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St. Louis was the winningest sports city in North America last year, despite the Rams' 7-8 season.
Three days before St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke trashed our city for being too small and poor to support any NFL team, the Wall Street Journal named St. Louis the No. 1 sports city in North America.
Take that, Silent Stan.
The WSJ studied the 21 North American cities with at least three major-league teams (sorry, Kansas City) and ranked them according to their total winning percentages across the four major-league sports—baseball, football, hockey, and basketball—during the calendar year 2015.
Even without a basketball team, St. Louis stands firmly in first place, with a .622 average winning percentage. In second place is Pittsburgh, with a .581 score, followed by Dallas, at .566. Philadelphia comes in last, at .375.
A cursory look at the numbers shows that St. Louis reached the top spot thanks to strong performances on the diamond and in the rink, not on the gridiron. In 2015, the Cardinals went 100-62 and the Blues had a 52-25-8 record; the Rams went 7-8, with a winning percentage that is .155 below St. Louis’ average score.
“The Cardinals and Blues helped propel St. Louis to the top of the heap in 2015,” the WSJ proclaims.
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This isn’t the first time the WSJ has covered St. Louis’ reputation as a dynamic and supportive sports city. On the eve of the Cardinals’ first 2015 playoffs game, reporter Matthew Futterman called the ‘Lou “the ultimate baseball town” thanks to its die-hard fans, high game day attendance numbers, and legacy of professional baseball players who choose to make St. Louis their home.
“Here, even the yoga instructors wear Cardinals jerseys,” Futterman said. “The players work in a love bubble.”
In the story, former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa explains why he thinks St. Louis is such a great sports town. His answer stands in stark opposition to the picture painted by Kroenke months later:
“St. Louis is the only place where—if you try—the fans are with you whether you win or lose.”