Pirates Set Mark With 17th Straight Losing Year
Pittsburgh's futility streak longest in North American sports history
By Will McCahill, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2009 6:41 PM CDT
Pittsburgh Pirates fans name-check another notable loser after today's game, when the Pirates lost to Chicago and clinched a record 17th consecutive losing season.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Baseball’s Pittsburgh Pirates set a new North American standard for consecutive losing seasons by a major sports franchise, the Post-Gazette reports, with today’s loss to the Chicago Cubs guaranteeing the team finishes with more losses than wins for the 17th year in a row. The Pirates had shared the dubious distinction with the 1933-48 Philadelphia Phillies. “Obviously, I am disappointed,” the team’s owner said.

The Vancouver Canucks hold the NHL record with 15 consecutive losing seasons (1976-91); the NBA’s Kansas City/Sacramento Kings also went that long (1983-98). The 1983-96 Tampa Bay Buccaneers sit at the bottom of the NFL’s list. “Setting a major league mark for losing hurts,” said the Pirates’ president, “and it hits particularly hard for us because everyone in this organization is extraordinarily proud to be a part of a franchise that has such a long and rich history of winning.”

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Mad
Sep 8, 2009 12:33 PM CDT
Cubs suck because the they constantly play like they might win, only to choke at the end. Pitt sucks pretty consistently throughout
drlarrymitchell
Sep 8, 2009 12:10 PM CDT
Does that mean that the Cubs suck...less?
cnguyen
Sep 8, 2009 3:53 AM CDT
At least they have history. Some great players came out of Pittsburgh's organization