The love of sports in this town is a tradition handed down from parents to children, in the form of season tickets and Sunday traditions. For many of us, that love evokes in us memories of another time in our lives. Much like a beloved song can take you back to an exact moment in time simply by turning it on, the memory of a big game, a big victory, can flood our minds with memories and our hearts with emotion. Perhaps one of the greatest moments in Philadelphia sports history occurred on May 19, 1974. And although the writers of this site were but 3 years old at the time, the stories handed down, the highlight reels, the news reports, all have fostered tangible memories in the minds of even those who were too young to recall. If you don't believe that a team, a game, can create a flood of emotion so powerful that it can take your breath away, then just read this letter written to One, Unified co-founder Noelle Florek and her husband Rob. In this letter, Noelle's uncle Eddie captures perfectly how something that is seemingly meaningless to some, can captivate an entire city. And how in just a moment of recall, you can be brought right back to another time, another place, even 20+ years after the moment is gone.
Eddie Gilroy 1952-2010