Cities That Have Lost the Most Teams

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15. Boston
> Teams lost: 4
> Most recent: Boston Braves, 1953
> Current teams: Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins

Boston may be dominant in professional sports today, but not all teams have prospered there. The Boston Yanks football team folded in the 1940s, while the Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee in 1953 after they won the National League pennant in 1948.

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14. Cincinnati
> Teams lost: 4
> Most recent: Cincinnati Stingers, 1979
> Current teams: Reds, Bengals

Cincinnati, home to professional baseball’s oldest team, the Reds, has lost four professional sports teams over the years — most notably, the Cincinnati Royals. The NBA team, made famous by Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas in the 1960s, moved to Kansas City in 1972.

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13. Kansas City
> Teams lost: 4
> Most recent: Kansas City Kings, 1985
> Current teams: Royals, Chiefs

Kansas City has shed four pro teams. Two of the teams that departed — the A’s from Major League Baseball and the Kings from the NBA — had come from previous cities.

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12. Milwaukee
> Teams lost: 4
> Most recent: Milwaukee Braves, 1965
> Current teams: Brewers, Bucks

The Braves only spent 13 years in Milwaukee where they won consecutive National League pennants in 1957 and 1958 and a world championship in 1957. The moved to Atlanta after the 1965 season where they enjoyed even more success.

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11. Philadelphia
> Teams lost: 4
> Most recent: Philadelphia Blazers, 1973
> Current teams: Phillies, Eagles, Flyers, 76ers

Though Philadelphia fans still have a team to cheer in all four major sports, the city has also lost four pro sports franchises. One early NHL team, the Quakers, folded after one season, and a World Hockey Association team, the Blazers, left for Vancouver after one season in the 1970s.