Update 8:06 p.m.: Make that 10 in a row for the A’s.

Earlier post
The Oakland A’s were edged out by the Baltimore Orioles last night, 3-2, the team’s ninth consecutive loss and — not coincidentally — Bob Geren’s last game as the team’s manager. Worst losing streak in team history?

Nope. The Chronicle’s Susan Slusser put together a list of the team’s worst slumps in Oakland. Looks like the A’s have a way to go to descend to record-breaking depths: They lost 14 straight in 1977. The loss record for the franchise, however, dates back to the team’s Philadelphia days — 20 games each in 1916 and 1943.

The sports blog DSD put up an homage of sorts to two local teams that both lost 17 straight: The San Francisco Warriors, 1964-65 edition, and the San Jose Sharks, circa 1992-93. That Warriors team, which finished 17-63, incredibly enough included future Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain (traded mid-year) and Nate Thurmond.

According to the San Francisco Giants’ site, the team’s longest losing streak is 10 games – accomplished twice, in 1985 and again in 1996.

The A’s, of course, racked up a happier streak in recent memory – the 20-game winning streak in 2002 that set an American League record. Those games form part of the storyline for Moneyball, the film based on Michael Lewis’ best-seller. The movie will premiere on September 23.

A’s fans hope it won’t be their only chance to see the team actually win another game this year.

What Are the Longest Bay Area Sports Team Losing Streaks? 9 June,2011Nina Thorsen


Nina Thorsen

Nina Thorsen is a KQED radio producer and director, and frequently reports on sports, food and culture.  

She co-created and produced KQED’s Pacific Time,  a weekly radio program on Asian and Asian American issues that aired from 2000 to 2007. Before coming to KQED, Thorsen was the deputy foreign editor for Marketplace.  In her home state of Minnesota, she worked for A Prairie Home Companion and for Public Radio International.  

Nina was honored by the Radio-TV News Directors Association of Northern California in 2012 for a series of stories on the Oakland A’s stadium.  She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in speech-communication. 

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