It finally ended on Monday... the Flying Squirrels' franchise record losing streak. The mark reached 15 games before Richmond's 5-1 win at Altoona, which the Squirrels followed up with another victory on Tuesday night.
It's hard to lose that many games in a row in baseball. A lot of bad luck is often involved, but some of the teams and players at the highest level of baseball have suffered through much worse. Here's a look at some of baseball's worst losing streaks.
1899 Cleveland Spiders: This is the worst of the worst. The Spiders set the record with 24 consecutive losses and finished a pitiful 20-134. Due to awful ticket sales, teams refused to travel to Cleveland, so the Spiders were forced to play a lot of road games. They hold the record for 101 road losses, which is unbreakable in today's baseball schedule format.
1961 Philadelphia Phillies: The not-so-Fightin' Phils fell one win shy of the major league record for a losing streak, falling in 23 straight. They limped to a 47-107 record.
1988 Baltimore Orioles: It's hard to start a season worse than the 1988 O's. Baltimore opened the season by losing their first 21 contests. Cal Ripken Sr. was fired after just six games, and the team finished 54-107. There was reportedly champagne present after the team's first win on April 29, but nobody drank it.
1916 Philadelphia Athletics: The Philadelphia A's ended the season in awful fashion, dropping 56 of their final 60 games, including 20 in a row. In 1943, the A's would again reach 20 consecutive losses, under the same manager, Connie Mack.
Anthony Young: It was tough being Anthony Young in the early 1990's. From 1992-1993, as a pitcher for the New York Mets, Young lost 27 consecutive decisions. That losing streak marked an MLB record, and topped a nearly century-old mark.
Some notable skids from other sports:
NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1976-1977)- lost 26 straight games
NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-2011)- lost 26 straight games
NHL: Washington Capitals (1974-1975), San Jose Sharks (1992-1993)- lost 17 straight games
NCAA Football: Northwestern (1979-1982)- lost 34 straight games
NCAA FCS Football: Prairie View A&M (1989-1998)- lost 80 straight games
NCAA Men's Hoops: Towson (2010-2012)- lost 41 straight games
NCAA Men's Hoops (D-III): California Institute of Technology (1996-2007)- lost 207 straight games-- this is not a misprint