Vince Dimaggio, was the older brother of that “other Dimaggio. He was no Hall-of-Famer, but Vince Dimaggio managed to hang around the Majors for 10 seasons, and in all but two of them he hit 12 or more home runs. Playing for the Phillies, he hit his fourth grand slam of the season on September 1, 1945.
You didn’t have to be a real serious football fan to know about the University of Michigan Wolverines. This is a team that started playing the game in 1879. They crushed Stanford in the first Rose Bowl in 1902. They won 42 conference championships and 11 national championships!
They also had some great players who didn’t play pro ball, including the MVP of their 1934 team who turned down offers from the Packers and Lions in favor of attending Yale Law School. His name was Gerald Ford, the 38th president of the United States. (He played in the East-West All Star, but contrary to popular belief, was not an All American.)
And let’s not forget The Big House, which is what everybody calls Michigan Stadium, the official name of the biggest stadium in the United States.
On September 1, 2007 a bunch of kids from a place in Boone, NC called Appalachian State University, came to Ann Arbor to play a football game with the Michigan Wolverines. Apparently the kids from Appalachian State, or as the school refers to itself, “App State”, hadn’t done their research.
They didn’t know that when an unknown Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) team that usually plays in a stadium that seats about 16,000 goes in front of 110,000 maize and blue clad screaming fans at The Big House, to play a team that’s ranked #5 in the country; They’re supposed to get slaughtered. (OK, some football wonks might have known that App State had a kick-ass program, for a second tier school, but nobody else did.)
Nobody told the kids from App State, that after the team who’s favored to win the Big 10 Championship scores first (66 yards on 6 plays), you’re just supposed to just roll over and die.
Maybe they were thinking that all those nice people who packed the stadium to see them get crushed, might actually want to see something that resembled a game. So the Mountaineers came back and answered with a 68 yard touch down pass of their owbn. And they answered again after trailing Michigan at the end of the first quarter, 14-7. Actually Appalachian State answered answered three times in the second quarter, and was leading the Wolverines 28-14 when Michigan cut the lead to 11 with a field goal, 23 seconds before the end of the first half.
Two minutes into the third quarter, Michigan was back on the board with another field goal, only to see App State push the lead back to 11 with a field goal four and a half minutes later. As the third quarter ended, Michigan scored on a four yard run, and could have cut the Mountaineers lead to three, had their two point conversion not failed.
With 4:36 remaining in the game, Michigan finally took a one point lead on a 55 yard touchdown run. (Another Michigan two point attempt failed.) After receiving the kick off, App State was intercepted on the first play from scrimmage. After five plays the Wolverines attempted a 43 yard failed goal that was blocked. The Mountaineers took possession with 1:37 left in the game. With only 26 only left to play, App State kicked a 24-yard field goal and led 34-32.
After receiving the kickoff, the Wolverines completed a 46 yard pass. In the final six seconds Michigan was set up to win it, except Appalachian State blocked their 37 yard field goal attempt. App State beat Michigan 34-32.
And that folks, is why they play the game.
At the end of the 1958 season, Sandy Koufax had pitched four seasons in the Major League, and had compiled a 20-21 record. He was known for his blazing speed and his mediocre control.
1959 was a transition year for Koufax. He started to find the strike zone, and still had velocity to spare. Koufax came one shy of tying Dizzy Dean’s National League single game strikeout record when he struck out 16 Philadelphia Phillies in Los Angeles on June 22. On August 31, in the midst of a tight pennant race with San Francisco and Milwaukee, Koufax broke Dean’s record and tied Bob Feller’s Major League record, when he recorded 18 strikeouts against the Giants. The game was played at the Los Angeles Coliseum in front of 82,794 fans.
An 18-year-old Ty Cobb made his Major League debut on August 30, 1905. Cobb became known as “The Georgia Peach” (and probably earned several other less complimentary and more vulgar nicknames). In the first inning of his first game Cobb doubled, facing the New York Highlanders’ (later renamed the Yankees) Jack Chesbro (career 198-132, ERA 2.68).
Twenty three years later on September 3, 1928, Cobb got his 4,191st, and last hit, also a double; facing Washington’s Bump Hadley.
Wack-Job pushes the leader off the course. He manages to finish the race in third place.
At the 22-mile mark of the 26.2 mile race, Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima looked like he was cruising toward the gold medal, when a deranged, defrocked priest from Ireland, adorned in a red kilt and green knee socks, ran out onto the course and pushed de Lima off to the sideline. It took de Lima 15 seconds to get back into the race, and it probably cost him the gold medal.
Miraculously, the Brazilian was able to finish the race and win the bronze medal. De Lima also was awarded the 2004 Pierre de Coubertin (founder of the International Olympic Committee) Award for Sportsmanship.
Notwithstanding having won the sportsmanship award, De Lima appealed to the Court of Arbitration of Sport and asked them to award a gold medal to him. (He asked them to award a second gold medal rather than take away the medals that were given to the first and second place finishers.) His appeal was denied.
If you wanted to give it a touch of Hollywood coloration—and to do so proved irresistible to a large number of the spectators gathered for the event at the Country Club of Detroit—the final match of the 54th annual United States Amateur championship was a scenario writer’s dream come true: it brought together “a graying millionaire playboy who is a celebrity on two continents” and a “tanned, muscular young salesman from Cleveland who literally grew up on a golf course” and pitted them against each other in a “battle of the classes.” read more SI.com