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Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Title Notes Continue

February 21, 2018

Philadelphia passed Pittsburgh, by winning its 17th major North American sports league crown, when the Eagles won their first Super Bowl two weeks and three days ago.

However, Philadelphia has had so many more possible seasons and has/had more teams than Pittsburgh by a wide margin.

After both cities won crowns in 1960, the Pittsburgh Pirates in baseball, riding big home runs by first Hal Smith and then a World Series clinching one by Bill Mazeroski, and the Eagles in football, Pittsburgh has won 13 titles while Philadelphia gained 7 in that span.

The Phillies were simultaneous champions with Pittsburgh teams for both of their titles. when they captured their first ever World Series victory in 1980, the Pittsburgh Steelers were reigning 1979 NFL champions.

After the Phils won it all in ’08, the Pittsburgh Penguins, who had been 6’d by the Detroit Red Wings in the ’08 Stanley Cup Final, won it all in ’09, winning the seventh and deciding game in Detroit.

 

Hal Smith is greeted at home plate after one of the most important, yet severely overlooked hits in baseball history, a two out, three run home run that transformed a (7-6) Pirates’ deficit into a (9-7) lead as late as “bottom 8/#7-1960 World Series.”

Dick Groat (#24) and Roberto Clemente (#21) are shown above greeting Mr. Smith

 

 

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