Lefty O'Doul and the Mounties

Lefty O'Doul and the Mounties

In 1956 big-time baseball arrived in Vancouver. That's not to say the game wasn't being played here prior – there's a few great local stories to be told, like the rise of the Japanese-Canadian Asahi ball club, or Babe Ruth playing at old Athletic Park. But before 1956 baseball in Vancouver was all semi-pro. The Mounties, part of the Pacific Coa...
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Who Were They? The Toronto Huskies

Who Were They? The Toronto Huskies

The first-ever game of what is now the National Basketball Association – a pretty momentous event in the history of basketball. With the size and popularity of the league as it is now, you'd think that its founding year would be way back, in the early 1900s. And what teams do you think took part? With these things it's usually storied franchise...
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Who Were They? The Toronto St. Pats

Who Were They? The Toronto St. Pats

Time for another journey back in time via our Who Were They? series. There's more hockey history on the docket (click the links for our Original Six and Class of '67 pieces), though this time we'll be looking at the history of an individual team, the Toronto St. Pats.  Think of hockey in Toronto and one thing comes to mind: the Maple Leafs and...
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Understanding Cricket, and a Case for It

Understanding Cricket, and a Case for It

Cricket is not commonly watched or played in North America, one cannot dispute this. But it is there if you look. I actually played a bit as a kid; the rugby club I was a part of also fields a cricket team and would hold "Cricket Camp" over the summers. I remember hitting in the cages and doing tests on all of the strangely-named positions on t...
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Birth of the Super Bowl

Birth of the Super Bowl

If there's one date on the North American sporting calendar that the masses will make time for, it's the Super Bowl. Even non-sports fans tune in (though much of the appeal may now be the half-time show and all of those crazy commercials). The game itself remains a spectacle, and regardless of why you're there watching, the Super Bowl has becom...
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