When St. Louis and Boston meet in the Stanley Cup Final, it will continue a glorious tradition of championship play. The cities are the only two who have met in all four major sports championship games or series.
Whether it was Enos Slaughter's mad dash, one of the greatest NBA finals game ever played, a flying finish by Bobby Orr or the launching of an NFL dynasty, each championship has provided iconic moments.
1946 World Series
This is one of the classic Fall Classic games. In the top of the eighth of Game 7, Boston's Dom DiMaggio tied the game with a two-run double. But in the bottom of the eighth, Cardinals outfielder Enos Slaughter just kept running. Harry Walker hit a ball to the outfield and Slaughter, on first, dashed to second … and third … and through the stop sign to home. He was safe, Red Sox infielder Johnny Pesky became somewhat of a goat (for hesitating on the relay throw home) and the Cardinals won 4-3.
1957 NBA Finals
The Celtics prevailed 125-123 in what is still the only Game 7 in NBA history to reach double overtime.
With the Hawks down by two with one second left in the second overtime, coach Alex Hannum, forced into playing after four of his players fouled out, launched a miraculous full-court pass off the backboard to Bob Pettit, who missed the tip in at the buzzer.
Bill Russell, who the Hawks drafted a year earlier then traded, led the Celtics with 32 points. It was the start of a Celtics dynasty in which they captured nine of the next 10 titles, interrupted only by the Hawks the following year.
1958 NBA Finals
The Hawks won a critical Game 5 at Boston to take a 3-2 series lead and come back to St. Louis with a chance to clinch. With 10,218 excited hoop heads at Kiel, Pettit produced an extraordinary performance.
Although he was being double- and triple-teamed, the 6-foot-9 Pettit drained shot after shot, keeping the Hawks solvent. With a little more than 20 seconds to play, Pettit drove the lane, stopped and scored over the outstretched hand of Bill Russell, giving the Hawks a 108-105 lead.
Two Tom Heinsohn free throws made it a one-point game and the Celtics swarmed the Hawks to get the ball back. Sure enough, Slater Martin fired a shot off the mark, but Pettit fought his way to the basket and tapped in the rebound, rendering a final Boston basket irrelevant.
Pettit finished with 50 points, including 18 of his team's final 21, as the Hawks defeated the Celtics 110-109 and captured the NBA title.
1960 NBA Finals
Meeting in their third finals in four years, the Celtics and Hawks were bitter rivals. But the Celtics' depth was too much for St. Louis, who were without quick guard Slater Martin, injured in the previous series. Bill Russell led the Celtics in a 122-103 Game 7 win with 22 points and 35 rebounds.
1961 NBA Finals
Celtics center Bill Russell was everywhere as the Hawks dropped the series four games to one.
In the final game, he had 30 points and 38 rebounds - as many as all five Hawks starters combined.
Hawks coach Phil Seymour said, "When the Celtics get around to splitting up their $43,000 prize money they ought to vote Russell three shares."
1967 World Series
Boston's “impossible dream” died in Game 7 at Fenway, when Bob Gibson outdueled Jim Lonborg, famously pitching on two-days rest and the Cardinals won 7-2. Lou Brock set a World Series record with seven stolen bases, including two in Game 7. After 1967 and 1946, it seemed like Boston was forever cursed against the Cardinals in the World Series.
1970 Stanley Cup Finals
In the final for the third consecutive year, the Blues are outscored 16-4 by Boston in the first three games. The Note puts up a fight during Game 4 in Boston, taking a 3-2 lead in the third period. But the Bruins tie it and 40 seconds into overtime Bobby Orr scores on Glenn Hall to end the series. Frustrated Noel Picard pitchforks Orr through the air for one of hockey’s iconic snapshots.
2002 Super Bowl
The St. Louis team was again there for the start of a Boston dynasty. Tom Brady, 24, started the season as a backup and Bill Belichick had more losing seasons than winning. 'The Greatest Show on Turf' racked up yards, but only managed 3 first-half points. The Rams tied it late, but Adam Vinatieri’s final-play field goal gave the Patriots a win.
2004 World Series
Manny Ramirez and the Sox, fresh off a comeback from a three games to none deficit in the ALCS, were too much for the Cardinals. Boston's pitchers limited the Cardinals to three runs over the series' final three games, and Ramirez hit .412 as the Red Sox powered their way to a sweep that ended an 86-year curse.
2013 World Series
The Red Sox win in Game 6 clinched a World Series at Fenway for the first time since 1918.
The series was marked by a couple of bizarre plays. In Game 3, Allen Craig scored the winning run when umpires ruled Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks interfered with him on an overthrow.
Game 4 ended when pinch-runner Kolten Wong was picked off first base, the only World Series game ever to end with a pickoff.