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September 23, 1958

 

Boston Unicorns owners announce their club will play one last season in Boston, as the team will likely be sold and moved elsewhere. Also for sale are the Minnesota Blue Oxen and Detroit Pumas who have also endured their share of attendance issues.

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October 14, 1958

 

Ivan Douglas and Hugh Adams, a pair of Wall Street investors with roots in Western Pennsylvania, announce their purchase of the struggling Boston Unicorns pending approval of NDA owners. If approved, the new owners will request permission to transfer the franchise to Pittsburgh for 1960.

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1959 Results

 

NDA
 

East

X - Philadelphia Brawlers 7-5

X - New York Heroes 6-6

Toronto Titans 5-7

Boston Unicorns 5-7

Washington Commanders 4-8

 

West

X - Chicago Gaels 9-3

X - St Louis Explorers 7-5

Y - Minnesota Blue Oxen 7-5

Detroit Pumas 6-6

Milwaukee Muskies 3-9

 

X - Playoff team

Y - Wild card

 

West Tiebreaker

Minnesota Blue Oxen def St Louis Explorers

 

East Final

Philadelphia Brawlers def New York Heroes

 

West Final

Chicago Gaels def Minnesota Blue Oxen

 

Frosty Mug IX at Soldier Field

Philadelphia Brawlers 19

Chicago Gaels 17

 

The Unicorns say goodbye to Beantown, all except for Otto Hirsch, a Massachusetts native who couldn't bear the thought of abandoning his home state. With the quick growth of the NDA and PCDL, colleges and universities across America have expressed interest in forming Driveball programs, but with the game played in the thick of the summer months, the schools would need to find a way to make the logistics work in their favor. Even with the Unicorns leaving, Driveball might not be completely dead in Boston, as the team's failure did not deter Boston University from being among the schools eager to bring the game to the collegiate ranks. Meanwhile, the Unicorns were given the go ahead by NDA Commissioner Cubby Dempsey to move to Pittsburgh, where they will play at Pitt Stadium. Other than the lame-duck status of the Unicorns, the 1959 NDA season was pretty much a snoozer. Philly fans forgave Jimmy Pendelton's departure six years earlier, as he was named MVP of the Brawlers' fourth Frosty Mug victory over the hated Chicago Gaels. 1960 will welcome the Cincinnati Monarchs and Cleveland Lakers to the NDA, so the Brawlers, Gaels and the rest of the older clubs will have some decisions to make with respect to whom they can afford to protect in the expansion draft.

 

PCDL

 

North

X - Seattle Thunderbirds 7-3

Y - Sacramento Condors 5-5

Vancouver Ravens 5-5
Portland Chinooks 4-6

 

South

X - San Diego Dreadnoughts 8-2

Y - Oakland Squirrels 5-5

Los Angeles Jaguars 4-6

San Francisco Dragons 2-8

 

X - Division champ

Y - Wild card
 

Playoffs

 

North Final

Seattle def Sacramento

 

South Final

San Diego def Oakland

 

6th Kingsley Cup at Balboa Stadium

Seattle T-Birds

San Diego Dreadnougts

 

MVP: Percy Gribble (Dreadnoughts)

 

The T-Birds continued to build on their success from a year ago. A new platoon of attackers helped Seattle become a more balanced team, which had won three of their five wins with a stingy backfield. But in the end, it was the Dreadnoughts who would win the rematch of last year's Kingsley Cup and take home the grand prize.

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1959-60 Offseason

 

The former Boston Unicorns franchise, who will be moving to Pittsburgh for 1960, will have a new nickname...

Spoiler

Praetorians

 

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Great series so far, loving the realism of the league. You talked about BU fielding a team, will we see collegiate teams done too?

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35 minutes ago, mamiller99 said:

Great series so far, loving the realism of the league. You talked about BU fielding a team, will we see collegiate teams done too?

 

I probably will do college teams once I get some input as to which other schools can join the Terriers as the first to field Driveball programs. Since the game is played in the spring and summer months, I'm not sure if I want the college level to be played concurrently or in the off-season of the pros.

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NDA Alignment for 1960...

 

East

New York Heroes

Philadelphia Brawlers

Toronto Titans

Washington Commanders

 

Central

Detroit Pumas

Pittsburgh Praetorians

Cincinnati Monarchs

Cleveland Lakers

 

West

Chicago Gaels

Milwaukee Muskies

Minnesota Blue Oxen

St Louis Explorers

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August 27, 1959

 

The cities selected by the PCDL for their 1960 Expansion are...

Spoiler

Calgary and Denver

 

 

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PCDL Alignment for 1960...

