Sports Time Machine – Summer 2013

MY FAVORITE BLOG SUBMISSION OF 2013 IS THE ONE I WORKED HARDEST ON – FROM MID-JUNE TO MID-JULY. IT WAS DESIGNED FOR SPORTS HISTORY BUFFS AND GENERATED A TON OF REACTION. IF YOU DIDN’T SEE IT – AND EVEN IF YOU DID – HERE IT IS AGAIN:

By HOWARD BERGER

TORONTO (July 15) – This blog is, by far, the most extensive I have created since launching BergerBytes.ca in July 2011.

In the process of moving my residence from Thornhill to mid-town Toronto, I shuffled through virtually my entire collection of sports and news publications. For the past month, I have been adding and subtracting from this collage of items – settling on the final product earlier today. There are nearly 450 images below, encompassing hockey, baseball, football, international sport and major news events. You’ll need a good whack of time to peruse the entire blog, or several lesser intervals. Whatever your pattern, I trust you’ll enjoy the images; the history and the memories. 

“FIGURE” SKATING: REMEMBER BUYING THIS MAGAZINE DURING A LEAFS TRIP TO PHILADELPHIA. I WAS QUITE POPULAR WITH PLAYERS IN THE HOTEL LOBBY.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE

IN 1989, MUHAMMAD ALI (ABOVE) GRACED THE COVER OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’S 35th-ANNIVERSARY ISSUE. EIGHTEEN YEARS EARLIER, HE HAD BEEN PHOTOGRAPHED REELING FROM JOE FRAZIER’S LEGENDARY LEFT HOOK (BELOW) THAT KNOCKED HIM TO THE CANVAS IN MADISON SQUARE GARDEN DURING THEIR FIRST OF THREE EPIC BATTLES. FRAZIER HANDED ALI HIS FIRST CAREER LOSS THAT NIGHT: MAR. 8, 1971.

                                

          

          

SUPER BOWL COVERS

HOCKEY

BACK IN THE DAY (2003): PRE-GOATEE AND TORONTO WITH ONE ALL-SPORTS STATION.

AMONG MY FAVORITE POSSESSIONS – SIGNED BY THE 1972 HERO, HIMSELF.

THE NHL’S OFFICIAL GUIDE AND RECORD BOOK IN FINAL SEASON OF THE PRE-EXPANSION ERA. LEAGUE WOULD DOUBLE IN SIZE TO 12 TEAMS FOR 1967-68.

STICKER ALBUM FROM 1966-67 NHL SEASON.

MONTREAL FORUM PROGRAMS: 1969-70

LEAFS AT DETROIT ON MY FIRST-EVER NEW YEAR’S EVE.

’88 BELONGED TO 99 – TRADED BY EDMONTON TO L.A.

THE 1976 CANADA CUP TEAM (PROGRAM ABOVE) WAS THE BEST OUR COUNTRY HAS EVER COMPILED. HALL OF FAMERS FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: ORR, ESPOSITO, HULL, DIONNE, LAFLEUR, CLARKE, POTVIN, ROBINSON, SITTLER, McDONALD. BELOW, IS 1991 CANADA CUP PROGRAM (LEFT) AND REVIEW. HOST COUNTRY WON BOTH EVENTS. 

                     

THE BEST INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY TOURNAMENT OF ALL TIME WAS THE 1987 CANADA CUP THAT FEATURED A THREE-GAME FINAL BETWEEN CANADA AND RUSSIA – WON FAMOUSLY IN THE DECIDING MATCH ON MARIO LEMIEUX’S LATE, THIRD-PERIOD GOAL AT COPPS COLISEUM IN HAMILTON. WAYNE GRETZKY MADE THE PLAY TO LEMIEUX.

PROGRAM (ABOVE) FROM SAN JOSE SHARKS FIRST NHL GAME: A 5-2 LOSS TO VANCOUVER AT THE COW PALACE IN SAN FRANCISCO, THE CLUB’S HOME DURING ITS FIRST TWO NHL SEASONS. I COVERED A SUNDAY-AFTERNOON LEAFS GAME AT THE COW PALACE IN MARCH 1992 (BELOW) – SHARKS WINNING, 4-1, THANKS TO SPECTACULAR WORK FROM VETERAN GOALIE JEFF HACKETT, WHO STOPPED MORE THAN 40 SHOTS. 

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER COMMEMORATIVE, 1994.

PROGRAM FROM TORONTO AT DALLAS IN 2002-03. MARTY TURCO IS ON COVER. EX-STARS GOALIE ED BELFOUR MADE HIS RETURN TO AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER THAT NIGHT WITH LEAFS.

          

HOCKEY BLUELINE WAS A PUBLICATION IN THE LATE-1950’s AND EARLY-60’s.

HOCKEY PICTORIAL MAGAZINE

HOCKEY PICTORIAL WAS A MAGAZINE SUBSIDIARY OF THE HOCKEY NEWS – A HANDSOME PUBLICATION AVAILABLE ON NEWS-STANDS IN THE 1960’s AND 70’s.

HOCKEY ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE

HOCKEY ILLUSTRATED – PUBLISHED IN THE 60’s, 70’s AND 80’s – WAS UNIQUE FOR A CENTER-SPREAD SPREAD OF COLOR PHOTOS. HENRI RICHARD OF MONTREAL IS CHECKED BY ROD GILBERT OF NEW YORK ON COVER OF THE DECEMBER 1967 ISSUE (TOP-LEFT) WHILE FRANK MAHOVLICH OF LEAFS IS ON APRIL 1968 COVER (RIGHT). NO. 99 WAS ON COVER (BELOW) THE MONTH I STARTED MY RADIO CAREER – MAY 1988.

