KINGS-RANGERS RENEW LA-GOTHAM RIVALRY
When the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings take the ice at Staple Center in Los Angeles, it will be only the 8th time the nation’s two biggest cities have met in a major sporting championship.* So far, New York has a 4-3 edge, but the past series have included some of the most legendary moments in both cities’ sports lore:
- Jerry West’s half-court shot;
- Willis Reed’s Game 7 heroics;
- The Lakers historic first win in Los Angeles
- Wilt Chamberlain’s Last Game
- Mr. October; and
*I am not including the “satellite teams” so therefore do not include
- 2002: the Lakers beating the New Jersey Nets;
- 2003: the New Jersey Devils beating the Anaheim Ducks; or
- 2012: the Kings beating the Devils.
1963 World Series
LA Sweeps Yankees
City of Angels 1, Gotham 0
The 1963 World Series matched the two-time defending champion New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Dodgers sweeping the Series in four games to capture their second title in five years, and their third in franchise history.
This was the first time that the New York Yankees were swept in a World Series in four games (the 1922 World Series had one tie).
Of the Los Angeles Dodgers four World Series championships since the opening of Dodger Stadium, this was the only one won at Dodger Stadium. Also, of the six championships from the Dodgers franchise, it remains the only one won at home.
Starting pitchers Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Johnny Podres and ace reliever Ron Perranoski combined to give up only four runs in four games.
|1||October 2||Los Angeles Dodgers – 5, New York Yankees – 2||Yankee Stadium (I)||2:09||69,000|
|2||October 3||Los Angeles Dodgers – 4, New York Yankees – 1||Yankee Stadium (I)||2:13||66,455|
|3||October 5||New York Yankees – 0, Los Angeles Dodgers – 1||Dodger Stadium||2:05||55,912|
|4||October 6||New York Yankees – 1, Los Angeles Dodgers – 2||Dodger Stadium||1:50||55,912|
1970 NBA Finals
Willis Reed Leads Knicks over Lakers
City of Angels 1, Gotham 1
The 1970 NBA World Championship Series was a best-of-7 series for the world championship of the National Basketball Association. It featured the Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks and the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers. The Knicks won the series 4 games to 3 for their first NBA title.
The 1970 Finals was the ninth consecutive NBA championship series to feature a team from California – all of which were lost by the team from that state. For the seventh time, the team was the Lakers. The San Francisco Warriors were the other, losing in 1964 and 1967.
|Game||Date||Home Team||Score||Road Team|
|Game 1||April 24 (Fri.)||New York Knicks||124-112 (1-0)||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Game 2||April 27 (Mon.)||New York Knicks||103-105 (1-1)||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Game 3||April 29 (Wed.)||Los Angeles Lakers||108-111 OT (1-2)||New York Knicks|
|Game 4||May 1 (Fri.)||Los Angeles Lakers||121-115 OT (2-2)||New York Knicks|
|Game 5||May 4 (Mon.)||New York Knicks||107-100 (3-2)||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Game 6||May 6 (Wed.)||Los Angeles Lakers||135-113 (3-3)||New York Knicks|
|Game 7||May 8 (Fri.)||New York Knicks||113-99 (4-3)||Los Angeles Lakers|
Knicks win series 4-3
1972 NBA Finals
Lakers Win First LA Title
City of Angels 2, Gotham 1
The 1972 NBA World Championship Series was played at the conclusion of the 1971–72 NBA season. The Western Conference Champion Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Eastern Conference Champion New York Knicks in five games. The Los Angeles Lakers got their first NBA championship since the Lakers moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis. This season’s edition of the Los Angeles Lakers had won a NBA-record 69 regular season games, including 33 wins in a row. They were led by Wilt Chamberlain, the NBA’s top rebounder and shot blocker that season. Guards Gail Goodrich and Jerry West were each among the NBA’s top ten scorers that season, spearheading the NBA’s top offense at 121 points per game. West also led the NBA in assists. The Lakers as a team led all NBA teams in rebounds and assists that season. Los Angeles had swept a solid 57-win Chicago Bulls team in the playoff’s opening round, then defeated the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks (record of 63-19) in six games to win the Western Conference. That historic series had matched Chamberlain against Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and West against Oscar Robertson. Having defeated tough Milwaukee, 48-win New York figured to be an easy formality for the Lakers. New York was a top defensive team that allowed just 98.2 points per game and made 47% of their shots as a team. They had defeated the 38-win Baltimore Bullets and then upset the 56-win Boston Celtics to win the Eastern Conference final.
|Game||Date||Home Team||Score||Road Team|
|Game 1||April 26 (Wed.)||Los Angeles Lakers||92-114 (0-1)||New York Knicks|
|Game 2||April 30 (Sun.)||Los Angeles Lakers||106-92 (1-1)||New York Knicks|
|Game 3||May 3 (Wed.)||New York Knicks||96-107 (1-2)||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Game 4||May 5 (Fri.)||New York Knicks||111-116 OT (1-3)||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Game 5||May 7 (Sun.)||Los Angeles Lakers||114-100 (4-1)||New York Knicks|
Lakers win series 4-1
1973 NBA Finals
Knicks Win Rematch
City of Angels 2, Gotham 2
The 1973 NBA World Championship Series pitted the New York Knicks of the Eastern Conference against the Los Angeles Lakers of the Western Conference for the NBA championship. The series was an exact reversal of the prior year, with the Lakers winning Game 1 and the Knicks taking the next four games.
