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More Boston/St. Louis Final(s) Notes

May 27, 2019

The 2019 NHL final series, the eleventh final round entity between teams from Boston and St. Louis, begins tonight in Boston as the home team Bruins host the Blues.

This will be the first time in the six baseball or hockey final entities between the cities, in which the team with the better regular season record will have the series home advantage and also the first time that the better record team would automatically get home advantage, as was the case in all 4 Boston (Celtics) vs St. Louis (Hawks) basketball final rounds.

Boston has the home advantage/home opener for the eighth time in this, the tenth final round series between the cities. An eleventh entity, a one game contest/Super Bowl was played at a neutral site and won by Boston/New England (Patriots) vs the then St. Louis Rams, coincidentally now in L.A. and again denied by the Patriots, in the most recent Super Bowl.

In 1946, the Boston Red Sox had the better regular season record, however, the Cards of St. Louis had home advantage, riding it to the title in 7 games with Enos Slaughter racing home with the go ahead to stay, W.S. winning run, (B8) on Harry Walker’s double (not single as is often reported).

The Cardinals had the better record but opened at Boston, which had the home advantage in both the ’67 and ’04 World Series won by “St. Loo” in 7 and the Bo Sox in 4 straight, respectively.

In 2013, the year of the other Red Sox/Cardinals World Series clash, the teams had the same “reg” record. Boston had home advantage because the American League won the All-Star game (for this and other “brilliance” Bud Selig is in the Baseball Hall?!). They “titled” in six games.

The NHL West Blues had home advantage in their 1970 final vs the Bruins, however the heavily favored and “better record” Bruins won in 4 straight games.

Boston is (7-3) vs St. Louis in final round play; both the Pats and Bruins (1-0) vs the Rams and Blues respectively, the Celtics (3-1) vs the Hawks and the 4 W.S. split, 2 each, involving the Red Sox and Cardinals.

Boston is (6-3) in previous openers vs St. Louis, winning in ’46, ’04, ’13 World Series, ’60 and ’61 NBA final, and ’70 NHL final and “title-ing” in 5 of those years, failing in ’46, Mr. Slaughter’s “dash” (I do those from Starbucks and these type notes) referenced above.

St. Louis won openers in the ’67 World Series and ’58 NBA final at Boston en route to eventual crowns. They also won at Boston in the ’57 NBA final opener, but the Celtics prevailed in 2 overtimes to win a classic 7 game series, the first of an incredible 11 titles in 13 seasons for the Boston Celtics.

 

The great player, Bob Pettit, pictured above, still holds the record for the most points scored in a game that clinched the NBA title.

Bob scored 50 in game 6 as his St. Louis Hawks won the franchise’s only crown either in St. Louis or in Atlanta, where they have played the last 51 seasons, vs the incredible Boston Celtics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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