The year 1970 consisted of Sports Championship winners Baltimore Orioles (MLB), Boston Bruins (NHL), Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), New York Knicks (NBA)
World Series featured the Baltimore Orioles
and the Cincinnati Reds
. The Orioles had won 109 games during the regular season, while the Reds had won 102. The Orioles had won the American League pennant for the third year in a row, while the Reds had won the National League pennant for the first time since 1961
. The Orioles won the series in five games, with their ace pitcher Jim Palmer winning two games and being named Series MVP. The Orioles' offense was led by Boog Powell and Don Buford, while the Reds were led by Pete Rose and Tony Perez. The Orioles won the series 4-1, with the final score of the deciding game being 10-3. The Orioles' victory marked the first time since 1966
that an American League team had won the World Series.
Stanley Cup Final was a rematch of the previous year's championship series between the Boston Bruins
and the St Louis Blues
. The Bruins had won the 1969
series in four games and were looking to repeat as champions. The Blues, however, were determined to avenge their loss and took the series to a full seven games. The Bruins opened the series with a 3-2 victory in game one and went on to win game two by a score of 4-2. The Blues responded by winning games three and four, setting up a decisive game five in Boston
. The Bruins, led by Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito, were able to close out the series with a 3-0 victory in game five and secure their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship.
The 1970 NFL
Super Bowl game between the Kansas City Chiefs
and Minnesota Vikings
was a hard-fought battle. The Chiefs were led by their star quarterback Len Dawson, who had been named the MVP of the AFL Championship game the year before. The Vikings were led by their star running back Chuck Foreman, who had been named the MVP of the NFC Championship game the year before. After a close first half, the Chiefs pulled away in the second half and won the game 23-7. The Chiefs defense held the Vikings to just seven points, while the offense scored 23 points, including a touchdown pass from Dawson to Otis Taylor in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs dominated the game and won their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.
The 1970 NBA
championship final series between the New York Knicks
and Los Angeles Lakers
was a hard-fought battle that went the full seven games. The Knicks, led by captain Willis Reed, had the home court advantage and won the first two games of the series. The Lakers, led by future Hall of Famer Jerry West, fought back and won the next two games to tie the series. In game five, Reed suffered a torn muscle in his leg and was unable to play, but the Knicks still managed to win the game. The Lakers then won game six and forced a deciding game seven. In a heroic effort, Reed returned to the court for the deciding game and scored the Knicks' first four points, inspiring his teammates to a 113-99 victory and the championship title.