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Dallas's First Hockey Team, a Keepsake

Everything I know about the Dallas Texans hockey team comes from The Handbook of Texas History's Dallas Stars entry:

Professional hockey in Dallas dates back to 1941, when the Dallas Texans joined the minor-league American Hockey Association. The debut occurred at Fair Park Ice Arena on November 6, 1941, when the Texans played against the St. Paul Saints in front of a crowd of more than 4,000 spectators. However, World War II caused the cancellation of league play until the 1945-46 season, when the Texans resumed play as members of the United States Hockey League. Due to travel costs, however, the Texans (along with teams in Fort Worth and Houston) dropped out of the USHL following the 1948-49 season.

Which means the eBay seller looking to part with this vintage pic, signed by ol' Coach Whassisname, is off by a couple of years. Nonetheless, nifty.

Speaking of sports, a Friend of Unfair Park forwards this (excerpt of an) ESPN The Magazine profile of Dirk Nowitzki, who's 16 points away from becoming the 34th player to score 20,000 points.

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