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Finally: A lot can happen while one sleeps or is not looking! Since each sport is on-going, subscribe to the weekly Journal Notes newsletter and get updates on baseball, football, and basketball plus a reminder of events and noteworthy games that took place 5, 10, 20, and 50 years earlier!
Full disclosure: I indulged myself in this project; I hope you will indulge yourself as well. So, find out how each sport has evolved, follow your favorite team(s) or locate that long-held hero! Time to embrace those things we truly want to remember.
On a more personal note, my wife (Donna) and I currently live in Wheaton, Illinois. We are blessed with 3 adult children and our wonder dog, Gracie.
NBA Trivia Sports Lover
2003: A major brawl took place between the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers. Which player was given (what was then) the longest suspension ever handed out?
(aka Metta World Peace). His record has since been broken (2014, NYY Alex Rodriguez).
1992: Name at least seven players on the US Olympic Dream Team.
1976: Name the 4 ABA teams that merged with the NBA.
NFL Trivia Sports Lover
What team-oriented scandal took place before Deflate Gate?
Bounty-Gate. Saints’ head coach Sean Payton was suspended 1 year.
2004: This player was drafted by the San Diego Chargers but refused to play for them.
1991: This Atlanta Falcons draftee was 0-5 at his position before being traded away.
The Falcons’ Brett Favre was 0-5 at QB before being traded to the Green Bay Packers.
MLB Trivia Sports Lover
This century: After 80+ years of futility, name the 2 AL teams that won a World Series.
1989: What tragic event took place during the World Series?
1947: What was Jackie Robinson’s original position?
How did you do?
Let me start with the obvious: You love sports.
Call it what you will: Sports in general can be something to look forward to, a great diversion, or simply an event that breathes life during dull, painful moments. But there’s a host of others that embrace sports as a major part of their life. How so? They reach for the sports section before opening up the rest of the newspaper, know the channel and times of the next game or listen at length to strong opinions on sports radio. These folks are both passionate and possessive: it’s not just a team, it’s their team.
And most fans are not passive. Just watch how they twist their bodies while watching a play or listen to them (from afar) as they yell at the TV set; many even carry a strong dislike for a particular opponent. And what of those who wear war paint, or arrive several hours early to obtain a player’s autograph?
On game day, fans are busy buying jerseys, caps, terrible towels, and foam cheese they proudly wear on their head. Travel near or far: How many bars do you see that have a sports theme? Check inside: How many wide-screen TVs do they have? This is not surface-level affection. Nope. This kind of love embraces a team, or an era, a particular game and its score, or more importantly, a long-held hero.
This much is certain: Books on sports are many, but none have what is offered here. My journey started in 1991 when I wanted to find how a certain team or a specific league did on a year-by-year basis. It had to be more than just the final standings. Who were the stars? Who was picked first in the draft? Who was traded, injured, fined, or choosing to play out their final year? What were the games of note? What were the rule changes and trends? Who won the year-end awards? I wanted the story, the details, and a few necessary statistics. After a lengthy search, I found no such book. That is, not until now. So, whether you call yourself a casual fan, a sports “junkie,” or even a history lover, you are in the right place.
What is offered? Plenty! Seventeen books (some are shortened versions of the whole) and 20 free reports.
I really enjoyed the concise history of the Bears and Cubs and learned plenty reading through those sections alone. Reading through the years brought some smiles at some old time team names (Boston Beaneaters to name one) and brought back some childhood memories.
I can see going through the Cubs history in particular with my dad, who is 84 and whose earliest memory of being at Wrigley was the ’45 World Series. He’d remember a lot of names from way back, it’d be a fun discussion. I think anyone with a love of baseball or football would enjoy these e-books, especially the ability to drill down into specific sections or by names and chat with their father and son, and with buddies over a few beers.
I finally have an iPad and would definitely download the books and use them as resources. Lastly, I’d read through them with my son, now 11, who loves playing baseball more than anything. Brian’s e-books are treasure troves of historical background, facts, tidbits, and statistics. They are a trip down memory lane and a great source for fun discussion and lively debate between grandparents, parents, kids and grandkids, and between buddies over a beer. They are a resource you will enjoy returning to over and over.”
Brian Aldridge has written one of those rare, original books on baseball that appear every generation or so. His understanding of the sport is second to none. His work is extremely well documented and provides a clear and
concise history of the National and American Leagues
I find this reading extremely addictive! Be warned. Do not start reading this if you have a schedule to maintain. I find myself disappearing into the fond memories of so many games watched and listened to throughout my life. The
amazingly detailed account and statistics of games and teams of the past is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. I strongly encourage this reading for any serious sports fan or historian.
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Sports in general can be something to look forward to, a great diversion, or simply an event that breathes life during dull, painful moments. But there’s a host of others that embrace sports as a major part of their life.