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#56 Monday Night Football

Well, it’s Monday Night, so it seems like a good night to tell the story about Monday Night Football. Assuming they actually have a 2020 NFL football season, this year will mark 50 years of Monday Night Football broadcasts.  The first year of MNF kicked off with Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell and Don Meredith asContinue reading “#56 Monday Night Football”

#55 Dice Baseball

Ok, here’s a good one. I should have thought about this back in March when they put all the real games away. We could have started our own Dice Baseball League. During all this covid down-time we could have been playing dice baseball, instead of sitting around staring at a blank TV screen, or tryingContinue reading “#55 Dice Baseball”

#54 The Season of 37%

The what? That’s right.  Get used to it.  From now until October we will be dividing everything by .37… 60 games; Today, at last a decision was made by all of the powers that be.  Major league baseball will head back to Spring (?) training by July 1st and professional baseball will resume by JulyContinue reading “#54 The Season of 37%”

#53 Father’s Day

Ok, sort of a no-brainer selection for today’s story. Father’s Day; normally I would be watching the last few holes of the US Open, just as I was at Pebble Beach last year.  No Open this week, but a pretty good story at the RBC Heritage where there are a bunch of great golfers playingContinue reading “#53 Father’s Day”

#52 The Four Musketeers

In 1625 a young man named d’Artagnan left home to travel to Paris, hoping to join the Musketeers of the Guard.  Although d’Artagnan was not able to join the elite corps immediately, he is befriended by three of the most formidable musketeers of the era – Athos, Porthos and Aramis, “the three inseparables” – and becomes involvedContinue reading “#52 The Four Musketeers”

#51 Ann Meyers Drysdale

Lisa pointed out to me tonight that I have run amuck.  Until she pointed it out, I hadn’t realized that I had written only one story about a woman athlete.  On April 3rd I wrote a story about Mary Lou Retton.  The first sentence of that story starts with SSOMG apologizing that it had notContinue reading “#51 Ann Meyers Drysdale”

#50 Gary Fisher

No not Bobby Fisher.  Gary Fisher.  If you were wondering, I will probably not be adding a story about chess to this collection.  You can relax. Gary Fisher was born in 1950; he is now 70 years old. And if you are a mountain bike rider, you probably recognize the name; known by some asContinue reading “#50 Gary Fisher”

#49 Big Sur

I suppose you are saying to yourself, wait a minute….Big Sur?  What kind of sports story is that? SSOMG says hey, wait a minute; there is plenty to say about the great sports activity that goes on there just about every minute of every day on the California Central coast. I am not sure nowContinue reading “#49 Big Sur”

#47 Jim Bouton

Ok, so did someone say controversy?  So here is a real controversy stirred up by one of those New York Yankees, pitcher Jim Bouton.  I think I have a few of Jim’s baseball cards from the early 1960’s.  Jim passed away last year at the age of 80.  Seemed like a good guy, despite theContinue reading “#47 Jim Bouton”

#46 Rick Monday

Today is June 6th.  It is the 76th anniversary of D-Day; the invasion of Normandy.  D-Day, 1946 marked the largest air, land and sea invasion in history.  150,000 allied troops arrived on the beaches of Western Europe.  It was the turning point in World War II.  It allowed the allies to gain a foothold inContinue reading “#46 Rick Monday”

#45 Hank Aaron

Sheesh.  I guess it is about time to hear about Hank Aaron. So, steering somewhat clear of the current racial unrest in America, and sticking to how the black athletes of my generation were able to navigate, the story of Hank Aaron is a great example of the times and the challenges. Yes, I canContinue reading “#45 Hank Aaron”

#44 Loma Prieta

In case you were wondering, Loma Prieta is the name of the highest peak in the Santa Cruz mountains.  It is also the name given to the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that arrived in San Francisco at 5:04PM on October 17, 1989. At the time, Bob Welch of the Oakland A’s was warming up in theContinue reading “#44 Loma Prieta”

#43 The Holdout

1966. 54 Years ago, The Holdout happened.  It was crazy.  It was shocking.  Looking back at it, it was amazing. Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax, at the height of their careers were holding out, not agreeing to sign a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers until Walter O’Malley and the Dodgers agreed to sign bothContinue reading “#43 The Holdout”

#42 Miracle on Ice

SSOMG has another confession to make.  I have yet to watch an entire NHL Hockey game on TV.  Please don’t mention this to any of my Canadian friends; or even those from the eastern part of the United States. Let’s also admit that in 1999, Sports Illustrated, named the Miracle on Ice the top sportsContinue reading “#42 Miracle on Ice”

#41 Marco Siffredi

So SSOMG realized yesterday that there are a lot of sports that have not yet been mentioned in the first 40 stories that have been written.  Some of these sports, including bowling, ping pong, ice-dancing and gymnastics probably are worthy of consideration.  Another whole genre of sports also has been ignored…extreme sports.  Not knowing theContinue reading “#41 Marco Siffredi”

