Special Report

The Year Every Team Won Their First Championship

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Kansas City Royals
> Year of first title: 1985
> League: MLB
> First year in franchise history: 1969
> Total championships: 2

The Kansas City Royals have hung two championship banners — the first won by the George Brett-led 1985 team, and the second 30 years later in 2015.

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Los Angeles Angels (as the Anaheim Angels)
> Year of first title: 2002
> League: MLB
> First year in franchise history: 1961
> Total championships: 1

After making the postseason just three times in their first 40 seasons, the Angels franchise broke through for their lone World Series in 2002.

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Los Angeles Chargers (as the San Diego Chargers)
> Year of first title: 1963
> League: AFL
> First year in franchise history: 1960
> Total championships: 1

The LA Chargers were the class of the AFL, making the title game five times in six years, winning once. The NFL has been a different story. The Chargers’ only Super Bowl appearance ended in a 49-26 drubbing at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers.

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Los Angeles Dodgers (as the Brooklyn Dodgers)
> Year of first title: 1955
> League: MLB
> First year in franchise history: 1884
> Total championships: 6

Shortly before leaving for Los Angeles, the Brooklyn Dodgers won their first World Series after seven prior losses in the modern era.

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Los Angeles Kings
> Year of first title: 2012
> League: NHL
> First year in franchise history: 1967
> Total championships: 2

It took the Los Angeles Kings 45 years to win their first Stanley Cup, which came in 2012. The team earned its second title just two seasons later in 2014.

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Los Angeles Lakers (as the Minneapolis Lakers)
> Year of first title: 1949
> League: BAA
> First year in franchise history: 1948
> Total championships: 16

The Lakers franchise, still in Minneapolis, won the final BAA championship in 1949 and then the first ever NBA championship the next season in 1950. Those happened to be the first two seasons in Lakers history. The franchise now has 16 championships.

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Los Angeles Rams (as the Cleveland Rams)
> Year of first title: 1945
> League: NFL
> First year in franchise history: 1937
> Total championships: 3

The Rams franchise won the 1945 NFL title in its final season in Cleveland before moving to Los Angeles, then to St. Louis, then back to LA.

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Miami Dolphins
> Year of first title: 1972
> League: NFL
> First year in franchise history: 1966
> Total championships: 2

The Miami Dolphins won their first Super Bowl in impressive fashion, posting a perfect 14-0 regular season. Head coach Don Shula led the Dolphins to a title the next season as well.

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Miami Heat
> Year of first title: 2006
> League: NBA
> First year in franchise history: 1988
> Total championships: 3

Shaquille O’Neal teamed up with Dwyane Wade to bring Miami its first ever NBA title in 2006.

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Miami Marlins (as the Florida Marlins)
> Year of first title: 1997
> League: MLB
> First year in franchise history: 1993
> Total championships: 2

The Miami Marlins have never won their division. Still, the team has made the playoffs twice as a wild card and won the World Series both times, in 1997 and 2003.

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