Owens, Louis, Robinson & the Republican Vote

October 25, 2020

Before the civil rights era of the 1960s, the Republican party of Abraham Lincoln still carried substantial weight with black voters. Three of the most prominent black athletes from the first half of the 20th century- Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson- even campaigned on behalf of Republican Presidential candidates.

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October 18, 2020
One on One with Super Bowl Champion, Joe Theismann

One of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of the 1980s, Joe Theismann came out of Notre Dame as a Heisman Trophy contender and an All-American in both football and …

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October 11, 2020
The Greatest Baseball Fan to Occupy the White House

For Herbert Hoover, the 31st President of the United States who served from 1929-1932, nothing compared to being at the ballpark. His record of sitting behind the …

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October 4, 2020
For a Touchdown, Or a Field Goal, Call George Blanda

Fifty years ago, George Blanda, playing for the Oakland Raiders, began a remarkable 5-game run that professional football players today could only …

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September 27, 2020
Interview with Boxing Champion, Marvelous Hagler

Forty years ago, on September 27, 1980, Marvelous Hagler began his reign as the undisputed Middleweight boxing champion of the world. At London’s Wembley Arena, in front of a beer-fueled raucous …

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September 20, 2020
Mixing Glitz and Politics, Soccer Lands in America

In the early 1970s, the New York Cosmos were an unremarkable, semi-professional soccer club playing a game that most Americans never cared for. Within a few years, the team became the …

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September 13, 2020
At Home with the Louisville Slugger

If baseball history is an extension of American history, then at its heart is the Louisville Slugger baseball bat, which dates back to the …

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September 6, 2020
When Keeping a Foul Ball Meant Risking Arrest

In 1998, the Philadelphia Phillies named 87-year old Robert Cotter “Fan of the Century” and presented him with an autographed baseball of the entire team. It wasn’t that Cotter stood out as the club's most …

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August 30, 2020
On the Saddle With US Polo CEO, Bob Puetz

As one of the oldest organized sports on the calendar, polo made its way to the American sporting landscape in the latter part of the 19th century. Originally a pursuit of the affluent …

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10 years ago

FOOTBALL November 26, 2010  Auburn beats Alabama 28-27 at the 75th Iron Bowl. In the largest comeback of the series’ history, the Auburn Tigers erase a 24-0 deficit in the 2nd quarter to overtake the Crimson Tide by a single point. Quarterback Cam Newton throws for 3 touchdown passes and rushes for a fourth TD to win the game. Over 100,000 spectators pack Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium that day to watch the famous rivalry, which was first played in 1893.

20 years ago

BOXING November 11, 2000  Lennox Lewis defeats David Tua in a unanimous decision to retain the WBC, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles. It was the 40th bout for the British-born fighter who entered the professional ring after winning the super-heavyweight belt at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Lewis retired in 2003 with a record of 41-2-1, having out-boxed the likes of Vitali Klitschko and Mike Tyson. His only career losses were to Hasim Rahman and Oliver McCall.

30 years ago

MOTOR RACING November 4, 1990  Ayrton Senna wins the Formula One Driver’s Championship despite falling short with gear box problems in the final race of the season at the Australian Grand Prix. It was the 2nd career victory for the Brazilian driver and the 3rd consecutive win for the constructor, McLaren-Honda. Senna would go on to claim the 1991 F1 driver’s podium as well, taking 7 of the 16 calendar races. Senna died in a crash in 1994 at the San Marino Grand Prix.

40 years ago

BASEBALL November 3, 1980  Walter Haas becomes CEO of the Oakland Athletics baseball team after buying the franchise from Charles Finley for $13 million. Haas, the Chairman of Levis Strauss & Company, wanted to prevent the A’s from leaving the Bay area for another city. Finley had won the World Series three years in a row with the A’s- 1972, 1973, 1974- though, in 1980 he was ready to sell the club to investors who considered moving the A’s to another market.