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How Important Are Best Players to Achievement?: 1926 to 1938 Cardinals, Cubs, and Giants

cub cub nyg As we move on to consider the second quarter-century in the National League, allow me here to make a provocative proposition: having the "best players" may not be a necessary condition for significant achievement, but it is a necessary condition for "best teams."

The National League franchises with the most success from the mid-1920s until the 1940s were the St. Louis Cardinals, who won five pennants and three World Series in nine years between 1926 and 1934; the Chicago Cubs, with four pennants in 10 years (but no victorious World Series) between 1929 and 1938; and the New York Giants, with three pennants and one World Series triumph in five years between 1933 and 1937. (The Pittsburgh Pirates in 1925 and 1927 and the Cincinnati Reds in 1939 and 1940 won two pennants.) None of these teams are in the discussion of best National League teams of the twentieth century, or even the first half of the century, according to me. Their various fortunes, however, do raise the question:

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