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Edited by Sarah Ballard
August 15, 1988
EXPANSION DRAUGHTSports and suds—specifically, hoops and hops—are now courting each other in the Continental Basketball Association. The new CBA franchise that will play in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, next season has acquired sponsorship from the Adolph Coors Company, brewers of Coors Light, which is marketed as the Silver Bullet. Silver and red, the same colors that adorn the beer can, will be the official team colors of the Cedar Rapids Silver Bullets.
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The Ruth photo came into Phillips's possession in 1974 when he acquired the entire archive of Burke & Dean, a photo agency established by Francis Burke. There were 20,000 plates in the collection, some of them dating back to 1871, but by 1974 the firm had passed to new owners who wanted to clear their premises of the whole unwieldy lot.

"Someone told me they had a safe full of old plates, but when I got there, it turned out to be a whole room," Phillips says. "I got physically ill when I started looking at them. The baseball action photos were breathtaking. I bought them on the spot."

Several books and TV specials have been created from Phillips's collection, but he says this photo has been printed only once before, in a book titled That Old Ballgame, published in 1975.

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