“Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.”

Baseball Hall of Famer Satchel Paige (1906-1982) is considered one of the greatest pitchers in history — despite the fact that he only played for teams in the major leagues for about five years.  Paige actually had a very long career in baseball that started in 1926. But from the mid-1920s to the late 1940s … Read more

“Say it ain’t so, Joe!”

One of the most famous quotes in sports history is linked to the date September 28, 1920. On that day, “Shoeless Joe” Jackson supposedly admitted during testimony to a grand jury that he was one of eight Chicago White Sox baseball players who took bribes to let the Cincinnati Reds win the 1919 World Series. … Read more

“Because it’s there.”

In March of 1923, British mountain climber George Leigh Mallory was touring the United States to raise money for an expedition to Mount Everest planned for the following year. At that time no one had ever made it to the top of Everest — the highest mountain on the planet. In 1921 and 1922, Mallory … Read more

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

On May 2, 1908, Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer registered the copyright for the new song about baseball they’d written together. Naturally, they hoped it would become popular. But they could never have imagined that it would go on to become one of America’s three most frequently-played songs, along with “Happy Birthday” and “The … Read more

“Doubtless God could have made a better berry, but…”

The Izaak Walton League is one of America’s oldest conservation groups. It was founded in 1922 by sport fishermen who wanted to preserve fish and wildlife habitat for future generations. The League took its name from the avid English angler Izaak Walton (1593-1683). By profession, Walton was an “ironmonger” (a dealer in iron and hardware). … Read more

The day Leo Durocher said “Nice guys finish last.” (Or something like that.)

The famous sports quote “Nice guys finish last” has long been attributed to legendary baseball player and manager Leo Durocher. But for decades there has been a debate about whether he actually said it. Most sources agree that the basis for the attribution comes from remarks “Leo the Lip” made on July 6, 1946, when … Read more

The Top Quotes of 2012 – and some of the top “top quotes” lists of 2012…

Every December, various pundits, writers and media outlets publish lists of what they consider to be the the year’s “top” or “best” quotations — either in general or within a certain realm, such as politics, sports or movies. Recently, I’ve been perusing some of the lists of quotes from 2012. The one that’s most widely … Read more

SEPTEMBER 27 – Remember when we used to “Fly the friendly skies?”

Several airline advertising slogans have become memes in our culture even though the airlines that used them no longer exist. For example… “It’s the only way to fly!” – The famed ad slogan used by Western Airlines, starting in 1956, which became a familiar saying. “If you’ve got it, flaunt it” – The ad slogan … Read more