#TBT FIFA Sports Blog: Brazil’s Pele

With the 2014 World Cup winding down in Brazil, it’s only fitting that today’s #TBT FIFA sports blog remembers Pele – universally considered soccer’s greatest player ever.

Here’s a chapter excerpt from my Favorite Single Named Athletes sports comic book that acknowledges the incomparable Pele.
…..Mention the name Edson Arantes de Nascimento and only staunch soccer fans will recognize it.

However, say the simple name Pele, and nearly everyone on the planet, whether soccer fan or not, will immediately recognize this extraordinary Brazilian.

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Sports Comic Book: Favorite Single Named Athletes 3rd Edition

My sports comic book Favorite Single Named Athletes celebrates the top icons in sports who only need one name to be identified. Throughout history, singers, politicians, philosophers and spiritual leaders impacted societies to such a degree that a single name … Continue reading

MIKE Sports Comic Book: Favorite Single Named Athletes 2nd Edition

Amazon just released the 2nd edition of another of my sports comic books. This updated version features my top 25 Favorite Single Named Athletes. Here’s the book’s intro… Throughout history, singers, politicians, philosophers and spiritual leaders impacted societies to such … Continue reading

Bolt Featured in MIKE Sports Comic Book: Favorite Single Named Athletes

This Jamaican born sprinter bolted out of his starting block with the raw power and fury of his nickname, The Lightning Bolt. Universally known by his fitting last name Bolt, this dynamic sprinter effortlessly jogs into the #23 spot in … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: NBA Legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Today’s #TBT sports blog focuses on the NBA’s greatest scorer of all time who never needed all three of his names to be identified. Kareem Abdul Jabbar was simply known as Kareem. In addition to requiring only one name to … Continue reading

Favorite Single Named Athletes in Sports

Single named athletes aren’t the only famous people with mononyms. Throughout history, singers, politicians, philosophers and spiritual leaders impacted societies to such a degree that a single name identified their fame. These single named icons were instantly known by a … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Chicago Bears’ Sweetness Walter Payton

Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers an immensely talented and super tough Hall of Fame running back simply known as Sweetness. Ironically, the adjective “sweet” should probably never apply when talking football. Except, that is, when referring to Chicago Bears great … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: NBA Finals & Larry Bird

Mention the name Bird to any basketball fan and the name invokes instant memories of step back jumpers, swishing nets, non-stop jabbering and long white legs in short green shorts.

Most importantly, his single name recalls multiple NBA banners hanging above a parquet wood basketball court and a dominant all-star who regularly appeared in NBA Finals with the Boston Celtics.

Larry Joe Bird, also known as Larry Legend or the Hick from French Lick (IN) or simply Bird, ranks as one of the most revered basketball players in history. No first name or explanation is needed to identify the species of this particular Bird.

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MLB Legend Babe Ruth Retires on this Day in 1935

Perhaps the most famous baseball player ever, George Herman Babe Ruth was, for years, the sport’s home run king and most beloved big league baseball player.

Though he last played in 1935, Ruth’s impact on the sport has lasted ever since.In today’s blog, I look back at the Babe’s storied career by offering this excerpt from my book Favorite Single Named Athletes.

…..Baseball fans swooned whenever the legendary Babe Ruth stepped into the batter’s box.

Yankee Stadium, where Babe’s #3 was retired in 1948, is known as “the House that Ruth Built.” Baseball’s record books rank Babe’s successes from the 1920s and 1930s as tops in several statistical categories. Sports collectors long for everything attached to him and baseball conversations still recall stories about him, both fact and fiction.

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