My mind was wandering as it tends to do and I had an interesting thought...how long ago was it in my three main sports where nobody I saw active was competing?
I'll go in order of when I got into them, which starts with NASCAR. I started watching in 1993, and the last season where no one I saw compete was 1958! Some NASCAR drivers have exceptionally long careers, and Buddy Baker began his career in 1959 and ended it in 1994. (Although he actually failed to qualify in 1993 and 1994, I did see him on track in a competition setting). Now...this only counts the Cup series. If I was counting ALL series, the last year I didn't see anyone compete in was 1949, since Hershel McGriff raced from 1950 to 2018! While I did see him race, it was not on the Cup level.
Here is Robert Parish's card from 1977-78 Topps, his first card.
I only started watching the NHL in 2016-17 and now it's a part of every day of my life, even surpassing the NBA in time spent watching and thinking about. The last year I didn't see anyone active from was 1989-90, thanks to the ageless and still going Jaromir Jagr, who joined the NHL in 1990-91.
Oh man... this would be challenging to figure out. I'm assuming you mean watching on TV (in person would be different depending on the sport).ReplyDelete
A. NASCAR - No idea since I've never sat down and watched an entire race.
B. NBA - I can't remember the exact year I started watching basketball, but it was the early 80's. Also can't remember which veterans I saw and didn't see. However I watched a lot of Lakers highlights and all of their playoff games, so although this might not be 100% accurate... the safe bet is with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who started in 1969-70.
C. NHL - Let's see... I really became a hockey fan in 1991 when the Sharks arrived in San Jose and their oldest player that year was Doug Wilson who started during the 1977-78 season.
Like I said... these are safe bets. I'm sure I watched basketball games and maybe even a hockey game before these dates which might alter some of my responses. But no way I could tell you specifics.
Great topic Billy! Definitely gave my brain a chance to work its magic early on a Saturday morning. By the way... that Jagr is a really cool 1st hockey card to own. Can't remember my first, but it wouldn't surprise me if it was from the same product as that Jagr. I do remember opening up packs of Score and UD that year.
Oh yeah, I mean on TV. You got to see some cool stuff I wish I had, like Kareem playing! Thank you for sharing.Delete