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:
Here are the teams/franchises that went an entire season with no wins on a particular day of the week:
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:
. . . and the worst:
(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:
. . . and the 30-loss clubs:
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.