#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: Boston Celtics Great & ESPY Winner Bill Russell

Today’s #TBT sports blog recalls Boston Celtics great Bill Russell – the most decorated championship player in NBA history, and now the 2019 winner of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. ESPN presented the octogenarian with its hallowed honor at last … Continue reading

#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

#TBT Sports Blog: Detroit Pistons Guard Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson

Today’s #TBT sports blog rewinds the clock to the 1989 and 1990 NBA seasons. During those back-to-back Detroit Pistons championship years, starting guards Isaiah Thomas and Joe Dumars were voted Most Valuable Players in the NBA Finals respectively. However, muscular … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: The Fat Lady Sings Podcast

Today’s #TBT sports blog dusts off the clever podcast I recorded a few years ago about one of the most famous women in sports – The Fat Lady. Definitely not an athlete and perennially out of shape, a popular chubby … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Hockey’s “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky

  Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers one of the greatest athletes of all-time. Regardless of the sport, the subject of great games, great teams and great players always triggers debate. However, no one will argue that only one great athlete … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Remembering “Mr. Hockey” Gordie Howe

Today’s TBT sports blog remembers Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe. The godfather of modern day hockey – Gordie Howe – also checks in at #4 in my sports comic book highlighting my all-time Hockey Favorites. Here’s a chapter excerpt from my … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Boxer Roberto Duran or “Hands of Stone”

  Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers world champion boxer Roberto Duran aptly nicknamed “Hands of Stone.” This Panamanian boxer regularly pummeled his opponents. With 70 career knock-outs, Roberto Duran punched with such power that observers claimed he possessed Hands of … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog: Former NHL MVP Super Mario Lemieux

Since the Stanley Cup Finals should officially begin next week, it’s only fitting that today’s Throw Back Thursday sports blog focuses on a former Stanley Cup champion and incredible overcoming athlete.

Today’s #TBT centers on former Pittsburgh Penguins center Super Mario Lemieux. Let’s take a look back at this hockey hero.

…..The likeable hero of the top selling video game series of all time was introduced during the rookie season of one of the most admired National Hockey League’s players ever.

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