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Who Has The Best MLB Record?

The 2023 MLB season saw the Texas Rangers win their first World Series championship in their 63-year history. Which franchises have won the most World Series?

The Atlanta Braves won the most games in the league in 2023 with 104, for a winning percentage of .642, but they fell in the NLDS against the Phillies.

In this article, we look at the best MLB record in regards to teams that had the best single-season winning percentage, franchises that had the most wins and highest winning percentage in MLB history.

Read on!

Best MLB Record – World Series Titles

1. New York Yankees

The New York Yankees have more won more World Series than the next two teams on this list combined.

Their first of 27 titles came in 1923 and the dynamic team led by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig won four more World Series through 1932. They continued their dominance, winning six of eight series from 1936 through 1943.

Another run saw the Yankees win five straight from 1949 through 1953. New York hit a dry spell from the post Reggie Jackson era of the late 1970s until the Derek Jeter era began in 1995.

They won four titles from 1996 through 2000 with the last of their 27 World Series championships in 2009.

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2. St. Louis Cardinals

The most successful franchise in NL history, the Cardinals have won 11 titles. Their first came in 1926, followed by two in the 1930s and three in the 1940s and two in the 1960s.

The Cardinals have only won three World Series since 1982, but have been a remarkably consistent franchise, only losing one season since the turn of the 21st century.

3. (tie) Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox won four World Series during the 1910s but then went through an 86-year dry spell known as the “Curse of the Bambino” following the team selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees.

Boston has risen to the forefront over the last two decades, winning four World Series from 2004 through 2018 to become the first team to win four in this century.

Their 9 titles is tied for second-most in AL history.

3. (tie) Oakland Athletics

The Athletics won their first five titles while playing in Philadelphia. After a poor period of play in Kansas City from 1955 through 1967, the Athletics came back to prominence in the early 1970s in Oakland. Led by the likes of Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Rollie Fingers, the Athletics won three straight World Series from 1972 through 1974. Their last of 9 titles came in 1989 when managed by Tony LaRussa.

5. San Francisco Giants

Only the Los Angeles Dodgers have World Series appearances for a National League team. The Giants won their first title in 1905, and four more prior to moving to San Francisco after the 1957 season.

The team won the pennant only three times in four decades after moving to the Bay Area, and ended a 56-year World Series title drought in 2010.

They have won two since, their last of their 8 titles in 2014.

Best MLB Record – Single-season Winning Percentage

1. Chicago Cubs, 1906 (116-36, 0.763)

The 1906 Cubs dominated play, winning 20 more games than the New York Giants and 23 more than the Chicago White Sox, who rounded out the top three teams.

They had a sensational pitching staff that posted a team ERA of 1.75. Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown led the league with a 1.04 ERA in 277 ⅓ innings.

The Cubs had a few Hall of Famer players beyond Brown, most notably Frank Chance, who hit .319.

Although the Cubs led the league in runs scored and overall winning percentage, they faltered in the World Series, losing to the White Sox.

2. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1902 (103-36, 0.741)

The 1902 Pirates were an offensive juggernaut, leading the league in batting average, on-base percentage, and runs scored.

Honus Wagner led the league in home runs with six during this aptly named dead-ball era.

Ginger Beaumont led the league in hitting, while Jesse Tannehill posted a team-best 1.95 ERA in 235 innings.

The 1902 Pirates are the only team of the top five not to have appeared in a playoff game.

There was no World Series in 1902, but the Pirates dominated, finishing a full 20 games ahead of the second-place Philadelphia Athletics.

3. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1909 (110-42, 0.724)

Despite a 110-win season for the 1909 Pirates, they had to battle the Chicago Cubs all season, finishing the season six games in front.

The Pirates were led by Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, who hit a league-best .339 with 39 doubles and 100 RBI. He was the only starter with a batting average north of .300.

The pitching staff was outstanding, led by Howie Camnitz with a 1.62 and 133 strikeouts in 283 innings.

The Pirates went on to win the World Series over the Detroit Tigers, 4 games to 3.

4. Cleveland Indians, 1954 (111-43, 0.721)

The 1954 Indians are fourth on this list but hold the highest single-season winning percentage in American League history. The team was led by slugger Larry Doby, who belted 32 home runs and knocked in 126.

