Spreadsheets are great for all manner of things. You can keep track of how many books and how many pages you read each year. You can also track World Series history. We do it for you and this is your update. Pay attention. We use the current location and name of the franchise but it includes all previous stops. For example, the Atlanta Braves are the Milwaukee Braves, the Boston Braves, and at least two other names in Boston.
The Red Sox moved into third place for World Series wins with nine. They were previously tied for third with the San Francisco Giants. The Cardinals are second with 11 and the NYY are far in front with 27. The Sox also passed the NYY for winning percentage but they are still not top dogs in that department.
Sidebar: For percentages there is always the problem of minimum exposure. The Marlins, Blue Jays, Angels, and D-Backs are all at 100% but the first two have been in two series and the last two only one. For percentages we are picking five or more series. No team has been in exactly three series and only KC has been in four (two and two) so five seems like a nice cutoff. Of the 30 franchises, 17 have been in five or more series. There have been 114 World Series. End Sidebar
The best winning percentage is the Pirates at 5 and 2. Then come the Red Sox, NYY, and Oakland.
There is also three parts to the dark side to the World Series and this one was important. The first part is most series losses. The LAD lost their 14th series to take that ignominious lead from the NYY. Of course, NYY has 27 wins to go with 13 losses while LAD has just six wins in 20 tries.
The second part of the dark side of the World Series is the waiting list since the last World Series victory. LAD has now been waiting 30 years but it is not close to the longest wait. The Mets, Tigers, Orioles, and Pirates have all been waiting longer but the Indians have been waiting over 30 years longer than anyone else. The Indians last won in 1948 or 70 years ago.
The third part of the dark side is never won and the special darkness of never been in the World Series. The Texas Rangers were created in 1961 and have made two visits to the fall classic but have no wins. The Milwaukee Brewers (0-1), San Diego Padres (0-2), and Washington Nationals (never been) were all created in 1969 and have never won. The Seattle Mariners were created in 1977 and have never been to the World Series. The Colorado Rockies were created in 1993 and the Tampa Bay Rays in 1998 and both have lost their only trip to the Fall Classic.
The good news is that the dark side gets reversed eventually. The LAD lost their first seven series. In 2004 the Red Sox reversed 86 years of frustration. In 2005 the White Sox broke an even longer streak. In 2016 the Cubs broke over a century of frustration. Chin up.