Thursday, December 27, 2007
The Brooklyn baseball club that eventually became the NL Dodgers was established in 1883, and the team joined the upstart American Association the following year. Originally the Brooklyn team was known as the "Atlantics" (a reference to the earlier National Association team), and later as the "Grays." After several of the team's players were married in succession in 1888, the press began referring to the team as the "Brooklyn Bridegrooms." The Bridegrooms won the AA pennant in 1889. Upon switching to the National League in 1890, the franchise became the first of only three major league sports teams, and the only major league baseball team, to win championships in different leagues in consecutive years. (The other two sports teams to win consecutive championships in different leagues were the 1948-1949 Minneapolis Lakers and the 1949-1950 Cleveland Browns.) Eight years passed before any more success followed. Because of joint ownership between the two clubs, several Hall of Fame players were sold to Brooklyn by the soon-to-be-defunct Baltimore Orioles, along with their manager, Ned Hanlon. This catapulted Brooklyn to instant contention, and "Brooklyn Superbas" (as the team was known in the late 1890s because the manager shared a surname with "Hanlon's Superbas," a popular acrobatic troupe at the time) lived up to their name, winning pennants in 1899 and 1900.
The Milwaukee Bears were a Negro National League team that operated during the 1923 season, its only season in the league, representing Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The team was one of two (the Toledo Tigers being the other) created to fill one of the vacancies created in the NNL after the Cleveland Tate Stars and Pittsburgh Keystones had been dropped after the previous season. It drew much of its personnel from the disbanded Keystones and from the New Orleans Crescent Stars, an independent southern team. Hall of Fame outfielder Pete Hill, 42, was asked by Rube Foster to manage the team, and remaining roster spots were filled from tryouts held in Chicago in April, and by castoffs from other teams.
With limited financing and an inexperienced ownership, the team quickly fell out of the running in the league. Primarily due to poor home attendance at Athletic Park (later known as Borchert Field), the club played most of its games on the road, and finished in last place with a 12-41 record in league play, disbanding after the season.
There were at least three class D California State Leagues in operation at some point in minor league baseball history. Two lasted just a single season (1910 and 1929) and the other lasted a whole three seasons 1913 through 1915.
The 1910 version was actually class B until June 6, when it became class D. Sacramento and San Francisco dropped out May 31, and Oakland moved to Merced on June 7, which might explain the drop in classification. Then Fresno disbanded June 24, causing the league to cease operations the same day.
The league made it through the 1913 season then disbanded June 1, 1914. When it was re-tried in 1915, the league disbanded May 30, due to heavy rains, with the teams having played only 5 to 7 games.
The 1929 version, which was based in Southern California unlike the previous two versions, lasted until June 17, with teams having played about 50 games.
* Fresno, CA: Fresno Tigers
* Oakland, CA: Oakland Invaders
o Merced, CA: Merced Fig Growers
* Sacramento, CA: Sacramento Baby Senators
* San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Baby Seals
* San Jose, CA: San Jose Prune Pickers
* Stockton, CA: Stockton Millers
Independent Ball club based in Galveston,TX. The teams played in the Texas League 1889-1890; Texas-Southern League 1895- 1896; South Texas League 1903-1906; Texas League 1907-1911,1922-1924. They were league champions of the South Texas League in 1904.
The Cleveland Browns was a professional African-American baseball team.
During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, professional baseball teams and leagues were segregated. African Americans did not play on teams with white players. White teams and black teams did not play in the same professional leagues. As a result of this segregation, there were separate leagues and teams for whites and blacks in professional baseball's early decades.
The Cleveland Browns played its home games in Cleveland, Ohio. The team played in the Negro National League. Established in 1924, the Cleveland Browns played only one season before disbanding.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Charlottetown West End Rangers 1900
Edmond Byers -Point
A. “Harry” McNeill –Goal -Center
George “Hurley” Mills – Cover Point
John “Jack” T. Mills –Rover/Team Captain.
Albert “Bert” Mills –Left Wing
The Coloured Hockey League was an all-black league founded in Nova Scotia in 1894 and featured teams from across Maritime Provinces. The league operated for several decades lasting until 1930.
With as many as a dozen teams, over 400 African-Canadian players from across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island participated in competition. The Coloured Hockey League is credited by some as being the first league to allow the goaltender to leave their feet to cover a puck in 1900. This practice was not permitted elsewhere until the formation of the NHL in 1917. Hockey historian George Fosty also claims that the first player to use the Slapshot was Eddie Martin of the Halifax Eurekas 100 years ago.
Logo is twill on felt.
The Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars were a professional American football team which played in the United States Football League in the mid-1980s.
The Stars began in Philadelphia in the 1983 season. They played their home games at Veterans Stadium (the "Vet"), and made it to the 1983 USFL championship game before losing. They remained in Philadelphia for the 1984 season, but were forced to relocate postseason home games to Franklin Field because of the Phillies baseball team using the "Vet". The team relocated to Maryland for the 1985 season. Although Baltimore was their home base, their home games were played at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland closer to Washington, D.C. The team was set to play in Baltimore's Memorial Stadium had the USFL played in 1986.
The Stars were arguably the most successful USFL franchise, playing in every USFL championship game and winning both the 1984 and 1985 USFL championships. For the entire tenure of the team, they were coached by Jim Mora Sr. who later became a head coach in the NFL for the Saints and Colts. Carl Peterson, who later became the President/General Manager/Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas City Chiefs, served as the team's General Manager for all three seasons.
Clean looking fitted made with ivory felt on brown.
I've tried to find more info. on this cap. If you have any info. on what league the team played for or players info. anything please email me.
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Thursday, December 06, 2007
This cap is all mine!!!! Made with an vintage 1996 patch and transfer on felt patch on back of old logo. Gold glitter adorns the patch plus some purple piping to finish it off.
My boys put up a hell of a fight Monday before falling to the Pats. Go Ravens!!! We'll get'em next year.
Here's some info. on the old logo drama taken from wikipedia.
From 1996-1998, the team originally used a logo that featured raven wings flanking a shield with the letter "B". However, the US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury verdict that the logo infringed on the copyright in a logo drawing by Frederick E. Bouchat, a Maryland amateur artist and security guard.
Bouchat sued the Ravens, claiming that he was the first one to design the "B" shield shortly after the team announced their intentions to move to Baltimore. The team defended themselves, claiming that the logo was made independently. But the court ruled in favor of Bouchat, stating that team owner Modell had access to Bouchat's work: Bouchat had faxed a copy of his design to then-chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority John Moag, who shared the same office building as Modell. Ultimately, however, a jury later awarded Bouchat zero damages during the damages phase of the case.
As a result of the lawsuit, a new logo was designed, featuring a purple and black raven's head in profile, with the letter "B" superimposed in metallic gold and white. The secondary logo of the Baltimore Ravens is a shield with alternating Calvert Banners in kind with the flag of Maryland (which incorporates the flag of Baltimore) interlocked with a stylized "B" and "R".
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
1901: On April 24th the Tigers prepared to take to the field for their first official American League game, as a standing room only crowd was anticipated at Bennett Park, but unpredictable weather postponed the opening by a day. The next day in front of 10,000 fans, the Tigers entered the 9th inning trailing Milwaukee, 13-4. A series of hits and miscues followed, moving the score to 13-12 with 2 runners on, and 2 out, as Frank "Pop" Dillon faced reliever Bert Husting. The left-handed hitter rapped a 2-run double to complete a 14-13-comeback win. The Tigers would go on to finish their inaugural season in 3rd place with a solid 74-62 record.
More info. on Sportsecyclopedia