About Fun While It Lasted:
Fun While It Lasted is devoted to presenting and preserving the history and memorabilia of the thousands of defunct sports teams and leagues that have come and gone from the North American pro sports scene. At FWIL, you can find out the Who, What, Where, When
The heart of the project is more than 10,000 high quality images of rare programs, publicity photos, media guides, trading cards and other memorabilia that you won’t find anywhere else on the internet.
There are four types of Pages & Posts on FWIL:
Exhibits tell a story from a specific game, typically wedded to a piece of memorabilia from that event. One team may be the subject of numerous posts.
Home Pages show the Who/What/Where/When of a particular defunct team. Home Pages typically also include some combination of photos, a program collection, video and document downloads such as rosters or vintage press releases.
If you know the league that a team played in, you can use the sport-specific drop-down menus at the top of the site to look up your team. Alternately, you can use the Search Form in the upper right hand corner (though you may need to wade through some other results).
Image Galleries are chronological collections of Media Guides, Program and Pocket Schedules organized by league. You can access the Image Galleries from the drop down menus at the top of the site, or via links at the bottom of Home Pages or the top of Posts.
How To Search:
We love the SearchWP plug-in for WordPress. Use the Search Form in the upper right corner of each page and elsewhere throughout the site to search by Team Name, Player Name, League, City, Venue,
About Andy Crossley:
Andy Crossley curates Fun While It Lasted.
He lives in Massachusetts. 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.