The Start of the Portland Mavericks in 1973

This is a little gallery of pictures from the Oregonian covering the Portland Mavericks’ first games, in June 1973. Here, manager Hank Robinson cheers on the team at its home opener on Saturday, June 23:

Here, the Oregonian headlines the no-hitter by Maverick Gene Lanthorn to cap a double-header in Walla Walla played the day before the home opener:

Here is the Sunday Oregonian’s full-page coverage of the Mavs’ first home game, which saw them lose to Bellingham, 3-2:

Finally, here, beneath an article on running coach Bill Bowerman, who was key to making Eugene and the University of Oregon a mecca for American runners, the Oregonian covers the Mavericks’ loss, 8-6, to Bellingham, in its first game, on Tuesday June 19, 1973:

For posterity’s sake, and the use of any former Mavs or their fans who would like to know what happened in that first game, here’s some of the game account and the Oregonian’s box score:

I’ve posted some items about remembering the Mavs elsewhere on this blog.

Published in: on January 28, 2011 at 6:19 am  Leave a Comment  

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