          

THIS WAS MY FIRST-EVER PUBLISHED ARTICLE IN A MAGAZINE – THE APRIL 1981 EDITION OF HOCKEY ILLUSTRATED. ON A WHIM, I WROTE A STORY ABOUT LEAFS CENTER BILL DERLAGO AND MAILED IT TO THE EDITOR IN NEW YORK, NORM MacLEAN. NEVER HEARD A WORD FROM NORM AND YOU CAN IMAGINE MY SHOCK WHEN I LOOKED INSIDE THIS ISSUE AT A NEWS-STAND. I’M STILL AWAITING THE $150 I WAS PROMISED.

PROGRAM (ABOVE) FROM THE FIRST STANLEY CUP FINAL I ATTENDED: 1985 EDMONTON vs. PHILADELPHIA – GRETZKY AND OILERS WINNING THEIR SECOND TITLE.

          

PROGRAM (TOP-LEFT) AND MEDIA PASSES FROM MONTREAL FORUM DURING GAMES 3 AND 4 OF 1986 STANLEY CUP FINAL. CANADIENS BEAT CALGARY IN SIX.

PROGRAM COVER (ABOVE) AND CENTER-SPREAD LINE-UPS (BELOW) FROM CHICAGO AT TORONTO NHL GAME LATE IN THE 1967-68 SEASON.

HOCKEY CALENDAR OF 21 YEARS AGO FEATURING COVER-PHOTO FROM 1967 STANLEY CUP FINAL BETWEEN TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS AND MONTREAL CANADIENS.

HOCKEY CARDS

1966-67

          

1954-55 (LEFT); 1964-65 (RIGHT)

1961-62

          

1965-66 (LEFT); 1967-68 (RIGHT)

1968-69

STICKER ALBUM FROM 1972-73 NHL SEASON.

DARRYL SITTLER ON COVER OF 1976-77 HOCKEY ANNUAL BY BROADCASTER BRIAN McFARLANE – ONE SEASON AFTER HIS  RECORD 10-POINT GAME AGAINST BOSTON. 

FELLOW LEAF GREATS FROM 1970’s DEPICTED ON FRONT OF GARDENS PROGRAM: LANNY McDONALD (ABOVE); IAN TURNBULL (BOTTOM-LEFT) AND BORJE SALMING.

                     

MAPLE LEAF GARDENS HOCKEY PROGRAMS FROM 1980-81: WAYNE GRETZKY (TOP-LEFT) IN HIS SECOND NHL SEASON AND CURRENT LEAFS COACH RANDY CARLYLE (RIGHT) PLAYING DEFENSE FOR PITTSBURGH PENGUINS WHILE CHECKING TORONTO FORWARD PAT HICKEY. CARLYLE WOULD WIN THE NORRIS TROPHY THAT SEASON.

        

SAME COMPANY THAT PUBLISHED LEAF PROGRAMS IN THE 80’s DID THE ORIGINAL WINNIPEG JETS – EDITIONS ABOVE FEATURING TIM WATTERS (LEFT) AND LUCIEN DEBLOIS. MORRIS LUKOWICH IS ON COVER OF JETS CALENDAR (BELOW).

FROM MLG TO ACC

          

ORDER CATALOG (FRONT AND BACK) FROM THE NOVEMBER 2000 EVISCERATION OF MAPLE LEAF GARDENS – WHEN ITEMS FROM HOCKEY BANNERS TO SEATS TO  PHOTOS AND ARENA TOILETS WERE AUCTIONED FOR PUBLIC SALE.  

          

BROCHURES FROM FIRST YEAR OF AIR CANADA CENTRE.

LEAFS/NEW JERSEY PLAYOFF PROGRAM FROM APRIL 2001 AT THE OLD RINK IN THE MEADOWLANDS – CONTINENTAL AIRLINES ARENA.

LEAFS HELD THEIR 2003 TRAINING CAMP IN STOCKHOLM, PLAYING TWO EXHIBITION GAMES AT GLOBEN ARENA. THEY ALSO MADE A ONE-DAY TRIP TO HELSINKI FOR A MATCH (PROGRAM ABOVE) AGAINST THE TOP TEAM FROM FINLAND: JOKERIT.  

PROLIFIC HOCKEY AUTHOR AND GOOD PAL STAN FISCHLER KEPT ME ENTERTAINED DURING MY BOYHOOD. HIS ANNUAL HOCKEY STARS POCKETBOOK (ABOVE AND BELOW) WAS A MUST-READ, AS BROADCASTER MARV ALBERT REPEATEDLY SUGGESTED.  

          

HOCKEY MAGAZINE FROM MIDWAY THROUGH 1969-70 NHL SEASON.

HOCKEY ANNUAL (ABOVE) FROM WAYNE GRETZKY’S ROOKIE NHL SEASON, WITH NO MENTION OF GREAT ONE ON THE COVER. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW.

PLASTIC MICE WERE FLYING ALL OVER MIAMI ARENA IN THE SPRING OF 1996 WHEN FLORIDA PANTHERS – IN PLAYOFFS FOR THE FIRST TIME – MADE IT TO THE STANLEY CUP FINAL UNDER COACH (AND CURRENT SPORTSNET HOCKEY ANALYST) DOUG MacLEAN. PANTHERS WERE SWEPT BY COLORADO AVALANCHE. 

          

AVS CAPTAIN (AND CURRENT HOCKEY BOSS) JOE SAKIC LIFTS STANLEY CUP AT MIAMI ARENA (TOP-LEFT) AFTER 1996 VICTORY ON COVER OF COMMEMORATIVE BOOK BY THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS. DETROIT CAPTAIN STEVE YZERMAN DOES SAME ON SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MAGAZINE AFTER RED WINGS SWEPT WASHINGTON IN 1998.

