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Major League Sports in San Francisco

By Joe Santiago

Major League Sports in San Francisco are as richly varied as the town itself. Once a football town, Major League baseball in San Francisco now has a foothold on the city’s fans with the Giants win in the World Series in 2010. Pro basketball, football and hockey played in and around the San Francisco area guarantee year round big league sports experiences for the region’s visitors and residents.

San Francisco Giants

The San Francisco Giants baseball home field is AT&T Park. The ballpark’s efficient mass transit system, design of the ballpark and amenities provide a enjoyable day at the park. A “Splash Hit” into McCovey Cove is the name that announcers have given a home run by a Giant that completely exits the ballpark into the bordering Pacific Ocean. MLB Baseball in San Francisco is an example of how a new stadium can breathe new life back into a declining professional sports franchise. The Giants won the World Series in 2010 with the right mix baseball veterans, courageous rookies, and some up and coming stars. Baseball in San Francisco is a show, a game, and a bid for World Series success.

San Francisco 49ers

Major League Sports in San Francisco used to be controlled by the San Francisco 49ers. Joe Montana quarterbacked the team to four Super Bowl Championships from 1981 to 1989. The best wide receiver in football history, Jerry Rice, joined the club in 1985. Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young led the 49ers to their 5th, and last, Super Bowl victory in 1995. The 49ers hit a rough patch of losing seasons after the loss of Steve Young in 1999. Jim Harbaugh was hired as the coach at the beginning the 2011 season and guarantees to lead this storied franchise back to Super Bowl glory.

San Jose Sharks

While many large towns in California don’t to have pro NHL hockey franchises, the greater Bay Area is one of the places that does. Hockey fans in California avidly watch this team’s games and some even take road trips to San Jose to see the Sharks play. Each major league team requires a place to play their home games, and the Sharks play theirs in the HP Pavilion, which is also creatively nicknamed the Shark Tank. This team’s club was founded in 1991 and has had some greatness in the playoffs, but have still yet to have won the evasive Stanley Cup.

Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association play their home games over the water from San Francisco in Oakland. Once known as the San Francisco Warriors, the basketball team changed their name following the 1970-1971 season, when the Warriors moved to the Oakland Coliseum Arena (now Oracle Arena). The Warriors were extremely successful in the 80s and 90s with Mitch Richmond, Tim Hardaway, and Chris Mullin. The trio of players were nicknamed Run TMC and performed well in the fast moving offense coached by Don Nelson. The Warriors have not won an NBA championship since 1975, but are led on the court by the accomplished players David Lee and Monta Ellis. Mark Jackson was employed by the club as their new lead coach before the 2011-2012 season.

Soccer in The Bay Area

San Francisco does not have any pro soccer clubs, but the closest professional soccer to San Francisco is played in the nearby city of Santa Clara. The San Jose Earthquakes, a pro soccer team, play their home games on Buck Shaw Stadium. Buck Shaw Stadium is located on the Santa Clara University campus Professional soccer in San Francisco is a up and coming sport as the Earthquakes average over 12000 fans per game. Chris Wondolowski leads the team on the field as the team captain.

Joe Santiago has been fascinated by sports in San Francisco for a few years. He has written op-eds and editorial pieces for many online publications. For more details about soccer in San Francisco please visit his site.

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Santiago, Joe "Major League Sports in San Francisco." Major League Sports in San Francisco. 23 Apr. 2014. 21 Jul 2014 <>.

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Santiago, J (2014, April 23). Major League Sports in San Francisco. Retrieved July 21, 2014, from

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Santiago, Joe "Major League Sports in San Francisco"

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