#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”