How Many Professional Sports Teams Are In New York?
These professional teams are physically located both in New York and in New Jersey. They are part of the New York City media market. This means that neither New York nor New Jersey are without a pro sports team.
There are 13 teams in the major NYC market. They are part of the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS, WNBA, and NWSL. Countless championships have been won amongst these teams, perhaps 55 in total. The Yankees, with their 27 titles, are the pro sports team that has won the most championships.
Players, nay, Hall of Famers come to mind when you consider the NY sports franchises. Players such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Derek Jeter, Tom Seaver, Lawrence Taylor, Joe Namath, Curtis Martin, and Martin Brodeur. Then there are teams that are infamous, the Bronx Bombers, the '86 Mets, and the Neutral Zone Trap 1995 Devils come to mind. Finally, there are some moments that have gone down in infamy, like ARod slapping the ball out of Bronson Arroyo's glove. What's more, he missed first base.
Come to think of it, New York sports teams have quite a history when it comes to squaring off against Boston sports teams.
New York Yankees
As we've said, the Yankees own the most titles in the history of American professional sports. That's a lot of hardware. The MLB Commissioner's Trophy is valued at $19,000. That's $513,000 worth of trophies over the years. Not a bad haul.
Yankee Stadium (I + II), along with the Polo Grounds and Hilltop Park, have been home to many a great Yankee team. Murderers' Row (1927) comes to mind, when Gehrig, Ruth and four others swatted the ball all over the yard. The DiMaggio and Mantle years held more championships. Then came the Jeter and Rivera years in the late 90s.
The Yankees are perhaps the most storied franchise in U.S. pro sports history. You know what else is the most storied? Ex-Yankees hot bagger, Wade Boggs. Ol' Wade once drank 70 beers on a cross country flight, purportedly with the Yankees, per Ex-Yankee pitcher, Jeff Nelson.
New York Mets
The Mets have won two championships. Quite a step down from the 27 of the Yankees. But, still better than zero as we like to say. Those two championships came at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles in 1969, when the Mets were led by Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, and Jerry Koosman, and 1986 against the Boston Red Sox. The 1986 World Series perpetuated the Curse of the Bambino, seeing the Mets rally after a Game 6 error by the Red Sox to force a Game 7 and eventual victory for the Mets.
Two championships doesn't mean they've been bereft of talent though. Mike Piazza, Gary Carter, Daryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez, and David Wright come to mind at the plate. Same goes for Doc Gooden and Tug McGraw on the mound.
In somewhat amazing news, Mets legend, Tom Seaver, was on the 1986 Red Sox team that squared off against the Mets in the World Series. Apparently a knee injury kept Seaver from being on the Sox roster. Would he have made a difference? We'll never know.
New York Giants
The New York Giants have won 8 football championships, 4 of those coming in the Super Bowl era. Twice have they defeated an undefeated team, the first coming in 1934 in the "Sneakers Game", where the Giants beat the undefeated Bears 30-13, and the second coming in 2007, where the Giants beat the undefeated New England Patriots, 17-14.
The latter game saw the infamous "Manning to Tyree" play, also known as the, "Helmet Catch", late in the 4th Quarter to help set up the go-ahead score. You know, we've watched replays of that play several times and can only conclude that like playoff hockey, the refs put away their whistles and refused to call offensive holding. It's not quite the Saints non-call PI penalty, but it's pretty bad, considering the stage of the game.
As for the Giants, several players stand out, including Michael Strahan, Lawrence Taylor, Frank Gifford, and Roosevelt Brown.
Speaking of the Super Bowl, if you're going to a Super Bowl party this year (or hosting), why not introduce the Super Bowl drinking game to everyone? Remember to be responsible.
New York Jets
New York Knicks
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
New Jersey Devils
Progenitors of the Neutral Zone Trap, the New Jersey Devils have earned themselves three chances to hoist The Cup, starting in 94-95, and followed up in 99-00 and 02-03, respectively. Minding the net for all three victories was NHL Hall of Fame goalie, Martin Brodeur (who also picked up 2 Olympic Gold Medals). Other notable Devils include Scott Stevens, Patrik Elias, and Scott Niedermayer.
New York City FC
New York Red Bulls
New York Liberty
NJ/NY Gotham FC
To wrap it all up, those are your New York Pro Sports teams.