About Fun While It Lasted:
I started this blog in March 2011. The tag line was Lively Tales About Dead Teams and the subject of scrutiny was and (mostly) still is failed pro sports franchises. I had a couple of my own on my resume and just about everyone I knew who spent much time out on the entrepreneurial lunatic fringes of pro sport felt like they should write a book. Most were too busy or too careful about their career prospects to put pen to paper, but I figured they could share some of their stories here.
It’s a shame that the histories of old ball clubs – which may have entertained hundreds of thousands of people in their day - typically get reduced to a brief and bloodless Wikipedia entry. Everyone has their stories and they usually have nothing to do with stats or division titles or the other common currencies of most sports writing. An example: I no longer recall the ERA or won-loss record of a career minor leaguer named Amad Stephens after we acquired him late in the summer of 2007 for the Brockton Rox baseball club. The thing I will always remember about Amad is that he refused our efforts to convert him from a closer to a set up man because he had to take a shower every night during the 7th inning. It was his ritual – ingrained and seemingly non-negotiable.
Every post and anecdote is wedded to a piece of rare menorabilia, many of which are available in our store at any given moment. Our store allows us to keep this site free of ads or write-for-hire content. We shipped nearly 1,000 pieces to collectors and fans in 2011 and we hope our ever expanding galleries become a definitive resource for them.
If you have a great memory to share about a defunct team that you worked, played or cheered for, send us your story at the email address below.
About Andy Crossley:
Andy Crossley curates Fun While It Lasted.
He lives in Massachusetts and is a Vice President of Something or Other for the Brockton Rox of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. He has also worked in various front offices in independent baseball, Women’s Professional Soccer, the United Soccer Leagues, and worked in the 1996 Olympic Games.
During those years he lost Jose Canseco’s uniform in a coin-op laundromat, got tossed out of the Moscow apartment building of the 1996 Olympic silver medalist in rhythmic gymnastics, testified in grand larceny proceedings against his boss and was married on a pitcher’s mound in the presence of friends, family and season ticket holders.
His teams’ promotional and customer service adventures have been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, National Public Radio and The NBC Nightly News among other outlets. Fun While It Lasted has been cited by The Times, the BBC and ESPN for coverage of the minor league sports industry.
This will be the only portion of the blog where he refers to himself in the third person.