Year: 2014

Premier League Managerial Tenure Tracker (updated October 19, 2015)

Premier League Managerial Tenure Tracker (updated October 19, 2015)

Sports
The purpose of this post is rather simple -- in it I'll provide a somewhat regular look at how the tenures of all 20 current Premier League managers stacks up, in a handy dandy graph (or infographic as the kids call it these days). This will be updated on either or a monthly basis, or in the event of a managerial change. An update log is included below the graph. As of October 19, 2015, the longest-serving manager in the Premier League is Arsène Wenger of Arsenal, who has been overseeing the club since September 30, 1996. The manager with the briefest active tenure is Sam Allardyce of Sunderland (10 days). Notes: This chart is now courtesy my other project, SportsPaper.info. Make sure to check out the rest of my sports lists today, as well as my collection of vintage English footb
Beautiful 1949 San Francisco Seals Baseball Program

Beautiful 1949 San Francisco Seals Baseball Program

Ephemera, Sports
In the fall of 1949, just four years after the end of World War II,  the U.S. and Japan were on their way to rebuilding the bridges that had literally and figuratively been burnt since 1941. One of the first steps on that road to friendship was a goodwill tour bringing American baseball to the Land of the Rising Sun. In October, a man named Lefty O’Doul was responsible for organizing a baseball tour featuring the team he managed at the time -- the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League. The tour was a huge hit and contributed at least some small part to Japan's passion for America's pastime. Just one of the many pieces of ephemera from the Seals' Japanese tour is this fantastic game program. Here are a few images from that program, including the gorgeous front and back cover
Rebuilding My Vintage G.I. Joe Action Figure Collection: Introduction

Rebuilding My Vintage G.I. Joe Action Figure Collection: Introduction

Games & Toys
This is the first in a series of posts wherein I document the rebuilding of my vintage G.I. Joe collection one figure and vehicle at a time. But first a bit of background. You may not know it by reading this site, but I am a child of the 1980s. And like any red-blooded American child growing up in the '80s, I took pride in my toy collection. And while I dabbled in He-Man figures and even had a decent M.A.S.K. collection, for me it was all about Transformers and G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. Recently I decided that with my son on the cusp of prime toy-playing age, it was time to restore one of my old collections to something approaching its former glory. I picked up a few Transformers G1 minibots and a few M.A.S.K., vehicles, and that was fun enough. But I don't think rebuil
Say Hello to the CFL, Eh!

Say Hello to the CFL, Eh!

Blogstuff
Despite the dearth of new posts here on the blog, it's been a very busy past several months here at GFS HQ. So what have I been up to? Well, mainly I've been beefing up The Press Room at a furious pace. I don't have an exact figure but I would estimate I've added several hundred new game programs and media guides since the summer, for all the leagues I cover. But what I want to announce here is the addition of a new league to the Press Room -- the Canadian Football League! The CFL joins my ever-growing list of league publications, which also includes covers from the AAFC, MLB, NBA, College Football, NFL, NHL, and WFL. The timing isn't the best on the addition, as the 2014 CFL season recently ended. Nevertheless, I now have programs for teams past and present, going back to the lea...
The Press Room in the Press! (AFL Programs in the Boston Globe)

The Press Room in the Press! (AFL Programs in the Boston Globe)

Blogstuff
I guess it can now be said that I have made the big time. Thanks to one of the many great connections I've made through the internet, some of my AFL programs were recently featured in an article published in the December 7 edition of the Boston Globe! Titled "How football programs have changed—and what it means" and written by online buddy Robert Newman, the article looks at how the great Boston Patriots programs of the old AFL stack up against the modern, slick New England Patriots covers. (Spoiler alert: The old ones are better.) A related article highlights a handful of old Pats vs. San Diego Chargers programs, with good commentary by Robert. It's well worth a read (and a listen) even apart from the fact that it features items from my fantastic collection of sports ephemera. M
All-Time NBA Franchise Rankings, 2014 Edition

All-Time NBA Franchise Rankings, 2014 Edition

Featured Posts, Sports
The 2014-15 NBA season is officially underway, so I'm just a little bit late with my updated rankings of all 30 franchises. So let's get started. If you want to check out my other pro sports rankings — and I know you do — you can find them on this handy page. The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 30 points for a league championship, and 15 points for a Finals loss. 2 points for a playoff berth. 5 points for each playoff round win (does not include a win in the Finals). 4 points for a division title (starting in 1970-71). 1 point for a winning season, -1 point for a losing season. 3 points for a regular-season winning percentage better than .730 (60 wins with the current schedule), -3 points for a regular-season winning percentage worse than .270 (2
A Kansas City Royals/San Francisco Giants World Series Program Gallery

A Kansas City Royals/San Francisco Giants World Series Program Gallery

Sports
With San Francisco's thrilling victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLCS, we now await the start of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are back to their third Fall Classic in five years, while the Kansas City Royals are in it for only the third time ever -- and the first time since 1985. And so as I did for the four teams in the league championship series, I now present a gallery of selected vintage Giants and Royals World Series program covers, up through 1989. These are, as always, courtesy of the Press Room. Kansas City Royals San Francisco (New York) Giants
San Francisco Giants & St. Louis Cardinals NLCS Programs

San Francisco Giants & St. Louis Cardinals NLCS Programs

Sports
The other day I shared a gallery of ALCS program covers for this  year's teams, the Royals and Orioles. Now it's the National League's turn. Including this season, the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals have combined for 20 NLCS appearances since the format was established in 1969 (including the 1987 season, when the two teams faced each other). The Cards hold the record for most NLCS appearances (13), while the Giants are now tied with the New York Mets with seven. Here is a gallery of selected Giants and Cardinals NLCS game programs through the 1980s, courtesy the Press Room. San Francisco Giants St. Louis Cardinals
Kansas City Royals & Baltimore Orioles ALCS Programs

Kansas City Royals & Baltimore Orioles ALCS Programs

Ephemera, Sports
The 2014 American League Championship Series kicks off Friday night as the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles face each other in the MLB postseason for the first time. Including this season, the two franchises have combined for 17 ALCS appearances since the format was established in 1969. Only four franchises -- the Tigers, Red Sox, A's, and Yankees -- have appeared in at least as many. Here is a gallery of selected program/scorecard covers for each Royals & Orioles ALCS series up through the '80s, as provided by my latest project, the Press Room. For some reason the Royals programs from 1984 and '85 have eluded me, so if someone can provide a scan please let me know. Baltimore Orioles Kansas City Royals