Monday, September 19, 2011
In 1940 Leon Day pitched in Venezuela with the Vargas team, carving out a 12-I record while pitching his team to the championship. After breaking up the Venezuelan League because of his dominance, Day signed with Veracruz in the Mexican League, where he logged a perfect 6-0 record, with a 3.79 ERA, and contributed a .298 batting average while annexing his second pennant of the season. He returned to Mexico again for two seasons in 1947-1948 with the Mexico City Reds and also played his second winter season in Cuba that year (having played before in 1937), finishing with a composite 8-4 Cuban record.
Monday, September 05, 2011
The Baltimore Canton was an American soccer club based in Baltimore, Maryland that was a member of the American Soccer League.
The team began in 1917 as the True American Club. They were the first uniformed boys team in the state and won the junior state title in the 1920-21 season. A year later they changed their affiliation to Canton. Before the 1936/37 season, the club became known as Baltimore S.C.. After the 1941/42 season, the first Baltimore Americans folded (see below) so Baltimore S.C. took the name, Baltimore Americans, for themselves.
The Americans won the Lewis Cup in 1947.
Thursday, September 01, 2011
The Chicago Rockets was an American football team that played in the All-America Football Conference from 1946 to 1949. During the 1949 season, the team was known as the Chicago Hornets. Unlike the Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers, and Baltimore Colts, the franchise was not one of the three AAFC teams that joined the National Football League prior to the 1950 season.
The Chicago Rockets franchise was owned by Chicago trucking executive John L. "Jack" Keeshin, president of the National Jockey Club that owned and operated Sportsman's Park race track in Cicero, Illinois. He originally attempted to purchase the Chicago White Sox from the Comiskey family but was turned down. Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward suggested starting a pro football team in the AAFC. In a market where the NFL Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cardinals were already well established, Keeshin stood little chance of success. He did cause a stir by attempting to sign Chicago Bears stars Sid Luckman, George McAfee and Hugh Gallerneau without success.