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The best and worst of St. Louis' pro teams over the past 25 years:

Overall winning percentage: .517 (8th)

Best year: 2001

The Rams went 14-2 and reached the Super Bowl. The Cardinals went 93-69 and made the playoffs. The Blues scored 103 points and reached the conference finals.

Worst year: 1980

The football Cardinals, in the first year of the inglorious Jim Hanifan era, finished 5-11. The baseball Cardinals went 74-88 as they shuffled through four different managers. And the Blues, who have made the playoffs all 25 years of the ESPN era, were a mediocre 34-34-12 and got swept in the first round of the playoffs.

Best moment: The Rams' surprise Super Bowl title following the 1999 season was memorable. And St. Louis is a baseball town, so you have to consider the Game 7 win over the Brewers' in the 1982 World Series. But we give the nod Mark McGwire hitting No. 62, in front of the Cards' faithful.

Worst moment: Bottom of the 9th inning, Game 6 of the 1985 World Series. Kansas City's Jorge Orta is ruled safe by first-base umpire Don Denkinger, the Cardinals make a couple mistakes in the inning and K.C. scores twice to win the game 2-1. The Royals then trounced the Cardinals 11-0 in Game 7.

Best team: 1999 Rams (13-3)

The Rams had been just 4-12 the previous season, but traded for Marshall Faulk and were forced to play a former Arena Football League player at quarterback. Kurt Warner threw for 4,300 yards and 41 TDs, the Rams led the NFL in points scored, the defense ranked fourth in fewest points allowed and then they held off the Titans to win the Super Bowl.

Worst team: 1998 Rams (4-12)

Talk about a turnaround. The '98 Rams were outscored 378-285 as they finished 28th out of 30 teams in yards gained. Somebody named June Henley led the team in rushing with 313 yards.

Best individual season: Mark McGwire, 1998

Sure, Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk put up some astounding numbers. Willie McGee won the NL MVP in 1985. Chris Pronger won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in 2000. But Big Mac's monster 1998 season was one for the history books, with 70 home runs, 147 RBI, 130 runs scored, a .470 on-base percentage and .752 slugging mark.








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