I was asked the question this week as to which cities had already experienced a Super Bowl and World Series champion in the same year, which made me stop and think…good question, I don’t know?
San Francisco, technically, is out because the 49ers will play the Super Bowl in 2013, although the Giants won the World Series just last fall, but in 2012.
From what I gather, a Super Bowl and World Series championship won by teams in the same city, in the same year, has happened only three times:
- 1969 – New York Mets defeat Baltimore Orioles 4-1
New York Jets defeat Baltimore Colts 16-7
- 1979 – Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Baltimore Orioles 4-3
Pittsburgh Steelers defeat Dallas 35-31
- 2004 – Boston Red Sox defeat St. Louis Cardinals 4-0
New England Patriots defeat Carolina 32-29
If, however, we look at football and baseball teams from the same city winning championships in the same seasons it turns out that’s also happened three times…with the chance for a fourth occurrence if the 49ers defeat the Ravens in the upcoming Super Bowl.
- 1970-71 – Baltimore Orioles defeat Cincinnati Reds 4-1
Baltimore Colts defeat Dallas Cowboys 16-13
- 1979-80 – Pittsburgh Pirates defeat Baltimore Orioles 4-3
Pittsburgh Steelers defeat LA Rams 31-19
- 1986-87 – New York Mets defeat Boston Red Sox 4-3
New York Giants defeat Denver Broncos 39-20
- 2004-05 – Boston Red Sox defeat St. Louis Cardinals 4-0
New England Patriots defeat Philadelphia Eagles 24-21
- *2012-13 – San Francisco Giants defeat Detroit Tigers 4-0
(49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens)
Of course after 100-years and counting since the Cubs last won a World Series (1908), I’ll gladly settle for a baseball only championship as a stand alone accomplishment during a respective season. After all, not a day goes by where the ’85 Bears are not celebrated in the ‘city that works’. And eventually, I hope, the same will hold true for those lovable Cubs.