Los Angeles is a city that loves its sports, and its pro sports teams are known world wide. No matter what sports you're into, odds are good you'll find a team that you can cheer for at the top of your lungs.
Los Angeles Dodgers | MLB
The Los Angeles Dodgers were established back in 1883, when the team was originally called the Brooklyn Dodgers.
A home stadium was not established after the move from Brooklyn to L.A., leaving the team to play their first 4 seasons in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Dodger Stadium was finished being built in 1962, and is the third oldest field behind Fenway Park and Wrigley Field.
The first black MLB player, Jackie Robinson, played for the Dodgers. Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella lead the team to their first World Series win in 1955 after beating the Yankees.
Los Angeles Angels | MLB
Los Angeles is known as the "City of Angels," and that is where the Los Angeles Angels received their name.
Although the Angels were not part of the MLB, until the West Coast expansion in 1961, they are still considered the first L.A. sports team in history, having been created in 1892.
Angel Stadium of Anaheim has been the Angels' home stadium since 1966. The L.A. Angels and the L.A. Dodgers have had a major rivalry since the 1960s. Each time the teams meet to play the series is titled the "Freeway Series."
Los Angeles Clippers | NBA
Sharing an arena with the Lakers, Kings, and the Sparks, the Los Angeles Clippers home arena is the Staples Center.
The Clippers were originally from Buffalo, first being titled as the Buffalo Braves from 1970-78. After moving to San Diego from 1978-84, the Clippers received one of their six winning seasons although they were not good enough to make it into the post-season.
The Clippers were sold to Irv Levin in 1982, who relocated the team to Los Angeles because of the lack of fans appearing at the San Diego games. The L.A. Clippers have yet to make an appearance in a championship finals game.
Los Angeles Lakers | NBA
Holding the second highest number of championships, behind the Boston Celtics, the Los Angeles Lakers are notorious for winning.
With players such as Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neil, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Lamar Odom, the Lakers have won 16 championships.
Their home arena is the Staples Centers, which is shared with two other major league sports teams. The Lakers' last championship win was in 2010 against the Boston Celtics, with a 4-3 record.
Boston and Los Angeles have had a rivalry since the 1960s when the Lakers had made it to the finals 6 times, but lost every time to the Celtics.
Los Angeles Kings | NHL
1966 was the year that the Los Angeles Kings were added to the National Hockey League after the 1967 NHL Expansion.
The Los Angeles Kings played at "The Forum" located in Inglewood, California for over 30 years. The team relocated to the Staples Center in the 1990s, which is shared with the Clippers and Lakers.
The Kings have never won a Stanley Cup, but they have won the Division title in 1990-91. The Kings have advanced to the finals twice: once in the 1992-93 season when they were beat by the Canadiens, and then again in the 2010-11 season when they lost to the San Jose Sharks.