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The Bobby Baun Goal Almost 50 Years Later

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

An overtime goal in a Stanley Cup final is itself deserving of historic permanence. Add that it was scored on a broken leg and the storyline shifts into myth-making. Such was the magnitude of that dramatic night in an arena that no longer stands, for a team that no longer wins, that it dwarfs the other 1,059 times Baun pulled on an NHL sweater, and remains seared in the memory of Torontonians of a certain age.

Visit Baun now at the modest south Ajax home he shares with his wife Sallie and he’ll willingly recreate that night in Detroit, April 23, 1964, supplying colour to the grainy black-and-white video that will undoubtedly be replayed frequently this anniversary month.

That the once hard-hitting defenceman has retold the tale thousands of times — the cracking fibula that “sounded like a cannon” firing, the freezing and doctor’s reassurances that he couldn’t inflict further damage, the “triple-flutter blast with a follow-up blooper” shot that somehow found mesh — doesn’t diminish the telling. A bemused grin and a twinkle in his eyes gives the impression that the 77-year-old enjoys the yarn as much as the listener.

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Watch the Baun OT goal below and yes, I was there...

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Always enjoy watching a Red Wing/Maple Leaf game on the CBC because I know I will invariably see this goal and the Borschevsky goal from 1993. Best of Luck to Shanny in his new job.

Posted by mc keeper on 04/12/14 at 01:10 PM ET

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Unfortunately I remember it well. Listened to the disgusting finish on the radio that night.

Posted by bigfrog on 04/12/14 at 04:34 PM ET

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