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    The Leafs take the '64 Cup

    The Leafs take the '64 Cup

    On April 25, 1964 the Toronto Maple Leafs won their third consecutive Stanley Cup with a 4-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. In winning the Cup in 1962 and 1963 the Leafs never once had a series go the full seven games, the 1964 playoffs were far different.

    Finishing the regular season with 78 points in 70 games, good for third place in the NHL, they drew a match up with the first place Canadiens in the semi-finals. Toronto fell behind 3 games to 2 before heading home to a Johnny Bower shutout in game six by a score of 3-0. Back in Montreal, for game seven, the Leafs took the series with a 3-1 behind Dave Keon’s hat trick and advanced to the Cup final against Detroit.

    Once again, Toronto fell behind in the series 3 games to 2, but in this case the sixth game would be on the road. Toronto would prevail in overtime on the famous Bobby Baunbroken leg goal” to send the Stanley Cup final to game seven back at Maple Leaf Gardens. Andy Bathgate gave Toronto a lead three minutes into the deciding match and it remained 1-0 through two periods. Dave Keon and Red Kelly each scored six minutes into the final period and Captain George Armstrong iced the game as Bower recorded his second shutout of the post-season.  Frank Mahovlich topped Toronto with 15 points in the 14 playoff matches while Dave Keon led the way with 7 goals. The Leafs would win one more Stanley Cup in 1967, and are still waiting to get back to this day.

    VSI Produces Custom Prints

    VSI Produces Custom Prints

    Vintage Sports Images isn’t just about offering legends of the game images for NHL, NFL, MLB, NBA, PGA, boxing and other professional sports. We also develop custom prints for sports teams and individual athletes.

     

    Does your baseball, hockey, football or soccer team want to thank the coaching staff with stunning canvas prints of your team? Perhaps you want to develop individual sport canvas prints to send to the grandparents as gifts. Maybe you have an image of someone from years ago that is a great memory of a special moment in time that you would like to have beautifully printed to hang on the wall.

     

    Creating a limited edition of custom prints or specific custom prints of individual game plays can be a great fundraiser for your team. Parents, grandparents and godparents all love to have one-of-a-kind images of their favourite athlete or team. (Think of the smile on their faces when they open the presents.)

     

    And, for parents, we all know how quickly our children grow up. Taking a live-action moment of your sports-involved son or daughter and creating a memory that can hang on your wall for years is something special.

    After printing an image, we stretch our canvasses so they are crisp and tight, with no slack or soft spots. This custom print will be something that will be cherished for decades to come.

     

    Connect with us today at info@vintagesportsimages.com or 604.770.3747. Send us the image you would like us to develop into a custom print. Let us know the size you would like (XS – 12” x 18”; S – 16” x 24”; M – 24” x 36”; L – 30” x 45”; XL – 36” x 54”) and when you will need it. We would be happy to provide a quote and give you some ideas, if you haven’t already taken the photo.

     

    For a limited time, we are offering 30% off custom canvas prints. Connect with us today for a quote.

    Reminiscing – The Golden Bear’s 1986 Masters Comeback Win

    Reminiscing – The Golden Bear’s 1986 Masters Comeback Win

    Chris Mizzoni is a good friend of mine, works with Vintage Sports Images, and really knows his stuff. Below is a blog post on Jack Nicklaus winning the 1986 Masters.

    - Blair

     

     

    Entering the fourth round in the PGA’s 1986 Masters, 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus sat tied for ninth place at two under par. Nicklaus played his first eight holes to even par in the final round, a round which saw five different leaders. After birdies on holes 9, 10 and 11, Nicklaus bogeyed 12 to remain three back of the leaders.

     

    He would begin his legendary comeback at the 15th hole, hitting a 204-yard drive to within 12 feet of the hole. He drained the eagle putt to pull within two strokes of leader Seve Ballesteros.

     

    Nicklaus then birdied 16 to move to within one stroke of the lead. After pulling his approach into the water, Ballesteros failed to get up and down and bogeyed the hole, giving Nicklaus a share of the lead. Tom Kite made birdie at 15 to join a three-way tie for the lead. On 17, Jack hit his approach to within 18 feet and, after a long deliberation, he drained the putt for sole possession of the lead.

     

    Nicklaus then two-putted for par on 18 to post a nine under, the result of an amazing 30 on the back nine in the final round. After Ballesteros three-putted on 17 to fall out of contention, Tom Kite had a 12-foot birdie attempt to tie Nicklaus. Kite barely missed his putt on the high side that would have forced a playoff. On the 17th, Greg Norman was attempting to stage his own comeback, making a shot between two pine trees to within eight feet of the hole. He would drain the birdie putt to tie for the lead, but on 18, pushed his approach into the gallery and missed his 15-foot par putt that would have forced a playoff with Nicklaus.

     

    At 46 years old, The Golden Bear – Jack Nicklaus became the oldest winner of the Masters. He holds the record of being a six-time Masters champion. His 23 years between Masters wins is also a record that may never be broken.

     

    For additional Vintage Sports Images shots of PGA golf legend Jack Nicklaus, please visit our gallery page on the famous athlete.