America's Best Sports City
|1||The retired number worn by St. Louis’ 15-time All-Star, 13-time Gold Glove award recipient and “Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” Ozzie Smith.|
|1.25||Number of miles in diameter of the track at Gateway International Raceway, home to a NASCAR Nationwide Series event and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race every year.|
|2||The retired number worn by Red Schoendienst, baseball Hall of Famer, former Cardinals manager and born Feb. 2, 1923, the second oldest living legend the Cardinals have – next to a guy named Stan Musial.|
|2||The retired number of Blues great Al MacInnis, the most recently retired number in Blues franchise history.|
|4||The number of NCAA Tournament appearances since 1993 by the Saint Louis University Billikens men’s basketball team.|
|5||Perhaps the next number to be retired by the St. Louis Cardinals, it’s the number Albert Pujols wears on his back. Also the name of a trendy restaurant at Westport Plaza owned by the aforementioned baseball player.|
|6||Olympic medals won by East St. Louis native Jackie Joyner-Kersee.|
Time it took for John McEnroe to defeat Mats Wilander in a Davis Cup match held in 1982 at the St. Louis Arena.
|10||NCAA Division I Championships that took place in St. Louis between 2000 and 2009. (2000, 2004, 2005, 2008 & 2009 Wrestling Championships; 2001 & 2009 Women's Final Four; 2005 Men's Final Four; 2006 Men’s College Cup; and 2007 Men's Frozen Four.)|
World Series Championships won by the Cardinals, the latest in 2006 when St. Louis defeated Detroit in five games.
|10||Division I soccer championships won by Saint Louis University (they were co-champs in 1967) from 1959-73.|
|12||Number of nations who sent 651 athletes to the 1904 Olympic Games at Francis Field, which still stands on the campus of Washington University.|
|16||Number of NCAA championships won by sports teams at Washington University, including the 2008-09 Division III title for the men’s basketball. The year before, 2007-08, was a particularly good year on the Danforth Campus: Washington U. won national titles in volleyball, men’s basketball and men’s tennis.|
Consecutive seasons the Blues made the NHL playoffs from 1979-80 through 2003-04. After a four-season drought, the Blues made it back in 2008-09. Let’s hope for at least another 25.
|XXXIV||Super Bowl at which St. Louis and the Rams won their first NFL title.|
|35||International cities on the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay route, the first-ever global torch relay. St. Louis had the honor of being one of the 35.|
Points scored by UCLA's Bill Walton in the 1973 NCAA championship game at the St. Louis Arena. Walton made 21 of 22 shots to lead the Bruins to a victory over Memphis State.
|70||Mark McGwire home runs in 1998.|
|75||Most recently retired number by the St. Louis Rams, worn by Deacon Jones, the defensive end who coined the term “quarterback sack.” The “Secretary of Defense” played for the franchise from 1961-71. The number joined the Ring of Honor at the Edward Jones Dome on Sept. 27, 2009.|
|98.4||Percent capacity during the title game of the 2005 NCAA Men's Final Four at the Edward Jones Dome, an NCAA record. 47,262 fans watched the title game. The crowd eclipsed the mark of 97.9 percent set in 1994.|
|100||St. Louis sports legends and heroes in attendance at the Firstar Century of Saint Louis Sports Celebration produced by the Sports Commission in November 1999.|
Year St. Louis won its one and only NBA Championship when the Hawks defeated the Boston Celtics.
|1973||Year St. Louis hosted its first NCAA Men's Final Four at the St. Louis Arena. UCLA defeated Memphis State 87-66 to win the national title. The city has hosted three NCAA Men's Final Fours: 1973, 1978, and 2005.|
|2000||Year The Sporting News named St. Louis "America's Best Sports City."|
|2001||Year St. Louis hosted its first NCAA Women's Final Four, a sellout at Savvis Center that produced a classic championship game – a 68-66 Notre Dame win over Purdue.|
|2002||Year the St. Louis Sports Commission was named "Sports Commission of the Year" by the National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC).|
|2005||Year the St. Louis Sports Commission was named "Sports Commission of the Year" by the NASC for the second time. The Sports Commission was the first organization to be selected Member of the Year twice.|
|3,630||Career hits by "The Man," Stan Musial.|
|15,000||St. Louisans that worked as volunteers at the 1994 U.S. Olympic Festival.|
|50,000||Average gallons of water used annually to make ice at the Scottrade Center, home of the St. Louis Blues.|
|96,965||Capacity of the Edward Jones Dome.|
|97,336||Total attendance at the 2009 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in St. Louis — the event's all-time record.|