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Baseball's wire-to-wire champions
In clinching the AL West, the Seattle Mariners become the eighth team in major league history to hold first place for every day in the season. Here's a look at the teams that have gone wire-to-wire:
||1923 New York Giants (95-58)|
John McGraw's club won the National League pennant by 4 1/2 games over the Cincinnati Reds and then lost the World Series to the New York Yankees. The club featured Hall of Famer Frankie Frisch, who hit .348 and led the league with 223 hits.
||1927 New York Yankees (110-44)|
Babe Ruth broke his own single-season record with 60 home runs and Lou Gehrig set a major league record with 175 RBIs. The Yankees swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series.
||1955 Brooklyn Dodgers (98-55)|
The Boys of Summer -- Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella and a rookie named Sandy Koufax -- won the NL pennant by 13 1/2 games and defeated the crosstown Yankees to win the club's first world title.
||1984 Detroit Tigers (104-58)|
Sparky Anderson's team opened the season 35-5 and never looked back. Led by Kirk Gibson, Jack Morris and Willie Hernandez, the Tigers swept the Kansas City Royals in the ALCS and defeated the San Diego Padres in the World Series.
||1990 Cincinnati Reds (91-71)|
The Reds won the NL West thanks to the success of the "Nasty Boys," the late-inning relief corps of Randy Myers, Rob Dibble and Norm Charlton. Lou Piniella also had a versatile lineup, featuring Eric Davis, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo and Paul O'Neill. The Reds stunned the Oakland A's in the World Series.
||1997 Baltimore Orioles (98-64)|
Cal Ripken moved to third base and Davey Johnson had the right mix of pitching, hitting and defense. Armando Benitez and Randy Myers were tough in the late innings. The season ended with four one-run losses to the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS.
||1998 Cleveland Indians (89-73)|
With no real competition in the AL Central, the Tribe rolled to their fourth straight division title. The usual suspects -- Charles Nagy Manny Ramirez, Jim Thome, etc. -- fell to the New York Yankees 4-2 in the ALCS.
||2001 Seattle Mariners (106-40)|
The M's ran away from the competition before spring turned to summer. They have not lost three straight games nor dropped a road series all season. They can establish the all-time record for wins in a season if they win 11 of their final 16 games.
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