There was a buzz around the Stampede City in the summer of 1988.
The city was coming off a highly successful hosting of the Winter Olympic Games, and the Calgary Flames were set to get started on a National Hockey League (NHL) season that would ultimately end with the team claiming its first Stanley Cup championship.
The Calgary Cannons, meanwhile, were coming off their most triumphant season in franchise history. The Cannons went 84-57 in Pacific Coast League (PCL) play in 1987 and made it to the title final, a best-of-five series they lost to the Albuquerque Dukes.
Unfortunately, the club couldn’t replicate that on-field fortune in 1988. Calgary posted a losing season, going 68-74 on the Triple-A circuit. However, the success of the previous season made the Cannons a big draw. They set a club attendance record when 332,590 fans showed up at Foothills Stadium, good for an average crowd of over 4,600 boosters. Among PCL squads, only the Vancouver Canadians had more people show up to their home ballpark.
Baseball cards were booming in the late 1980s, as was evident in the fact that the affiliate of the Seattle Mariners had two sets devoted to their players. There was this black-bordered edition from CMC, and a gold-framed set produced by ProCards. This 25-card set offers a better design, both on the front and the back of each card, making it easier on the eyes of cardboard collectors.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the players who played for the Cannons that year:
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