Michael Orr

Michael Orr is a Portland-based writer with a particular focus on sports in the northwest. He previously covered the Portland Timbers and is the author of The 1975 Portland Timbers: The Birth of Soccer City, USA.

Author's Entries

  • Bernard (Bernie) Fagan (1949-2023)

    Bernie Fagan, was a successful collegiate soccer coach at Warner Pacific College, and a professional soccer player for the Portland Timbers. His camps for children have been a mainstay on Portland’s youth soccer scene since 1983. Born Bernard Fagan on January 29, 1949, in Sunderland, England, he …

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  • Multnomah Athletic Club

    Founded in 1891, the Multnomah Athletic Club (MAC) is considered Oregon’s preeminent sports club. The MAC has maintained a presence in Portland’s Goose Hollow neighborhood since 1900, when it built its first clubhouse on Southwest Chapman Street (now 18th Avenue). The current building on Southwest Salmon Street is the …

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  • Multnomah Stadium

    Multnomah Stadium—also known as Civic Stadium, Portland General Electric (PGE) Park, Jeld-Wen Field, and Providence Park—was built in 1926 between Southwest 18th and 20th Avenues on Southwest Morrison Street. It was constructed at the expense of the Multnomah Amateur Athletic Club (MAAC) on a site leased or owned by the …

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  • Portland Timbers, 1975 season

    The Portland Timbers soccer club came into existence in January 1975. By the end of the season, the local media were calling the Timbers the biggest sports story of the year. Unlike the NBA’s Trail Blazers and the World Football League’s Storm, the Timbers were locally financed, drawing investment from …

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  • Portland Winterhawks

    Founded in 1976, the Portland Winterhawks are a junior hockey team based at Memorial Coliseum and the Moda Center. Following the dissolution of the popular Portland Buckaroos minor league team in 1975, former Edmonton Oilers coach Brian Shaw moved the Edmonton Oil Kings, a Western Hockey League (WHL) team, to …

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  • Tonya Harding (1970- )

    Tonya Harding was a United States champion figure skater who competed in the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics. She was the first American woman to land a triple axel—a spinning jump with three-and-a-half rotations—in competition. That accomplishment led to Harding's first-place finish at the 1991 U.S. Nationals and thrust her …

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