List of North American cities by number of major sports championships

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This is a list of cities in the United States and Canada that field or have fielded teams in the four North American professional sports leagues, showing the number of league championships each city has won. The "four major leagues" comprise Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League. The championships won are recorded for the cities only, not the individual franchises. When a team relocates to a new city, the number of championships won in that specific city remain with the city.

Championships are only from the preeminent league in each of the four major sports. NFL championships include all AFL & NFL championship games prior to Super Bowl I. The AFL is the only professional rival league to exist 100%. NFL championships include the Super Bowl from 1966–present, AFL championships from 1960-1965[why?] and NFL championship games from 1920-1965. MLB championships begin in 1903 when the first World Series was played. NHL championships begin in 1927 when the NHL became the only league competing for the Stanley Cup. NBA championships began in 1946.

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This table does not include championships from any rival leagues outside of the four major leagues, as the four leagues are considered the only major leagues of their respective sport.

Current through 2017 World Series

Rank City State MLB World Series NBA Champions NFL Champions NHL Stanley Cups 4 Major Sports Championships
1 New York City New York 35 2 9 4 50
2 Boston Massachusetts 9 17 5 6 37
3 Chicago Illinois 6 6 11 6 29
4 Montreal Quebec 0 - - 26 26
5 Detroit Michigan 4 3 4 11 22
6 Los Angeles California 5 11 2 2 20
7 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 7 4 4 2 17
8 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 5 0 6 5 16
9 Toronto Ontario 2 0 - 13 15
10 St. Louis Missouri 11 1 1 0 13
10 Green Bay Wisconsin - - 13 - 13
12 Baltimore Maryland 3 1 5 - 9
13 Cleveland Ohio 2 1 6[1] 0 9
13 Oakland California 4 3 2 0 9
14 San Francisco California 3 - 5 - 8
14 Dallas Texas 0 1 6 1 8
17 Washington, D.C. District of Columbia 1 1 5 0 7
17 Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota 2 5 0 - 7
17 Miami Florida 2 3 2 0 7
20 Cincinnati Ohio 5 0 0 - 5
20 Edmonton Alberta - - - 5 5
20 San Antonio Texas - 5 - - 5
20 Denver Colorado 0 0 3 2 5
20 Houston Texas 1 2 2 - 5
24 Uniondale, NY/Long Island New York 0 0 0 4 4
24 Ottawa Ontario - - - 4 4
28 Newark New Jersey - - - 3 3
28 Seattle Washington 0 1 1 1 3
28 Kansas City Missouri 2 0 1 0 3
31 Buffalo New York - 0 2 0 2
31 Milwaukee Wisconsin 1 1 - - 2
31 Tampa Florida 0 - 1 1 2
31 Anaheim California 1 - 0 1 2
35 Atlanta Georgia 1 0 0 0 1
35 Indianapolis Indiana - 0 1 - 1
35 New Orleans Louisiana - 0 1 - 1
35 Phoenix Arizona 1 0 0 0 1
35 Portland Oregon - 1 - - 1
35 Raleigh North Carolina - - - 1 1
35 Rochester New York - 1 - - 1
35 Syracuse New York - 1 - - 1
35 Calgary Alberta - - - 1 1
35 San Diego California 0 0 1 - 1
45 San Jose California - - - 0 0
45 Columbus Ohio - - - 0 0
45 Salt Lake City Utah - 0 - - 0
45 Orlando Florida - 0 - - 0
45 Vancouver British Columbia - 0 - 0 0
45 Charlotte North Carolina - 0 - 0 0
45 Oklahoma City Oklahoma - 0 - - 0
45 Sacramento California - 0 - - 0
45 Memphis Tennessee - 0 - - 0
45 Nashville Tennessee - - 0 0 0
45 Winnipeg Manitoba - - - 0 0
45 Jacksonville Florida - - 0 - 0
45 Las Vegas Nevada - - - 0 0

Cities counting only teams they retained[edit]

Although a franchise winning a title in a city is a memorable event, counting titles for teams that have abandoned their original hometowns could be seen as unfair in two ways. Firstly, it is unlikely that anyone in present-day Baltimore would root for the Colts against the Ravens in a playoff game; likewise those in Boston would root against the Braves in a World Series with the Red Sox, Minnesota likewise with the Lakers versus the Timberwolves and New York City with the Giants and Dodgers versus the Mets. So to credit cities like New York, Boston or Baltimore with having fans that enjoy, remember and cherish championships from teams they no longer root for and may in fact despise can be counterproductive for modern fans (while those in, say, Seattle may disagree). Secondly, the former methodology somewhat rewards a metro area for losing their team but still allowing the tally of a team no one roots for and thought enough of the city to leave it. Counting only championships from teams that did not leave the city in which they were founded results in the following table:

Rank City World Series NBA Champions NFL Champions Stanley Cups 4 Major Sports World Championships
1 New York City 29 2 5 8 44
2 Boston 8 17 5 6 36
3 Chicago 6 6 9 6 27
4 Montreal - - - 24 24
5 Detroit 4 3 4 11 22
6 Los Angeles 5 11 1 2 19
7 Pittsburgh 5 - 6 5 16
8 Green Bay - - 13 - 13
8 Toronto 2 0 - 11 13
10 St. Louis 11 - - 0 11
11 Philadelphia 2 2 3 2 9
12 San Francisco 3 - 5 - 8
12 Oakland 4 2 2* - 8
14 Miami 2 3 2 0 7
14 Dallas 0 1 5 1 7
14 Cleveland 2 1 4 - 7
17 Washington, D.C. 0 1 5 0 6
18 Baltimore 3 - 2 - 5
18 Denver 0 0 3 2 5
23 Seattle - 1 1 0 2
23 Kansas City 1 - 1 - 2
25 Anaheim 1 - 0 1 2
25 Houston 1 2 0 - 2
25 Minneapolis 2 0 0 0 2
25 Tampa 0 - 1 1 2
25 Buffalo - - 2 0 2
30 Atlanta 1 0 0 - 1
30 Calgary - - - 1 1
30 Indianapolis - 0 1 - 1
30 New Orleans - 0 1 - 1
30 Phoenix 1 0 0 0 1
30 Portland - 1 - - 1
30 Raleigh - - - 1 1
30 Milwaukee 0 1 - - 1
- San Diego 0 0 - - 0
- Memphis - 0 - - 0
- Ottawa - - - 0 0
- Charlotte 0 0 - - 0
- Nashville - - 0 0 0
- Orlando - 0 - - 0
- Vancouver - - - 0 0
- Salt Lake - 0 - - 0
- Oklahoma City - 0 - - 0
- Columbus - - - 0 0
- Sacramento - 0 - - 0
- Winnipeg - - - 0 0
- Las Vegas - - - 0 0

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