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August 24, 1998
Though they have the American League East title all but wrapped up, the New York Yankees have a more historic test facing them: displacing the 1906 Chicago Cubs (.763) as baseball's most successful team of the 20th century. But there's one other hoary ghost the Bronx Bombers have in their sights—the 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates, the only team to finish with a larger edge in winning percentage over the league's next best team than the '98 Bronx Bombers held as of Monday over the second-best team in the American League. Here's how New York stacks up against history's most dominant teams:
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August 24, 1998

Statitudes

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Though they have the American League East title all but wrapped up, the New York Yankees have a more historic test facing them: displacing the 1906 Chicago Cubs (.763) as baseball's most successful team of the 20th century. But there's one other hoary ghost the Bronx Bombers have in their sights—the 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates, the only team to finish with a larger edge in winning percentage over the league's next best team than the '98 Bronx Bombers held as of Monday over the second-best team in the American League. Here's how New York stacks up against history's most dominant teams:

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