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1971-1973 Montreal Olympique

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1971 Montreal Olympique ProgramNorth American Soccer League (1971-1973)

Born: 1971 – NASL expansion franchise
Folded: 1973

Stadium: Autostade

Team Colors:


NASL Championships: None


Montreal Olympique was a pro soccer outfit that competed briefly in the North American Soccer League in the early 1970’s. The team shared the Autostade, a 33,000-seat oval built for Expo 67, with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Olympique was a bust on the field and at the box office. The team compiled a 13-30-14 record over three seasons and averaged barely 3,000 fans per match.

Future Liverpool and Scottish National Team captain Graeme Souness played 10 games for Olympique as a 19-year old during the 1972 season.

Pro soccer and the NASL returned to Montreal in 1981 with the formation of the Montreal Manic (1981-1983).


==Montreal Olympique Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other


1971 5/16/1971 vs. Dallas Tornado T 0-0 Program


1972 6/3/1972 @ St. Louis Stars W 1-0 Program


1973 6/1/1973 @ Philadelphia Atoms L 2-1 Program




North American Soccer League Media Guides

North American Soccer League Programs



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April 26th, 2016 at 2:19 am

1992 Sacramento Attack

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Sacramento Attack LogoArena Football League (1992)

Born: May 5, 1992
Folded: Early 1993

Arena: ARCO Arena

Team Colors:

Owner/Operator: Jim Thomas, et al. (Lease team from Arena Football League)

Arena Bowl Championships: None


The Sacramento Attack were a hastily assembled Arena Football League squad that lasted just a single season in the California state capital in 1992. In fact, the Attack played just opened the gates of ARCO Arena in Sacramento during their brief existence.

The franchise had a convoluted back story.  The team was first announced in early March 1992 as an expansion franchise called the L.A. Wings that was supposed to play in the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.  The original ownership group, headed by Jim Hartman, wanted to play in Denver and acquired the contract righst to most of the players from the Denver Dynamite, a rudderless AFL franchise that had lost its ownership group. For reasons never fully explained, Hartman’s group was either dissuaded or prevented from playing in Denver and thus the L.A. Wings were born. Hartman hired former Cal star quarterback Joe Kapp, who led the Minnesota Vikings to a berth in Super Bowl IV, as the Wings’ head coach.

One month later the Hartman was out and the Wings were done in L.A. With the start of the 1992 season just three weeks away, the Arena Football League scrambled to find a home for the team.  In early May 1992, the ownership of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings agreed to operate the team on a leased basis at ARCO Arena. Kapp came along for the move, as did many of the former Denver Dynamite players still on the team’s roster. The team name was changed to Sacramento Attack.

The Attack backed in the Arena League playoffs with a 4-6 record.  The team lost in the first round to the eventual champions, the Detroit Drive, on August 7th, 1992.  That was the last appearance of the Sacramento Attack, just 92 days after the team was formed. Sacramento Kings management declined to renew their lease arrangement with the Arena Football League in 1993, choosing to cast their lot with indoor soccer instead to fill summer dates at ARCO Arena.




==Sacramento Attack Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Year Date Opponent Score Program Other


1992 6/4/1992 vs. Orlando Predators L 58-47 Program
1992 6/13/1992 @ Arizona Rattlers L 51-36 Program Video
1992 6/26/1992 vs. Arizona Rattlers W 35-16 Program
1992 7/23/1992 vs. Dallas Texans L 41-38 Program
1992 7/30/1992 vs. Cincinnati Rockers W 55-48 (OT) Program



Brief clip of the Sacramento Attack on the road at the Arizona Rattlers on June 13, 1992.



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1975 Key West Cubs

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1975 Key West Cubs ProgramFlorida State League (1975)

Born: 1975 – The Key West Conchs are re-branded as the Key West Cubs
Moved: 1976 (Pompano Beach Cubs)

Stadium: Wicker Stadium

Team Colors:

Owners: Dr. Julio DePoo, Joseph DePoo, et al.

Florida State League Championships: None


Key West, Florida had a fitful run with minor league baseball during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The southernmost outpost of the U.S. played host to four iterations of a Class A Florida State League franchise in the years 1969 to 1975. The San Diego Padres backed a Key West club in 1969. After a summer without baseball in 1970, the FSL returned to Wicker Stadium in 1971 with the Key West Sun Caps, who became the Key West Conchs in 1972.

The Chicago Cubs became the parent club of the Conchs for the 1974 season and stocked the team with pitching prospects, many of whom would later go on to Major League stardom: Bruce Sutter, Donnie Moore, Mike Krukow and Dennis Lamp.  Nevertheless, the team was terrible and finished dead last at 37-94.

During the winter of 1974-75, the ball club was officially re-branded, dropping the traditional Conchs name in favor of “Key West Cubs“. The change was either ignored or accepted half-heartedly.  The team’s 1975 game program (pictured top right) still features several ads exhorting “Go Conchs!” and the club’s local ownership is listed as the Executive Members of the Key West Conchs.  The septuagenarian President of the Key West Cubs ownership group with Dr. Julio DePoo, founder of Key West’s private DePoo Hospital.

