The year 1990 consisted of Sports Championship winners Cincinnati Reds (MLB), Detroit Pistons (NBA), Edmonton Oilers (NHL), San Francisco 49ers (NFL)
World Series featured the Cincinnati Reds
and the Oakland Athletics
. The Reds had won the National League West with a 91-71 record while the Athletics had won the American League West with a 103-59 record. The series went to seven games, with the Reds eventually emerging as the victors. The Reds won the first two games of the series at home, but then dropped the next two games in Oakland
. The Reds then returned to Cincinnati
and won the fifth game, but the Athletics won the sixth game in Oakland
to force a seventh and deciding game. In the seventh game, the Reds scored three runs in the first inning, and they held on to win the game and the series 4-3. The Reds won the series 4-3, and they were led by MVP José Rijo, who won two games and had a 1.54 ERA in the series.
The 1990 NBA
championship final series between the Detroit Pistons
and Portland Trail Blazers
was a thrilling seven games. The series was back and forth with the teams trading wins throughout. The Pistons were led by the "Bad Boys" of Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, and Bill Laimbeer, and they were able to edge out the Trail Blazers in the deciding seventh game. The Pistons won the game by a score of 93-74, and Isiah Thomas was named the MVP of the series. The Pistons were able to win their second consecutive championship, and the Trail Blazers were left to wonder what could have been.
Stanley Cup Final was contested by the Edmonton Oilers
and the Boston Bruins
. The Oilers, who had won the Stanley Cup four times in the previous five seasons, defeated the Bruins in five games to win their fifth Stanley Cup championship. Jari Kurri led the way for the Oilers, scoring the series-winning goal in Game 5 and recording a hat trick in Game 4. The Oilers also received strong performances from Grant Fuhr, Mark Messier, and Esa Tikkanen. The Bruins were led by Ray Bourque, who had a goal and four assists in the series, and Cam Neely, who had four goals and two assists. The Oilers won the series 4-1, with the Bruins' lone win coming in Game 3.
The 1990 NFL
Super Bowl was an exciting matchup between the San Francisco 49ers
and the Denver Broncos
. The 49ers were led by legendary quarterback Joe Montana, who threw for a Super Bowl-record 357 yards and two touchdowns. The Broncos, meanwhile, were led by quarterback John Elway, who threw for 304 yards and a touchdown. The game was close throughout, with the score tied at 13 at halftime. The 49ers pulled away in the fourth quarter, scoring two touchdowns to win the game, 55-10. Montana was named the MVP of the game, and the 49ers won their third Super Bowl in eight years.