#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: Australian Olympic Swimmer Ian “The Thorpedo” Thorpe

Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers Australian sports icon Ian Thorpe. This Olympic swimmer’s powerful speed in the pool gave rise to his brilliant nickname. Known simply as The Thorpedo, Ian Thorpe ranks as one of the greatest swimmers of all … Continue reading

#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: 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: 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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#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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#TBT World Cup Sports Blog: Brazil’s Joy of the People

Today’s Throw Back Thursday or TBT FIFA sports blog focuses on Manuel Garrincha, one of Brazil’s most decorated soccer heroes and a two-time World Cup champion.

My TBT post is an excerpt from my book FIFA Favorites…….

……These words are written on the tombstone of our next nicknamed athlete. “Here rests in peace one who was the Joy of the People.”

Sadly, Manuel Garrincha passed away as a mystery. He was a brilliant footballer, beloved by Brazilians, yet he died as a poor alcoholic.

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#TBT Sports Blog: The NBA Showtime Lakers

Watching the Golden State Warriors dominate this year’s NBA Finals has prompted me to pen today’s #TBT sports blog. My post remembers a talented tinsel town team that perfectly fit the Hollywood hype of its spot on Showtime nickname. This … Continue reading

#TBT Sports Blog Remembers The NBA Mailman Karl Malone

Today’s #TBT sports blog remembers one of the basketball’s greatest players ever –  The NBA Mailman Karl Malone. This Mailman never deposited letters in a mailbox or drove a United States Postal Service truck. For Utah Jazz fans, however, his … Continue reading