I'm Going to Disney World: An Open Collaborative Sports TL

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by OldNavy1988, Jan 12, 2017.

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  1. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    I thought it would be interesting to make a collaborative sports timeline that takes place in the same universe as my American Magic TL. The only references to the sports world in that TL are the existence of the MLB Cardinals and ABA Spirits in St Louis, as well as the NFL Cardinals moving there in 1960. Other than that, the sports world is still pretty much a blank canvas in the American Magic universe. The POD is the early 1950's, the same timeframe which American Magic begins...

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    Late 1950 (POD):
    Los Angeles Rams beat the Cleveland Browns 27-24 for the NFL title.

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    Summer 1951:
    Rochester Royals win the NBA Championship in a stunning upset over the Minneapolis Lakers.

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    Fall 1951:
    Injuries during the World Series derail the New York Yankees' quest to win one last ring for the Yankee Clipper. Instead, Bobby Thompson, Monte Irvin and the "Say Hey Kid" were the heroes for the longshot NY Giants, who in seven games, win their first World Series pennant in 18 years.

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    Christmastime 1951:
    Cleveland Browns avenge the previous year's loss by beating the Rams in the grudge match 35-17.

    1952:
    - Pacific Coast League given Open status by MLB.

    - St Louis Cardinals sold to Anheuser-Busch.

    This thread is now open to all collaborators!
     
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  2. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    1952:
    The Braves play what could be their final year in Boston before the lowest home attendance in franchise history.
     
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  3. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    Early 1953:
    National League approves Boston Braves' bid to move to Milwaukee, a city that spent 5 decades without big league baseball.
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  4. Nivek Resident Videogame Expert

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    A question which disneyland the winners Will go or they can chose?

    A question... Will both baseball team moves or might the dodgers get the Dome or giants Will share but other giants what would become the shea stadium?
     
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  5. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    The title is of course an obvious reference to those old commercials, but yeah the winners can always pick.

    This thread is intended to be more collaborative than my American Magic thread, so now, the users can do whatever they want and I can retcon anything if need be.
     
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  6. AltSptHst Well-Known Member

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    1953: Clint Murchison out-bids Carroll Rosenbloom for the struggling Dallas Texans franchise, and they stay in Texas. Clint changes the name of the team to the Cowboys.
     
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  7. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    1953 NFL Alignment after the Texans reorganize as the Cowboys...

    East

    Cleveland Browns
    Detroit Lions
    New York Giants
    Philadelphia Eagles
    Pittsburgh Steelers
    Washington Redskins

    West
    Chicago Bears
    Chicago Cardinals
    Dallas Cowboys
    Green Bay Packers
    Los Angeles Rams
    San Francisco 49ers

    NFL East Playoff
    Cleveland Browns 30
    Detroit Lions 27

    NFL Championship (Cleveland Municipal Stadium; Cleveland, OH)
    Cleveland Browns 17
    San Francisco 49ers 13

    Late 1953:
    No longer able to compete with the Cardinals after AB bought the NL club, Bill Veeck announces the St Louis Browns are up for sale.
     
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  8. Colonel Zoidberg Well-Known Member

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    Also Late 1953: An ownership group in Houston, Texas agrees to buy the Browns and move them to Houston. The team will be named the Colt .45s.
     
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  9. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    And the Colt 45's will play at the existing Buff Stadium starting in spring 1954 while the city finalizes plans for an unprecedented domed stadium.
     
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    Can i saved one of ny National league team or both Will move?
     
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  11. AltSptHst Well-Known Member

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    A note for the future: With Murchison keeping the Texans in Dallas, that may have an influence on Lamar Hunt. He tried to buy the Cardinals and move them to Dallas, and only started the AFL when that failed.
     
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  12. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    It's all up to you.
     
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  13. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    Oh yeah that's true. Don't forget Baltimore is open for Hunt to try to invite Carroll Rosenbloom into the Foolish Club.
     
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    And i'm still on vacation... which is more easy to save dodgers with Dome or giants?
     
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  15. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    Giants to Minnesota would be easiest, but not before the fate of the A's and Phillies in Philadelphia is determined.
     
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    Otl a's owner was interested in move to seattle but something happened and ended in oakland...umm
     
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  17. AltSptHst Well-Known Member

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    Well, I don't know if there will be a foolish club in this world since the Dallas market is full. Hunt's AFL idea came from the failure to get the Cardinals.
     
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  18. Colonel Zoidberg Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm, so he would have to be interested in another city. Maybe he makes the leap straight to KC.

    Another possible change: the Vikings came to be because the ownership was offered an NFL franchise to replace an AFL one. If the Vikings join the AFL, no Oakland Raiders - they were the replacement.
     
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  19. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    1954:
    - While the Houston Colt 45's would not finish any better than sixth in the American League, their home attendance at Buff Stadium is standing room only for all 77 home games.

    - Minneapolis Lakers win their fifth NBA title.

    NBA Alignment 1953-54
    East
    Baltimore Bullets
    Boston Celtics
    New York Knicks
    Philadelphia Warriors
    Syracuse Nationals

    West
    Ft Wayne Pistons
    Milwaukee Hawks
    Minneapolis Lakers
    Rochester Royals

    - Philadelphia waits as the fate of the both the Phillies and Athletics will be decided during the winter of 1954 and '55.
     
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  20. OldNavy1988 Well-Known Member

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    Late 1954:
    Willie Mays's heroics are not enough to help the NY Giants beat the Cleveland Indians in six games of the '54 fall classic. This would be the last World Series appearance for the Giants in New York.
     
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