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Boston’s Championship Run Not History’s Gold Standard

It’s hard to believe that the New England Patriots have the longest championship drought in the city of Boston. With the Bruins’ Stanley Cup championship last night, Boston teams have now won seven titles in the past 10 years. However, that is not the city’s best championship run for its professional sports teams. From 1960 through 1970, the Celtics won nine NBA titles and the Bruins won the 1970 Stanley Cup, giving Boston 10 championships in 11 years, its most prolific championship run. Of the 44 combined seasons Boston teams played during this time, 22.7 percent of them ended in championship, the highest percentage of champions a city has produced over an 11 year period. However, there is one city that exceeds Boston’s title achievements throughout any 11-year period in history.

Given the historic New York-Boston rivalries in every sport, it is fitting that the New York is the only city that can rival Beantown’s historic title run from 1960-1970. From 1932 through 1941, New York teams won an astounding 11 titles, a streak unmatched by any city. During that span, the New York sports scene was drastically different than it is today. Each New York team except for the Brooklyn Dodgers contributed a championship during that 10-year run, with the Yankees winning in ’32, ’36, ’37, ’38, ’39 and ’41, the Rangers winning in ’33 and ’40, the football Giants winning the NFL Championship in ’34 and ’38 and the baseball Giants winning in ’33. Twenty-two percent of the New York professional sports seasons during this time ended in a championship, so while New York claims the most championships over an 10-year run, Boston has a higher percentage of champions over a similar span. The rivalry never ends.

1932-1941 was not the only time in which New York teams dominated sports. The Big Apple won 10 championships from 1947 through 1957. New York added the Knicks in 1946, lowering their championship percentage to 15 percent during that 11-year period, with the Yankees winning in ’47, ’49, ’50, ’51, ’52, ’53 and ’56, the baseball Giants winning in ’54, the Dodgers winning in ’55 and the football Giants winning in ’56.

New York also had a an excellent run from 1977 through 1987. During that time period, the Yankees were World Series champions in ’77 and ’78, the Islanders won the Stanley Cup in ’80, ’81, ’82 and ’83, the Mets won the ’86 World Series and the Giants won the ’86 Super Bowl, giving New York eight total championships during that span.

Detroit and Los Angeles are the only other cities that comes close to the success that New York and Boston sports, respectively, have had over 11-year periods throughout history. The Tigers were World Series champions in ’45, followed by Red Wings’ Stanley Cup victories in ’50, ’52, ’54 and ’55 and Lions’ NFL Championships in ’52 and ’53, giving Detroit a total of seven championships from 1945 through 1955.

Los Angeles has had a much more recent streak of championships. The Lakers began the run with the 2000 NBA Championship, following up in ’01, ’02, ’09 and ’10. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won the 2002 World Series while the Anaheim Ducks won the 2007 Stanley Cup, giving the City of Angels seven titles from 2000-2010.

Two other cities were able to put together championship runs of six during an 11-year period. With the A’s winning the World Series in ’72, ’73 and ’74, the Raiders becoming the ’76 and ’80 Super Bowl champions and the Golden State Warriors winning the ’75 NBA Championships, the city of Oakland had six championships from 1972 through 1982. With just three professional sports teams, Oakland teams won a title 18.1 percent of the time during that period.¬†Throw in the 1981 San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl win, and Bay Area teams combined for seven championships during that span.

With the Blackhawks being hailed as Stanley Cup champions in ’34 and ’38 and the Bears winning the NFL Championship in ’32, ’33, ’40, ’41 and ’43, the city of Chicago had six championships from 1932 through 1942 and 1933 through 1943. With four professional sports teams, Chicago had 13.6 percent of its seasons end with titles during those runs.

Tim Thomas holds up the Stanley CupThe Bruins Stanley Cup victory last night has certainly given the city of Boston another historic championship run with its professional sports teams. However, with seven titles in the past 10 years, it is not the best run any city has had over any 10-year period in history. New York teams dominated by future Hall of Famers like the Yankees’ Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, the baseball Giants’ Carl Hubbell and Mel Ott and the Rangers’ Frank Boucher, Bill Cook, Lester Patrick and Bun Cook gave New York an incredible 11 championships over a 10 year period from 1932 through 1941, a streak that has been unmatched by any city throughout history.

