Instant Analyst

July 18, 1993

Whether it's thanks to serendipity or geography, the alignment of baseball's leagues seems to have a kind of natural perfection. Like 60'6" from pitcher to batter, 90' between bases and 154 games in a season, eight teams per league is an ideal formula. Witness that in six of the past seven years, at least one pennant race has been decided on the final day of the season or in a tie-breaking playoff. (In the only season without a heart-stopping finish, 1947, the World Series, between the Yankees and the Dodgers, was acclaimed as the best in recent memory.)

Fans who have come to expect such rousing finishes should be heartened by this week's American League standings, where the top four teams—the White Sox, Red Sox, Yankees and Indians—are separated by four games. National League fans may have to adopt a team in the Junior Circuit for excitement: The Dodgers lead the Giants by 8½ games.

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W-L

Pct

GB

1944

AL

Browns

89-65

.578

Browns win andTigers lose on last day

Tigers

88-66

.571

1

1945

AL

Tigers

88-65

.575

Tigers clinch on last day

Senators

87-67

.565

1946

NL

Cardinals

98-58

.628

Cardinals win best-of-three playoff

Dodgers

96-60

.615

2

1948

AL

Indians

97-58

.626

Indians win one-game playoff

Red Sox

96-59

.619

1

1949

AL

Yankees

97-57

.630

Yankees defeat Red Sox on last day

Red Sox

96-58

.623

1

1949

NL

Dodgers

97-57

.630

Dodgers clinch on last day

Cardinals

96-58

.623

1

1950

NL

Phillies

91-63

.591

Phillies beat Dodgers on last day

Dodgers

89-65

.578

2

Statistics provided by the Elias Sports Bureau

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)