The New Hometown Team

June 29, 2001

A community is measured by many things. The depth of its charity. The kindness of its citizens. The quality of its schools and its universities and its libraries and its parks.

But for a town that has struggled with its self-image — and that has found confirmation of its failings in its quixotic pursuit of major league sports — it was a historic, even cathartic day.

— Columnist Geoff Calkins when the Vancouver Grizzlies of the NBA chose to relocate to Memphis, ending the city’s long nightmare of enduring failed minor league franchises.

The Greater Memphis Chamber
The Greater Memphis Chamber