It seems like all minor league teams – if they stick around long enough – go through a pinstripes phase with their uniforms, and the Calgary Cannons were no exception.
The players and coaches do look sharp in these white uniforms, which take centre stage in this 30-card set from Best Cards, Inc. The photos mainly feature static poses, but they are in focus and the card design is adequate. While the lighting is not ideal – as some of the faces are obscured by ballcap shadows – and the cards themselves could be a tad thicker, these are minor complaints about a fairly decent Cowtown collectible.
Meanwhile, the back of each card includes sponsor logos, recent statistics, biographical information, and a better-than-average line or two about why we should be interested in this person.
Despite a losing season, the Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL) affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates went 60-78 under manager Trent Jewett, the Cannons welcomed 291,918 patrons to Foothills Stadium in 1997. Must have been those snazzy uniforms that kept the fans coming back for more!
Alright, without further ado, here are the cards:
Manny Martinez (bottom middle) led the Cannons in runs (78) while batting .331, hitting 16 homers and swiping 17 bases. The Dominican slugger ended up playing 232 MLB games for the Expos, Pirates, Mariners and Phillies. The undrafted outfielder also played several seasons in the Mexican League.
Thanks for strolling down memory lane with us, cardboard style. We encourage you to leave a comment about the players and cards below.
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