Unlike the 1974 Conchs squad, the roster of the 1975 Key West Cubs featured no big names who went on to make a splash in the Bigs. But the team was much more competitive, finishing the campaign at 65-69.  Meager crowds doomed to club at Wicker Stadium. The team relocated to Pompano Beach prior to the 1976 season and pro baseball has never returned to Key West.


==In Memoriam==

Key West Cubs manager Walt Dixon passed away on September 25, 2003 at the age of 82.

Catcher Mike Gordon died of leukemia on May 26, 2014 at age 60. Brockton Enterprise obituary.



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1975 Key West Cubs statistics at


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April 18th, 2016 at 7:18 pm

1995-1998 Cincinnati Silverbacks

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Cincinnati Silverbacks ProgramNational Professional Soccer League (1995-1998)

Born: March 1995 – The Dayton Dynamo relocate to Cincinnati, OH
Folded: August 5, 1998


Team Colors:

OwnerDoug Kirchhofer, et al.

NPSL Championships: None


The Cincinnati Silverbacks of the mid-1990’s marked the second attempt to establish professional indoor soccer in the Queen City. The Silverbacks followed the short-lived Cincinnati Kids, parrtially owned by Pete Rose (!), who played a single season at the Riverfront Coliseum back in the winter of 1978-79.

The Silverbacks were owned by Knoxville, Tennessee sports executive Doug Kirchhofer, who put together a small empire of Cincinnati sports and entertainment interests during the 1990’s. Kirchhofer’s Cincinnati Entertainment Associates owned the Silverbacks, the Cincinnati Cyclones of the International Hockey League and the Cincinnati Stuff of the International Basketball League. Kirchhofer and his partners also engineered the $35 million purchase and renovation of the Riverfront Coliseum in 1997.

The Silverbacks never got much traction in Cincinnati.  Announced attendance languished at the ancient 10,000-seat Cincinnati Gardens during the club’s first two seasons. The club moved to the Riverfront Coliseum (re-named “The Crown”) in 1997 after Kirchhofer’s purchase of the bigger arena.  Crowds ticket up modestly at the Crown, but not enough to save the Silverbacks. The team claimed only 100 season ticket holders and less than $200,000 in corporate sponsorship in 1997-98. Silverbacks officials shuttered the team in the summer of 1998, finding it increasingly difficult to justify weekend dates for indoor soccer at The Crown at the expense of more profitable concerts and hockey games.

On the carpet, the Cincinnati Silverbacks brought in a handful of top indoor veterans, including Franklin McIntosh, Bernie Lilavois and Gino DiFlorio. DiFlorio finished 3rd in the NPSL in scoring in 1997-98. Carlos Pena held down starting goalkeeper duties for all three seasons.  The team never really put things together, managing a lone winning season (21-19) in 1996-97.  The Silverbacks finished in last place (15-25) in their final campaign in 1997-98.





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1985-2014 Huntsville Stars

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1992 Huntsville Stars ProgramSouthern League (1985-2014)

Born: August 1984 – The Nashville Sounds relocate to Huntsville, AL.
Move Announced: January 10, 2014 (Biloxi Shuckers)
Final Home Game: September 1, 2014

Stadium: Joe W. Davis Stadium (10,488)

Team Colors:


Southern League Champions: 1985, 1994, 2001


In the summer of 1984 Larry Schmittou, owner of the Class AA Nashville Sounds of the Southern League, purchased the Class AAA Evansville Triplets franchise and shifted it to Tennessee. The move effectively promoted Schmittou’s Nashville club to triple-A status, but left his original Southern League franchise homeless. The problem was solved when the city of Huntsville, Alabama agreed to construct 11,000-seat Joe W. Davis Stadium in time for the 1985 season.

Jose Canseco Huntsville StarsSchmittou’s re-christened Huntsville Stars club inked a player development contract with the Oakland Athletics in September 1984. Huntsville became a way station for the outstanding prospects that would later power Oakland’s World Series squads of the late 1980’s. Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire and Terry Steinbach all spent time in Huntsville on their way to Oakland. Canseco hit a grand slam in Huntsville’s first home game at Joe W. Davis Stadium on April 19, 1985. Canseco would go to win Southern League MVP honors in 1985 and Steinbach would win in 1986.

Huntsville won two Southern League crowns during the A’s era. Oakland also brought their Major League team to Alabama for exhibitions seven times during the 14-year relationship. The affiliation came to an end in 1998 and the Milwaukee Brewers became the Stars’ parent club the following season. The Brewers partnership would endure for the rest of the Stars’ stay in Huntsville.

The Stars won their third and final Southern League championship during the 2001 season. The Stars were about to open a playoff championship series against the Jacksonville Suns when the September 11th terrorist attacks occurred. The playoffs were cancelled and the Stars and Suns declared co-champions.

The Stars sold for the second time in October 2001. A group headed by New York attorney Miles Prentice paid a reported $6 million for the franchise, with a commitment to keep the team in Huntsville. But by the mid-2000’s Joe W. Davis Stadium was badly outdated. The facility lacked modern skyboxes and concessions areas were located outside view of the field. Prentice’s  group sold out to veteran minor league operator Ken Young in January 2014.. After a final lame duck season in Huntsville in 2014, the former Stars franchise moved to a new ballpark in Biloxi, Mississippi in 2015. The team is now known as the Biloxi Shuckers.





2011 Huntsville Stars Media Guide

2012 Huntsville Stars Media Guide



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