The Cleveland Indians are closing in on the win-streak record, but first we need to decide what the record is

Business Insider | 9/14/2017 | Sam Belden
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Just one month after the Dodgers appeared to be on their own record-setting pace, the Cleveland Indians are in the midst of a spectacular run that has made them the talk of baseball.

The Indians won their 20th consecutive game on Tuesday night, shutting down the Detroit Tigers 2-0 thanks to another sterling effort from ace pitcher Corey Kluber. The victory tied the American League record for consecutive victories, set by the famous "Moneyball" Oakland Athletics in 2002.

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With at least a share of the AL record secure, Cleveland fans will now turn their attention to another incredible milestone: the MLB record for the longest winning streak, set by the 1916 New York Giants.

Or is it?

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That team, managed by the legendary John McGraw, is credited with 26 straight wins in September, 1916.

Baseball was a fundamentally different game a century ago: the ball was dead, the spitball was legal and the players were much more likely to stay in dingy boarding houses than luxury hotels when on the road. But unlike these details, the Giants' record has stood the test of time and is still the streak to beat.

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While it's true that the Giants didn't lose a game between September 7 and September 29, they didn't win all of their matchups either. On September 18, they played the Pittsburgh Pirates to a nine-inning tie.

That game would have been headed for extra innings in today's...
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