Philadelphia Athletics Posted Biggest Comeback Victory

Published on July 27th, 2021 8:58 pm EST
Written By: Dave Manuel



The biggest comeback wins in North American professional baseball. Major League Baseball is such a popular sport because anything can happen at any time.

A team might be seemingly cruising to an easy 8-0 victory, only to lose the game 9-8.

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There are two types of comeback wins that we will highlight in this article:

1. The biggest come-from-behind victory in terms of total number of runs

2. The most improbable come-from-behind victory in terms of odds to win

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On Monday, June 15th, 1925, the Philadephia Athletics hosted the Cleveland Indians at Shibe Park.

The Cleveland Indians, led by Charlie Jamieson, Joe Sewell and Ray Knode, hit the Athletics early and often.

By the time that the game reached the bottom of the 7th inning, the Indians were up by a score of 15-3.

The Athletics added a run in the bottom of the 7th, but the true fireworks were to come in the bottom of the eighth.

The bottom of the eighth started out in fairly harmless fashion, with Chick Galloway getting walked and Tom Glass flying out to right field.

After that, however, the floodgates flew open, with the Athletics scoring 13 runs in the inning.

The Athletics would take the lead after a 3-run home run by Al Simmons, and would go on to win the game by a score of 17-15.

The Indians would use 4 different pitchers in the inning.

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The two most improbable wins? That belongs to a 1952 game between the Cubs and Reds, and a 1990 game between the Phillies and Dodgers.

In both games, the trailing team had just a 0.01% chance of winning.

In the 1952 game between the Cubs and Reds, the Reds were up 8-2 at the top of the ninth with 2 out, and ended up losing by a score of 9-8.

In the 1990 game between the Phillies and the Dodgers, the Dodgers were up 11-1 in the top of the eighth before blowing the lead and eventually losing by a score of 12-11.

These were the two most improbable come-from-behind wins in the history of Major League Baseball.

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