Pro Golf Breaks Out

August 12, 2018

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. The retail tycoon proposed to establish an association of professional golfers and an annual tournament, setting the foundation for one

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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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July 22, 2018
Demolition On The Diamond: Recalling A Promotional Fiasco

Drinking Schlitz-loads of beer and hurling vinyl records like they were frisbees, tens of thousands of stadium goers showed up at Comiskey Park on July 12, 1979 to witness a disco vinyl bonfire …

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July 15, 2018
Greatest Scorer? How About Greatest Savior!

Scoring goals on the soccer pitch might be sexy but blocking incoming ball-missiles takes raw machismo and nobody did it better than the Soviet Union’s Lev Yashin. …

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July 8, 2018
Riding Old School At The Tour de France

In 2012, American cycling champ Lance Armstrong was stripped of his victories at the Tour de France, becoming the modern-day poster child of a sport hopelessly gripped by doping scandals. …

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July 2, 2018
The World Cup: The History & The Moments Sweepstakes

From the inaugural games in 1930 through the last championship in 2014, the World Cup has thrilled and dazzled us every four years. This booklet captures the highlights of each Cup and is packed with stimulating …

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June 29, 2018
Pete Gray: Baseball's One-Armed Wonder

Sixteen years ago this week, one of baseball’s most inspirational figures died at the age of 87. Pete Gray spent less than 6 months in the majors …

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June 24, 2018
Len Bias: A Legend That Might Have Been

32 years ago this week, Len Bias became the 2nd overall pick at the 1986 NBA draft. Two days later, the talented 22-year old from the University of Maryland died of a cocaine overdose. …

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10 years ago

OLYMPICS August 8, 2008  The 29th Olympics open in Beijing, China with nearly 11,000 athletes competing in 28 different sports. It was the most watched sporting event in history with 2/3 of the world’s population tuning in. The U.S. took home the most medals at 112. Though, the host surpassed the U.S. in the gold count: 48 versus 36.

20 years ago

BASEBALL August 9, 1998  Atlanta Braves’ Dennis Martinez sets a record for most wins by a Latin American pitcher after defeating the San Francisco Giants 7-5. Nicknamed “El Presidente”, Martinez was the first Nicaraguan to play in the majors. Starting with the Baltimore Orioles in 1976, he retired after 23 seasons playing for 5 teams with a win/loss record of 245/193.

30 years ago

SWIMMING August 10, 1988  Matt Biondi brakes a world record at the U.S. Olympic Trials, swimming the 100m freestyle in 48.42 secs. A month later at the Games in Seoul, Biondi would take gold in the same event and set a new Olympic record of 48.63. Competing in 3 Olympiads, the American aqua-champ retired with 11 medals (8 gold).

40 years ago

GOLF August 6, 1978  John Mahaffey recovers to win the PGA Championship in a playoff shootout against Tom Watson and Jerry Pate. It was the best come-back performance in PGA history after he trailed Watson by seven strokes with 14 holes to go. It was Mahaffey’s only major victory of his career, which included 15 professional wins.