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 league’s first official season in 1958.
At present there are publications for the Montreal Alouettes, Toronto Argonauts, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Edmonton Eskimos, BC Lions, Ottawa Rough Riders, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Calgary Stampeders (your 2014 Grey Cup champions), and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. As I move into the 1990s expect to see covers from many teams that no longer exist.
Surprisingly, program images are not that easy to come by; especially compared to other North American leagues like the NFL or MLB. So the collection is a bit on the thin side at the moment. Fear not, I’m always on the lookout for new scans, and as always I welcome any donations.
And in case you don’t already follow my Press Room Twitter account — @PressRoomGFS — now would be a great time to do so. On it I send links and images of programs from my collection, and often mark the anniversaries of games both important or not-so-important.
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
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
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.
Kansas City Royals
In modern times, comic book superheroes tend to view armed conflict with a healthy dose of skepticism regardless of which side they’re on. But that wasn’t the case during World War II, when costumed do-gooders from Superman all the way down to the lowliest nobody of a crime fighter eagerly signed up to wallop the Axis powers on behalf of Uncle Sam. And hey, if they had to deal in period racism to get the job done, who were we to question that?
So just in time for Memorial Day, here’s a gallery of vintage WWII-era Golden Age comic book covers showing our heroes fighting the Nazis and the Japanese on behalf of Uncle Sam. Many of these images were sourced from the excellent Digital Comic Museum — check ’em out!
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