#TBT Sports Blog: Major League Baseball’s Shoeless Joe Jackson

Way back in 1906, a heckling fan at an amateur baseball game in Anderson, SC coined the nickname Shoeless. It happened as Joe Jackson ran to third base while only wearing his socks.

Joe Jackson’s Shoeless nickname is not the only thing for which this 12-year Major League Baseball star is immediately and infamously remembered.

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#TBT Sports Blog: Former Baltimore Orioles Brooks “Hoover” Robinson

Today’s TBT sports blog features a Hall of Fame athlete with a household appliance for a nickname. He played the hot corner better than anyone else in baseball history.

Instead of an oven or a stove top grill, this third baseman was known as Hoover, short for the old American standard in vacuum cleaners. He sucked up every baseball hit his way.

In the same way Hoover vacuums were the predominant household appliance of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, Brooks Robinson was the undisputed best fielding third baseman who ever played the game. Named to Major League Baseball’s All Century Team in 1999, Robinson played third base for the Baltimore Orioles for an incredible 23 years.

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#TBT Sports Blog: MLB’s Wizard of Oz Ozzie Smith

Today’s #TBT sports blog features one of my favorite MLB players ever – former St. Louis Cardinals’ shortstop Ozzie The Wizard of Oz Smith. If Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow were baseball fans, they’d be off to find … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: NBA “Iceman” George Gervin

Today’s #TBT sports blog highlights NBA “Iceman” George Gervin – one of my favorite NBA players ever. An uncommon cool on the basketball court, coupled with an icicle thin stature, earned this NBA Hall of Famer the nickname The Iceman. … Continue reading

MIKE Sports Comic Book: Favorite Sports Nicknames 3rd Edition

I’m absolutely crazy about clever nicknames! That’s why I penned Favorite Sports Nicknames. Who isn’t? You see, I grew up with Tiny – ironically the biggest kid in class. I played sports with Frankie “K” – short for his Polish … Continue reading

MIKE Sports Comic Book: Favorite Sports Nicknames 2nd Edition

It’s back! My popular sports comic book – Favorite Sports Nicknames – is now available in its updated, second printing on Amazon. Click on the yellow cover above to safely download the book from Amazon. Here’s the book’s intro… I’m … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Soccer Spice Boy David Beckham

Today’s #TBT sports blog recalls the Beckhams. At one time, the Beckham couple was one of the sports and entertainment world’s most recognized celebrity pairs. Ironically, the two also cornered the market on aromatic, flavorful nicknames. Known as Posh Spice … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: FIFA’s George Best

Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers the greatest band of all time along with one of FIFA’s most amazing, yet troubled players.

2014 celebrates 50 years since the iconic boy band The Beatles first appeared in America on the Ed Sullivan Show.

It was also 50 years ago that Northern Ireland’s George Best became known as the Fifth Beatle.

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