          

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS LOST 2008 STANLEY CUP FINAL IN SIX GAMES TO DETROIT (PROGRAM FROM OLD MELLON ARENA, TOP-LEFT), THEN GOT EVEN THE FOLLOWING YEAR – SIDNEY CROSBY AND CO. ELIMINATING THE RED WINGS IN GAME 7 AT JOE LOUIS ARENA, EARNING A COMMEMORATION (TOP-RIGHT) FROM SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.

GOAL MAGAZINE

GOAL MAGAZINE (ABOVE) WAS OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE NHL IN THE 1980’s – SOLD ON NEWS-STANDS AND AS PROGRAMS IN MOST U.S. ARENAS.

CALGARY FLAMES SHOULD HAVE WON THE STANLEY CUP IN 2004. THE CITY WAS WILD IN THE HOURS LEADING UP TO GAME 6 AT THE SADDLEDOME, AS FLAMES LED THE SERIES 3-2 OVER TAMPA BAY. BUT, MARTIN ST. LOUIS SCORED EARLY IN DOUBLE-OVERTIME TO NECESSITATE A GAME 7 IN TAMPA, WHERE LIGHTING PREVAILED. PROGRAM (ABOVE) AND INSERT (BELOW) FROM FLAMES PROGRAM DURING FINAL (NHL DEPUTY COMMISSIONER BILL DALY AND JAROME IGINLA IN PHOTO).  

TEAM PLAYOFF MEDIA GUIDES

                                

WORLD HOCKEY ASSOCIATION

          

WHA PROGRAMS (ABOVE): MICHIGAN STAGS (ORIGINALLY LOS ANGELES SHARKS) PLAYED FIRST HALF OF THE 1974-75 SEASON AT COBO HALL IN DETROIT BEFORE BECOMING THE BALTIMORE BLADES FOR THE SECOND HALF. ALBERTA OILERS, CHARTER MEMBER OF THE WHA, WERE RE-NAMED EDMONTON OILERS IN 1973 AND AMONG FOUR TEAMS TO BE SWALLOWED BY THE NHL FOR THE 1979-80 SEASON, ALONG WITH HARTFORD WHALERS, QUEBEC NORDIQUES AND WINNIPEG JETS.

PROGRAM FROM 1974 SUMMIT BETWEEN RUSSIANS AND CANADIAN WHA STARS. THOUGH GORDIE HOWE, BOBBY HULL, PAUL HENDERSON AND FRANK MAHOVLICH PLAYED FOR CANADA, SOVIETS LOST JUST ONCE IN THE EIGHT-GAME SERIES. 

COACHED BY SCOTTY BOWMAN, ST. LOUIS BLUES MADE IT TO THE STANLEY CUP FINAL IN THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF EXPANSION (1968 TO 1970), BEING SWEPT TWICE BY MONTREAL AND ONCE BY BOSTON. SECOND SEASON YEARBOOK, ABOVE.

BOUGHT THIS SET OF BLUES TEAM PHOTOS IN ST. LOUIS ON A LEAFS TRIP THERE IN 1995. THE ORIGINAL BLUES OF 1967-68 ARE BELOW. AL ARBOUR IS CAPTAIN (MIDDLE OF FRONT ROW). SCOTTY BOWMAN IS THIRD FROM LEFT; GOALIE GLENN HALL AT FAR RIGHT. HALL OF FAME DEFENSEMAN DOUG HARVEY IS FIFTH FROM LEFT IN UPPER ROW.

MORE NHL PROGRAMS

          

THE RUSSIANS EMBARRASSED THE NHL’s ELITE IN A BEST-OF-THREE EXHIBITION SERIES (TOP-LEFT) IN NEW YORK THAT REPLACED THE 1979 ALL-STAR GAME, WINNING THE DECIDING MATCH, 6-0, AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN. HARTFORD CIVIC CENTER, HOME OF THE WHALERS, HOSTED THE 1986 NHL ALL-STAR GAME (TOP-RIGHT).  

          

FROM EARLY EXPANSION YEARS: BILL HICKE OF CALIFORNIA SEALS (TOP-LEFT) AND CESARE MANIAGO OF MINNESOTA NORTH STARS (RIGHT) PICTURED.

          

FORMER LEAF EDDIE SHACK GRACES COVER OF LOS ANGELES KINGS PROGRAM (ABOVE) FOR GAME WITH DETROIT RED WINGS IN OCTOBER 1969.

TICKETS WERE SCARCE DURING THE WAYNE GRETZKY ERA IN LOS ANGELES (1988-96), WHEN THE KINGS ROUTINELY DREW SELL-OUT CROWDS OF 16,005 TO THE FORUM.

                     

WHAT I REMEMBER MOST ABOUT ATTENDING THE KINGS-SHARKS GAME AT THE FORUM ON BOXING DAY 1991 (TICKET, TOP-LEFT) WAS WATCHING THE OUT-OF-TOWN SCOREBOARD, AS MAPLE LEAFS WERE BEING DEMOLISHED, 12-1, IN PITTSBURGH. EXACTLY ONE WEEK LATER, CLIFF FLETCHER TRADED FOR DOUG GILMOUR, WHO WAS IN THE VISITORS’ LINE-UP FOR THE MAR. 9 TILT AGAINST L.A. (TOP-RIGHT).

PROGRAM FROM WAYNE GRETZKY’S FINAL NHL GAME IN TORONTO – 7-4 LOSS BY NEW YORK RANGERS AT MAPLE LEAF GARDENS ON SAT. DEC. 19, 1998.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS FIRST TRAINING CAMP GUIDE.

