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What do Babe Ruth and Mia Hamm have in common? The joy of competition, yes. The adulation of millions. And recognition on our list. For us, it’s about the thrill of victory. If you expect the agony of defeat, look elsewhere.

Americana: Louisville Slugger

Posted by on Apr 6, 2010 in Americana, Sports | Comments Off on Americana: Louisville Slugger

J. Fred Hillerich of Louisville, Kentucky, wanted nothing to do with baseball bats. On that, everyone agrees. He focused his woodworking...

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Sports: Baseball Hall of Fame

Posted by on Mar 26, 2010 in Sports, Travel | Comments Off on Sports: Baseball Hall of Fame

Today’s post is another that honors two interconnected ideas – in this case, the museum in Cooperstown, New York and also the...

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Sports: Howard Cosell

Posted by on Mar 22, 2010 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Howard Cosell

“Great? Are you kidding me? You think that blowhard is great?” I can hear my father’s voice reacting to this selection....

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Sports: John Wooden

Posted by on Mar 9, 2010 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: John Wooden

Under coach John Wooden, UCLA won seven consecutive NCAA men’s basketball championships, and ten in the twelve years between 1964 and...

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Sports: The Masters

Posted by on Feb 22, 2010 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: The Masters

When the trees are just beginning to foliate their bare branches in North Carolina, the azaleas are already in bloom in Georgia. I know,...

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Sports: 1980 USA Hockey Team

Posted by on Feb 9, 2010 in Sports | 1 comment

Grown men cried. Strangers embraced. Groups all around the country spontaneously joined to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” and...

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Sports: Vince Lombardi

Posted by on Jan 26, 2010 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Vince Lombardi

Q. Vince Lombardi has become synonymous with which of the following? A. Winning B. The NFL C. Hard Work D. All of the Above A. D, all of...

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Sports: Joe DiMaggio

Posted by on Jan 12, 2010 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Joe DiMaggio

When Giuseppe and Rosalia DiMaggio were processed at Ellis Island near the turn of the century, they expected they’d raise a new...

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Sports: Special Olympics

Posted by on Dec 30, 2009 in Sports | 1 comment

Eunice Shriver died this year, and she rightfully was hailed for her part in the creation of the Special Olympics program. In 1968, a...

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Sports: Jesse Owens

Posted by on Dec 16, 2009 in Sports | Comments Off on Sports: Jesse Owens

Adolph Hitler had it all mapped out. He was hosting the Olympic Games in Berlin, the perfect showcase for his claim of Aryan superiority....

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