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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.

A view of the new Busch Stadium from the top of the Gateway Arch.

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.

In 2006, the College Cup was played at Hermann Stadium on the campus of Saint Louis University.

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.

Gateway International Raceway hosts NHRA Drag Racing and NASCAR racing events 5 miles east of the city in Madison, IL.

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.

Teams

Club Sport Venue
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

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