THE WAITING GAME

The Sharks came into existence as an expansion franchise in 1991 and have yet to win their ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup. But other Bay Area fans in the four major pro sports had to wait even longer for their teams to achieve that goal, while some received a quick reward:

Franchise/sports/first Bay Area season/first title/years of waiting

  • Giants, baseball, 1958, 2010, 52 years

  • 49ers, football, 1946*, 1981, 35

  • Sharks, hockey, 1991-92, n/a, 22+

  • Raiders, football, 1960, 1976, 16

  • Warriors, basketball, 1962-63, 1974-75, 12

  • Athletics, baseball, 1968, 1972, 4

    *49ers began their existence as an All-American Conference franchise in 1946 before joining the NFL in 1950.



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