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.”