Enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans give St. Louis a reputation as "a top-notch sports town" and "Baseball City USA." The Sporting News rated St. Louis the nation's "Best Sports City." Although the city has or had professional football, hockey, and basketball teams, it is baseball that is undeniably the epicenter of the city's sporting life. The St. Louis Cardinals, one of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball, have accumulated ten World Series titles since 1892, second only to the New York Yankees.
The city of St. Louis has earned 12 professional sports championships. As mentioned earlier, the St. Louis Cardinals have won 10 World Series Championships with one of the championships played against the old cross-city rival the St. Louis Browns in 1944. The St. Louis Rams have won one Super Bowl Championship, and the St. Louis Hawks (who later moved to Atlanta) gave the city its lone NBA Championship. On top of that, the St. Louis Blues hold the record for most consecutive playoff appearances in all of sports with 26 straight. The Blues have also made 3 trips to the Stanley Cup Finals but have never won the championship.
St. Louis was also home to two prominent twentieth-century boxers, brothers Leon and Michael Spinks. The two are the only brothers in boxing history to have both captured the Heavyweight boxing title.
Professional Wrestling also has firm roots in St. Louis. Essentially, three men combined to make the Mound City not only the "Gateway to the West," but the unofficial capital of professional wrestling. The three men were Tom Packs, Sam Muchnick, and Lou Thesz. Wrestling at the Chase was a popular weekly event for hundreds of thousands of fans for several decades, both live and on television. St. Louis is also home to former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) World Champion and currently one of the sport's top performers, Randy Orton.
The Scottrade Center hosted the 2007 Frozen Four college ice hockey tournament on April 5 and April 7, 2007. The Scottrade Center also hosts the annual "Braggin' Rights" game, a men's college basketball rivalry game between the universities of Illinois and Missouri. St. Louis is roughly equidistant from the two campuses.
In March 2005, the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis hosted the final two rounds of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, also known as the Final Four. In April 2009, the Edward Jones Dome will host the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship Final Four.
There are also several minor league teams in the area. The Gateway Grizzlies (Minor League Baseball) of the Frontier League, which plays at GMC Stadium across the river in Sauget, IL. The River City Rascals (Minor League Baseball) also of the Frontier League, play at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in nearby O'Fallon. The Missouri River Otters (United Hockey League) play at Family Arena in St. Charles. The River City Rage are an Arena Football team that play in the National Indoor Football League at Family Arena. The St. Louis Flight are a basketball team that play in the newly reincarnated American Basketball Association, also at Family Arena.
|St. Louis Cardinals||Baseball||Busch Stadium|
|St. Louis Rams||Football||Edward Jones Dome|
|St. Louis Blues||Ice Hockey||Scottrade Center|
|River City Rascals||Minor League Baseball||T.R. Hughes Ballpark|
|St. Louis Steamers||Soccer||Scottrade Center|
|St. Louis Stunners||Basketball||St. Louis Community College|
|River City Rage||Arena Football||Scottrade Center|
|St. Louis Aces||Tennis||Dwight Davis Memorial Tennis Center|
|Arch Rival Rollergirls||Roller Derby||All American Sports Mall|
|St. Louis Hurling Club||Hurling||Tower Grove Park/Kennedy Field/Forest Park|
|St. Louis Sabres||Rugby||Forest Park|
- Corkball - a traditional local sport
- St. Louis Sports - Home of the St. Louis Sports Commission.
- Sports - The online version of the Sports page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- St. Louis - Best Sports City - As determined by The Sporting News back in 2000, anyway.
- STLRacing.com - St. Louis Motor Racing News online source of local race info.
- T-Bucket Alliance - This is the official site of the St. Louis chapter of the NTBA (National T-Bucket Alliance).
- Arch Rival Rollergirls - All-female flat track roller derby league.