RIP to a true legend. Pelé’s exploits leading the amazing 1970 Brazil World Cup team–his last–are among my earliest memories. My condolences to Brazilians everywhere and to his countless fans around the world. https://t.co/yEqVqVKpBL
I’d like to think he got a small taste of the appreciation on that November afternoon a few months later, when he returned to Denver as a member of the Texans. The Broncos draped a massive banner on the side of the stadium reading, “Thank You D.T.” When he walked to the bus after the game, Manning’s kids ran up to him in little Thomas No. 87 Texans jerseys. I don’t even know how Manning was able to get them made in a matter of days. The children hugged Thomas like a favorite uncle they hadn’t seen in years. Just as he’d been during Manning’s retirement ceremony, Thomas was basically an honorary member of the family.
There wasn’t a person in that stadium who didn’t want a picture with DT. Or just to shake his hand and tell him they missed him. He’d been gone less than a week.
Cities that hosted MLB teams from 1903 to 1953; cities that hosted one team are in red, cities that hosted two teams are in black. New York/Brooklyn, with three teams, is in orange. No major league baseball teams moved or were added between 1903 and 1953.
…The expansion of MLB coincided with an increase in the ease of travel by commercial jets, making it easier for players to fly across the continent. This is important given that when Walter O’Malley moved his Dodgers to Los Angeles, the closest team, other than the San Francisco Giants, was in St. Louis. The expansion of baseball is also accompanied by the increase in popularity of television. Baseball expanded, in large part, because interest in the sport grew leading up to and during the 1950s and 1960s. In home televisions allowed for this increase in popularity and helped make New York’s pastime, America’s pastime.