By Lawrence S. Ritter
Baseball was once diverse in previous days—tougher, rawer, extra intimate—when giants like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb ran the bases. within the enormous vintage The Glory in their Times, the golden period of our nationwide hobby comes alive throughout the shiny phrases of these who performed and lived the sport.
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On another occasion, he was justly accused of sneaking a peek back at the catcher’s position or sign prior to drilling a home run. At Olympic Stadium, Rodriguez’s position was, and often is, littered with Oh Henry! chocolate bars. Fans still have a soft spot for the memory of that remarkable spring. “I love playing for the Expos. ” —Houston mayor Bob Lanier, 1996 Compared to the threat of relocation, the threat of contraction is new. Until this summer, contraction was dismissed as a misguided and ineffective response to problems shared by many teams.
Though many locals characterized his retractable-roof concept as too flimsy to handle Montreal’s blustery winter, Taillibert’s design was never truly realized. Unfinished venues were hastily thrown together as the Olympics began, and the massive tower from which his roof was to extend would not be completed for almost a decade. It is unclear whether Olympic Stadium would have turned into the financial sinkhole it eventually became if Taillibert’s concept had been delivered. What is clear is that his design was never meant to accommodate the Montreal Expos.
This was the first step in the realization of Howe’s dark prediction. Maritime trade dropped 40 percent while trade in Ontario and Quebec jumped 100 percent. Canada had been a gamble and Nova Scotia had been wise in its reluctance to anteup. Illusions that greater autonomy might be promoted in the new country were also vividly dispelled in Ontario and Quebec. Expansion was the order of the day. Federal leaders in Ottawa drooled over the great, untapped frontier to the west while pitting financiers struggling through international depression against one another in Toronto and Montreal.