"A Good Guy In A Mean Sport"

September 23, 2018

If modern boxing ever produced a gentleman champion, then Floyd Patterson would wear that belt. Forty-six years ago this month, the shy and private ring master fought and lost his last bout before retiring to upstate New York where he would live a quiet, but purposeful life.

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September 16, 2018
The Day Sport Venues Changed In Oklahoma

On December 4, 1972, the weather was a chilly 26 degrees. Traffic was backed-up on Lewis Avenue and spanned more than 3 miles. The impressive …

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September 9, 2018
"I Can't Die, It Would Ruin My Image"

Decades before Jane Fonda sent millions of American women into their living rooms with her pop-in exercise videos, Jack LaLanne was busy …

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September 2, 2018
Recalling Pre-Season Football, The Old School Days

With pre-season football upon us, I yearn for the days, now buried deep in the scrapbook, when the beloved old man George Halas and the Bears …

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August 26, 2018
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 19, 2018
Greatest Athlete of All-Time? A Case for "The Babe”

It's impossible to settle the question of who was the greatest athlete of all time, though it certainly makes for a lively and interesting debate. …

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August 12, 2018
Pro Golf Breaks Out

On a winter day in 1916, a group of golfers met in New York City to hear what Lewis Rodman Wanamaker, heir to the Wanamaker department store fortune, had to say about golf. …

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August 5, 2018
The Spy Behind Home Plate

A professional ball player turned international spy resonates like a best-selling novel, or a thriller out of a Hollywood script. But in the case of Moe Berg, it was the true tale …

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July 29, 2018
Eunice Kennedy & The Special Olympics At 50

The seeds were planted in 1946 when clan patriarch Joseph Kennedy, Sr. created a foundation to better the lives of the mentally disabled. …

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10 years ago

AUTO RACING September 26, 2008  Hollywood actor and race car driver Paul Newman dies at the age of 83. Newman became a racing enthusiast in 1969 after training to become a race car driver for a film part. He entered his first professional competition in 1972 and had his best career finish at the 24 Hours Le Mans in 1979 where he placed 2nd.

20 years ago

BOXING September 19, 1998  Evander Holyfield defeats Vaughn Bean at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta to retain the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. Billed as “The Power And The Glory” fight, the clash went the full 12 rounds with Holyfield winning by unanimous decision. The heavyweight champ retired in 2011 with a record of 44-10-2-1.

30 years ago

OLYMPICS September 25, 1988  Florence Griffith Joyner claims the 100 meter sprint at the Seoul Olympics, running a record 10.54 seconds. She ended up winning 3 gold medals at the Games- 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. Considered the fastest woman in history, her 100m and 200m records still stand today. Joyner died unexpectedly from a seizure in 1998.

40 years ago

BASEBALL September 25, 1978  A federal judge in NY rules that the NY Yankees and MLB cannot prohibit female reporters from entering the teams’ locker rooms. The landmark decision was made on the grounds that it gave their male counterparts an unfair advantage and therefore, violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.