Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Super Bowl/World Series Same City Phenomenon 10/24/15

Hey baseball fans!

The Mets are in the World Series! That's awesome...for the football fan in me, that is. You see, every time the Mets win the World Series, a New York football team wins the preceding or succeeding Super Bowl. In 1969, the Mets won the Series and the Jets won Super Bowl III and in '86 the Mets won World Series #2 and the Giants won their first Lombardi Trophy. However, these aren't the only times in which the Super Bowl and World Series champs of the same year came from the same area; in fact, it's happened three other times since 1967 (the year of the first Super Bowl).

So I've already talked about New York and their two Super Bowl/World Series championships, but what other cities have joined this elite club? Well, right after the Jets and Mets won in '69, it was Baltimore's turn. The Baltimore Colts (who have since moved to Indianapolis) and Baltimore Orioles won the Super Bowl and World Series, respectively, in 1970. The 1970 World Series was a revenge series for Orioles star, Frank Robinson, because he was facing his old team: the Reds. Robinson and the O's won in five games, with Brooks Robinson winning MVP of the Series, making a couple of amazing fielding plays at third base and batting .429.

Nine years later, it was Pittsburgh's time to shine. The Steelers won back-to-back Super Bowls in 1979 and 1980 and the Pirates won the 1979 World Series. The Fall Classic of the '79 season was a fun one, featuring the "We Are Family" Pirates against the Orioles. Willie Stargell and the Buccos took care of Baltimore in seven games and Stargell won the World Series MVP. It is the Pirates' last World Series championship.

The last time that the Super Bowl/World Series Same City Phenomenon occurred was in Boston. The New England Patriots, with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, won Super Bowls in 2004 and 2005. The Red Sox, meanwhile, ended the Curse of the Bambino in the 2004 World Series, where they swept the Cardinals for Boston's first World Series championship since 1918. The Bostonian teams could've done this in 2007 also (the Red Sox won the '07 Series in a sweep over the Rockies), but the Patriots couldn't win Super Bowl XLII, despite their perfect season.

Which city can win the World Series and Super Bowl in the same year next? Will it be New York for the third time in sports history in 2015? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Anyway, thanks for reading this post and I hope you enjoyed it. Check back soon for more of "all the buzz on what wuzz."

By the way, for those of you who haven't checked out my book yet, it's an introduction book to baseball history called Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers, it's published by Summer Game Books, and I'm giving all the money to four charities: ALS, Turn 2, the Hall of Fame, and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.


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