Blues cup win leaves Indians with second-longest title drought

Browns hold NFL’s third-longest drought, seventh overall in pro sports

Daryl Ruiter
June 13, 2019 - 11:29 am

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Cleveland, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Another championship drought ended Wednesday night when after 51 years the St. Louis Blues raised the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.

The historic win in seven games over the Boston Bruins left the Cleveland Indians with the second-longest championship drought among the four major sports – MLB, NHL, NBA and NFL – currently at 70 years and the meter is still running.

The Indians, who have won three American League pennants following a 40-year postseason drought that spanned from 1955-1995, are the only team in MLB history to lose two Game 7s of the World Series in extra innings (1997 and 2016).

The longest title drought in pro sports belongs to the Arizona Cardinals franchise, which hasn’t won the NFL title since 1947, two years before the Browns joined the NFL after winning four consecutive AAFC championships from 1946-49.

Although barely recognized in the Super Bowl era, the Browns won four NFL championships – 1950, 1954, 1955 and 1964, but are one of four franchises to have never appeared in a Super Bowl. Houston, Jacksonville and Detroit are the other three. The Lions last won an NFL title in 1957 leaving Cleveland with the fourth-longest title drought in the league.

The Minnesota Vikings are title-less since being founded in 1961 as are MLB’s Texas Rangers also founded the same year. The Atlanta Falcons (founded 1966), Cincinnati Bengals (founded 1968) and Phoenix Suns (founded 1968-69) are among the oldest franchises never to win a championship.

The Sacramento Kings’ drought dates to 1951 when they were the Rochester Royals.

The longest drought in the NHL has now been passed on to the Toronto Maple Leafs dating back to 1967.

The Cavaliers ended Cleveland’s 52-year championship drought by beating the Golden State Warriors in seven games and becoming the first team in history from winning the series after trailing 1-3. The title came in the franchise’s 46th season.

Over the last decade championship droughts ended for the following:

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks (49 years), Boston Bruins (39 years), Los Angeles Kings (44 years), Washington Capitals (43 years) and St. Louis Blues (51 years).

MLB: San Francisco Giants (56), Kansas City Royals (30 years), Chicago Cubs (108 years) and Houston Astros (56 years).

NBA: Dallas Mavericks (31 years), Golden State Warriors (40) and Cleveland Cavaliers (46 years).

NFL: Seattle Seahawks (38 years) and Philadelphia Eagles (57 years).