COMING AND GOING IN ATLANTA

COVER OF A MEDIA BROCHURE (ABOVE) AND CONTENTS (BELOW) DETAILING TICKET INFORMATION FOR THE NHL EXPANSION CLUB IN ATLANTA THAT BEGAN PLAY IN 1999-2000 AND MOVED TO WINNIPEG IN 2011 TO BECOME THE RE-INCARNATED JETS.  

          

THRASHERS 2007-08 YEARBOOK – SEASON CLUB HOSTED NHL ALL-STAR GAME AT PHILIPS ARENA. ILYA KOVALCHUK AND MARIAN HOSSA WERE TEAM’S BEST PLAYERS.

MORE NHL EXPANSION BROCHURES

                     

DALLAS STARS HOSTED GAMES 3, 4 AND 6 OF THE 2000 STANLEY CUP FINAL (PROGRAM, TOP-LEFT) – FAILING TO DEFEND THEIR ’99 CUP TITLE WHEN ELIMINATED ON AN OVERTIME GOAL AT REUNION ARENA BY JASON ARNOTT OF NEW JERSEY. STARS THEN HOSTED THE 2007 NHL ALL-STAR GAME AT AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER (TOP-RIGHT).

THE HOCKEY NEWS YEARBOOK

FOR MORE THAN 35 YEARS, THE SO-CALLED “BIBLE OF HOCKEY” HAS PUBLISHED A PRE-SEASON MAGAZINE. THE INAUGURAL ISSUE – FOR 1976-77 – FEATURED MONTREAL DEFENSEMAN LARRY ROBINSON CHUCKLING (ABOVE) WITH VETERAN LINESMAN NEIL ARMSTRONG AND RARE PHOTO OF BOBBY ORR IN CHICAGO BLACK HAWKS JERSEY.

STILL HAVE VIVID MEMORIES OF ATTENDING JUNIOR HOCKEY GAMES IN MY YOUTH AT MAPLE LEAF GARDENS. I FIRST SAW TORONTO MARLBOROS HOST PETERBOROUGH PETES IN MARCH 1966. THE 1967-68 MARLIES (MEDIA BOOKLET, ABOVE) WON THE MEMORIAL CUP, WITH DEFENSEMAN BRAD PARK LEADING THE WAY.

          

FROM BRUINS STANLEY CUP SEASON OF 1969-70.

FROM SECOND EDITION OF THE POPULAR JUNIOR SHOWCASE.

BOUGHT THIS WHILE COVERING THE 2005 MEMORIAL CUP IN LONDON, WHEN COREY PERRY AND THE KNIGHTS WON TOURNAMENT THAT INCLUDED SIDNEY CROSBY AND RIMOUSKI OCEANIC, CHAMPION OF THE QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE.

COMING OUT OF THE LOST 2004-05 NHL SEASON.

          

THIS CAME FROM THE SABRES TEAM STORE IN FIRST NIAGARA CENTER – A HISTORY OF PRE-NHL ERA IN BUFFALO. REMEMBER SHOWING THE BOOK TO MAPLE LEAFS COACH RON WILSON, WHOSE LATE FATHER, LARRY, PLAYED FOR THE BISONS.

IN 1982, I LIVED AND WORKED BRIEFLY IN CALGARY. THE NIGHT I MOVED FROM TORONTO, I ATTENDED A FLAMES-NORTH STARS GAME AT THE OLD CALGARY CORRAL (PROGRAM ABOVE, LINE-UPS BELOW).

ONE OF THE GREAT FORWARD-LINES IN NHL HISTORY GRACED THE COVER OF THIS SPORTING NEWS PUBLICATION 38 YEARS AGO – BUFFALO SABRES’ “FRENCH CONNECTION” OF (TOP TO BOTTOM) RICHARD MARTIN, GILBERT PERREAULT AND RENE ROBERT. THOUGH IT MUST HAVE BEEN GRATIFYING TO BE PORTRAYED ON SUCH A BOOK, IF I’M PERREAULT, I WOULD HAVE FILED A LAWSUIT AGAINST THE ARTIST. EGAD!

BURNS-GILMOUR LEAFS

          

THE SPRINGS OF 1993 AND 1994 WERE EXCITING FOR LEAF FANS, AS THE CLUB ADVANCED TO THE STANLEY CUP SEMIFINALS – LOSING TO LOS ANGELES, THEN VANCOUVER. THESE WERE THE PLAYOFF MEDIA GUIDES FOR EACH YEAR.

THE FAN-590 WAS AMONG THE SPONSORS OF THE LEAFS 1993-94 OFFICIAL CALENDAR. AS A REPORTER, I’M HAPPY I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THAT UNTIL NOW.

THOUGH I DON’T RECALL THE MOMENT, I OBVIOUSLY BROKE MEDIA RULES AND GOT WENDEL CLARK TO SIGN A COPY OF THE LEAFS ’93-94 YEARBOOK.

          

PROGRAM AND INSERT I PICKED AT AT THE OLD PACIFIC COLISEUM IN VANCOUVER WHILE COVERING LEAFS-CANUCKS ’94 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL.

FROM BEGINNING TO END, STILL THE BEST STANLEY CUP FINAL I’VE COVERED: NEW YORK RANGERS EDGING VANCOUVER IN SEVEN GAMES.

THIS WAS TORONTO’S FIRST NHL ALL-STAR GAME SINCE 1968.

I THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE A COLLECTOR’S ITEM, BUT THE “ARIZONA” COYOTES PERSIST. HERE, PROGRAM/LINE-UPS FROM LEAFS MOST RECENT VISIT TO GLENDALE.

BASEBALL

OLD (ABOVE) AND HISTORIC (BELOW).

