Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Best Scouts Photo

Scouts action photos are few and far between, at least in comparison to the media overload that were accustomed to now. (Although somewhere in a Kansas City Star storage room there has to be a treasure trove of shots...) So coming across this beauty recently was a treat:

The Bruin in the middle is of course Bobby Orr. Peter McDuffe is recognizable as the Scouts goalie, which means the picture had to have been taken on October 27, 1974. McDuffe was with the Scouts for the duration of the ’74-’75 season only, and the Scouts played in Boston just twice that year. In the other game, Denis Herron manned the Scouts net (pulling off an unlikely 3-2 win). The October 27th game from the picture was just the eighth Scouts regular season game, and came at the end of the eight-game road trip to kick off the franchise, meaning they still hadn’t played a home game or enjoyed a win. The exhausted Scouts lost that night 2-8, and finally got to head to Kansas City afterwards. The two Scouts defensemen pictured are Mike Baumgartner (on the left) and Jim McElmury. The two Minnesotans have the unenviable task of trying to contain Orrs Bruins. The puck denting the twine tells the story of how that worked out.

5 comments:

rockfish said...

C'mon, give the KC defenders a break. Orr still had cartilage in one of those knees at the time...

Aaron said...

Ha! Definitely no shame in getting beat by Orr.

The picture perfectly encapsulates the impossible odds the Scouts were up against...and how it all turned out.

Bomber said...

One of those KC defenders is my hubby, Mike, and I would love a copy of this picture to give him for Christmas. Jim is a friend of ours, still. They are both from Minnesota. Who cares if the puck is in the net? How many guys get to be in a picture with Bobby Orr? To make things even more interesting.....I saw Bobby, when he walked out of their locker room with his shirt off, while waiting for Mike! Not a bad memory!

Aaron Stilley said...

Ha! Good to hear from you. I wish I had a high quality copy to pass on to you, but this small digital file in the blog post is all I have. I don't remember for sure where I found it online, but it might have come from an eBay listing. A cursory search doesn't turn up a good quality copy for sale anywhere, but if you keep digging you might find a copy come up for sale sometime, somewhere. You can certainly try printing out the above picture, but i don't think the quality will be great. Take care.

Bomber said...

Thanks for trying