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St. Louis/Boston Final Round Notes

June 15, 2019

The just completed NHL final manifesting in a St. Louis Blues’ title means, among other things, that the city of St. Louis joins New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles, in that order of doing so, as cities with titles won, in all four major North American sports leagues.

St. Louis and Boston have now won titles against each other in 7 of the 8 possibilities, as only St. Louis not doing so vs Boston in football was not/never? accomplished. St. Louis is without a football and for that matter, a basketball team, in one of the major leagues.

The basketball  Boston Celtics and St. Louis Hawks each won their first titles vs each other, doing so in consecutive years, the Celtics winning in 1957 and the Hawks handing the dynasty Celtics (11 titles in 13 seasons), their lone final round loss in 1958. Boston went (11-1) in final round play those years. In the other non title season, a great Wilt Chamberlain led team, “semi’d” them in 1967.

New England (Patriots) won their first crown vs a St. Louis team, the Rams, in the 2001 season Super Bowl. Now in a calendar year after the Pats’ 6th crown was achieved vs the L.A. Rams, the Blues win their first title and do so against the Boston Bruins.

Boston’s Red Sox ended an 86 year title drought, beating the St. Louis Cardinals in the ’04 World Series while the Bruins ended a 29 year such drought, also in a sweep, vs the St. Louis Blues in 1970.

Meanwhile the Cardinals achieved 7 game World Series triumphs vs the Red Sox, 21 years apart in 1946 and 1967.

Boston teams dropped to (7-4) vs St. Louis teams in final round series, (the Blues and Bruins are (1-1), the Red Sox and Cards are (2-2), the Celts went (3-1) vs the Hawks when the latter was in St. Louis, and the Pats won the lone vs St. Louis final clash, as cited, vs the Rams when they were in St. Louis.

Five of the ten final series between the cities went to a decisive 7th game (Pats/Rams was a one game entity), Boston hosting 4 and winning 3.

However, it was St. Louis in the most recent, the Blues completing an incredible run with their #7 win at Boston (Bruins), yielding their first title and a well deserved parade in St. Louis today

 

Mr. Brecheen won 3 games, including the decisive 7th game, in the first St. Louis/Boston final, that the 1946 World Series when the St. Louis Cardinals won against the Boston Red Sox.

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