LA joins Boston as only cities to win titles in four major sports leagues this century

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    Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams reacts after a fourth stop during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LVI against the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022.

Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams reacts after a fourth stop during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LVI against the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022.
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The Rams have made history by joining the Colts and Raiders as the only franchises to have won the Super Bowl from different cities, but they have also accomplished something special for Los Angeles.

By beating Cincinnati in the Super Bowl23-20, LA has completed a grand slam for the 21st century: championships in all four of North America’s top sports leagues.

The Lakers got things going with their 2000-02 three-peat, then added titles in 2009, 2010 and 2020. The Kings won the Stanley Cup twice, while the Dodgers won the 2020 World Series, and even the Angels and Ducks broke in with a championship apiece from Anaheim to fill the market’s total.

The Rams have made it 12 championships for LA teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball since 2000, leading Boston since the turn of the century. Beantown has only one team in each sport, but has also had all four sports all along — the Rams didn’t come home from St. Louis until 2016, and the Chargers came out of San Diego the following year. (LA breaks the tie if you count the Sparks of the WNBA, who won three titles, but Boston has no WNBA team.)

Boston became the first city this century to win all four major championships when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, joined the Patriots (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016, 2018), Red Sox (2004, 2007, 2013, 2018), and Celtics (2008).

Who’s next in the club? New York is the closest, but the Big Apple has to take an NBA crown, and the Knicks are the Knicks, while the Nets are quickly turning into one of the great what-if teams in history.

This is how the four-sports markets stack up since 2000.

New York/New Jersey: 2 Stanley Cups, 2 Super Bowls, 2 World Series

San Francisco/Oakland: 3 NBA titles, 3 World Series

Chicago: 3 Stanley Cups, 1 World Series

miami: 3 NBA titles, 1 World Series

Detroit: 2 Stanley Cups, 1 NBA title

Denver: 1 Stanley Cup, 1 Super Bowl

Philadelphia: 1 Super Bowl, 1 World Series

Washington: 1 Stanley Cup, 1 World Series

Dallas: 1 NBA title

Phoenix: 1 World Series

Minneapolis-St. Paul: 0

Another city has titles in three of the four major leagues of this century: St. Louis, with the Cardinals, the Blues and the Rams, who won Super Bowl XXXIV on January 30, 2000.

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