I Don’t Like (insert day of week here)

We’ve discussed the best and worst teams on specific dates within the seasons.  We’ve gone over the best and worst teams on specific days of the week.  Now its time to look at the best and worst single-season records on specific days of the week, inspired by the Braves o-for-their-first-12 Mondays this season.

Here are the teams/franchises that went an entire season with no losses on a particular day of the week.  Note that many teams did not play on Sundays back in the early portion of the 1900s:

Team Yr Day W L Pct.
CHA 1939 Mon 8 0 1.000
BOS 1903 Sun 6 0 1.000
ATL 1914 Sun 4 0 1.000
BOS 1904 Sun 4 0 1.000

Here are the teams/franchises that went an entire season with no wins on a particular day of the week:

Team Yr Day W L Pct.
NYN 1962 Thu 0 15 .000
PHI 1928 Sun 0 15 .000
OAK 1918 Sun 0 11 .000
ATL 1905 Sun 0 7 .000
BAL 1953 Mon 0 6 .000
MIN 1908 Sun 0 6 .000
MIN 1909 Sun 0 6 .000
NYA 1908 Sun 0 5 .000

You’ll note that many of the “records” are based upon a small number of games.  The major league season is roughly 26 weeks long, but any of the days from Monday through Thursday are often travel days.  If we restrict our search to “full calendar days of the week”, say a minimum of 24 games, then the best records are as follows:

TM YR DAY W L PCT
MIN 1933 Sat 25 3 .893
CIN 1975 Sat 22 3 .880
SFN 1909 Wed 22 3 .880
PIT 1909 Tue 21 3 .875
SLN 2004 Fri 23 4 .852
CHN 1909 Sat 21 4 .840
CIN 1919 Fri 21 4 .840
NYA 2004 Thu 21 4 .840
PIT 1902 Sat 21 4 .840
SFN 1913 Mon 21 4 .840

. . . and the worst:

TM YR DAY W L PCT
WSN 1969 Wed 2 24 .077
PHI 1941 Wed 3 26 .103
TEX 1973 Sat 3 23 .115
SDN 1971 Sat 3 22 .120
BAL 1937 Sun 5 31 .139
ARI 2004 Sat 4 22 .154
ATL 1909 Wed 4 22 .154
DET 2003 Fri 4 22 .154
MIN 1909 Mon 4 22 .154
(Though they didn’t make the “best of the worst” list, the 2011 Astros are the most recent team to stake a claim towards being included in it.  They went 5-21 (.192) on both Fridays and Sundays.)

While playing on Sunday was rare during the turn of the century, during the war years and into the 1950s,  Sunday was doubleheader day.  This led to some gaudy win (and loss) totals on that day of the week.  Here are the clubs that won at least 30 games on Sundays (or any day for that matter) during a given year:

Team Yr Day W L Pct.
CHN 1945 Sun 31 12 .721
SLN 1942 Sun 31 14 .689
MIN 1943 Sun 31 15 .674
SLN 1944 Sun 31 16 .660
CLE 1954 Sun 30 7 .811
SLN 1943 Sun 30 13 .698

. . . and the 30-loss clubs:

Team Yr Day W L Pct.
OAK 1943 Sun 14 32 .304
PIT 1953 Sun 8 32 .200
PHI 1942 Sun 14 31 .311
BAL 1937 Sun 5 31 .139
OAK 1954 Sun 11 30 .268
NYN 1964 Sun 10 30 .250

Moving on, here are each franchise’s best and worst records on a day during one season (congrats to the Phillies for their record-setting 2011 performance, the most recent update to this table):

Next time out, good teams that did poorly on a particular day of the week, and vice-versa.

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