Bobby Avila paced the club in hitting with a .344 batting average, and Al Rosen had a productive season with 24 home runs, 102 RBI, and a .300 average.

Early Wynn and Bob Lemon each won 23 games, and the Indians staff posted an ERA of 2.78.

After a tremendous regular season, the Indians fell to the World Series to the New York Giants in four games.

5. Seattle Mariners, 2001 (116-46, 0.716)

The 2001 Mariners were led by rookie Ichiro Suzuki, who put on a hitting show with a .350 average 242 hits, 124 runs, and 54 stolen bases.

Brett Boone, John Olerud, and Edgar Martinez all hit over .300 for a team that .288 with 927 runs scored. Jamie Moyer led the staff with 20 wins, while Freddy Garcia, Aaron Sele, and Paul Abbott each added at least 15 wins.

After defeating the Cleveland Indians in the ALDS, the Mariners season ended in a disappointing loss in the ALCS to the New York Yankees in five games.

Best MLB Record -Winningest Franchises

Let’s look at the franchises with the most regular season wins and those with the highest overall winning percentage in MLB history.

The teams with the most wins in MLB history are the San Francisco Giants (11,461), Los Angeles Dodgers (11,334), Chicago Cubs (11,224), Atlanta Braves (11,025), and Cincinnati Reds (10,857).

Of those five, only the Giants and Dodgers are among the top five in winning percentage, although all five franchises have winning percentages over .500.  

Best MLB Record – Winning Percentage

1. New York Yankees

(10,684 wins, 8,080 losses, 0.569 winning percentage)

The Yankees have been part of MLB for 121 seasons. They have made 58 playoff appearances and 40 pennants.

They have won at least 100 games in a season 21 times and another 44 seasons with over 90 wins. The Yankees are the most iconic team in MLB history with a plethora of recognizable Hall of Famers, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Derek Jeter, and Mariano Rivera, among numerous others.

They could lose every game for the next 16 seasons and still have a franchise winning percentage over .500.

2. San Francisco Giants

(11,461 wins, 9,937 losses, 0.536 winning percentage)

The Giants have made 27 playoff appearances and 23 pennants in their 141-season history.

They have surpassed 100 wins in a season eight times and at least 90 wins in a season another 34 times.

The Giants played in New York through the 1957 season before moving to San Francisco in 1958.

The best players in franchise history include Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Mel Ott, Christy Matthewson, Carl Hubbell, Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey, Wil Clark, Buster Posey, among others.

The Giants are the sixth oldest franchise in MLB history.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers

(11,334 wins, 10,004 losses, 0.531 winning percentage)

The Dodgers are the eighth oldest franchise in MLB, playing in Brooklyn through 1957 before moving to Los Angeles in 1958.

They have made 37 playoff apperanaces and won 25 NL pennants. The Dodgers have won at least 100 games in a season 11 times, including five of the last eight years. In addition, they have surpassed 90 wins in a season an additional 34 times.

Top players in franchise history include Jackie Robinson, Clayton Kershaw, Pee Wee Reese, Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Duke Snider, Don Sutton, Orel Hershiser, Ron Cey, and Steve Garvey.

4. Boston Red Sox

(9,874 wins, 9,182 losses, 0.518 winning percentage)

In their 123-year history, the Boston Red Sox have made 25 playoff appearances and won 14 AL pennants.

They played their first seven seasons as the Boston Americans before changing their name to the Red Sox.

The Red Sox have won at least 100 games in a season four times and at least 90 wins in a season an additional 29 times.

The top players in franchise history include Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Cy Young, Tris Speaker, Pedro Martinez, Dwight Evans, David Ortiz, and Jim Rice.

5. St. Louis Cardinals

(10,422 wins, 9,891 losses, 0.513 winning percentage)

The Cardinals are among the oldest teams in MLB history. In 142 seasons, they have 32 playoff appearances and 23 NL pennants.

They won at least 100 games in a season eight times and at least 90 games in a season an additional 30 times.

Top players in franchise history include Stan Musial, Rogers Hornsby, Bob Gibson, Albert Pujols, Ozzie Smith, Ted Simmons, Lou Brock, and Yadier Molina.

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