Before the Baltimore Ravens, Maryland’s national football team was the Colts, which was a reference to the region’s long-standing history of horse breeding and racing, named specifically after the annual “Preakness Stakes.”
In the 1980s, the city of Indianapolis, Indiana was interested in moving the Colts there. When Colts owner Irsay was given permission to move the team, the city of Baltimore tried to keep them, by attempting to legally seize ownership. Before the governor could sign the bill into law, on March 28, 1984, moving trucks arrived at the Colts’ facility in Owings Mills at 10 PM, and the team moved to Indianapolis in the dead of night. Baltimore fans were heartbroken, and the decision is still contentious decades later.
If sports history is of interest to you, you may enjoy Jack Gilden’s new release, “Collision of Wills: Johnny Unitas, Don Shula, and the Rise of the Modern NFL.” Gilden’s book is focused on the famous relationship between quarterback Johnny Unitas and head coach Don Shula, and how the Colts were integral to shaping American culture.
Gilden, who has written articles for numerous outlets, including the Orioles Magazine and the Baltimore Sun, will present on his book at the Elkton Central Library on Tuesday, November 6 at 7 PM.
Books will be available for purchase, and Jack Gilden will be signing after the program. If you have any football fans in your family, this would be a great gift for the upcoming holiday season.
To register for the program, visit http://md.evanced.info/cecil/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=13293 or call (410) 996-5600 x481