The Year Every Team Won Their First Championship

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Milwaukee Bucks
> Year of first title: 1971
> League: NBA
> First year in franchise history: 1968
> Total championships: 1

The lone title in Milwaukee Bucks’ history came in the franchise’s third season, largely thanks to the top overall pick from the season before, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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Minnesota Twins (as the Washington Senators)
> Year of first title: 1924
> League: MLB
> First year in franchise history: 1901
> Total championships: 3

Before moving to Minnesota in 1960, the Washington Senators franchise had just one title in 60 years, in 1924. Since moving, the Twins won it all in 1987 and 1991.

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Montreal Canadiens
> Year of first title: 1919
> League: NHL
> First year in franchise history: 1917
> Total championships: 25

As an Original Six team, the Montreal Canadiens have more titles than any other pro hockey team in North America by far, with 25. The first came in 1919.

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New England Patriots
> Year of first title: 2001
> League: NFL
> First year in franchise history: 1960
> Total championships: 6

For most of the team’s history, the New England Patriots struggled. Since Tom Brady took over at QB, and with the coaching of Bill Belichick, the team has won a record six Super Bowls, the first coming after the 2001 season.

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New Jersey Devils
> Year of first title: 1995
> League: NHL
> First year in franchise history: 1974
> Total championships: 3

The glory days of the New Jersey Devils stretched from the mid 1990s until the mid 2000s. The team, paced by the steady goalkeeping of Martin Brodeur, won the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000, and 2003.

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New Orleans Saints
> Year of first title: 2009
> League: NFL
> First year in franchise history: 1967
> Total championships: 1

For much of their history, the New Orleans Saints were known as the “Aints” because of their woeful performance. The tandem of coach Sean Payton and QB Drew Brees turned around their fortunes, and the team won the Super Bowl after the 2009 season.

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New York Giants
> Year of first title: 1927
> League: NFL
> First year in franchise history: 1925
> Total championships: 8

The New York Giants first conquered the NFL in 1927. That was the first championship won by an NFL team that has never moved or changed its name.

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New York Islanders
> Year of first title: 1980
> League: NHL
> First year in franchise history: 1972
> Total championships: 4

The New York Islanders’ 1980 Stanley Cup was the first of the team’s astonishing four straight titles under coach Al Arbour.

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New York Jets
> Year of first title: 1968
> League: NFL
> First year in franchise history: 1960
> Total championships: 1

The lone title in New York Jets history came on the heels of a bold guarantee from QB Joe Namath that his team would beat the heavily favored Baltimore Colts. It was the first time an AFL team won the Super Bowl.

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New York Knicks
> Year of first title: 1970
> League: NBA
> First year in franchise history: 1946
> Total championships: 2

Walt Frazier led the Knicks teams of the early 1970s to glory, winning NBA titles in 1970 and 1973.