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    hello to everyone, i was wondering was is there not a place in the teams of yesteryear for the SEATTLE PILOTS. i am sure that there are fans out there. LETS GET A SPOT FOR THE SEATTLE PILOTS on TEAMS OF YESTERYEAR SECTION. take care everyone DONALD DETROIT MI
    LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

  • #2
    Here here! I'll move this to the Pilots site when it arrives.
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    eephus75
    "A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz." - Humphrey Bogart

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    • #3
      Another Pilots site...

      Obviously there's some interest out there.

      Seattle Pilots website
      "For the Washington Senators, the worst time of the year is the baseball season." Roger Kahn

      "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring." Rogers Hornsby.

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      • #4
        Perhaps a Kansas City Atheletics Forum should be added, or atleast rename the Philladelphia Athletics Forum, so that It reads Philladelphia/Kansas City Athletics, much like the current Boston/Milwakuee Braves Forum, I just feel that Kansas City should get some love for holding the A's until their migration west was complete
        I must be first at everything!.......All the Time!!!!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Indiana COBB
          Perhaps a Kansas City Atheletics Forum should be added...

          File it under "New York Yankees Minor League Farm Team"

          Son, we'd like to keep you around this season but we're going to try and win a pennant.

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          • #6
            We could have some great "Ball Four" discussions on a Pilots forum. THe Pilots existed 15 years before I was born, but I have read that book 5 times. Its my favorite.
            Behold My Annoyingly Long Signature

            St. Louis Cardinals
            American Association Champions
            1885-1886-1887-1888
            National League Champions
            1926-1928-1930-1931-1934-1942-1943-1944-1946-1964-1967-1968-1982-1985-1987-2004-2006
            World Champions
            1926-1931-1934-1942-1944-1946-1964-1967-1982-2006

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            • #7
              I'm all in favor of a Seattle Pilots forum.

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              • #8
                Interesting in that Pilots' picture above that Jim Bouton is not in the photo, nor is he mentioned as being missing. Anyone know what the deal is there?
                Let's rid baseball of the pestilence of the DH now and forever!

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                • #9
                  Is There Really Enough

                  The 1969 Seattle Pilots, as you are all aware, only existed one season. That one season is the one reason I have not started a stand-alone forum for the team. I believed that those seeking to post about the Pilots would just post in the Milwaukee Brewers forum.

                  I will open it if there is a general feeling it will work. I look at the Braves (non-Atlanta) forum and they are barely active, with quite a bit more history which makes me doubtful. I am willing to try most anything and nothing will be lost, except for time, for trying.

                  Sean

                  PS: Did you know that every box score for every Seattle Pilots game played can be accessed off that one link?

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                  • #10
                    Seattle Pilots Forum

                    Originally posted by webmaster
                    The 1969 Seattle Pilots, as you are all aware, only existed one season. That one season is the one reason I have not started a stand-alone forum for the team. I believed that those seeking to post about the Pilots would just post in the Milwaukee Brewers forum.

                    I will open it if there is a general feeling it will work. I look at the Braves (non-Atlanta) forum and they are barely active, with quite a bit more history which makes me doubtful. I am willing to try most anything and nothing will be lost, except for time, for trying.

                    Sean

                    PS: Did you know that every box score for every Seattle Pilots game played can be accessed off that one link?
                    Lets hope that we will see a seattle pilots forum in the teams of yesteryear soon Donald
                    LONG LIVE THE POLO GROUNDS 1891-1964
                    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/POLOGROUNDS1962

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                    • #11
                      Just my humble contribution:

                      http://www.ballparktour.com/Former_Seattle.html
                      (scroll down past Kingdome for Sick's Stadium)
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                      • #12
                        Missing No Longer

                        Per the requests seen in this thread, a Seattle Pilots forum has been created. Enjoy and I look forward to reading a little here & there about this unique club.

                        Sean

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                        • #13
                          Thanks webmaster, this team should be interesting to talk about.
                          My Top 4 funniest BBF posts ever:

                          1) "plZ dOn;t' pOsT LikE tHIs n e mOr!"

                          2) "The teams play 1962 games in 180 days."

                          3) "Stadiums don't move silly, people do."

                          4) "Once again you quibble, because it is I who speaks."

                          5) Almost anything RuthMayBond says...

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                          • #14
                            Team Photo

                            I just bought the team photo shown here on ebay. Jim Bouton isn't in it because he had already been traded to the Houston Astros for Dooley Womack,who is in the photo.You might also notice that Dooley Womack is in it and Tommy Davis isn't. He had also been traded to the Astros for Danny Walton and Sandy Valdespino.

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