About Fun While It Lasted:
“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Leo Tolstoy.
I was a Russian major before I spent 12 years living and working in the remote provinces of the American sports landscape. I’ve thought of Tolstoy’s opening to Anna Karenina now and then as having some application for that industry. Major League teams always seemed more or less alike to me – a linear storyline of rising franchise values and increasing media saturation, barreling along unimpeded by the occasional steroid scandal, labor lockout or strip club rampage. Major League teams are more or less indestructible – take heart, Dodger fans – and therefore kind of boring.
If you want unscripted, transcendent moments of joy, weirdness and catastrophe you must look to the minor leagues and to the dreamers and con men promoting the latest “sport of the future”, whether that be basketball played by short men or football played by lingerie models.
Which is why it is such a shame that the stories of old minor league clubs typically get reduced to a brief and bloodless Wikipedia entry. There are wonderful stories to be told, and the goal of Fun While It Lasted is to preserve some of those tales, assisted by rare video, photos, documents and interviews with the people who lived it day to day.
About Andy Crossley:
Andy Crossley curates Fun While It Lasted. He spent twelve years as a General Manager, salesman, promoter, PR man and intern in minor league baseball and professional men’s and women’s soccer. During those years he lost Jose Canseco’s uniform in a coin-op laundromat, got tossed out of the Moscow apartment building of the 1996 Olympic silver medalist in rhythmic gymnastics, testified in grand larceny proceedings against his boss and got married on a pitcher’s mound in the presence of friends, family and season ticket holders. Andy has lead record-setting sales teams in two sports and has lost millions of dollars of investor capital (sometimes simultaneously). He refuses to take sole credit for either accomplishment. His teams’ promotional and customer service adventures have been profiled in The New York Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, National Public Radio and The NBC Nightly News among other outlets.
Now 35 years old, Andy lives with his wife outside Boston and works in the straight world. This will be the only portion of the blog where he refers to himself in the third person.