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Kiss 'Em Goodbye: An ESPN Treasury of Failed, Forgotten, and Departed Teams

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

A collection of more than 100 irreverent tributes to disbanded professional sports teams includes short and pithy accounts about organizations that went bankrupt, left their regions or underperformed. Original.

Synopsis:

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345520470
Subtitle:
An ESPN Treasury of Failed, Forgotten, and Departed Teams
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Purdy, Dennis
Author:
Dennis Purdy
Subject:
Fiction : Fantasy - General
Subject:
Sports & Recreation : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Miscellaneous Sports
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports General
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports Writing
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100223
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
360

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Product details 360 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9780345520470 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A collection of more than 100 irreverent tributes to disbanded professional sports teams includes short and pithy accounts about organizations that went bankrupt, left their regions or underperformed. Original.
"Synopsis" by , 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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