Brewing up some good home cookin’

The red-hot Milwaukee Brewers ran their home record to a gaudy 50-16 this afternoon with a 3-2 decision over the Chicago Cubs.  Meanwhile, another of their division opponents, the Houston Astros, managed to secure their 44th total victory on the season with a 4-3, 11-inning win over the Giants.

So, it made we wonder how often the team with the most home wins in a season outdoes the season total of another team.  It occurred quite often in the days of the 154-game schedule.   From 1904-1961 (58 seasons), there were 48 years in which this occurred.  In the 49 seasons since, its only occurred 17 times.  Here’s the full list from 1904-2010, with the differences in each season:

YEAR BEST TOTAL HOME WINS WORST TOTAL WINS DIFF
1904 56 38 18
1905 54 48 6
1906 56 49 7
1907 54 49 5
1908 52 49 3
1909 57 42 15
1910 58 47 11
1911 54 44 10
1912 57 50 7
1913 54 51 3
1914 53 51 2
1915 55 43 12
1916 50 36 14
1917 56 51 5
1919 51 36 15
1920 52 48 4
1921 53 51 2
1922 54 53 1
1925 53 47 6
1926 53 46 7
1927 57 51 6
1928 52 43 9
1929 57 56 1
1930 58 52 6
1931 60 56 4
1932 62 43 19
1933 56 55 1
1934 54 52 2
1935 56 38 18
1936 56 53 3
1937 57 46 11
1938 55 45 10
1939 55 43 12
1940 55 50 5
1941 53 43 10
1942 60 42 18
1943 58 49 9
1945 50 46 4
1946 61 49 12
1948 55 51 4
1949 61 50 11
1950 55 52 3
1951 56 52 4
1952 50 42 8
1953 60 50 10
1954 59 51 8
1955 56 53 3
1961 65 47 18
1962 61 40 21
1963 58 51 7
1965 52 50 2
1969 60 52 8
1970 59 56 3
1972 55 54 1
1975 64 57 7
1977 60 54 6
1978 59 56 3
1979 56 53 3
1981 38 37 1
1985 58 57 1
1988 56 54 2
1996 56 53 3
1998 62 54 8
2003 57 43 14
2004 57 51 6

Some notes about the biggest differences:

  • 1904: The New York Giants’ 56 home wins helped lead them to an easy NL pennant, while the AL’s last place Washington Senator’s 38 total wins left them 23.5 games behind 7th-place Detroit.
  • 1932: Winning an all-time record 80.5% of their home games, the Yankees rode their 62-15 ledger in the Bronx to a 13-game edge for the AL pennant.  The Boston Red Sox, with a total 43 wins on the year, finished 64 games behind New York.
  • 1961: The Yanks once again exerted their will at home, nabbing a record 65 wins (against 16 losses) in New York to help them win the pennant.   Meanwhile, the Phillies struggled to a 47-107 record in the NL, one of the worst all-time seasons in history, until . . .
  • 1962: The San Francisco Giants won 61 of their 82 contests at Candlestick Park, and would need every one of them in their dogfight with the Dodgers for the NL pennant.  Meanwhile, the expansion Mets infamously went 40-120 in their first year.  The 21-game difference between Giants’ home wins and Mets total wins is the highest all-time.
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