The year 1971 consisted of Sports Championship winners Baltimore Colts (NFL), Milwaukee Bucks (NBA), Montreal Canadiens (NHL), Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
The 1971 NFL
Super Bowl was a battle between the Baltimore Colts
and the Dallas Cowboys
. The Colts, led by quarterback Johnny Unitas, were the defending champions and had a record of 11-3. The Cowboys, led by quarterback Roger Staubach, had a record of 11-2-1. The game was a hard-fought battle, with the Colts leading at halftime 14-6. The Cowboys came back in the second half, however, and took the lead in the fourth quarter. With less than a minute left in the game, the Colts were able to score a touchdown and take the lead. The Colts were able to hold off the Cowboys and win the game 16-13. It was the first Super Bowl victory for the Baltimore Colts
and the first Super Bowl loss for the Dallas Cowboys
The 1971 NBA
championship final series between the Milwaukee Bucks
and the Baltimore Bullets
was a hard-fought battle between two talented teams. The Bucks, led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson, had the best regular season record in the league and were favored to win the series. The Bullets, led by Wes Unseld and Earl Monroe, put up a strong fight, but ultimately the Bucks proved too much for them. The Bucks swept the series in four games, winning each game by double digits. The Bucks' dominant performance earned them their first championship in franchise history.
Stanley Cup Finals featured the Montreal Canadiens
and the Chicago Blackhawks
. The Canadiens had won the Stanley Cup the previous season, and were looking to become the first team since the 1950
s to win consecutive titles. The Blackhawks had not won a championship since 1961
, and were looking to end their decade-long drought. The series was a highly contested one, with the Canadiens taking the first two games at home, before the Blackhawks bounced back to tie the series at two games apiece. In the end, the Canadiens were able to secure the championship in game seven, winning by a score of 3-2. This marked the Canadiens' seventeenth Stanley Cup, and their fourth in five years.
World Series featured the Pittsburgh Pirates
and the Baltimore Orioles
. The Pirates, who had not won a World Series since 1960
, won the series in seven games. The Orioles, led by Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, and Brooks Robinson, won the first two games of the series. The Pirates, however, bounced back to win the next three games, with the help of Roberto Clemente's .414 batting average and two home runs. The Orioles won the sixth game to force a seventh and deciding game. In Game 7, the Pirates won 2-1 in a low-scoring affair. Steve Blass pitched a complete game, allowing only one run on five hits. The Pirates' victory marked the first time since 1960
that they had won the World Series.