Fans love to root for the teams that are within their geographical proximity. Huge bragging rights are at stake when it comes to professional championships. Here we count down the six most successful American sports cities.
These six cities have a combined 176 pro championships in the “big four” sports.
1. New York- 57
The Yankees are driving this force with 27 World Series titles, the most in Major League Baseball history. The dominance continues on the diamond in New York, with the New York Giants winning 5 more World Series when they played in Manhattan before moving West. Three more World series are added thanks to the Mets and the Brooklyn Dodgers combined. As far as on the football field, the Giants and Jets have won a combined nine championships, with the Giants winning eight of those. On the ice, the New Jersey Devils have hoisted the Stanley Cup three times with the Rangers and Islanders winning four titles each. Unfortunately, the Knicks only have two NBA Championships; the most recent one in 1973.
The New York Metropolitan area has 57 titles and New York City alone accounts for 46.
2. Boston- 35
Boston is home to the most successful basketball franchise in NBA history, the Boston Celtics. With 17 NBA championships to show for, Boston is the class of basketball. The Red Sox may have gone through an 86 year drought, but they still account for eight World Series titles. The Boston Braves won the 1914 World Series as well. The Bruins keep the balance going with six Stanley Cup victories with some memorable wins. The cities football team, the Patriots have won three Super Bowls as well. Beantown knows how to win sports titles.
3. Chicago- 26
The Windy City is a city that takes turns with its team’s championships. In the 2000s the Blackhawks have shown dominance, the ’90s the Bulls were a dynasty, and the ’80s the Bears were a force. Home to probably the greatest basketball player ever, Michael Jordan, the Bulls have won six NBA finals, all in the ’90s. The leader is the Bears with eight NFL titles, second in NFL history only to their heated rival Green Bay Packers. Let’s also not forget about the Chicago Cardinals that won two NFL Championships, in 1925 and 1947. The White Sox and Cubs have a combined five World Series wins as well.
4. Detroit- 22
Detroit is known as hockey town and rightfully so. With 11 Stanley Cups the Red Wings have the third most in NHL history and the most by and American based team. The Lions might have a terrible resume in the Super Bowl era, but once upon a time the Lions were a force winning multiple Championships. The Tigers have won four World Series in four different decades and the “Bad Boy” Pistons provide three NBA Championships. Not bad Detroit.
5. Los Angeles- 21
The Lakers franchise have an outstanding 16 NBA Championships, however five of those were won in Minneapolis. The Lakers still lead Los Angeles with an impressive 11 NBA titles. The Dodgers have done a good job in Los Angeles since leaving Brooklyn winning five World Series and the Angels have one as well. LA does not currently have an NFL team, but the Rams did win the 1951 NFL Championship and the Raiders were victorious in Super Bowl 18. The Kings are the only Stanley Cup winner for Los Angeles.
6. Philadelphia- 16
The City of Brotherly Love has a lot of sports history with 16 professional championships. Baseball has been Philadelphia’s best sport with seven World Series victories. The Athletics won five titles before moving West to Oakland and the Phillies have won two more World Series. The Eagles haven’t won since 1960, but they still do have three championships and the Frankfurt Yellow Jackets won the 1926 NFL Championship. The Flyers won back to back Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975 giving Philadelphia 16 pro titles.
Finals Notes and References
*Only Championships won by the franchise while playing in that metropolitan area will count.
*Montreal, Canada does have 24 Stanley Cup victories, all thanks to the Canadians.
All NBA Championships can be found at Basketball-Reference.com
All World Series winners can be found at Baseball-Reference.com
All NFL Champions can be found at Pro Football Reference.com
All Stanley Cup winners can be found at Hockey-Reference.com