The Eccentric Life of Rube Waddell

The history of professional baseball is full of players with colorful personalities. Athletes like Mark Fidrych, Rickey Henderson, and Jose Lima have made the game of baseball entertaining throughout time. However, none might have been as quirky as Hall-of-Fame pitcher Rube Waddell. George “Rube” Waddell pitched in Major League Baseball during the turn of the 20th Century. In a career that spanned from 1897 to … Continue reading The Eccentric Life of Rube Waddell

MacMurray College Tennis and the Death Penalty

Nearly every season, at least one college athletic program commits a violation in the eyes of the NCAA. Typically, in response to such violations, the NCAA will punish the program and school. Most punishments involve monetary fines. In more severe cases, the punishment may be loss of athletic scholarships or even banishment from postseason for a certain amount of seasons. In very rare occasions, the … Continue reading MacMurray College Tennis and the Death Penalty

The First ESPN Broadcast and How It Was Almost Lost

Sports media conglomerate ESPN has been a mainstay on cable television for over 40 years. The channel was founded in 1978 by father-and-son duo Bill and Scott Rasmussen, and it made its official launch on September 7, 1979. The ESPN campus was available land in Bristol, Conn., helped purchased by majority owner Getty Oil, allowing the construction of satellite dishes to broadcast the new company. … Continue reading The First ESPN Broadcast and How It Was Almost Lost

Ray Caldwell: The Pitcher that Was Struck by Lightning

During the broadcast of the MLB game between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins on August 24, 2020, Fox Sports Cleveland, the flagship television station for the Indians, ran the following infographic on former Cleveland pitcher Ray Caldwell: According to the unbelievable stat line, on that date 101 years prior, Caldwell was struck by lightning in the final inning of his Indians debut. Despite being … Continue reading Ray Caldwell: The Pitcher that Was Struck by Lightning

Controversy at the 2010 PGA Championship

From August 12 to August 15 in 2010, the 92nd PGA Championship was held at the Straight Course at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin. The PGA Championship is considered one of golf’s majors and is 1/4 of its “grand slam,” along with the Masters, U.S. Open, and British Open. It is one of the most-important tournaments for PGA Tour golfers each season. In 2010, Martin … Continue reading Controversy at the 2010 PGA Championship

Homer at the Bat: Which of Mr. Burns’ Teams Would’ve Been Better?

In February of 1992, America was infatuated with The Simpsons. The show was in its third season, and it was one of the highest-rated television series in the world. On February 20, they aired the 17th episode of that season, “Homer at the Bat” (spoilers ahead). In this episode, the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant starts a slow-pitch softball team. Homer becomes the star of the … Continue reading Homer at the Bat: Which of Mr. Burns’ Teams Would’ve Been Better?

Vince DiMaggio: The Oldest DiMaggio Brother

Joe DiMaggio is considered one of the greatest players in Major League Baseball history. He played from 1936 to 1951 (as well as serving in the military between 1943 and 1945 due to World War II). He was named an all star every season of his career, won nine World Series titles, and won the American League MVP in 1939, 1941, and 1947. He finished … Continue reading Vince DiMaggio: The Oldest DiMaggio Brother

Askernish: Golf’s Lost Course

Throughout the history of golf, courses have become grander. As the game grows and evolves, so do the courses. Today’s golf courses have been designed to cater to the modern game. Even the oldest courses in the world, such as St. Andrews and Carnoustie, have been revamped over the years. However, Askernish Golf Club is not like other golf courses. Considered lost for almost over … Continue reading Askernish: Golf’s Lost Course

Looking at the Coincidences Between Alex Smith and Joe Theismann

On Friday, May 1, 2020, ESPN aired a documentary about NFL quarterback Alex Smith on its series E:60. This documentary showed the process Smith had to go through just to walk again after his gruesome leg injury in the Washington Redskins’ Week 11 home game against the Houston Texans. In the game, Smith was sacked halfway through the fourth quarter. With two Texans falling on … Continue reading Looking at the Coincidences Between Alex Smith and Joe Theismann

The Story of the Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Steagles

In 1943, the United States was in the middle of World War II. Every able-bodied man in the country that could pass their physicals was overseas taking on the Axis of Germany, Japan, and Italy. Famous athletes from the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and the National Hockey League were being recruited to help fight the evils in Europe and the Pacific. With the … Continue reading The Story of the Philadelphia/Pittsburgh Steagles