What a difference a year makes. In 1959, 88 wins would have won the championship. In 1960, 88 wins got the Milwaukee Braves to second place, 7 games behind the NL champions the Pittsburgh Pirates. The manager that year was Charlie Dressen.
Imagine having Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron, Eddie Matthews and Lou Burdette on your team and you finish second. Not inspiring at all.
The Braves got Charlie Dressen from the Dodgers to replace Fred Haney. Dressen was confident he could produce a winner from that kind of talent. He was wrong. Sometimes it is tougher than it looks.