History of the A's
Athletics Receive Royal Sendoff
GIVEN ROYAL SENDOFF ON WESTERN CUP QUEST
St. Catharines Standard
MO NDAY OCTOBER 2, 1939
NDAY OCTOBER 2, 1939
one of the most enthusiastic send-offs ever seen in sport history here,
St. Catharines Athletics lacrossists entrained for the west on Saturday
night. Well over 5,000 sports and citizen public jammed the C.N.R. station
in a throng that held the New York flyer six minutes behind schedule, as
players were forced to crowd their ways through serious ranks of admirers.
Motors were parked on St. Paul west as far back as the royal arch and it
required half an hour for traffic to un-snarl itself on the main station
thoroughfare and adjacent streets.
before the train arrival the 200 yards of station platform was a seething
mass of humanity…young and old…all of whom wanted to shake an
Athletics hand and wish them God-speed and good-luck. There were a few
lumps in throats and misty eyes as mothers and sweethearts bade them adieu
and sturdy delegates of the Athletics Mothers Auxiliary group forced their
way behind the team to carry the delicacies prepared by loving hands for
the boys on the trip west. Each player was given a carton containing a
roast chicken, said poultry and carton containing all the “trimmings,”
while the fact that players Harry Green and George Coles had no homes here
did not prevent their inclusion by courtesy of Mrs. Geo. Montgomery and
the family of Walt Coupland.
bountiful were the donations of cartoned, boxed and basketed fruit from
the Niagara district that train porters were unable to clear an aisle in
the Athletics Pullman until the train had reached Hamilton. Frankly, there
was such abundance of remembrances to the double-blue champions, that it
could have stocked the train to Winnipeg.
Charles (Tod) Daley was in the forefront of the enthusiastic send-off to
the Garden City party, along with various civic officials and players
found considerable difficulty wedging their way through the massed
entourage that bade the boys farewell. So great was the real crush of the
Athletics Pullman that Porter Jerry Heart, who accompanied St. Catharines
Grads west in the spring of 1931, lost his cap in his mad scramble to make
the train and it was tossed on the last car of the train as it slid out of
the station confines, to the deep throated roar of “three cheers and a
tiger for Athletics,” as dozen of cameras flashed pictures of the scene
that will go down in history of the Garden City.
(courtesy of Bob Luey)