Whether you realize it or not, chances are you are attached to certain brands. For many of us that goes back to our childhood. Men often become attached to cars that were popular when they were kids or maybe they reminisce about the first decent car they owned. They like a certain make and model. In my neighborhood in Chicago, there were a few Buick owners, Oldsmobile men, a Chrysler lover or two, and then a lot of Ford and Chevy fans. My next door neighbor had his own ideas and owned a bullet-nosed Studebaker and a yellow Rambler wagon. He was an engineer and what we might call a gear head. The automobile industry is tough and has been international for some time. Many  car companies and brands have died out.

If you have a fair amount of spending cash, you can buy the car you loved as kid even if the make and model has been discontinued. There are still a lot of Studebakers around! There is even a Studebaker Museum.

But there is something particularly sad if you were a sports fan of team that no longer exists. I had a friend who was from New York and a big fan of the Brooklyn Dodgers–yes the Brooklyn Dodgers. For some reason, he never warmed up to the Los Angeles Dodgers after the team moved out west. He had a plastic Brooklyn Dodgers coffee mug that he carried around at work during the 1990s. His dad took him to games at Ebbets Field when he was very young. The Dodgers moved west after the 1957 season and Ebbets Field was demolished beginning in 1960.

If you follow the history  of professional sports, generally teams seem to go bust when the league is being formed. In the early days of the NFL there were many teams from smaller venues and it took some time to sort things out. Rules were developed after a while that limited membership to teams that were sustainable.

In baseball, there were 8 teams in the leagues first 60 years and then the MLB expanded to 30 teams today.

If you are fond of sports history and teams, you can always open up a good book on the sport. We recently published Baseball’s Winning Ways for junior high readers.  It’s a book particularly well-suited for young fans. Baseball’s Winning Ways is written for enjoyment, inspiration, and information by the author of The 10 Commandments of Baseball, J. D. ThorneBaseball’s Winning Ways examines baseball eras and their backgrounds, along with profiles of great current and past players. The drama of the game, its history, baseball superstitions, statistics, and the story of trading cards are presented clearly for readers from age 12 on up. The central theme of the book is baseball’s principles that are essential to the best baseball programs. The author points out that baseball promotes certain virtues that are so important today. These are the values that parents, grandparents, teachers, and coaches want to pass down to the next generation—as important now as ever.

 

Sporting Chance Press