June 17, 2011

THE SEVEN YEAR SCRATCH:

Boston’s Spoiled 7-Year-Olds (Carl Bialik, 6/16/11, WSJ)

Boston is, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the first city to win all four major titles in a seven-year span. The shortest previous period for Beantown? The 32-year span between the Bruins’ 1972 championship and the Red Sox victory in the 2004 World Series, according to the Donovan Index, a website that tracks cities’ championships.

Lest that sound like a long time, consider that few cities have won all four titles — ever. Detroit has, though its briefest interval was 34 years, from 1955 to 1989. Chicago secured all four in 25 years, between the Bears’ Super Bowl win in 1985 and the Blackhawks’ title last year. And Philadelphia squeezed four titles into just 20 years, from the Eagles’ NFL championship in 1960 to the Phillies’ 1980 World Series. Still, the youngest Philly fan to experience championships in all four sports was old enough to vote.


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