The Best Teams From History that Didn’t Win a Championship

The Best Teams From History that Didn’t Win a Championship


Professional sports can be heartbreaking. Your favorite team could seem tailor-made to win the championship but simply fall short for any number of reasons. Some would argue that a team is only as good as its results, not its potential. However, that doesn’t stop fans from thinking about what might have been.

Today, we’re taking a look at a few teams that never won championships who fans believe were flat-out robbed.

1954 Cleveland Indians

The ’54 Indians had an outrageous 111-43 record at the end of regular season play, the best in American League history and a clear indicator that the team could go on to win the World Series that year. The duo of Al Rosen and Larry Doby brought insane power at the plate, while the pitching rotation of Early Wynn, Mike Garcia, Bob Lemon, and Bob Feller combined to have a 3.09 ERA. Each of them made at least 19 starts, giving the team the unbelievable consistency that defined one of the best regular baseball seasons ever.

And then they got swept by the New York Giants in the World Series in four short games. And, like that, one of the best teams in baseball history was undone in the postseason.

Game 1 of the 1954 World Series featured one of the most legendary plays in sports history. The play is so well-known it’s simply called The Catch. Willie Mays made an over-the-shoulder catch that stopped a ball from Vic Wertz from getting down in a tied game in the eighth inning. From there, the sweep was simply a heartbreaker.

2015-2016 Golden State Warriors

This team had the best regular-season record of any NBA team, ever. They were fresh off of the previous season’s championship and riding high on the talent of some unmatched players. Steph Curry was doing things this season that hadn’t been done before, averaging over 30 points per game with a shooting percentage pushing close to 0.7. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson offered stellar support to Curry’s precision.

And then, in the finals, it all fell apart. After taking a 3-1 lead over the Cavaliers, they blew the series and lost in stunning fashion. They were the first NBA team to ever have more than 68 regular-season wins and not win the championship, and the first to ever blow a 3-1 lead in the finals.

2007 Patriots

The dream of the perfect NFL season was crushed in the 2007 Super Bowl when the 16-0 Patriots battled the wild card New York Giants. Ironically, the 1954 Cleveland Indians also lost their “sure thing” championship to an underdog team called the Giants.

The most notable play from Super Bowl XLII is the legendary “Helmet Catch,” when David Tyree grabbed a long, 32-yard pass and held it against the top of his helmet to get a first down in a tight game. By winning, the 2007 Giants became the first NFC wild card team to come back and win a Super Bowl.

Despite the offensive lineup of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and Randy Moss, the seemingly unstoppable Pats were defeated in a jaw-dropping game that remains one of the most legendary sports upsets of all time.