Multiple major sports championship seasons

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In the history of North American major professional sports league championships (which include the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL) a city/metropolitan area has been home to multiple championships in a season fifteen times, most recently in 2008-2009, when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Steelers won their respective leagues, in February and June of 2009. Only Detroit has been host to more than two major league championship teams in a season,[1] although in 2002 Los Angeles metropolitan area's Lakers and Angels won the NBA and MLB championships along with two other local teams of smaller leagues (the Sparks of the WNBA and the Galaxy of the MLS).

Super Bowls take place in the February after the NFL's regular season. The Super Bowl used to be in January. Therefore, Super Bowl I, which took place January 15, 1967 is officially the championship game for the 1966 season. In the calendar year 2009, Pittsburgh's Steelers and Penguins won their respective championships, but the Steelers' championship was for the NFL's 2008 regular season. However, before 1965, the NFL championship game was played in December of that calendar year. That being said, both of those seasons started in 2008 and ended in 2009. Therefore, Pittsburgh was in fact the most recent city to win multiple championships in the same season.

All four of Philadelphia's major professional sports teams either played in the championship, or won titles in their respective sports following the 1980 season: The 1980 Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series, the 1980 Philadelphia Eagles lost Super Bowl XV, the 1979-80 Philadelphia 76ers lost the NBA Finals, while the 1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers lost the Stanley Cup Finals.

Multiple championships in a season[edit]

Year City Team League Team League Team League
1927 New York City Giants NFL Yankees MLB
1933 New York City Rangers NHL Giants MLB
1935 Detroit Lions NFL Red Wings NHL Tigers MLB
1938 New York City Giants NFL Yankees MLB
1948 Cleveland, Ohio Browns AAFC Indians MLB
1952 Detroit Lions NFL Red Wings NHL
1956 New York City Giants NFL Yankees MLB
1969 New York City Knicks NBA Mets MLB
1970 Baltimore Colts NFL Orioles MLB
1979 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Pirates MLB
1986 New York City Giants NFL Mets MLB
1988 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Dodgers MLB
1989 San Francisco Bay Area Athletics MLB 49ers NFL
1999 Greater New York Devils NHL Yankees MLB
2002 Greater Los Angeles Lakers NBA Angels MLB
2004 Boston Patriots NFL Red Sox MLB
2009 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Penguins NHL

Multiple highest professional level championships in a calendar year[edit]

Year City Team League Team League Team League
1927 New York City Giants NFL Yankees MLB
1928 New York City Rangers NHL Yankees MLB
1938 New York City Giants NFL Yankees MLB
1948 Cleveland, Ohio Browns AAFC Indians MLB
1952 Detroit Lions NFL Red Wings NHL
1956 New York City Giants NFL Yankees MLB
1969 New York City Jets NFL Mets MLB
1979 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Pirates MLB
1988 Los Angeles Dodgers MLB Lakers NBA
1989 San Francisco Bay Area 49ers NFL Athletics MLB
2000 Greater New York Devils NHL Yankees MLB
2002 Greater Los Angeles Lakers NBA Angels MLB
2004 Boston Patriots NFL Red Sox MLB
2007 Boston Red Sox MLB Celtics NBA
2009 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Penguins NHL

Multiple championships involving other professional teams[edit]

Year City Team League Team League Team League Team League
1977 Montreal Canadiens NHL Alouettes CFL
1987 Edmonton Oilers NHL Eskimos CFL
1989 Detroit Drive AFL Pistons NBA
1990 Detroit Drive AFL Pistons NBA
1998 Chicago Fire MLS Bulls NBA
2001 Los Angeles Sparks WNBA Lakers NBA
2002 Greater Los Angeles Sparks WNBA Lakers NBA Angels MLB Galaxy MLS
2008 Philadelphia Soul AFL Phillies MLB
2008 Detroit Shock WNBA Red Wings NHL
2012 Greater Los Angeles Kings NHL Galaxy MLS
2014 Kansas City metropolitan area FC Kansas City NWSL Missouri Comets[2] MISL
2014 Greater Los Angeles Kings NHL Galaxy MLS
2015 Kansas City metropolitan area FC Kansas City NWSL Royals MLB Sporting Kansas City US Open Cup
2015 San Francisco Bay Area San Jose Sabercats AFL Golden State Warriors NBA
2016 Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Lake Erie Monsters AHL
2016 Denver Broncos NFL Outlaws MLL

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://detroitcityofchamps.com/City%20of%20Champions%20highlights%20amazing%20year%20for%20Detroit%20-%20The%20Morning%20Sun%20(themorningsun_com).htm
  2. ^ The MISL ran from November 15, 2013 to March 2, 2014.