Below is a list of each city’s champions in each of the Big Four (NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB) professional sports:

ATLANTA (1 championship)

Braves- 1995

Falcons- N/A

Flames- N/A

Hawks- N/A

Thrashers- N/A

BALTIMORE (7 total championships)

Bullets- N/A

Colts- 1958, 1959, 1970

Orioles- 1966, 1970, 1983

Ravens- 2000

BOSTON (34 total championships)

Braves- 1914

Bruins- 1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011

Celtics- 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2008

Patriots- 2001, 2003, 2004

Red Sox- 1903, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918, 2004, 2007

CHICAGO (24 total championships)

Bears- 1921, 1932, 1933, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1963, 1985

Blackhawks- 1934, 1938, 1961, 2010

Bulls- 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998

Cardinals (NFL)- 1947

Cubs- 1908

White Sox- 1906, 1917, 2005

CLEVELAND (6 total championships)

Browns- 1950, 1954, 1955, 1964

Cavaliers- N/A

Indians- 1920, 1948

DALLAS (8 total championships)

Cowboys- 1971, 1977, 1992, 1993, 1995

Mavericks- 2011

Rangers- N/A

Stars- 1999

Texans- 1962

DENVER (4 total championships)

Avalanche- 1996, 2001

Broncos- 1997, 1998

Nuggets- N/A

Rockies- N/A

DETROIT (22 total championships)

Tigers- 1935, 1945, 1968, 1984

Pistons- 1989, 1990, 2004

Red Wings- 1936, 1937, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2007

Lions- 1935, 1952, 1953, 1957

HOUSTON (2 championships)

Astros- N/A

Rockets- 1994, 1995

Texans- N/A

KANSAS CITY (3 total championships)

Athletics- N/A

Chiefs- 1966, 1969

Kings- N/A

Royals- 1985

Scouts- N/A

LOS ANGELES (20 total championships)

Angels- 2002

Dodgers- 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981, 1988

Ducks- 2007

Lakers- 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010

Raiders- 1983

Rams- 1951

MIAMI (5 total championships)

Dolphins- 1972, 1973

Heat- 2006

Marlins- 1997, 2003

Panthers- N/A

MINNEAPOLIS (7 total championships)

Lakers- 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954

Timberwolves- N/A

Twins- 1987, 1991

Vikings- N/A

Wild- N/A

NEW YORK (53 total championships)

Dodgers- 1955

Giants (baseball)- 1905, 1921, 1922, 1933, 1954

Giants (football)- 1927, 1934, 1938, 1956, 1986, 1990, 2007

Islanders- 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983

Jets- 1968

Knicks- 1970, 1973

Mets- 1969, 1986

Rangers- 1928, 1933, 1940, 1994

Yankees- 1923, 1927, 1928, 1932, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1977, 1978, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009

OAKLAND (9 total championships)

A’s- 1972, 1973, 1974, 1989

Raiders- 1976, 1980

Warriors- 1975

PHILADELPHIA (16 total championships)

76ers- 1967, 1983

Athletics- 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930

Eagles- 1948, 1949, 1960

Flyers- 1974, 1975

Frankford Yellow Jackets (NFL)- 1926

Phillies- 1980, 2008

Warriors- 1947

PHOENIX (1 championship)

Cardinals- N/A

Coyotes- N/A

Diamondbacks- 2001

Suns- N/A

PITTSBURGH (12 total championships)

Penguins- 1991, 1992, 2009

Pirates- 1960, 1971, 1979

Steelers- 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO (6 total championships)

49ers- 1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, 1994

Giants- 2010

SEATTLE (1 championship)

Mariners- N/A

Metropolitans (NHL)- 1917

Seahawks- N/A

Supersonics- 1979

ST. LOUIS (12 total championships)

Blues- N/A

Bombers- N/A

Browns- N/A

Cardinals- 1926, 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1964, 1967, 1982, 2006

Hawks- 1958

Rams- 1999

WASHINGTON (7 total championships)

Capitals- N/A

Nationals- N/A

Redskins- 1937, 1942, 1982, 1987, 1991

Senators- 1924

Wizards- 1978