The year 1977 consisted of Sports Championship winners Montreal Canadiens (NHL), New York Yankees (MLB), Oakland Raiders (NFL), Portland Trail Blazers (NBA)
Stanley Cup Championship Series was a classic matchup between two of the NHL
's most storied franchises, the Montreal Canadiens
and the Boston Bruins
. The Canadiens had won the Stanley Cup the previous year, while the Bruins had not won since 1972
. The series went to a full seven games, with the Canadiens ultimately prevailing four games to three. The Canadiens were led by their star goaltender Ken Dryden, who was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the MVP of the playoffs. The Bruins were led by Phil Esposito, who scored a goal in each of the seven games and finished the series with eight points. The Canadiens' victory marked the 22nd Stanley Cup victory in the franchise's history, and the fourth in a row.
World Series was a classic showdown between the New York Yankees
and the Los Angeles Dodgers
. The Yankees had won the American League East Division with a record of 100-62 while the Dodgers had won the National League West Division with a record of 98-64. The Yankees won the series 4 games to 2. The Yankees were led by Reggie Jackson, who hit three home runs in Game 6 to clinch the series. The Dodgers, meanwhile, had the likes of Steve Garvey and Ron Cey to lead the way. The Yankees outscored the Dodgers in the series 22-7, and the series was a showcase of the greats of the time, with Jackson, Garvey, and Cey all playing pivotal roles.
Super Bowl was a match-up between the Oakland Raiders
and the Minnesota Vikings
. The Raiders, led by quarterback Ken Stabler, were the AFC champions, while the Vikings, led by quarterback Fran Tarkenton, were the NFC champions. The Raiders dominated the game, winning by a score of 32-14. Oakland
's offense was led by running back Clarence Davis, who rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns, while Stabler threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings, meanwhile, struggled on offense, with Tarkenton throwing for just 132 yards and two interceptions. The Raiders defense was also dominant, holding the Vikings to just 224 total yards and forcing four turnovers. The Raiders were crowned Super Bowl champions, and the 1977
season marked the beginning of their dynasty.
The 1977 NBA
championship final series between the Portland Trail Blazers
and the Philadelphia 76ers
was a hard fought series that ended with the 76ers winning the championship 4 games to 2. The series saw the two teams go back and forth, with no team leading by more than two games at any point. In the end, the 76ers were able to come out on top, thanks to the play of Julius Erving, George McGinnis, and Doug Collins. The Trail Blazers were led by Bill Walton, Maurice Lucas, and Lionel Hollins and put up a valiant effort, but ultimately fell short.