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In game five of tonight’s ALDS, the Rangers are not only seeking to avoid becoming the second team (2001 Oakland Athletics being the other) to lose a best of five post season series after winning the first two games on the road, but also win the organization’s first playoff series since its inception as the Washington Senators in 1961. If successful, the Rangers would also relinquish the dubious distinction of being the only major league franchise to not win an October series. The Rangers were left with that ignominious distinction when the Rays, the team they must beat tonight, bested the Chicago White Sox in the 2008 ALDS. Listed below is a list of each current major league franchise along with their first post season victory as well as the length of time they had to endure before breaking through with October success.

Waiting on History: Each MLB Franchise’s First Taste of Post Season Victory

AL Teams First Series Victory Length of Drought* Year of Inception
Orioles 1966 World Series 63 1901
Rangers NA 49 1961
Angels 2002 ALDS 41 1961
Tigers 1935 World Series 32 1901
Twins1 1924 World Series 21 1901
Yankees 1923 World Series 20 1901
Mariners 1995 ALDS 18 1977
Indians 1920 World Series 17 1901
Blue Jays 1992 ALCS 15 1977
Royals 1980 ALCS 11 1969
Rays 2008 ALDS 10 1998
Athletics 1910 World Series 7 1901
White Sox 1906 World Series 3 1901
Red Sox 1903 World Series 0 1901
NL Teams First Series Victory Length of Drought* Year of Inception
Phillies 1980 NLCS 77 1883
Dodgers 1955 World Series 52 1884
Astros 2004 NLDS 42 1962
Cardinals 1926 World Series 23 1882
Reds 1919 World Series 16 1882
Padres 1984 NLCS 15 1969
Rockies 2007 NLDS 14 1993
Braves 1914 World Series 11 1876
Brewers 1982 ALCS 13 1969
Nationals2 1981 NLDS 12 1969
Pirates 1909 World Series 6 1882
Mets 1969 NLCS 7 1962
Cubs 1907 World Series 4 1876
Marlins 1997 NLDS 4 1993
Giants 1905 World Series 2 1883
Diamondbacks 2001 NLDS 3 1998

*Since 1903, when the World Series was first played.
1As Washington Senators
2As Montreal Expos
Source: Baseball-reference.com

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