era could be extended to 1967, I'd prefer them to have won it with both Nellie Fox and Billy Pierce on the roster.
The Killebrew/Oliva/Allison Twins (1964-1970). A fine bunch. '65 should've been their year.
The Leo Durocher Cubs (1967-1971). Come on, this one's obvious. Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams...
The Bambi's Bombers/Harvey's Wallbangers Brewers (1978-1983). Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper...
The 70's/80's Expos (1979-1984). Tim Raines, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Mr. Expo Steve Rogers...
The late-1990's Indians (1995-1999). After the 1999 season Mike Hargrove was fired, and it seemed clear that this particular Cleveland core was destined never to win it. If the 2007 Indians had won the World Series, I probably could've forgiven this bunch for not doing it.
What do the rest of you think? Which teams do you wish had won a World Series at some point?