Wednesday, December 20, 2017
After getting back on their feet they decided they couldn't make a go of it and decided to move to the STL. Yes, St. Louis had a NHL team BEFORE the Blues. The Senators became the St. Louis Eagles. However, the Eagles weren't meant to last. Still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression they lasted just one season (1934-35). The Eagles were named the Eagles because they were inspired by the Anheuser-Busch Eagle logo. Interesting enough, Wiki tells me that St. Louis applied for an expansion team in 1932 but were denied because travel to St. Louis was deemed too expensive. The Eagles were in the Canadian Division and had to travel to Montreal and Toronto much of the season.
Wiki also tells me the old St. Louis Arena was "Once the Eagles began play the St. Louis Arena gained the distinction of being the only NHL stadium with racially segregated seating." Though there is facto and de facto segregation-I don't take much stock of this shameful part of our past as being unique to STL. No St. Louis was not unique, I am pretty sure if an African-American showed up to watch the Bruins the result would have been the same.
The Eagles weren't that good, lost a ton of money, slashed ticket prices and went 11-31-6.
In 1938, the Montreal Maroons tried to move to St. Louis but the NHL said no again because of the high cost of travel.
Recently I won a number of Eagles' matchbooks. The ever and not so popular Diamond Matchbooks of he 1930s-which encompassed the major sports, including hockey. The ones I picked up were Irvine Frew, Vic Ripley, Glen Brydson, Vernon Ayers, Max Kaminsky, Bill Beverage, and Gerald Shannon.
Friday, December 15, 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017
He hit .235 and had only 9 home runs over 401 plate appearances. In 2016 he hit .273 and had 22 home runs. He grew up in the Bay area and will be closer to his mother who was diagnosed with ALS earlier this year. Somethings are more important than statistics. Farewell!
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Brian Sutter Team Leader
Bernie Federko In Action
Joe Mullen RC
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Friday, December 8, 2017
Now I didn't check OPC but since the photos are the same then we can assume that this is true. I did count up the posed shots in the OPC issue and there are 66 more (177) than the Topps' issue. This happens to be the difference in the # of cards in each set- 198 for Topps and 264 in OPC, which is shocking actually.
Card Images #1-7 left to right then repeat for next line
1. Unknown-Could be Wayne Stephenson, Jacques Caron, or Peter McDuffe
3. #17 RW Phil Roberto
5. #15 LW Jake Egers
6. Could be #12 Terry Crisp or #22 Danny O'Shea both centers or LW #22 Bill Sutherland
Card Images # 8-11
8. #7 C (A) Gary Unger
10. #8 (C) D Barclay Pager
11. #30 G Jacques Caron or G #30 Peter McDuffe
Card Images #12-23
13. Gary Unger
14. Gary Unger and #17 RW Phil Roberto
17. Gary Unger
18. #5 RW Bob Plager and crew
19. Bob Plager and one of the Goalies
21. Gary Unger
22. #11 RW Gary Sabourin