We actually had two stints in the old World Hokey Association. We were one of the original 12 teams in the WHA. Out first stint started with the 1972-73 season and ended in the 1975-76 season. We drew more fans than the average WHA franchise and at times drew more fans than our rival franchise in the NHL. But we could never secure a TV deal. In February of 1976 in the airport just as we were about to board a plane to Cincinnati it was announced the owner was folding the team ending our season.
We were given a second life when a NHL team moved to Cleveland and that team moved to my city and played under our original name with a different color uniform. We only lasted 42 games in the 1976-77 season as the owner was unable to sell the team locally and officially folded the franchise for good on January 14th 1977. Our NHL rivals also relocated to another state in 1993 but professional hockey has returned to the state for the 2000-2001 season as a brand new expansion team.
Today’s throwback logo of the day comes to us from the now defunct American Basketball Association.
In our short 5 years(1967-1972) in existence we left our original city after one season which we captured the first ever ABA championship. Only to return to original city after one year later. We changed our name before the 1970-71 season after holding a “Name The Team” contest. However the a=name that was chosen as the winner was not used due to a local college team already using that nickname. Like most of the ABA teams attendance would drop and soon this team was holding home games in other cities within their own state then having home games in other cities with hopes of saving the franchise. After the 1971-1972 season we folded. This city is one of the rare cities with professional teams in the other 3 major sports but not basketball.
Who are we?
Pittsburgh Pipers 1967-1968, Minnesota Pipers 1968-1969, Pittsburgh Pipers 1969-1970, Pittsburgh Condors 1970-1972. See all of our logos below
I had to attach two photos for you to appreciate this. Back in 1988 Darryl Strawberry hit the ring under the roof in Montreal. That is picture 1. The second picture shows you a view from home plate so you an understand how far he hit the ball.