#TBT Sports Blog: MLB All-Time Hits Leader Pete Rose

Today’s #TBT sports blog spotlights one of my favorite MLB players ever. Even during Spring Training, full throttle was the only way Pete Rose played the game of baseball. During a meaningless pre-season game, New York Yankees’ skipper Whitey Ford … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: 1927 New York Yankees’ Murderers’ Row

Today’s #TBT sports blog looks back at the 1927 New York Yankees championship team known as baseball’s Murderers’ Row. Baseball historians have called the legendary 1927 Yankees the best Major League Baseball team ever. Yet, back in the 1920s, fans, … Continue reading

#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: 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: Ozzie Smith or MLB’s Wizard of Oz

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

Happy Halloween: “Deadly Sports Stuff” Comic Book

Happy Halloween! To celebrate today’s holiday, I just released my 3rd edition of the sports comic book Deadly Sports Stuff. It’s available for safe downloading on Amazon for just 99 cents. Click HERE. Here’s my intro. It should give you … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: College Football’s Two Death Valleys

Today’s #TBT Sports Blog tells the history of Death Valley – both of them. One of college football’s most daunting places for visiting teams to play, Death Valley rests peacefully in one of my favorite sports comic books –  Deadly … Continue reading

#TBT World Cup Sports Blog: Montenegro’s The Genius

With a nickname like The Genius, you’d expect to find this former FIFA midfielder leaning over library books or toying with boiling beacons in a university laboratory.

The origin of this brilliant player’s nickname came from his spectacular play on the soccer pitch in Serbia and Montenegro as well as throughout Europe.

Few American sports fans may know Montenegro’s Dejan Savicevic.

But, all European football (soccer) fans, and especially those in northern Italy, carry vivid memories of this fantastic midfielder.

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#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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