In Boston these days, they're holding their breath to see if their professional sports teams can accomplish a miracle trifecta. In Baltimore half a century ago, we almost got there. Boston reminds us now how precious and irretrievable such a moment can be.
Am I the only one who remembers?
In Boston, the ice hockey Bruins are hoping to knock off the St. Louis Blues in the next few days for a Stanley Cup title. They've already got baseball's reigning champion Red Sox and football's reigning champion Patriots.
If the Bruins win, Boston would become only the second city ever to hold three major sports titles at once. Detroit, back in 1936, was the first.
Am I the only one who remembers half a century ago with the
Orioles and the Colts and the Bullets
Each won division titles, but each flew too close to the sun and suffered burning defeat.
Those 1969 Orioles won 109 games and pulverized all American League opponents. They had Brooks Robinson and Boog Powell and Frank Robinson all at the top of their marvelous careers. Paul Blair hit 26 homers and, inexplicably, even Mark Belanger hit .287 that year.
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