The Man Who Changed Indiana's Sports Culture

October 13, 2019

In 2017, Tom Brady broke Peyton Manning’s record as the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl. This year, the New England Patriot surpassed him again, this time as the 2nd ranked leader in passing yards for the regular season. But Peyton Manning is certainly not falling short of record achievements and the Louisiana native who spent his NFL career with

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October 6, 2019
Reggie Jackson, "Mr. October"

On October 18, 1977, Reggie Jackson knocked 3 home runs in the 6th game of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, …

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September 29, 2019
"Battle Of The Sexes"...And The Mob?

It was the trash-talking, media-hype event of the sexual revolution. On September 20, 1973, former tennis champion Bobby Riggs and the second ranked female player of the day, Billy Jean King, …

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September 22, 2019
The Spitball, End Of A Baseball Era

One hundred years ago, Major League Baseball took steps to outlaw the controversial spitball. Some pitchers and owners thought they couldn’t win games without it, …

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September 15, 2019
One Man And A Weightlifting Revolution

How does a nation emerge from Olympic obscurity in a particular sport to become a gold medal winner several times over? In the case of Bulgaria, it was a training revolution …

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September 8, 2019
The US Open Finds A New Home

In January, 1977, William “Slew” Hester, President of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), was flying into LaGuardia Airport when he spotted the old, disused Singer Bowl under a blanket of snow. …

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August 31, 2019
Gleason's Gym, The Prizefighter's Training Ground

Situated in the trendy Brooklyn neighborhood of DUMBO, Gleason’s Gym is the oldest active boxing gym in America. While it has changed locations several times over the past 80 years, …

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August 25, 2019
The Rocky Mountain Showdown

As the end of the summer approaches, so does the ‘Rocky Mountain Showdown’. Former University of Colorado (CU) basketball coach Joe Harrington stated that he would take recruits …

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August 18, 2019
The Remarkable Story of Art “Tappy” Larsen

Art “Tappy” Larsen definitely earns a spot as one of the most unusual characters who ever played big-time tennis. He is worth remembering this month when the US Open gets underway …

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10 years ago

OLYMPICS October 2, 2009  Rio de Janeiro is awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, beating out other favored bids from Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago. Over 11,000 athletes from 207 countries participated in 28 different sports. It was the first Olympics held in South America and the 2nd in Latin America; Mexico hosted the games in 1968.

20 years ago

BASKETBALL October 12, 1999  Former basketball star Wilt Chamberlain dies of heart failure at the age of 63. The 7’1” Chamberlain was a Harlem Globetrotter in the late 1950s before joining the NBA to play for the Warriors, 76ers, and Lakers. One of the greatest in the sport, he is the only player in NBA history to score 100 points in a single game.

30 years ago

FOOTBALL October 2, 1989  Art Shell becomes the first African-American Head Coach in the NFL’s modern era. Shell played for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders from 1968-82 before becoming the team’s Assistant Coach and then Head Coach. Shell later led the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons and compiled a career coaching record of 56-52.

40 years ago

BASEBALL October 6, 1979  The Baltimore Orioles take the American League series championship by defeating the California Angels 3-1. It was the Angels’ first post-season trip in franchise history. With Manager Earl Weaver at the helm, the Orioles clinched their 6th pennant race but would lose to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series 4-3.