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San Francisco Giants & St. Louis Cardinals NLCS Programs

San Francisco Giants & St. Louis Cardinals NLCS Programs

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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
All-Time NHL Franchise Rankings, 2014 Edition

All-Time NHL Franchise Rankings, 2014 Edition

Featured Posts, Sports
Last year I took a look at the best and worst franchises in NHL history, split across two posts. This year, on the eve of the 2014-15 season, I'm making it easier for you, dear reader, to quickly learn the truth about all 30 National Hockey League teams in one handy list. (Don’t forget to check out all my other fantastic sports lists as well.) I didn’t see the need to introduce any major changes to my calculation system. However, I did go back and correct some minor data entry errors I discovered from the previous year. None of this had a noticeable impact on the rankings, so fret not. The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 25 points for a Stanley Cup championship (or an NHL title prior to 1927), and 15 points for a Stanley Cup Finals loss. 2 points for a p
All-Time NFL Franchise Rankings, 2014 Edition

All-Time NFL Franchise Rankings, 2014 Edition

Football Friday, Sports
With training camp upon us and the 2014 NFL season just around the corner, it's time to revisit my list ranking all 32 franchises from best to worst. For reference, here is last year's list. And don't forget to check out all my other fantastic sports lists as well! I didn't see the need to introduce any major changes to my calculation system, other than to penalize teams for losing seasons. Also, I did go back and correct some data entry errors I discovered. None of this had a noticeable impact on the rankings, as no team moved more than two places from the 2013 list. The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 25 points for a championship game/Super Bowl win, 15 points for a championship game/Super Bowl loss (starting in 1932). 5 points for a season with a play
Say Hello to the World Football League

Say Hello to the World Football League

Ephemera, Sports
I know you've missed my regular blog updates over the last month, but my absence is not without purpose. You see, I've been hard at work filling out my latest site project, The Press Room. And I have an exciting update to share, at least for football nerds. I now have as part of the Press Room a host or programs and media guides for the short-lived World Football League (WFL). The WFL lasted just short of two full seasons, starting play in 1974 and pulling the plug in October 1975. The history of the WFL is an interesting one, but that's for other sites - like Fun While It Lasted - to handle. What I'm really interested in are the really cool programs the league produced. And while they had their share of duds, there were some real winners too. Here are just a few (click on a program ...
Sports Graveyard: Hartford Knights

Sports Graveyard: Hartford Knights

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Several months ago I shared the story of the Indianapolis Caps, a minor league football team that played in the old Continental Football League in the late 1960s. This post concerns the Caps' next home, the Atlantic Coast Football League, which operated from 1962 until 1973. The Caps moved to the ACFL for the 1970 season and folded operations after that year. Here we have a program from early in the year, between the Caps and the Hartford Knights. The Knights, who were by this time aligned with the AFL's Buffalo Bills, were one of the ACFL's stronger squads. They met the Caps for a Saturday night game at Dillon Stadium in Hartford on September 5, 1970. I've been unable to track down the result of this game, but I think it's enough to just enjoy this very neat program cover fro
This 1969-70 Sporting News NBA Guide Is Great

This 1969-70 Sporting News NBA Guide Is Great

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Old sports magazine? Check. Cool set of vintage sports logos? Check. Prototypical post material? Double check. This guide to the 1969-70 NBA season, published by The Sporting News, is a wonderful snapshot of an era of the league long past. Of the 14 teams shown here via logos, five have since taken on a new location and/or identity. Gone are the Cincinnati Royals (Sacramento Kings), San Francisco Warriors (Golden State Warriors), Seattle Supersonics (Oklahoma City Thunder), Baltimore Bullets (Washington Wizards), and San Diego Rockets (Houston Rockets). And of the nine teams that still go by the same name, only the Chicago Bulls have retained the exact same logo and colors. The rest have since been modified either slightly -- Celtics, Lakers, and 76ers -- or rather drastically
Worst Sports Cards Ever #2: MacArthur Lane (Topps 1972)

Worst Sports Cards Ever #2: MacArthur Lane (Topps 1972)

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In my Worst Sports Cards Ever series, I look at the good, the bad and the ugly from the long and spotty history of sports trading cards. --- I can only imagine that few things sent trading card companies into a tizzy like an offseason trade. I'm sure the lead time needed to pull off a nice-looking card is pretty lengthy; especially so in the pre-digital days. So what happens when a player switches teams and a company such as, say, Topps has to scramble at the 11th hour to reflect that change? You get a card like #151 from the Topps 1972 NFL set, for running back MacArthur Lane. It seems likely that Topps was all ready to go in early 1972 with an image of Lane with his then-current team, the St. Louis Cardinals. But then he was traded to the Green Bay Packers in February of
Pennant Fever #3: 1966 Atlanta Falcons

Pennant Fever #3: 1966 Atlanta Falcons

Auction Finds, Football Friday, Sports
Since their founding in 1966, the Atlanta Falcons have maintained a fairly consistent brand identity. Sure, colors change and logos are modified, but the basic look has remained intact. So that's why I was surprised to see this pennant on eBay, purportedly from the team's inaugural season. Almost nothing from this pennant seems to have found its way into the team's branding, apart from the shade of red. That makes me wonder if this wasn't produced before the logo and wordmark for the team was ever made public. I don't know what the lead time was for pennant manufacturing but I'm guessing this is the case. Another possible explanation is that this was a prototype logo that lost out to the now-familiar one. Either way, it's another fascinating piece of 1960s NFL memorabilia. ...