TORONTO BLUE JAYS 1977

FIRST SEASON IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

PROGRAM (ABOVE); TICKET STUB (BELOW) AND CENTER-SPREAD LINE-UPS (TWO BELOW) FROM BLUE JAYS FIRST-EVER GAME: APR. 7, 1977 vs. CHICAGO WHITE SOX AT EXHIBITION STADIUM. PACED BY A PAIR OF HOME RUNS FROM DOUG AULT, THE HOME TEAM PREVAILED, 9-5, ON A BITTERLY COLD AND SNOWY AFTERNOON.

FROM PROGRAM: BLUE JAYS FIRST-SEASON SCHEDULE.

BLUE JAYS PROGRAM COVERS FROM 1977.

A.L. INFORMATION BOOK 1977.

BLUE JAYS FIRST TWO MEDIA GUIDES.

PROGRAM FROM APR. 13, 1978 – SECOND SEASON OPENER.

BLUE JAYS YEARBOOKS/SPECIAL EDITIONS

THE “BEEG MON” – RICO CARTY. EARLY BLUE JAYS LEGEND.

          

1983 AND 1984. WHEN BLUE JAYS TURNED THE CORNER.

          

TORONTO SUN COMMEMORATIVES FROM ’83 AND ’84.

          

1985 – BLUE JAYS FIRST PLAYOFF APPEARANCE

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BLUE JAYS BROKE A LOT OF BASEBALL HEARTS NORTH OF THE BORDER WHEN THEY COUGHED UP A 3-1 SERIES LEAD TO KANSAS CITY IN THE ’85 AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP. BUT, HALL OF FAMER GEORGE BRETT WOULDN’T ALLOW THE ROYALS TO LOSE AND K.C. KNOCKED OFF ST. LOUIS TO WIN THE WORLD SERIES.

1985 ALCS PROGRAM.

TORONTO STAR AND TORONTO SUN COMMEMORATIVES.

                     

YEARBOOKS: 1986 AND 1987.

SEASON OF CHANGE: 1989

PROGRAM (ABOVE) AND MEDIA LINE-UPS (BELOW) FROM BLUE JAYS FINAL GAME AT EXHIBITION STADIUM, WON BY A GEORGE BELL WALK-OFF HOME RUN. COINCIDENTALLY, CHICAGO WHITE SOX CLOSED OUT THE OLD BALLPARK, AS THEY HAD OPENED IT – IN THE SNOW AND WIND – 12 YEARS EARLIER.

PROGRAM FROM BLUE JAYS FIRST GAME AT SKYDOME (NOW ROGERS CENTRE).

BLUE JAYS WERE EMBARRASSED BY RICKEY HENDERSON AND OAKLAND A’s IN THE 1989 AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP, LOSING IN FIVE GAMES (PROGRAM ABOVE; SPORTS ILLUSTRATED BOTTOM-LEFT). OAKLAND DEFEATED SAN FRANCISCO IN THE ’89 WORLD SERIES (PROGRAM BOTTOM-RIGHT) – DELAYED AFTER A 7.1-MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE STRUCK THE BAY AREA JUST PRIOR TO GAME 1 AT CANDLESTICK PARK. 

                     

TORONTO STAR 1989 BLUE JAYS COMMEMORATIVE.

1991 MAJOR LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME, SKYDOME

MEDIA GUIDE (ABOVE); OFFICIAL PROGRAM (BELOW).

          

BLUE JAYS WERE AGAIN OUT-CLASSED IN THE 1991 AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (PROGRAM, TOP-LEFT), THIS TIME BY MINNESOTA TWINS, WHO WENT ON TO BEAT ATLANTA BRAVES IN THE WORLD SERIES (PROGRAM, TOP-RIGHT).

1992 BLUE JAYS CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON

FIRST CANADIAN TEAM TO WIN WORLD SERIES

EARLY SEASON 1992 PROGRAM (IS THAT REALLY BARRY BONDS?).

          

DISTRIBUTED TO REPORTERS IN ’92 AND ’93.

BLUE JAYS vs. A’s 1992 ALCS PROGRAMS: TORONTO (ABOVE), OAKLAND (BELOW).

WALT WEISS OAKLAND; DAVE WINFIELD TORONTO.

1992 WORLD SERIES MEDIA GUIDE (ABOVE) / EVENTS (BELOW).

’92 WORLD SERIES PROGRAM: TORONTO vs. ATLANTA.

CANADA’S TEAM WAS ALL OVER SPORTS ILLUSTRATED.

BLUE JAYS OVER ATLANTA IN SIX FOR FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP.

WORLD SERIES REPEAT

          

1993 ALCS PROGRAMS FROM TORONTO (LEFT) AND CHICAGO (RIGHT).

MEDIA GUIDE (ABOVE) AND PROGRAM (BELOW) FROM 1993 WORLD SERIES – TORONTO DEFEATING PHILADELPHIA IN SIX GAMES ON JOE CARTER’S LEGENDARY “TOUCH ‘EM ALL” HOME RUN OFF MITCH WILLIAMS AT SKYDOME.

          

TORONTO SUN AND TORONTO STAR 1993 COMMEMORATIVES (ABOVE); OFFICIAL MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL WORLD SERIES BOOK (BELOW).

IN 2001, CARLOS DELGADO WAS ON COVER OF BLUE JAYS 25th ANNIVERSARY YEARBOOK. IN 2013, HE’LL JOIN THE CLUB’S “RING OF HONOR” AT ROGERS CENTRE.

          

PROGRAM AND SCORECARD (ABOVE) FROM FIRST YEAR OF BASEBALL AT THREE RIVERS STADIUM IN PITTSBURGH. PIRATES DEFEATED BALTIMORE TO WIN WORLD SERIES.

          

PROGRAM (TOP-LEFT) FROM FIRST BASEBALL GAME I ATTENDED – SAN DIEGO AT PITTSBURGH, JUNE 18, 1972. TWO DECADES LATER, NO. 21 OF THE PADRES (TOP-RIGHT) WOULD PLAY A LEADING ROLE IN THE BLUE JAYS CONSECUTIVE WORLD SERIES WINS.

