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Velocitors Position
1911 Wright Model B
Wright Brothers' first plane produced in quantity
Infield
ALVIN
First manned deep-sea submersible
Pitcher
Apollo 11
First manned vehicle to land on the moon
Secondbase
Chariot
Early wheeled vehicle, popular for two millennia in Europe and Asia
Pitcher
Conestoga Wagon
Settled and/or decimated the American West
Thirdbase
Fokker T-2
First plane to fly coast-to-coast over the US
Centerfield
Frigorifique
First refrigerated cargo ship
Pitcher
Hudson Super-Six Sedan
The legendry "rumbleseat" roadster
Catcher
Kon-Tiki
Balsawood raft modeled to prove maritime-migration theories
Pitcher
Merrimac
First "ironsides" warship
Infield
Model T
Henry Ford's mass-production success, manufactured 1908-1927
Pitcher
Montgolfier Balloon
Vehicle of the first manned balloon flight
Rightfield
New Orleans
First steamship on the Mississippi River
Pitcher
Noah's Ark
First mass-transit vehicle described in world literature
Leftfield
NYC Subway System
199-mile circulatory system of New York
Pitcher
Otis Elevator
Interior transport that made modern skyscrapers feasible
Pitcher
Pullman Car
Luxury railway car significant in labor and African-American history
Outfield
Renault FT Tank
First tank with fully rotating turret
Outfield
Rover 1
First lunar vehicle -- the "dune buggy on the moon"
Shortstop
Titanic
Legendary White Star liner lost on its maiden voyage
Firstbase
Tom Thumb
First US-built steam engine for passenger trains
Infield
USS Nautilus
First atomic-powered submarine, launched in 1954
Outfield
Victoria
First vessel to circumnavigate the globe
Pitcher
Team Management
Appian Way
Longest and most famous thoroughfare of the Roman Empire
Manager
Panama Canal
Crucial 20th-century Atlantic-Pacific link for trade and American defense
Coach
Columbia
Orbiter Vehicle 102, first reusable spacecraft
Scout
Internal Combustion Engine
Power source for most vehicles currently in operation
G.M.
The Wheel
Legendary figure in transportation circles
Owner
Velodrome Seats 16,000



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The SPEED CITY VELOCITORS are the Cosmic Baseball Association's team of vehicles important in the history of transportation.
Starting Lineup/Batting Order


1Conestoga Wagon, 3B
2Hudson Super 6, C
3Montgolfier Balloon, RF
4Fokker T-2, CF
5Titanic, 1B
6Rover 1, SS
7Noah's Ark, LF
8Apollo 11, 2B
9Model T, P
Press Release
Speed City Velocitors
Office of Press Relations
February 13, 2002
COLUMBIA TO ACCEPT MANAGEMENT POSITION
Management and players for the Speed City Velocitors announced today that longtime shortstop Columbia, history's first reusable spacecraft, has accepted the newly created position of extraterrestrial scouting liaison. The Columbia's new management duties begin 12 April, the 21st anniversary of the shuttle's first flight. The Columbia retired from the Velocitors at the end of the 2000 season.

Velocitor observers suggest that the Columbia's appointment is a sign that the deep rift in the franchise's front office over possible recruitment of unmanned vehicles may be mending. It's known that the wheel, owner of the Velocitors, has long favored equal recruitment policies but has encountered opposition from its general manager, the internal combustion engine, as well as from strongly human-transportation-oriented field manager the Appian Way.

However, forward-thinking team advisors have long advocated defining transportation by its ability to move not only human bodies but, by going where mankind is physically unable, human knowledge. Several heated arguments over the illusory nature of mind-body duality have been overheard in Velocitors headquarters in recent weeks, and both the internal combustion engine and the Appian Way offered no comment at this morning's press conference.

Player representative Rover 1, the Columbia's successor as shortshop, also offered no comment. It is known, however, that the Rover 1's team-leading 113 RBIs and 49 home runs made a tremendous impression on the Appian Way during the hard-fought 2001 season, in which the Velocitors finished in a three-way tie for second in the Underleague. Though the Rover 1 is a manned vehicle, its history of extraterrestrial usage might indicate a more enlightened feeling toward similar conveyances, manned or otherwise.

Sources close to Velocitors management hint that Columbia's upcoming mission STS-109, during which it will deliver payload to the Hubble Space Telescope, may serve as an initial recruitment foray. This is the first visit by the Columbia to the Hubble, as sister ship Discovery has undertaken all three HST Servicing Missions since 1997; a fourth trip by Endeavor, in 1993, corrected the Hubble's famous mirror imperfection. NASA has scheduled STS-109, also designated HST Servicing Mission 3b, for 28 February 2002. Representatives for the Hubble were unavailable for comment.













Speed of Light= 186,000 miles per second

Water Speed Record= 317.60 miles per hour (Set October, 1978)

Land Speed Record= 763.035 miles per hour (Set October, 1997)

Air Speed Record= 2,193.16 miles per hour (Set July, 1976)





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Speed City Velocitors Season 2002 Official Cosmic Team Roster
URL: http://www.cosmicbaseball.com/02svr.html
Published: February 11, 2002
Copyright © 2002 by the Cosmic Baseball Association
email: editor@cosmicbaseball.com
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