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Worst Team Collapses

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Worst Team Collapses
Four straight losses and the Giants have picked up three games in the standings on the Tigers in that brief period -- from a distant 8 games back, to in-the-thickuvit 5 back. Too early to hit the Panic Button for us Torakichi, but it has my teeth a-chatter and my history nerves a-buzz.

What are the biggest end-of-season collapses in NPB history? I know well some of the MLB classic chokers ('78 Red Sox, '07 Mets) but wonder what their NPB equivalents (if any) are.
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Biggest Comebacks
[ Author: westbaystars | Posted: Sep 22, 2008 9:37 AM | YBS Fan ]

It took a while, but Nikkan Sports has finally come through with the opposite answer - the biggest comebacks in NPB history.

Coming back from 13 games is the third highest deficit to stage a comeback. The largest difference was Kintetsu 16 games back on June 16, 1994 when they went 32 and 6 (.842 pace) to reach first place on August 10. Unfortunately for them, though, they finished the year in second place.

Here is a table of all comebacks from 10 games or more:
                             Max     1st
    Year Team Diff Date Date Record over span Finish
    1994 Kintetsu 16 Jun 16 Aug 10 32 6 0 .842 2nd
    1963 Nishitetsu 14.5 Jul 12 Oct 8 49 26 2 .653 1st
    2008 Giants 13 Jul 8 Sep 21 37 16 0 .689 ?
    2007 Hanshin 12 Jun 29 Sep 8 38 16 2 .704 3rd
    1996 Giants 11.5 Jul 6 Aug 20 23 7 0 .767 1st
    1958 Nishitetsu** 11 Jul 24 Sep 28 33 10 2 .756 1st
    1989 Seibu 11 Jun 26 Sep 16 37 18 4 .673 3rd
    1994 Chunichi* 10.5 Jul 16 Sep 28 29 20 0 .592 2nd
    1961 Toei** 10 Aug 21 Sep 20 19 5 2 .769 2nd
    1983 Hiroshima 10 May 11 Jul 12 29 12 3 .707 2nd
    1992 Giants 10 Jun 6 Jul 8 21 2 0 .913 2nd
    1998 Seibu 10 Jul 29 Sep 19 21 15 2 .583 1st
* Chunichi only got as far as tying for first place in 1994, not taking first place over by itself.
** Ties were given the value of a half win and half loss in 1958 and '61.
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