List of Baltimore Orioles seasons

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The Baltimore Orioles, formerly the St. Louis Browns, are an American professional baseball franchise currently based in Baltimore, Maryland. They were founded in 1894 as the Milwaukee Brewers of the Western League and joined the American League (AL) in 1901, before relocating to St. Louis the following season – a move planned by the league several years before its fruition.

The Browns generally struggled in their early years as a Major League team, never finishing higher than fourth before 1921, and in fact having only eight winning seasons before World War II. They lost over 100 games five times, and in 1939 set an unenviable MLB record for the highest earned run average against a team on record at just over 6.00 per nine innings. They did not play in a World Series until 1944 – when most other teams were decimated by the war – and had no winning season between 1946 and their seventh season in Baltimore as the "Orioles" in 1960.

After this, however, the Orioles entered their golden age between 1966 and 1983, when they won three World Series, played in the postseason eight times, and had eighteen consecutive winning seasons between 1968 and 1985. The period from 1986 to 2011, however, was another era of failure apart from a short period in the middle 1990s. The Orioles played in the postseason only twice over twenty-eight seasons and suffered fourteen successive losing seasons between 1998 and 2011, before in 2012 surprisingly winning 93 games and their first playoff series since 1997.

Regular season[edit]

  • 111 MLB seasons : 8326–9198 (0.475)
  • 9 Division titles : 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1983, 1997, 2014
  • 7 League pennants : 1944, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1979, 1983
  • 2 Wild Cards : 1996, 2012

Postseason[edit]

  • 1 appearance in Wild Card playoff game: 1-0 (1.000), 1 game won : 2012
  • 4 appearances in Division Series : 11-5 (0.688), 3 series won : 1996, 1997, 2014
  • 9 appearances in Championship Series : 21-16 (0.567), 5 series won : 1969, 1970, 1971, 1979, 1983
  • 7 appearances in World Series : 21-18 (0.538), 3 series won : 1966, 1970, 1983
  • Post-season record : 54-43 (0.557)

Year by year[edit]

