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Written in Blue and White

The Toronto Maple Leafs Contracts and Historical Documents from the Collection of Allan Stitt

by (author) Greg Oliver

Publisher
ECW Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2014
Category
Hockey, History, Sociology of Sports
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781770412156
    Publish Date
    Oct 2014
    List Price
    $39.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770906211
    Publish Date
    Oct 2014
    List Price
    $36.99

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Who knew that paperwork could be so fascinating? In Written in Blue and White, author Greg Oliver explores the fascinating archives of Allan Stitt, one of hockey’s leading collectors, unearthing gem after gem that details the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs through the past century. Explore early contracts with players, and how the clauses evolved; read personal correspondence from Leaf players and management; find out what was behind Wally Stanowski’s 1945 fine for $100; see receipts from the 1935 Stanley Cup playoffs — and learn just how much oranges cost. Since documents can’t talk, Oliver seeks out the men behind the words, like former general managers Jim Gregory, Gerry McNamara, and Floyd Smith; players such as Ron Ellis, Dick Duff, and Darryl Sittler; and key behind-the-scenes people like trainers, agents, reporters, and publicists.

The documents that breathe life into Written in Blue and White are complemented by a wide variety of stunning and rare photos from the Hockey Hall of Fame archives, as well as sample contracts and historical pieces from the collection of Allan Stitt.

 

About the author

A writer, editor, and stay-at-home dad, Greg Oliver has written extensively about hockey and professional wrestling. Recent books include Blue Lines, Goal Lines, & Bottom LinesDon’t Call Me GoonThe Goaltenders’ UnionWritten in Blue & White; and Duck with the Puck. A member of the Society for International Hockey Research, Greg lives in Toronto, Ontario, with his wife and son. Learn more at OliverBooks.ca. Jim Gregory is a vice-president with the NHL and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Editorial Reviews

 

“If you're a fan of hockey history, the Maple Leafs, or interested in contracts in some way, Written in Blue and White needs to be part of your reading collection.” — Hockey Blog in Canada

 

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