Kansas City celebrated and blew a sigh of relief after the Royals captured the 2015 World Series and ended a three-decade drought between the city’s major sports championships.
Cleveland’s exhale was even louder after the city’s 52-year run without a major sports title ended Sunday with the Cavaliers’ dramatic Game 7 NBA Finals triumph over the Golden State Warriors.
Now who’s looking for title relief?
Not that their cities need reminding, but San Diego and Buffalo have pushed their droughts beyond a half-century. The last major championship for both cities occurred in their American Football League years. The Chargers won the 1963 championship, and there has been no title in football, baseball or basketball — San Diego was briefly home to the NBA’s Rockets and Clippers — since, a span of 52 seasons.
Buffalo won the 1965 AFL title, its second straight, and that’s been it for the city, which has been home to the NHL’s Sabres since 1970 and had the NBA from 1970 to 1978 before the team moved to — you guessed it — San Diego to become the Clippers.
Among teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, the Chicago Cubs have endured the longest run without a championship. The Cubs won the 1908 World Series, and 107 series have been played since without a flag for the Cubs.
Next on the list also comes from baseball. The Cleveland Indians’ last title was in 1948. Perhaps LeBron James can put on a glove.
Droughts by cities (in years)
53: San Diego
39: Portland, Ore.
Most seasons without a World Series title
55: Rangers (never won a title)
54: Astros (never won a title)
47: Brewers, Padres (never won a title)
Most seasons without an NBA title
48: Suns (never won a title)
46: Clippers (never won a title)
Most seasons without an NFL or AFL title
Most seasons without a Stanley Cup title
48: Blues (never won)
48: Maple Leafs
45: Sabres (never won)
45: Canucks (never won)
41: Capitals (never won)