August 19, 1977

Does anyone out there remember the first big-league franchise Bob Kraft ever owned?

That would be the Boston Lobsters, of World Team Tennis.

Kraft resurrected the moribund franchise, born as the Philadelphia Freedoms in 1974. Elton John fans surely recall the song of the same name; Sir Elton recorded in as a favor to his pal, Billie Jean King, a co-founder of the team.

Kraft was part of a five-member group that bought the club, moved it to Walter Brown Arena, and renamed it the Lobsters.

The Cleveland Nets (now there is an imaginative name) beat the Lobsters, 21-20, in the second game of their playoff series, before a crowd estimated at 1,000, give or take a fan or three.

Kraft’s Lobsters were done in 1978. A reincarnation occurred in 2005 and finished in 2015.

WWT still exists … sort of. It cancelled its 2022 season and promises a return in 2023.

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