Regardless of who wins the American League East (page 12), the Red Sox have already given a glimmer of hope to any team that henceforth finds itself out of first place by double-digits. The '93 Sox jumped from 10 games out to first place faster than any team in American League history. On June 29 they were 10 games off the pace, with a 37-39 record; 24 days later they had climbed over lour teams and stood in sole possession of first, with a 54-43 record. The previous record of 41 days was held by the '48 Red Sox.
Only three days before Boston reached the top, the Orioles completed a similar ascent: 10 games behind on June 1, the O's reached first on July 20. This is the first lime in American League history that two teams in the same season have overcome 10-game deficits to reach first. It has happened once in this century in the National League, in 1973, when four teams did it: the Reds, the Pirates, the Cardinals and the Mets.
One National League team did go from 10 or more games back to first place quicker than this year's Red Sox, however, and that record may stand forever: The '82 Dodgers, helped by a pair of four-game sweeps of the first-place Braves, went from 10� back on July 29 to take over first place in the National League West on Aug. 10, a span of only 12 days.
Here are the fastest double-digit-deficit, last-to-first teams since 1900.