I started going to Bullets games when the likes of Walt Bellamy, Terry Dischinger, Sihugo Green and Barney Cable suited up for Baltimore. 3 D.C. businessman..Abe Pollin, Arnie Heft and Earl Foreman owned the team. The Bullets played in the Civic Center which must have been designed by the same person who designed the Jones Falls. The building was obsolete the day it was opened. Pollin bought out the other two owners and would move the team to the D.C. area years later. I think the best year the Bullets had in regards to attendance was in the 1969 season drawing about 7,200 a game. Don’t forget there was nothing downtown other than the Civic Center, the bus station and Gino’s. Baltimore came close to obtaining an N.H.L. franchise but the Norris brothers who owned the Blackhawks (who have the best looking jersey in all of sports) pushed for St. Louis. The N.H.L. said the franchise wasn’t awarded to Baltimore was because the C.C. didn’t have the 16,000 seat capacity the league was looking for. As for the Bullets the team with Earl the Pearl, Gus, Loughery, Marin and Wes were really exciting to watch though the team had little depth. The rivalry with the Knicks was as good as it gets. Pollin refused to pay Earl the money the brilliant guard deserved and traded Monroe to the dreaded Knicks. That move was like sticking a knife in my heart. Then Pollin stabbed me in the back moving the team to D.C. Though I still follow the Bullzards and I have trouble rooting for Pollin. I know he is a very charitable man but I still can’t stand him for trading Earl and moving the team.
Blog from Freddy in Boca
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