The year 1969 consisted of Sports Championship winners Boston Celtics (NBA), Montreal Canadiens (NHL), New York Jets (NFL), New York Mets (MLB)
The 1969 NBA
championship final series between the Boston Celtics
and Los Angeles Lakers
was a hard-fought battle between two of the greatest teams in NBA
history. After splitting the first four games, the Celtics went on to win the next two games and the series 4-3. The Celtics were led by Bill Russell, who averaged 21.1 points and 24.0 rebounds in the series, and Sam Jones, who averaged 22.4 points. The Lakers were led by Jerry West, who averaged a series-high 27.0 points per game, and Elgin Baylor, who averaged 24.8 points per game. The series featured some of the greatest players in NBA
history, and it was a thrilling seven-game series that came down to the wire.
Stanley Cup Finals was a best-of-seven series between the Montreal Canadiens
and St. Louis Blues. The Canadiens, led by Jean Beliveau and Ken Dryden, won the series 4-0 to capture their 17th Stanley Cup championship. The Canadiens dominated the series, outscoring the Blues 18-7 in the four games. Jean Beliveau was the leading scorer of the series, with five goals and four assists for nine points. Ken Dryden was the series MVP, posting a 0.67 goals against average and a .975 save percentage. The Canadiens were dominant in the series, outshooting the Blues 183-84 and controlling the play throughout. The Canadiens' victory in the series marked the end of an era, as this was the last time that the Canadiens would win the Stanley Cup until 1993
The 1969 NFL
Super Bowl game between the New York Jets
and Baltimore Colts
was an historic event. The Jets, led by quarterback Joe Namath, were huge underdogs going into the game, but they managed to pull off a stunning upset, defeating the Colts 16-7. Namath famously guaranteed a victory before the game, and his confidence was rewarded. The Jets' defense was the key to their victory, shutting down the Colts' offense and forcing four turnovers. The Jets' victory marked the first time an AFL team had won the Super Bowl, and it was also the first time a major professional sports championship had been decided by a single game. The Jets' victory was a watershed moment in football history, and it is still remembered and celebrated today.
World Series was a classic matchup between the New York Mets
and the Baltimore Orioles
. The Mets, who had just come off a miraculous season that saw them go from last place in the National League East to World Series Champions, faced off against the Orioles, who had won 109 games during the regular season and were looking to win their third World Series in four years. The Mets took the series in five games, with the deciding game being won by pitcher Tom Seaver. Seaver pitched a complete game, allowing only two runs and striking out ten batters. This was the Mets' first World Series title in franchise history, and it marked the beginning of a new era in baseball.