 

North

Portland Chinooks

Sacramento Condors

Seattle Thunderbirds

Vancouver Ravens

Calgary

 

South

Los Angeles Jaguars

Oakland Squirrels

San Diego Dreadnoughts

San Francisco Dragons

Denver

 

1960 Alignment for the new American Football League...
 

Spoiler

East

Boston Patriots

Buffalo Bills

Houston Oilers

New York Titans

 

West

Dallas Texans

Denver Broncos

Los Angeles Chargers

Minnesota Vikings

 

1960 Alignment for the NFL

Spoiler

East

Baltimore Colts

Cleveland Browns

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers

Washington Redskins

 

West

Chicago Bears

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Los Angeles Rams

San Francisco 49ers

 

Expansion & Relocation

For 1960, the Chicago Cardinals will move, and two new teams will be added.

Here are the possible cities:

Dallas

St Louis

Kansas City

Portland

Seattle

Cincinnati

San Diego

Oakland

New Orleans

Miami

Atlanta

Indianapolis

 

NBA

Spoiler

The Lakers will stay in Minnesota and the Warriors stay in Philly.

By decade's end, the Syracuse Nationals and St Louis Hawks will have new homes.

 

NHL

Spoiler

The Original Six will stay as is for at least a couple more years, though the Western Hockey League may try to woo US TV channels in their favor.

 

MLB

Spoiler

Negotiations are under way for a possible merger with the PCL.

 

With Phillies and Athletics both wanting to stay in Philadelphia, one will unfortunately have to move by decade's end.

 

With his first choice of Minnesota snatched up by the former Giants (now the Twins), Calvin Griffith will put the Washington Senators for sale.

 

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I think Ivy League shools should definitely be big deiveball scholls. Also, Xavier, Butler, Liberty, Villanova, Notre Dame all seem like they would be fitting schools. Driveball has an old northeastern feel IMO. I would keep it up there college wise for now.

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@MrRockyTop16

 

Ivy League would be a good idea, but what would be a good year for the Vols to eventually form their own program?

 

@Cardsblues02

 

Another amen for the Ivy League. Maybe I can make them be Driveball's SEC. :P 

 

All jokes aside, Notre Dame, Xavier, Villanova and the others you mentioned would be great candidates.

 

Here are some other schools I'm thinking of...

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Army

Navy

Air Force

Johns Hopkins

DePaul

George Washington

George Mason

Gonzaga

Hofstra

Seton Hall

Santa Clara

CSU Northridge

UCSD

University of New Orleans

Pepperdine

Providence College

Portland State

University of Denver

 

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This just in...

 

September 30, 1959

 

Unable to afford to keep losing money after just a year removed from an improbable Frosty Mug win, Detroit Pumas owner Earl Trotz told the Detroit Free-Press he was putting the franchise for sale. Unless he can find a buyer in Detroit, the franchise could either fold, or be sold to out of town interests and moved elsewhere.

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14 hours ago, neo_prankster said:

 

Ivy League would be a good idea, but what would be a good year for the Vols to eventually form their own program?

 

 

 

As much as I love my Vols, they (and the SEC as a whole) aren't as big on newer sports. I'd say late 70's-early 80's. But the good thing is that once they decide to hop on the bandwagon, they do well (check Women's Soccer and Women's Basketball)

 

Some notes on other colleges, I'd skip New Orleans for now. I'd add Akron, they're in the area, and had a lot of Goodyear money at the time. Boston U and Boston College were huge at the time in the same vein as ND, Nova, and Xavier.

 

I also have some personal favorites just because I want to see them:

Furman

Michigan State

MTSU (maybe in the mid-60's)

Vanderbilt (similarly to the Ivy League, they hop on trends quickly)

Stanford (see above)

 

I am a huge college athletics nerd, so if you want to talk more about collegiate options (both with teams and the way it is run), feel free to message me about it :)

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Name ideas for the PCDL's expansion teams.

 

Denver:

- Prospectors

- Gold Miners

- Zephyrs

- Mountaineers

- Gunslingers

- Grizzlies

- Cougars

- Outlaws

- Renegades

- Rapids

- Deputies

- Coyotes

- Beavers

- Foxes

- Bobcats

- Stags

- Bandits

 

Calgary:

- Boomers

- Broncos

- Cowboys

- Spurs

- Wranglers

- Kodiaks

- Mustangs

- Gunslingers

- Rams

- Wolverines

- Outlaws

- Desperadoes

- Bandits

- Bison

- Stallions

- Rodeo Clowns

- Mounties

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I like the Mountaineers idea for Denver. Some interesting stuff could be thought up for that.

Wolverines for Calgary. It focuses on something other than the Stampede.

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Renegades and Kodiaks.

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October 23, 1959

 

At the behest of a sportswriter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette interested in covering Driveball for his paper, the Praetorians quietly change their name to the Paladins. The colors for the club will be black and yellow-gold, derived from the city flag.

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