There have been many instances in which the team with the best record didn't win the pennant.

In 1973, neither New York's most beloved team, the gutsy New York Mets, nor the New York Yankees' former unofficial farm team, the Oakland (Kansas City) A's, had its league's best record, but both were pennant winners.

The World Series, pitting two similar teams in what was to become a riveting showdow...

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