This was the first NBA Championship win for Knick players Jerry Lucas and Earl Monroe.
Game 5 of the 1973 Finals was Wilt Chamberlain’s last game played in the NBA. Chamberlain scored the last points of the game, and of his career, on an uncontested fast break dunk shot with one second remaining.
This would be the last NBA Finals appearance for the Lakers until 1980; the Knicks would not make it back to the NBA Finals until 1994.
After losing the first game, the Knicks reeled off four straight wins to reclaim the NBA title, exactly like the Lakers did in 1972. This is the Knicks’ last NBA Championship to date. ABC televised its last NBA Finals, until 2003.
|Game||Date||Home Team||Score||Road Team|
|Game 1||Tue. May 1||Los Angeles Lakers||115-112 (1-0)||New York Knicks|
|Game 2||Thu. May 3||Los Angeles Lakers||95-99 (1-1)||New York Knicks|
|Game 3||Sun. May 6||New York Knicks||87-83 (2-1)||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Game 4||Tue. May 8||New York Knicks||103-98 (3-1)||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Game 5||Thu. May 10||Los Angeles Lakers||93-102 (1-4)||New York Knicks|
Knicks win series 4-1
1977 World Series
Mr. October Brings The Crown Back to New York
City of Angels 2, Gotham 3
The 1977 World Series was the 83rd edition of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) championship series. The best-of-seven playoff was contested between the New York Yankees, champions of the American League (AL) and defending American League champions, and theLos Angeles Dodgers, champions of the National League (NL). The Yankees defeated the Dodgers, four games to two, to win the franchise’s 21st World Series championship, their first since 1962, and the first under the ownership of George Steinbrenner. The Series was played between October 11 and 18, broadcast on ABC.
During this Series, Reggie Jackson earned his nickname “Mr. October” for his heroics. Billy Martin won what would be his only World Series title as a manager after guiding the Yankees to a second straight pennant.
|1||October 11||Los Angeles Dodgers – 3, New York Yankees – 4 (12 innings)||Yankee Stadium (I)||3:24||56,668|
|2||October 12||Los Angeles Dodgers – 6, New York Yankees – 1||Yankee Stadium (I)||2:27||56,691|
|3||October 14||New York Yankees – 5, Los Angeles Dodgers – 3||Dodger Stadium||2:31||55,992|
|4||October 15||New York Yankees – 4, Los Angeles Dodgers – 2||Dodger Stadium||2:07||55,995|
|5||October 16||New York Yankees – 4, Los Angeles Dodgers – 10||Dodger Stadium||2:29||55,955|
|6||October 18||Los Angeles Dodgers – 4, New York Yankees – 8||Yankee Stadium (I)||2:18||56,407|
1978 World Series
City of Angels 2, Gotham 4
The 1978 World Series matched the defending champion New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rematch of the 1977 Series, with the Yankees winning in six games to repeat as champions.
1978 was the first of ten consecutive years that saw ten different teams win the World Series, a string unprecedented in Major League Baseball history. The Los Angeles Dodgers would break the string with a World Series win in 1988 (as they won in the 1981 World Series).
This Series had two memorable confrontations between Dodger rookie pitcher Bob Welch and the Yankees’ Reggie Jackson. In Game 2, Welch struck Jackson out in the top of the ninth with two outs and the tying and go-ahead runs on base to end the game. Jackson would get his revenge in Game 6 by smashing a two-run homer off Welch in the seventh to increase the Yankees’ lead from 5–2 to 7–2 and put a final “exclamation point” on the Yankees’ victory.
Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 1 October 10 New York Yankees – 5, Los Angeles Dodgers – 11 Dodger Stadium 2:48 55,997 2 October 11 New York Yankees – 3, Los Angeles Dodgers – 4 Dodger Stadium 2:37 55,982 3 October 13 Los Angeles Dodgers – 1, New York Yankees – 5 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:27 56,447 4 October 14 Los Angeles Dodgers – 3, New York Yankees – 4 (10 innings) Yankee Stadium (I) 3:17 56,445 5 October 15 Los Angeles Dodgers – 2, New York Yankees – 12 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:56 56,448 6 October 17 New York Yankees – 7, Los Angeles Dodgers – 2 Dodger Stadium 2:34 55,985
1981 World Series
City of Angels 3, Gotham 4
The 1981 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, marking their third meeting in the Series in five years as well as a record eleventh Series meeting overall and last Series meeting to date. The Dodgers won the Series in six games for their first title since 1965, and their first victory over the Yankees since 1963 and third over them overall.
This is the last World Series that a team won after losing the first two games on the road. This also was the last meeting between teams from New York City and Los Angeles for a major professional sports championship until the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers reached the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals.
Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 1 October 20 Los Angeles Dodgers – 3, New York Yankees – 5 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:32 56,470 2 October 21 Los Angeles Dodgers – 0, New York Yankees – 3 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:29 56,505 3 October 23 New York Yankees – 4, Los Angeles Dodgers – 5 Dodger Stadium 3:04 56,236 4 October 24 New York Yankees – 7, Los Angeles Dodgers – 8 Dodger Stadium 3:32 56,242 5 October 25 New York Yankees – 1, Los Angeles Dodgers – 2 Dodger Stadium 2:19 56,115 6 October 28† Los Angeles Dodgers – 9, New York Yankees – 2 Yankee Stadium (I) 3:09 56,513