Boston sports, by the numbers
Has your city won as many championships as Boston?
The New England Patriots' victory over The Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII not only further cemented the legacies of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, but showed how powerful Boston is as a sports city.
Boston is one of seven cities that have won at least one championship in professional football, baseball, hockey, and basketball:
It is impressive to be part of such a small group and to have won more championships than most of those other cities. Here are the cities whose teams Boston beat to win championships:
Let’s start with the obvious: In games with championships on the line, no city's teams have lost to Boston teams more often than Los Angeles teams. But that's only in two sports. When it comes to losing to Boston, Los Angeles has nothing on St. Louis.
The Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins have all won championships by defeating teams from St. Louis. Boston is the only city to have won a championship in all four sports by beating a team from the same city. Chicago and Philadelphia have played each other in the World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals, the NBA Finals, and the pre-Super Bowl NFL championship game. But Philadelphia has beaten Chicago in only three of the four sports. When the Flyers faced the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010, Chicago won the series, 4-2.
Boston has won seven championships by beating St. Louis teams, which is notable given that St. Louis no longer has an NBA team or an NFL team.
Boston is the only city that has won a championship in each of the four sports since 2000.
Not surprisingly, Boston has the most overall championships in that time.
Looking at the total number of championships won in all sports, Boston comes out second only to New York.
Boston comes out on top in the number of basketball championships: