After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs ended the longest championship drought in major American professional sports history, beating the Cleveland Indians Wednesday night to get their World Series rings.
That moves the Sacramento Kings up to No. 3 for longest drought. Here’s the list before the Cubs’ Game 7 victory.
1) CUBS (MLB, 1908 - until Wednesday night)
2) CARDINALS (NFL, 1947)
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3) INDIANS (MLB, 1948)
4) KINGS (NBA, 1951
5) LIONS (NFL, 1957)
The Kings only NBA title came 65 years ago in 1951 when they were known as the Rochester Royals. Sacramento fans will remember the Kings at their best in the early 2000s with stars Mike Bibby, Chris Webber, and Peja Stojakovic. They were never able to make it past the Western Conference Finals, however.
Since the team’s last playoff appearance in 2006, the franchise has yet to finish the regular season with winning-percentage better .500. But there is some excitement swirling early this season.
So who moves up the list to No. 5, now that the Cubs got theirs? It’s the Atlanta Hawks - no titles in 58 years.