          

I COVERED THE 1992 MAJOR LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME AT SAN DIEGO JACK MURPHY STADIUM AND THE 1994 GAME AT THREE RIVERS STADIUM IN PITTSBURGH. 

          

PHILADELPHIA AT SAN DIEGO WITH MY FAMILY IN 2004.

CHICAGO AT MONTREAL WITH MY FAMILY IN 2004. IT WAS EXPOS’ FINAL SEASON. FRANCHISE WOULD RE-LOCATE TO WASHINGTON, D.C. IN 2005.

          

MONTREAL EXPOS MEMORABILIA.

          

MONTREAL ROYALS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE WAS TRIPLE-A AFFILIATE OF LOS ANGELES DODGERS IN THE 1950’s AND 60’s.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE

STREET and SMITH’S ANNUAL PRO FOOTBALL MAGAZINE WAS PUBLISHED BETWEEN 1963 AND 2007. I HAVE THE MAJORITY OF ISSUES, BEGINNING WITH YEAR 2 (ABOVE).

CHANGING COVER DESIGN – EARLY TO LATE YEARS.

FINAL EDITION OF STREET and SMITH’S PRO FOOTBALL MAGAZINE.

FACES (ABOVE AND BELOW) OF NFL IN THE 60’s AND 70’s.

IN 1974 – 20 YEARS BEFORE THE  TROUBLE.

NFL MEDIA GUIDES

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS FIRST-YEAR MEDIA GUIDE.

NFL MEDIA GUIDES FROM THE 60’s AND 70’s.

NFL PROGRAMS

BOUGHT THE ABOVE PROGRAM FROM A COLLECTOR MANY YEARS AGO. ATTENDED THE GAME, BELOW, WHILE ON CHRISTMAS BREAK IN FLORIDA.

BUFFALO BILLS PROGRAMS (ABOVE AND BELOW) FROM 1988.

          

1980’s: A TERRIFIC DECADE FOR NFL QUARTERBACKS.

THE SPORTING NEWS FROM NEWSPAPER TO MAGAZINE IN DECEMBER 1997.

ATTENDED THE 1976 ORANGE BOWL GAME IN MIAMI. AUTOGRAPHS ARE FROM DOLPHINS COACH DON SHULA (TOP) AND APOLLO 8 ASTRONAUT FRANK BORMAN (BELOW), WHOSE CREW WAS FIRST TO CIRCLE THE MOON – CHRISTMAS EVE 1968.

CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE

PROGRAM: TORONTO at SASKATCHEWAN, 1970.

MY FAVORITE SPORTS TEAMS OF ALL TIME: THE LATE-60’s/EARLY-70’s TORONTO ARGONAUTS UNDER COACH LEO CAHILL. PAGE OF 1970 CFL CARDS (ABOVE).

CFL PROGRAM COVERS FROM 1970 SEASON.

TORONTO ARGONAUTS MEDIA GUIDES FROM A LONG TIME AGO.

LOVED SENDING AWAY FOR AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOS OF MY FAVORITE CFL PLAYERS. ROOKIE QUARTERBACK JOE THEISMANN OF NOTRE DAME WAS PURPORTEDLY MY “PAL” IN 1971 WHEN HE JOINED THE ARGONAUTS. I HAVE GOTTEN TO KNOW TRICKY DICK THORNTON (BOTTOM-LEFT) WHILE THE GREAT GEORGE REED (SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS) LED THE CFL IN ALL-TIME RUSHING YARDS FROM 1975 TO 2004.

          

SEPTEMBER 1968.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA STAR JOHNNY RODGERS TERRORIZED OPPONENTS ON BEHALF OF MONTREAL ALOUETTES IN THE 1970’s.

GREY CUP PROGRAMS

          

1969: OTTAWA OVER SASKATCHEWAN AT THE AUTOSTADE IN MONTREAL. 1996: TORONTO OVER EDMONTON AT IVOR WYNNE STADIUM IN HAMILTON (ABOVE). 1991: TORONTO OVER CALGARY AT WINNIPEG STADIUM (BELOW).

          

EVERY SEAT – 54,530 – WAS SOLD AT EXHIBITION STADIUM FOR THE 1983 EASTERN FINAL (PROGRAM, TOP-LEFT) AS ARGONAUTS OUT-POINTED HAMILTON, 43-36, TO GO UP AGAINST B.C. LIONS IN THE GREY CUP THE FOLLOWING WEEK (TOP-RIGHT). I WAS IN VANCOUVER TO WATCH ARGOS WIN THE CFL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, 18-17, OVER THE HOST CLUB. IT WAS A JOYFUL EXPERIENCE.

          

FOR THREE SEASONS (1993-94-95), THE CFL HAD FRANCHISES IN THE UNITED STATES. PROGRAMS (ABOVE) ARE FROM TORONTO ARGONAUT HOME GAMES IN ’95 AGAINST SHREVEPORT PIRATES AND SAN ANTONIO TEXANS.

          

U.S. CFL MEDIA GUIDES (ABOVE AND BELOW). IN 1995, BALTIMORE BECAME THE LONE AMERICAN-BASED TEAM TO WIN THE GREY CUP – DEFEATING CALGARY STAMPEDERS.

          

CFL POCKET SCHEDULES FROM NEARLY THREE DECADES AGO.

TORONTO ARGONAUTS WON CONSECUTIVE GREY CUPS IN 1996 AND 1997, LED BY COACH DON MATTHEWS AND QUARTERBACK DOUG FLUTIE. OTHER MEMBERS OF THE TEAM, ON COVER OF PROGRAMS: MIKE [PINBALL] CLEMONS (ABOVE); PAUL MASOTTI AND MIKE O’SHEA (BELOW).