#40 The Indy 500

Well, no surprise here.  The Indianapolis 500.  The greatest spectacle in racing….a Memorial Day tradition, even for some of us who have never been to a race track and will probably never go.  SSOMG remembers some of the highlights and some of the names that have made the race famous, especially those over the lastContinue reading “#40 The Indy 500”

#39 Eli Lyall

So, maybe you saw this one coming. On the eve of his 6th birthday, it is time for a sports story about Eli; Maybe not so much about his sports accomplishments to date, but more about his future and the potential of 6 year-olds everywhere. Eli of course has some super powers.  He started throwingContinue reading “#39 Eli Lyall”

#38 Tiger Woods

SSOMG could not put together a list of Sports Stories of My Generation without including Tiger Woods, certainly one of the legends of our time. SSOMG touched on one of Tiger’s greatest victories in Story #15 – The Masters.  But Tiger’s story is much more than just his latest major-tournament victory.  Reading his life’s storyContinue reading “#38 Tiger Woods”

#37 Joe Namath

I realized today that I have written only a couple of stories about football, and only one about a professional football player (OJ Simpson) and even that story was mostly about OJ’s career at USC. So to be fair to one our Country’s favorite pastimes I decided it was time to highlight some football. JoeContinue reading “#37 Joe Namath”

#36 Tony Gwynn

Today would have been Tony Gwynn’s 60th birthday…unfortunately Mr. Padre passed away in 2014. As you know SSOMG has never been a huge Padre fan.  That being said, I probably have watched parts of more than 2,000 Padre games over the last 30 years (maybe more?) since moving to San Diego County. Many of thoseContinue reading “#36 Tony Gwynn”

#5 Sonny Liston

So I started this story way back in early April and decided not to finish it somewhere along the line.  Sonny Liston’s story was just pretty darn sad and unfortunate, and I thought, geez, we don’t need a sad and unfortunate story to go along with our sad & unfortunate situation.  Today I noticed thatContinue reading “#5 Sonny Liston”

#35 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

1965.  Back in those days Kareem was known as Lew Alcindor. 1965 was Kareem’s freshman season, and as was the standard back then, he played on the freshman team and not the varsity.  In a pre-season warm up game prior to the start of the regular season, the Bruins, ranked #1 in the country, playedContinue reading “#35 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar”

#34 Jimmy Carter

It’s funny but sometimes when I look back at people and events that occurred during my generation, it is almost as if I may have missed them completely.  Or maybe they happened, and were really big items, but I was distracted and not paying much attention.  Or maybe my memory is just not what itContinue reading “#34 Jimmy Carter”

# 33 Bob Feller

Sheesh. This guy was amazing. Granted, he was on the very edge of what could be considered My Generation. But I didn’t want Bob to be left out. In 12 games that he pitched, he allowed only one hit; twelve one-hitters.  Obviously, he was one pitch away from making those 12 one-hitters into no-hitters.  ThoseContinue reading “# 33 Bob Feller”

#31 The Streak

Well as you may have heard, opening day for the 2020 baseball season has been postponed; If Frank Robinson had just been so lucky.  Frank was one of the best baseball players of all time, a true hall of famer. But in 1988, Frank Robinson was in the Baltimore Oriole front office, helping direct theContinue reading “#31 The Streak”

#30 Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong will be 50 years old next year, God willing. 1n 1996, at the age of 25, Lance Armstrong was diagnosed with stage-three testicular cancer.  After surgery and chemotherapy his doctors gave him “almost no chance” of survival.  When pressed at the time, the medical response was “perhaps as high as a 20% changeContinue reading “#30 Lance Armstrong”

#29 Steve Dalkowski

Steve who? So you may have just seen it if you were really paying attention to the sports page and trying to find a story that did not involve today’s NFL Football draft and the new LA Chargers quarterback. No, Steve Dalkowski has nothing to do with the Chargers or the draft. Steve died yesterdayContinue reading “#29 Steve Dalkowski”

#28 O.J. Simpson

OK.  I don’t think you are going to get this one. This is a story about OJ Simpson.  None of you were 15 years old in 1968 when OJ won the Heisman Trophy as the best collegiate football player of the year.  Most of you have other thoughts and opinions about OJ.  He ran intoContinue reading “#28 O.J. Simpson”

#32 Sandy Koufax

(In case you were wondering, this is only the 28th story from SSOMG, but it seemed appropriate to number this story #32 after the Dodger jersey that Sandy made famous). Sandy Koufax is 84 years old these days; starting to make even me feel old. I remember I was at a track meet in SeptemberContinue reading “#32 Sandy Koufax”

