There was a lot of hope in 1985 surrounding the newly-created Calgary Cannons.
The Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners had just moved in from Salt Lake City, where the Gulls had finished the previous campaign with a 74-66 record, losing in the league semi-finals.
Many of those same players were expected to suit up again alongside manager Bobby Floyd, including Danny Tartabull, Darnell Coles and Ricky Nelson.
The team showed some early promise, giving their Major League counterparts a run for their money in a spring training showdown with a 3-3 tie in Arizona.
However, the team couldn’t improve on their mark from the previous season. After missing the first three home games of the campaign thanks to an April snowstorm in Calgary, the Cannons finished the year with a 71-70 mark. They would bow out again in the semi-finals after being swept by the Vancouver Canadians, who would eventually go on to claim the PCL championship.
The Cannons were a major draw in that first year, bringing 272,322 fans through the turnstiles. They were an offensive juggernaut, leading the league in runs, home runs and runs batted in. Pitching was a different story, as they also allowed the most runs and the second-most home runs in the ten-team circuit.
The debut of the Cannons also meant the debut of their cardboard collectibles. They were a rather simple design, with most players posed in a variety of ways. The one action shot is of opening day starter Bob Stoddard.
The back of the cards are also pretty simple with a blue hue and statistical background for each player. Each card also gives a nod to the Calgary Police Service and one of a few slogans like “Crime prevention is a team effort – be part of the team.”
Let’s take a closer look now at each of the 25 cards from the Cramer Sports Collections set, which is numbered 76-100.
That will do it for this edition of In The Cards. Let us know what you think about the players and cards in the comments below.
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