Kiss 'Em Goodbye: An ESPN Treasury of Failed, Forgotten, and Departed Teams (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Feb 23, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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THEY’RE GOING, GOING, GONE. . . .
 
Their names roll off the tongue, a litany of the damned: the Providence Steam Roller, the Wilmington Quicksteps, the Cincinnati Porkers. They are the lost squads of professional sports history—teams forsaken by fans, fleeced by owners, or forgotten by time. Until now. 

Kiss ’Em Goodbye unearths the real stories of dozens of vanished teams that once graced—and often disgraced—North America’s big leagues. Like the St. Paul Apostles, the only major league team never to have played a home game; Card-Pitt, the NFL’s World War II doormat; and the Philadelphia Quakers of the NHL, a team owned jointly by bootleggers and a retired boxer who climbed back into the ring to help meet payroll. 

In obituaries for both big-city franchises that skipped town (the Baltimore Colts, the Brooklyn Dodgers) and small-town teams that had their brief moment of glory (the Tonawanda Kardex, the Pottsville Maroons), Kiss ’Em Goodbye commemorates mysterious fires, waterlogged basketball courts, fields tended by goats (“cheaper than mowers!”), and uniforms that broke team budgets. It’s all here in a fascinating, hilarious, page-turning celebration of teams that prove it’s not whether you win or lose, but that you once played the game. 
 


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Contents

INTRODUCTION
xv
CLAWLESS AND CLUELESS Ihe Baltimore Claws
10
DIAMOND THIEVES The Baltimore Orioles 189299
20
SLOWLY BUT SURLY The Baltimore Terrapins
30
FIRST THINGS FIRST The Boston Braves
38
TOO GOOD TO LAST The Boston Red Stockings
46
SQUEAKY WHEELS The Buffalo Bisons
58
THE PITS Card Pitt
66
COLOR MEN The New York Rens
218
SLICK The Newark Peppers
227
BIPOLAR The Philadelphia Athletics
236
NOT AS POPULAR AS THE SONG
242
ANGER MISMANAGEMENT The Pittsburgh Ironmen
249
SPARTAN EXISTENCE The Portsmouth Spartans
256
FLATTENED BY THE DEPRESSION
264
MEET ME IN BALTIMORE The St Louis Browns
272

BIG FISH TheChiFed Whales
73
LEFTOVER HAMS The Cincinnati Porkers
84
BEER HERE The Cincinnati Reds
93
SAINT JOAN The Connecticut Falcons
108
LOST The Elizabeth Resolutes
125
MULEHEADED The Kansas City Athletics
139
THE DEVILS PLAYGROUND The Los Angeles Angels
153
BRAVESNEW WORLD The Milwaukee Braves
167
EXCUSEZMOI The Montreal Expos
182
INCOMPLETE The New York Brickley Giants
195
DUST TO DUST The New York Metropolitans
210
JACCUSE The St Louis Brown Stockings
281
KARMIC CASUALTY The St Louis Maroons
287
LISTLESS The San Diego Sails
296
SOULS ON ICE The Seattle Metropolitans
303
THE LITTLE CITY THAT COULD The Sheboygan Red Skins
311
OUT OF TIME The Syracuse Nationals
318
ONEROUT WONDERS TheTonawandaKardex
326
HELL IN TROY The Troy Trojans
331
UNGENTLEMANLY The Virginia Squires
340
ATHLETICALLY INCORRECT
352
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About the author (2010)

Dennis Purdy is the author of Super Football Challenge, Baseball on the Brain, and The Team-By-Team Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball
 


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