The Remarkable Story of Art “Tappy” Larsen

August 18, 2019

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 at Flushing Meadows. Tappy won the U.S. National Championships back in 1950 when amateurs and professionals swung racquets in their own circuits.

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August 11, 2019
Interview With Renowned Sports Psychologist, Dr. Caroline Silby

Dr. Caroline Silby is a nationally-recognized expert on the development of young female athletes. She has worked on an individual basis with numerous Olympians …

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August 4, 2019
"The Oriole Way", Baltimore's Nostalgia

“The Oriole Way”, the tradition of excellence on the field as practiced by the Baltimore Orioles two generations ago, is still visible in the ballpark. The problem is that …

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July 28, 2019
England's Only World Cup Glory

The country that invented, codified and spread the most popular sport in the world surprisingly has only one World Cup victory. The year was 1966 …

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July 21, 2019
Colombian Soccer & The Drug Lords

In the 1980’s and 1990's, Colombia was ravaged by an endless cycle of narco-violence that captured worldwide headlines, yet in the midst of this deadly scourge soccer thrived …

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July 14, 2019
The 1st African-American Sports Champ, A Cyclist

Before there was Jack Johnson in the boxing ring, or Jesse Owens on the running track, there was Major Taylor on the bicycle. Predating 20th century’s most accomplished black athletes …

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July 7, 2019
Strawberries & Cream...and Debentures

Even the name screams of history and tradition: The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC). Every year, this private institution serves up the best in competitive …

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June 30, 2019
“The Last Miracle I Did Was The 1969 Mets”

In the 1977 comedy film ‘Oh, God!’, actor George Burns quipped “The last miracle I did was the 1969 Mets”. Fifty years ago, the hapless New York Mets who had never finished higher …

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June 23, 2019
Pebble Beach At 100, A Real Estate Play As Much As A Golf Playground

The majestic public golf course that hugs the California coastline and costs $525 a round is celebrating its 100th year this summer. …

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THIS WEEK

10 years ago

SPECIAL OLYMPICS  August 11, 2009  Eunice Shriver, sister of former President John F. Kennedy and founder of the Special Olympics, dies the age of 88. Shriver was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984 for founding a sports organization dedicated to persons with physical and intellectual disabilities. The Special Olympics today serves 5 million athletes around the world.

20 years ago

SOCCER  August 3, 1999  French striker Thierry Henry joins Arsenal FC after a brief stint with Juventus. Henry became Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 218 goals and two FA Cups. He was a member of France’s 1998 World Cup winning team and the 2006 runner-up squad that lost to Italy in a penalty shoot-out. One of the greatest attackers in the game, Henry also played for Barcelona and NY Red Bulls.

30 years ago

MOTOR RACING  August 3, 1989  Formula One racer, Jules Bianchi, is born in Nice, France. Making his debut in 2013 as a driver for Marussia, he finished 15th in his opening race at the Australian Grand Prix. Only a year later, the young driver would crash at the Japanese Grand Prix and remain comatose until his death in July, 2015. His F1 fatality was the first since Ayrton Senna perished 21 years earlier.

40 years ago

GOLF  August 3, 1979  Sam Snead becomes the oldest player at 67 to make the cut at the PGA Championship. The three-time champion who had won in 1942, 1949 and 1951 finished 42nd with a score of 288 (+8). Australian David Graham claimed the event, firing 272 (-8). Snead continued playing until 1987 when he retired with 82 PGA Tour victories, including seven majors: 3 Masters, 3 PGA’s and 1 Open.