'The Streak': 25 years later, the Trappers' record-setting performance still stands tall
"You always know you can lose," said Trappers catcher Todd Noonan. "We just have to go and try and start a new streak."
They almost quietly went on to win the Pioneer League championship, beating Helena for the crown. But even the league championship didn't seem to have the kind of impact that "The Streak" had on the team and its fans.
"When we won the Pioneer League championship, someone asked me if this was a greater accomplishment than 'The Streak,' " Gilligan says. "My answer was right then and there the championship was, but in five or 10 years, it will be 'The Streak' that everyone remembers. Nineteen-eighty-seven was one of the greatest years of my life, and for many of these players it was the greatest year of their baseball careers."
Looking back, Kerdoon said, "My experience with the Trappers was really my core as a broadcaster. Some years later, I was in upstate New York and visited the Baseball Hall of Fame. When I got there, I asked the ticket person 'Do you need to pay if you are actually in the Hall of Fame?' They said no, and I explained I was part of the Trappers' streak. They treated me like I was Babe Ruth and escorted me to the display, and there it was — Colston's bat, the ball we all signed, right there in the Hall of Fame. I will never forget that."
"In my professional career, it was absolutely at the top," Pearson said. "We had to overcome so much to get to that point. That's what I was so proud of."
"Baseball is a part of my life," Colston admits. "Salt Lake City and that summer with the Trappers was the best part of that baseball life."
Back on Old Route 50 in Beckemeyer, Ill., at Frank's Corner Kitchen, Colston leans back on his bar stool and reflects on his playing days. Asked if he had any regrets, Colston ponders the question.
"I can say without a doubt I wouldn't change a thing. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I'm glad I was a part of it."
As for the movie rights, Colston admits he was working on a screenplay in his spare time but hasn't finished it.
We all know how the story ends. We'll just have to wait to see who plays Colston and the rest of the Trappers in the movie.
Glenn Seninger was the director of media relations for the 1987-88 Trappers. He and his family make their home in Salt Lake City.
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