#27 Meb Keflezighi

Since its inception in 1897, the Boston Marathon has never been cancelled.  Yesterday, April 20th, was to be the 123rd running of the Marathon.  The race, drawing over 30,000 runners, has now been postponed to September 14th.  It is hard to say at this point if the Marathon will go on as planned in September. Continue reading “#27 Meb Keflezighi”

#26 Gary Carter

So you may have been wondering why I have yet to write about Gary Carter.  I have been thinking about it.  I wasn’t really sure what angle to take, or how to start the story.  Should I lead off talking about Sandy Lahm Carter, who I first met in the 6th grade at Laguna RoadContinue reading “#26 Gary Carter”

#25 Karch Kiraly

Volleyball. Or, should I say Mr. Volleyball; a local hero in our own back yard.  Karch was born in Santa Barbara, attended UCLA, and now lives in San Clemente, CA. You say you’ve never heard of Karch Kiraly? (pronounced ‘kir-eye’) During his career at UCLA the Bruins won 3 national championships and finished 2nd once. Continue reading “#25 Karch Kiraly”

#24 John Isner

Yikes. Talk about stamina and patience. A 3-day tennis match.  I am sure there is a lesson here, but I am not sure at this moment what it is. John Isner and Nicholas Mahut started their first round tennis match at the 2010 Wimbledon championship late in the afternoon on Tuesday, June 23.  After splittingContinue reading “#24 John Isner”

#23 Bill Mazeroski

Maz. Bill Mazeroski is probably another name you may have never heard.  Reality is, he is in the Baseball Hall of Fame; not for the moment that he made so famous and that forever will be remembered by the faithful fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He is in the hall as a result of beingContinue reading “#23 Bill Mazeroski”

#21 Jerry Lucas

So here is one you probably haven’t heard, and never expected to hear about. Jerry Lucas. Here are the highlights of his amazing basketball career at Ohio State: He was a nationally awarded high school player (offered over 150 scholarships), national college star at Ohio State, and 1960 gold medal Olympian and international player beforeContinue reading “#21 Jerry Lucas”

#20 Pete Rose

Pete Rose will be 80 years old next year. Pete broke into major league baseball at the age of 22 and played for another 23 years, until his retirement in 1986.  Pete Rose is the all-time MLB leader in hits (4,256), games played (3,562), at bats (14,053), singles (3,215), and outs (10,328). He won two Gold Gloves, and madeContinue reading “#20 Pete Rose”

#19 Payne Stewart

“They wanted something natural in the area that didn’t stand out and they just wanted to mark that spot forever. So a friend and I began looking around for a rock and lo and behold we found a rock they had dug out at the crash site, and we took it over to an engraverContinue reading “#19 Payne Stewart”

#18 Tommy John

So as we enter Easter weekend, SSOMG thought it would be appropriate to tell the story of one, or actually two, of the greatest comeback stories in baseball, the story of Tommy John.  Tommy John pitched for 6 major league teams during his career and of course most notably for the Los Angeles Dodgers.  HeContinue reading “#18 Tommy John”

#17 SSOMG Takes a Time Out

It has been a busy week. In addition to monitoring the future of the World, SSOMG has also been busy in the topsy-turvy world of real estate.   And now Easter is almost upon us; Not to mention the 7+ inches of rain over the last few days in Oceanside, CA. Despite the fact we haveContinue reading “#17 SSOMG Takes a Time Out”

#16 The Immaculate Reception

So as we approach Easter Sunday, it made me think of a sports story that ended up having some religious overtones, with the play being coined the “Immaculate Reception”. Most sports fans, and certainly football fans, and for sure fans of the Pittsburg Steelers remember the pass reception by Franco Harris as one of thoseContinue reading “#16 The Immaculate Reception”

#15 The Masters

Tomorrow is April 9th, 2020 and was scheduled to be the opening round of the Masters Golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia.  The Masters has now been postponed to November.  Hopefully Augusta will be warm and sunny come November. Golf has plenty of tradition.  There are 4 major golf tournaments eachContinue reading “#15 The Masters”

#14 Al Kaline

SSOMG would like to take a time out and honor Al Kaline tonight.  Al died yesterday at the age of 85. If you have never heard of Al Kaline, I would not be surprised.  Al played baseball for the Detroit Tigers.  The Tigers are in the American League, and Detroit is a long way fromContinue reading “#14 Al Kaline”

#13 Mr. Destiny

Tonight’s story is a takeoff on the 1990 Jim Belushi movie, Mr. Destiny.  Belushi plays a character who at the age of 35, is able to enter into time travel allowing him to return to the time of his final high school at bat, where, instead getting a hit to win the championship game, insteadContinue reading “#13 Mr. Destiny”

#12 Baseball Cards

This is an odd one. But it came to mind that what really got me interested in sports, other than Vin Scully, were baseball cards. We moved to Jose Way in Fullerton in July 1964.  I was 11 at the time.  Alan Garber lived across the street.  I think he was at least a yearContinue reading “#12 Baseball Cards”

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