          

TORONTO SUN – FIRST ISSUE

IT WAS MOSTLY CANADIAN FOOTBALL IN THE SPORTS SECTION OF THE FIRST-EVER TORONTO SUN, PUBLISHED NOV. 1, 1971, TWO DAYS AFTER ITS PREDECESSOR – THE TORONTO TELEGRAM – CEASED OPERATION. TORONTO ARGONAUTS HAD PLAYED HAMILTON AT OLD CNE STADIUM ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND MONDAY’S INAUGURAL TABLOID (MY SLIGHTLY BEATEN COPY, ABOVE) FEATURED TIGER-CATS QUARTERBACK JOE ZUGER LAYING INJURED AFTER GETTING KNOCKED OUT OF BOUNDS. 

MORE ARGO-TICAT GAME PHOTOS FROM FIRST TORONTO SUN.

TWO NIGHTS EARLIER – SAT. OCT. 30, 1971 – LEAFS HAD PLAYED MINNESOTA NORTH STARS AT MAPLE LEAF GARDENS. ABOVE PHOTO FROM FIRST SUN EDITION SHOWS MINNESOTA FORWARD DEAN PRENTICE LOOKING FOR PUCK WITH TORONTO GOALIE BERNIE PARENT AND DEFENSEMAN BOB BAUN.

BASKETBALL

IN THE EARLY-70’s, BUFFALO BRAVES OF THE NBA PLAYED A HALF-DOZEN REGULAR-SEASON GAMES EACH YEAR AT MAPLE LEAF GARDENS. PROGRAM (ABOVE) AND TICKET-STUB (BELOW) FROM GAME I ATTENDED OVER CHRISTMAS BREAK 1973 BETWEEN BUFFALO AND CAPITAL BULLETS (NOW WASHINGTON WIZARDS). BRAVES MOVED WEST IN 1978 TO BECOME SAN DIEGO CLIPPERS, THEN TO LOS ANGELES IN 1984.

TORONTO RAPTORS / VANCOUVER GRIZZLIES

CANADIAN TEAMS JOINED NBA FOR 1995-96 SEASON.

TORONTO RAPTORS INTRODUCTORY BOOKLET (ABOVE) AND PRESS RELEASE (BELOW) ANNOUNCING THE CLUB’S FIRST SEASON-TICKET PLAN.

WHILE IN VANCOUVER WITH THE MAPLE LEAFS, I ATTENDED A PRESS CONFERENCE (BOOKLET ABOVE; LETTER BELOW) DETAILING PLANS FOR THE NEW NBA TEAM.

“BIG COUNTRY” WAS VANCOUVER’S FIRST BIG NBA NAME.

NBA PREVIEW MAGAZINES (ABOVE AND BELOW) FOR 1995-96.

PROGRAM (ABOVE) FROM RAPTORS FIRST NBA GAME: 94-79 VICTORY OVER NEW JERSEY NETS ON NOV. 3, 1995 BEFORE 33,306 FANS AT SKYDOME.

          

RAPTORS FIRST SEASON YEARBOOK /TORONTO STAR COMMEMORATIVE.

MVP MAGAZINE

THIS WAS A SHORT-LIVED CANADIAN SPORTS MAGAZINE IN THE MID-1980’s: SPECTACULARLY PRESENTED, BUT POORLY PROMOTED. HAD THE HONOR OF WRITING FOR THE MAGAZINE, WHICH FEATURED ONE OF THE GREAT HOCKEY PERSONALITY PHOTOS OF ALL TIME (ABOVE) ON ITS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 1986 ISSUE – LEAFS LEGEND KING CLANCY PUTTING THE HUG FROM BEHIND ON ROOKIE WENDEL CLARK.

NEWS PUBLICATIONS

I’VE HELD ONTO MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS FROM MAJOR EVENTS IN MY LIFE.

INTERNATIONAL SPORTS

MY FIRST MEGA-ASSIGNMENT AT THE RADIO STATION, STILL KNOWN AS CJCL-AM 1430, WAS A JOURNEY TO TOKYO IN SEPTEMBER 1990 FOR THE 96th SESSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE. TORONTO WAS AMONG A HALF-DOZEN FINALISTS FOR THE 1996 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES AND THE IOC ULTIMATELY CHOSE ATLANTA. THE WINNING CITY PRESENTED MEDIA WITH THE ABOVE BOOKLET, WHICH HELD PHOTO OF THE OLD FULTON-COUNTY STADIUM (BELOW) AND DOWNTOWN ATLANTA IN THE BACKGROUND. TWO YEARS AFTER THIS ASSIGNMENT, TORONTO BLUE JAYS WOULD WIN THE WORLD SERIES IN THE COOKIE-CUTTER BALLPARK. 

MY FIRST OF FIVE OLYMPICS FOR THE RADIO STATION WAS THE ’96 SUMMER GAMES IN ATLANTA – OFFICIAL PROGRAM, ABOVE. QUITE A MEMORY TO THIS DAY.

          

I REMEMBER BEING GLUED TO MY HOTEL-ROOM TV ONE NIGHT AFTER ARRIVING IN ATLANTA WATCHING CNN’s COVERAGE OF THE TWA FLIGHT 800 TRAGEDY. A BOEING-747, BOUND FOR PARIS, PLUMMETED INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN MOMENTS AFTER DEPARTING KENNEDY AIRPORT IN NEW YORK, KILLING ALL 230 ABOARD. WITH THE OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY 48 HOURS LATER, FEAR CENTERED ON A TERRORIST ATTACK. AS IT WERE, HOWEVER, FAULTY WIRING CAUSED AN EXPLOSION OF THE CENTRAL FUEL TANK, WHICH RIPPED APART THE JUMBO AIRCRAFT. 

