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Notes: Cleveland And The Road In Finals

June 2, 2016

Tonight the process that will eventually crown the 70th pro basketball champion begins in Oakland, as the Golden State Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 1 of the best of 7 series.

It certainly is not unusual that a Cleveland team will open a series for its sports’ league title on the road.

In fact, this is the 8th time a Cleveland team has been involved in a series for which the prize is the league title and all 8 times the Cleveland entry has opened the series on the road.

The Cavaliers (0-2) in previous NBA finals, opened on the road in 2007 at San Antonio vs the Spurs and last year also at the Warriors, losing both series opening games.

In baseball, the Indians (2-3) in World Series/league finals series, opened all 5 on the road, winning just one series opener, that in 1920, behind pitcher Stan Coveleski, a 3 game winner in that best of 9 W.S. vs the Brooklyn Dodgers/Robins which resulted in one of the two Indians’ World Series victories.

The Indians lost World Series openers vs the Braves in Boston in 1948 and in Atlanta in 1995. They split in those two series, winning in 1948 and losing in 1995 both in six games.

A World Series opener, highlighted by Willie Mays’ great catch and more remarkable throw, won by Dusty Rhodes short home run at New York was won by the Giants. This was also the case in the 1997 World Series opener which was won by the Marlins in Florida.

The Cleveland Browns were (4-5) in NFL finals, all NFL title games, nary a Super Bowl as they lost in all 5 tilts with a Supe bid on the line, and 5 were on the road. Cleveland was (1-4) in those 5 games.

 

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