Lucky 13? Remembering When The Braves And Brewers Couldn't Stop Winning

Lucky 13? Remembering When The Braves And Brewers Couldn't Stop Winning

Forget superstition. The number 13 has brought winning magic during this week in baseball history. Hello, 1982 Braves.

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It was 35 years ago Friday — April 21, 1982 — that the Braves won their 13th straight game to open the 1982 season, setting an MLB record. Led by Dale Murphy, Bob Horner, Glenn Hubbard and others, the red, white and blue-clad group came out of nowhere to become the talk of baseball, using the winning streak as a springboard toward the NL West title.

It's good thing, too: After starting 13-0, the Braves barely played above .500 the rest of the season — they lost 11 straight at one point in August — but squeaked into the playoffs on the last day of the season with an 89-73 record, only to get swept by the Cardinals in the NLCS. But they'd always have that April record all to themselves, right?

Hello, 1987 Brewers.

Five years almost to the day after the Braves set their mark, the Brewers matched the record on April 20, 1987, after blazing through their first 13 games. As with the Braves, the Brewers' hot start wasn't expected.

But also like the 1982 Braves, the 1987 Brewers couldn't parlay their early streak into postseason magic, despite featuring future Hall of Famers Robin Yount and Paul Molitor. And like the 1982 Braves, the '87 Brewers streaked in the other direction, too. 

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After a win on May 2 gave them a 20-3 record, the Brewers embarked on a 12-game losing streak that dropped them out of first place, never to return. They ultimately finished in third place with a record of 91-71.

The endings to the Braves' and Brewers' seasons shouldn't diminish the accomplishment of a 13-game winning streak. No team has really come close to equaling the teams' hot starts since. A lot has to go right. There must be talent, yes, but there also has to be a good bit of baseball luck.

Then again, maybe there's something unlucky about that No. 13 after all.

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