Best About Sports is another book I penned entirely about undersized athletes. The book allows me to refute a common misconception that “bigger is always better.”
It’s not always true – especially in sports. That’s why I wrote the book specifically touting my all-time favorite Undersized Athletes.
Yes, the subject of sports stirs the embers of conversations from yesterday’s nationally televised game as well as from championship games from several seasons ago. Fans who can’t remember what they ate for lunch have amazing recollection of events on the ice, hardwood, pitch, end zone or home plate from decades back and always seek outlets to share their passion, opinions and angst.
Talk about poor communication between the catcher and his coach.
The smiling, eager catcher in this comic believes he’s actually following his coach’s direction. He’s literally pinching the batter.
His love of baseball is evident. His enthusiasm for baseball history is infectious. But, his personal collection of autographed baseballs is nothing less than extraordinary and it’s #20 in my book Best About Sports.
Dennis Schrader’s signed baseball collection, once housed in the spare bedroom of his Odessa, FL home, is now internationally recognized.
Schrader’s collection may not include the infamous Boston Red Sox’s Bill Buckner booted ball during Game 6 of the 1986 World Series recently for sale on eBay for a cool $1 million. However, it does comprise the most comprehensive and coveted collection of autographed baseballs on the planet.
Tough athletes play hard and talk just as tough.
My favorite tough talking athletes are legends Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath, Larry Bird and Babe Ruth.
These iconic athletes used their own smattering of smack to gain a psychological edge over opponents. Their brash babble gave them an athletic advantage over rivals and added to their lore as tough, confident competitors.
The Cincinnati Reds’ Big Red Machine ruled as Major League Baseball’s best team from 1970 – 1976. The Reds captured four National League pennants in 1970, 1972, 1975 and 1976. They also won back- to-back World Series titles in both 1975 and 1976.
Bob Hertzel of the Cincinnati Enquirer originally used the Big Red Machine nickname in 1969.
Many believed the talented Reds team churned through opponents like a giant combine driving through a wheat field’s crop.
Driving this clunky ice resurfacing vehicle would satisfy nearly every hockey fan’s fantasy.
Who hasn’t yearned to climb behind the wheel of this giant tractor and take charge on the ice.
Perhaps the baddest maintenance vehicle in all of sports, whose top speed runs at just a mere 9 miles per hour, the Zamboni cruises in at #6 in Best About Sports.
Webster’s Dictionary defines a duel as “prearranged combat between two willing participants with weapons according to an accepted code of conduct.”
The baseball cliché “pitching duel” is perfectly brought to life in the sports comic featured above.
In this scenario, a pitcher’s duel is “prearranged combat” during a hotly contested Major League Baseball game.
As sports fans look forward to tonight’s MLB All-Star Game, let’s remember one of baseball’s greatest players ever who appeared in 21 mid-summer contests.
Here’s a chapter excerpt from one of my FREE sports comic book Scary Sports Comics.
With this Hammer in your toolbox, or in your starting Major League Baseball line-up, success was guaranteed.
The subject of unwritten rules in sports will always stoke the embers of animated discussions among diehard sports fans.
Some fans will immediately laud unwritten rules as time honored traditions that compliment the black and white regulations permanently etched in NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and FIFA rule books.