New York City, the most famous city in America, has been home to numerous sports teams over the last 100 years. New Yorkers will always have great territorial pride because of the sports history that has taken place in the big apple. But with five boroughs, bragging rights can be spread out around the city.
Let’s take a geographical view at how the boroughs compare to each other.
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Without a doubt, the Bronx has the most professional titles in large part of the New York Yankees. The Bronx doesn’t have much of a legacy in any other sports league, but who needs one when you’ve got the greatest franchise in sports? The NY Giants football team played at Yankee Stadium from 1956-1973 and captured the 1956 NFL Championship. Yankees and Giants have an overall record of 28-18 in championships while playing at the Bronx.
Here’s where things get complicated. Manhattan has had the most teams over the years and both Giants’ franchises have played here. The Giants baseball team played at the famous Polo Grounds Stadium until they left in 1958 and would win five World Series. The Giants would go 2-4 against the Yankees in head to head in World Series matchups, in the battle of the boroughs. Both the Knicks and Rangers play their games at Madison Square Garden with the Knicks winning just two championships and the Rangers winning four. As for football, the Giants would win three titles playing in Manhattan from 1925-1955. These four Manhattan franchises have a combined 14 professional championships. While only half the amount the titles as the Bronx, Manhattan has more diversity and balance with championships in every sports league.
The Jets haven’t played at home in New York City since 1983 when they hosted Shea Stadium. Unfortunately “Gang Green” hasn’t had much luck west of the Hudson River with zero Super Bowl appearances. The Jets did however give us one of the biggest upsets ever in Super Bowl lll. Then there’s the Mets. The Mets have played almost their entire franchise history at Shea Stadium winning two World Series, 1969 and 1986. The ’69 Mets were the “Miracle Mets” and in 1986 they gave us an incredible World Series victory against the Boston Red Sox in seven games. Queens teams know how to win exciting championships.
Brooklyn may be “Kings County,” but it falls short to the rest of the city. The Dodgers gave Brooklyn it’s lone championship in the 1955 World Series. The main reason Brooklyn has just one championship is because the Yankees hold a 6-1 edge against the Dodgers in 7 World Series against each other. Battle of the boroughs heavily favors the Bronx. The Dodgers left in 1958 and Brooklyn fans still haven’t forgiven Walter O’Malley. Maybe the Nets will deliver a future championship.
1. Staten Island, the fifth borough, has not had a professional championship team.
2. The New York Giants(NFL) have won 4 Super Bowls playing in East Rutherford New Jersey since 1976.
3. The New Jersey Devils have won 3 Stanley Cups playing in Newark, New Jersey.
4. The New York Islanders have won 4 Stanley Cups playing in Uniondale, New York.
5. Combined, the NY Metropolitan area has 57 professional championships.