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"These are the signature franchises in the history of the National League. The Dodgers have won 24 NL pennants, the Giants 23. They were tentpoles in New York and their paired move to California reshaped the baseball map. The longest stretch of National League baseball played without one of the two being its champion is 11 years, and that took a format change and a Braves dynasty to come about. At one point in the 1950s, the teams won six straight NL pennants between them. Today, they have won six of the last 11 and whoever wins tonight’s game will be a considerable favorite to make that seven of 12."