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.
About the Author
Dennis Purdy, author of The Illustrated Guide to Texas Hold'em, left the "working world" and moved to Las Vegas at the age of 35 to undertake a career as a professional gambler. He became an expert card counter at blackjack starting in 1978, eventually forming, teaching and leading several "teams" in Las Vegas, achieving a winning session rate of 86 percent. Although he retired from full-time professional gambling in 1983, he still uses his skills to supplement his income. Mr. Purdy lives in Tacoma, Washington
Danny Peary has written many books on sports and cinema. He presently writes for former baseball star and current sports analyst Tim McCarver's TV show, and he has teamed up with McCarver on several books. Peary lives in New York City.