Sports transactions often have a lasting impact.
Edmonton Oilers fans still cringe at the thought of Wayne Gretzky being dealt to the Los Angeles Kings, while Calgary Flames fans recently witnessed the departure of star forward Matthew Tkachuk.
Baseball, though, has a history of gimmicky swaps, including the Calgary Vipers trading John Odom for 10 baseball bats in 2008.
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You can call it baseball’s Battle of Alberta, or the Fracas at Foothills Stadium, or the Cowtown Confrontation.
If you’re unfamiliar with the infamous 2006 brawl between the Calgary Vipers and Edmonton Cracker-Cats, this oral history of the event is a must read …
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They call him “The Bat from The Hat.”
And while baseball eventually delivered Drew Miller to Medicine Hat, he actually grew up in Schuler, a small town about 60 kilometres northeast of The Gas City.
Baseball fans in Calgary, meanwhile, are more likely to recognize Miller from his time with the Vipers, an independent league team that played out of Foothills Stadium between 2005 and 2011.
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Theo Fleury will never be remembered for his baseball career, but a decade ago he proved he could go from gold-medal winning hockey player to Golden Baseball League outfielder with relative ease.
And looking back on the publicity stunt, the former Olympian has nothing but fond memories of his conversion from NHL sniper to Calgary Viper.
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