Season Level League Division Regular season Playoffs Awards
Finish Won Lost Win% GB
Milwaukee Brewers
1901 MLB AL 8th 48 89 .350 35½
St. Louis Browns
1902 MLB AL 2nd 78 58 .573 5
1903 MLB AL 6th 65 74 .467 26½
1904 MLB AL 6th 65 87 .427 29
1905 MLB AL 8th 54 99 .352 40½
1906 MLB AL 5th 76 73 .510 16
1907 MLB AL 6th 69 83 .453 24
1908 MLB AL 4th 83 69 .546
1909 MLB AL 7th 61 89 .406 36
1910 MLB AL 8th 47 107 .305 57
1911 MLB AL 8th 45 107 .296 56½
1912 MLB AL 7th 53 101 .344 53
1913 MLB AL 8th 57 96 .372 39
1914 MLB AL 5th 71 82 .464 28½
1915 MLB AL 6th 63 91 .409 39½
1916 MLB AL 5th 79 75 .512 12
1917 MLB AL 7th 57 97 .370 43
1918 MLB AL 5th 58 64 .475 15
1919 MLB AL 5th 67 72 .482 20½
1920 MLB AL 4th 76 77 .496 21½
1921 MLB AL 3rd 81 73 .525 17½
1922 MLB AL 2nd 93 61 .603 1
1923 MLB AL 5th 74 78 .486 24
1924 MLB AL 4th 74 78 .486 17
1925 MLB AL 3rd 82 71 .535 15
1926 MLB AL 7th 62 92 .402 29
1927 MLB AL 7th 59 94 .385 50½
1928 MLB AL 3rd 82 72 .532 19
1929 MLB AL 4th 79 73 .519 26
1930 MLB AL 6th 64 90 .415 38
1931 MLB AL 5th 63 91 .409 45
1932 MLB AL 6th 63 91 .409 44
1933 MLB AL 8th 55 96 .364 43½
1934 MLB AL 6th 67 85 .440 33
1935 MLB AL 7th 65 87 .427 28½
1936 MLB AL 7th 57 95 .375 44½
1937 MLB AL 8th 46 108 .298 56
1938 MLB AL 7th 55 97 .361 44
1939 MLB AL 8th 43 111 .279 64½
1940 MLB AL 6th 67 87 .435 23
1941 MLB AL 7th 70 84 .454 31
1942 MLB AL 3rd 82 69 .543 19½
1943 MLB AL 6th 72 80 .473 25
1944 MLB AL 1st 89 65 .577 Lost World Series (Cardinals) 4–2
1945 MLB AL 3rd 81 70 .536 6
1946 MLB AL 7th 66 88 .428 38
1947 MLB AL 8th 59 95 .383 38
1948 MLB AL 6th 59 94 .385 37
1949 MLB AL 7th 53 101 .344 44
1950 MLB AL 7th 58 96 .376 40
1951 MLB AL 8th 52 102 .337 46
1952 MLB AL 7th 64 90 .415 31
1953 MLB AL 8th 54 100 .350 46½
Baltimore Orioles
1954 MLB AL 7th 54 100 .350 57
1955 MLB AL 7th 57 97 .370 39
1956 MLB AL 6th 69 85 .448 28
1957 MLB AL 5th 76 76 .500 21
1958 MLB AL 6th 74 79 .483 17½
1959 MLB AL 6th 74 80 .480 20
1960 MLB AL 2nd 89 65 .577 8 Ron Hansen (ROY)
1961 MLB AL 3rd 95 67 .586 14
1962 MLB AL 7th 77 85 .475 19
1963 MLB AL 4th 86 76 .530 18½
1964 MLB AL 3rd 97 65 .598 2 Brooks Robinson (MVP)
1965 MLB AL 3rd 94 68 .580 8 Curt Blefary (ROY)
1966 MLB AL 1st 97 63 .606 Won World Series (Dodgers) 4–0 Frank Robinson (MVP, TC, WS MVP)
1967 MLB AL 6th 76 85 .472 15½
1968 MLB AL 2nd 91 71 .561 12
1969 MLB AL East 1st 109 53 .672 Won ALCS (Twins) 3–0
Lost World Series (Mets) 4–1
Mike Cuellar (CYA)
1970 MLB AL East 1st 108 54 .666 Won ALCS (Twins) 3–0
Won World Series (Reds) 4–1
Boog Powell (MVP)
Brooks Robinson (WS MVP)
1971 MLB AL East 1st 101 57 .639 Won ALCS (Athletics) 3–0
Lost World Series (Pirates) 4–3
1972 MLB AL East 3rd 80 74 .519 5
1973 MLB AL East 1st 97 65 .598 Lost ALCS (Athletics) 3–2 Jim Palmer (CYA)
Al Bumbry (ROY)
1974 MLB AL East 1st 91 71 .561 Lost ALCS (Athletics) 3–1
1975 MLB AL East 2nd 90 69 .566 Jim Palmer (CYA)
1976 MLB AL East 2nd 88 74 .543 10½ Jim Palmer (CYA)
1977 MLB AL East 2nd 97 64 .602 Eddie Murray (ROY)
1978 MLB AL East 4th 90 71 .559 9
1979 MLB AL East 1st 102 57 .641 Won ALCS (Angels) 3–1
Lost World Series (Pirates) 4–3
Mike Flanagan (CYA)
1980 MLB AL East 2nd 100 62 .617 3 Steve Stone (CYA)
1981 MLB AL East 2nd 31 23 .574 2
4th 28 23 .549 2
1982 MLB AL East 2nd 94 68 .580 1 Cal Ripken, Jr. (ROY)
1983 MLB AL East 1st 98 64 .604 Won ALCS (White Sox) 3–1
Won World Series (Phillies) 4–1
Cal Ripken, Jr. (MVP)
Rick Dempsey (WS MVP)
1984 MLB AL East 5th 85 77 .524 19
1985 MLB AL East 4th 83 78 .515 16
1986 MLB AL East 7th 73 89 .450 22½
1987 MLB AL East 6th 67 95 .413 31
1988 MLB AL East 7th 54 107 .335 34½
1989 MLB AL East 2nd 87 75 .537 2 Gregg Olson (ROY)
Frank Robinson (MOY)
1990 MLB AL East 5th 76 85 .472 11½
1991 MLB AL East 6th 67 95 .413 24 Cal Ripken, Jr. (MVP)
1992 MLB AL East 3rd 89 73 .549 7
1993 MLB AL East 3rd 85 77 .524 10
1994 MLB AL East 2nd 63 49 .562 Playoffs canceled
1995 MLB AL East 3rd 71 73 .493 15
1996 MLB AL East 2nd 88 74 .543 4 Won ALDS (Indians) 3–1
Lost ALCS (Yankees) 4–1
1997 MLB AL East 1st 98 64 .604 Won ALDS (Mariners) 3–1
Lost ALCS (Indians) 4–2
Davey Johnson (MOY)
1998 MLB AL East 4th 79 83 .487 35
1999 MLB AL East 4th 78 84 .481 20
2000 MLB AL East 4th 74 88 .456 13½
2001 MLB AL East 4th 63 98 .391 32½
2002 MLB AL East 4th 67 95 .413 36½
2003 MLB AL East 4th 71 91 .438 30
2004 MLB AL East 3rd 78 84 .481 23
2005 MLB AL East 4th 74 88 .456 21
2006 MLB AL East 4th 70 92 .432 27
2007 MLB AL East 4th 69 93 .425 27
2008 MLB AL East 5th 68 93 .422 28½
2009 MLB AL East 5th 64 98 .395 39
2010 MLB AL East 5th 66 96 .407 30
2011 MLB AL East 5th 69 93 .426 28
2012 MLB AL East 2nd 93 69 .574 2 Won AL Wild Card Game (Rangers)
Lost ALDS (Yankees) 3–2
2013 MLB AL East T-3rd 85 77 .525 12
2014 MLB AL East 1st 96 66 .593 Won ALDS (Tigers) 3–0
Lost ALCS (Royals) 4–0
Buck Showalter (MOY)
2015 MLB AL East 3rd 81 81 .500 12

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