Philly Baseball: On The Road to Losing

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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cliff Lee. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For the 31st time since 1900, a major league baseball team from Philadelphia has put together a road losing streak of 11 or more games (ties within the streak are discounted).

The Phillies' loss Sunday in Washington marked their 19th streak of consecutive road losses reaching 11. The Athletics had 12 such stretches during their tenure in Philadelphia (1901-54). That includes 22 in a row in 1943, a major league record which was tied by the 1963 Mets. (By the way, if they keep this up — down? — the Phils' 22nd consecutive road loss would come on a return trip to the nation's capital on Friday, Sept. 13 ... Yup, that's right, Friday the 13th.

The Phils' club mark is 17, done in 1961.

Here are the longest of those Philly 42 road losing streaks:

 No.     Team  First Loss  Last Start
 22  Athletics     July 11, 1943  Aug. 24, 1943
 20  Athletics  June 27, 1916     Aug. 8, 1916
 19  Athletics  May 20, 1945  July 3, 1945
 18  Athletics  June 8, 1920  June 27, 1920   
 17  Phillies  Aug. 2, 1961  Aug. 20, 1961
 15  Phillies  April 18, 1928  May 14, 1928
 14  Athletics  June 29, 1938  July 30, 1938
 14  Phillies  June 5, 1942  July 12, 1942
 14  Phillies  June 5, 1996  June 26, 1996

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