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Two Teams, Two Championships, One State

Posted by Andrew McKillop on January 11, 2011

Listed below is every instance in which two different teams playing in the same major “league” from the same state won back to back championships.

Pro Football

Year Team State
1983 Los Angeles Raiders (NFL) California
1984 San Francisco 49ers (NFL) California
1980 Oakland Raiders (NFL) California
1981 San Francisco 49ers (NFL) California
1961 Houston Oilers (AFL) Texas
1962 Dallas Texans (AFL) Texas
1923 Canton Bulldogs (NFL) Ohio
1924 Cleveland Bulldogs (NFL) Ohio

Note: The state of Ohio celebrated two pro football championships in back to back years in the 1940’s.  The Cleveland Rams won the NFL title in 1945, while the Cleveland Browns won the AAFC title in 1946.

 

College Football

AP Div. 1 Poll National Champion

Year Team State
2009 Alabama Crimson Tide Alabama
2010 Auburn Tigers Alabama
1938 TCU Horned Frogs Texas
1939 Texas A&M Aggies Texas

 

Div. 1 FCS National Champion

Year Team State
1980 Boise State Broncos Idaho
1981 Idaho State Bengals Idaho

 

Major League Baseball

Pre-World Series

Year Team State
1889 New York Giants (NL) New York
1890 Brooklyn Bridegrooms (NL) New York

World Series

Year Team State
1988 Los Angeles Dodgers California
1989 Oakland Athletics California
1979 Pittsburgh Pirates Pennsylvania
1980 Philadelphia Phillies Pennsylvania
1953 New York Yankees New York
1954 New York Giants New York
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers New York
1956 New York Yankees New York
1932 New York Yankees New York
1933 New York Giants New York
1922 New York Giants New York
1923 New York Yankees New York
1919 Cincinnati Reds Ohio
1920 Cleveland Indians Ohio
1914 Boston Braves Massachusetts
1915 Boston Red Sox Massachusetts
1909 Pittsburgh Pirates Pennsylvania
1910 Philadelphia Athletics Pennsylvania
1906 Chicago White Sox Illinois
1907 Chicago Cubs Illinois

 

College Baseball

Div. 1 College World Series

Year Team State
2002 Texas Longhorns Texas
2003 Rice Owls Texas
1980 Arizona Wildcats Arizona
1981 Arizona State Sun Devils Arizona
1978 USC Trojans California
1979 Fullerton State Titans California
1976 Arizona Wildcats Arizona
1977 Arizona State Sun Devils Arizona
1957 California Golden Bears California
1958 USC Trojans California
1947 California Golden Bears California
1948 USC Trojans California

 

Pro Basketball

Year Team State
1942 Oshkosh All-Stars (NBL) Wisconsin
1943 Sheboygan Redskins (NBL) Wisconsin
1938 Akron Goodyear Wingfoots (NBL) Ohio
1939 Akron Firestone Non-Skids (NBL) Ohio

 

College Basketball

Div. 1 Tournament

Year Team State
2009 North Carolina Tar Heels North Carolina
2010 Duke Blue Devils North Carolina
1992 Duke Blue Devils North Carolina
1993 North Carolina Tar Heels North Carolina
1982 North Carolina Tar Heels North Carolina
1983 North Carolina State Wolfpack North Carolina
1960 Ohio State Buckeyes Ohio
1961 Cincinnati Bearcats Ohio

 

Pro Hockey

Year Team State/Province
1988 Edmonton Oilers (NHL) Alberta
1989 Calgary Flames (NHL) Alberta
1990 Edmonton Oilers (NHL) Alberta
1923 Edmonton Eskimos (WCHL) Alberta
1924 Calgary Tigers (WCHL) Alberta
1914 Toronto Blueshirts (NHA) Ontario
1915 Ottawa Senators (NHA) Ontario
1914 Victoria Aristocrats (PCHA) British Columbia
1915 Vancouver Millionaires (PCHA) British Columbia
1912 New Westminster Royals (PCHA) British Columbia
1913 Victoria Senators (PCHA) British Columbia

 

Note: The state of Massachusetts celebrated two pro hockey championships in back to back years in the 1970’s.  The Boston Bruins won the NHL title in 1972, while the New England Whalers won the WHA title in 1973.

The province of Ontario also celebrated two pro hockey championships in back to back years in the 1970’s.  The Montreal Canadiens won the NHL title in 1976, while the Quebec Nordiques won the WHA title in 1977.

 

College Hockey

Div. 1 Tournament

Year Team State
2008 Boston College Eagles Massachusetts
2009 Boston University Terriers Massachusetts
2010 Boston College Eagles Massachusetts
1991 Northern Michigan Wildcats Michigan
1992 Lake Superior State Lakers Michigan
1964 Michigan Wolverines Michigan
1965 Michigan Tech Huskies Michigan
1966 Michigan State Spartans Michigan
1957 Colorado College Tigers Colorado
1958 Denver Pioneers Colorado

 

References: Sports-Reference.com, Wikipedia: College Hockey, College World Series, FCS Football, NHA, PCHA, WHA, WCHL

 

2 Responses to “Two Teams, Two Championships, One State”

  1. Nice! I love stuff like this. What I want to know, as my beloved LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints are doing pretty well this year, is how many times have two teams (one pro, one collegiate), representing the same state, ever one a league championship in the SAME year.

    • Andrew McKillop said

      Thanks for the compliments Jacob. I did a quick look into your question, and I found two instances of a pro team and a college football team winning a championship in the same season (poll era). You said same year, but I’m assuming you meant season and not calendar year.

      1952 – Detroit Lions and Michigan State
      1954 – Cleveland Browns and Ohio State

      The Washington Redskins and Washington Huskies also won championships in the same season, but as you know they only share first names, not locations.

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