EACH DAY OF THE ATLANTA OLYMPICS, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED PUBLISHED A 20-PAGE MAGAZINE OF STORIES AND PHOTOS. THE ISSUE OF JULY 28, 1996 (ABOVE) PRESENTED QUITE A CONTRAST: CARNAGE FROM A BOMB BLAST TWO NIGHTS EARLIER AT CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK, AND DONOVAN BAILEY OF CANADA WINNING GLAMOUR EVENT OF THE SUMMER GAMES – THE 100-METER FINAL – THE PREVIOUS NIGHT.

THE INAUGURAL WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY – SUCCESSOR, IF YOU WILL, TO THE CANADA CUP – TOOK PLACE IN SEPTEMBER 1996. A REMARKABLE COMEBACK IN THE DECIDING MATCH ALLOWED THE UNITED STATES TO UPEND CANADA FOR THE GOLD MEDAL.

          

A BIGGER HOCKEY DISAPPOINTMENT FOR CANADIANS OCCURRED TWO YEARS LATER, AT THE 1998 WINTER OLYMPICS IN JAPAN (ABOVE). NHL PLAYERS PARTICIPATED FOR THE FIRST TIME AND CANADA – THE PROHIBITIVE FAVORITE – FAILED TO WIN A MEDAL, PLACING FOURTH. THE CZECHS, AND DOMINIK HASEK, CAPTURED GOLD.

CANADA’S INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY DREAM FINALLY CAME TRUE IN SALT LAKE CITY AND IT TURNED INTO A DOUBLE DIP. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF COVERING GOLD MEDAL VICTORIES BY OUR MEN’S AND WOMEN’S TEAMS AT THE 2002 WINTER OLYMPICS. 

          

FRONT AND BACK COVERS (ABOVE) OF THE HOCKEY CANADA MEDIA GUIDE FOR THE 2002 WINTER OLYMPICS: CAPTAINS MARIO LEMIEUX AND CASSIE CAMPBELL.

MARIO LEMIEUX CELEBRATING ’02.

          

CANADA WON THE SECOND WORLD CUP OF HOCKEY TOURNAMENT IN 2004 (PROGRAM, MEDIA GUIDE ABOVE), DEFEATING FINLAND IN THE GOLD MEDAL MATCH AT AIR CANADA CENTRE. THE EVENT, HOWEVER, WAS HARDLY JOYOUS AS IT OCCURRED ON THE EVE OF THE OWNERS’ LOCKOUT THAT ULTIMATELY CANCELED THE 2004-05 NHL SEASON. 

PERHAPS THE MOST ENJOYABLE ASSIGNMENT IN MY 23 YEARS AT THE FAN-590 WAS THE 2005 WORLD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS IN AUSTRIA (PROGRAM ABOVE, TEAM CANADA MEDIA GUIDE BELOW). IT FILLED SOME OF THE VOID CREATED BY THE LOST NHL SEASON. INNSBRUCK – IN THE AUSTRIAN ALPS – IS AMONG THE MOST STRIKING PLACES ON EARTH. I HAD TO ROUGH IT OUT THERE FOR TWO WEEKS BEFORE MOVING ON TO VIENNA FOR THE PLAYOFF ROUND. CZECH REPUBLIC WON THE GOLD.  

IT WAS AN UNMITIGATED DISASTER FOR TEAM CANADA AT THE 2006 WINTER OLYMPICS IN TURIN, ITALY (ABOVE). THE MEN’S TEAM – FULL OF NHL PLAYERS – FINISHED SEVENTH, BEHIND EVEN SWITZERLAND, WHICH EARNED A 2-0 SHUT-OUT (AND FIRST-EVER INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY VICTORY) OVER CANADA IN THE PRELIMINARY ROUND.

THE GOLDEN GOAL

FOR YOUNGER HOCKEY FANS IN CANADA, NO MOMENT WILL LIKELY MATCH SIDNEY CROSBY’S OVERTIME WINNER AGAINST THE U.S. IN THE GOLD MEDAL GAME OF THE 2010 VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS. FOR OLDER FANS – ALA YOURS TRULY – 1972 AND PAUL HENDERSON IS STILL NO. 1; CROSBY A CLOSE SECOND.

                     

I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BROADCASTING THE OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES AT THE VANCOUVER WINTER OLYMPICS – MEDIA TICKETS, ABOVE.

CLOSING CEREMONY PROGRAM – VANCOUVER 2010.

ON JUNE 3, 1989 – A SATURDAY NIGHT – SKYDOME IN DOWNTOWN TORONTO WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED WITH A GRAND CEREMONY (PROGRAM ABOVE) – DAMPENED, LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY, BY A MONSOON JUST AS TECHNICIANS OPENED THE RETRACTABLE ROOF. IT WAS PERFECTLY DRY IN THE FOOTBALL PRESS BOX.

ONE OF THE GRAND SPORTING MOMENTS OF THE 20th CENTURY OCCURRED ON OCT. 30, 1974 IN ZAIRE, AFRICA: THE SO-CALLED “RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE” IN WHICH MUHAMMAD ALI REGAINED THE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPIONSHIP FROM GEORGE FOREMAN, WHO SEEMED INVISIBLE. I WATCHED THE FIGHT LIVE ON CLOSED-CIRCUIT TV AT MAPLE LEAF GARDENS HAVING PURCHASED THE ABOVE ITEM.

ESPN THE MAGAZINE: FIRST ISSUE (ABOVE); AFTER WAYNE GRETZKY’S RETIREMENT (BELOW).

AND, WE END AS WE BEGAN – WITH A BANG (NO PUN INTENDED).

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