Before Katie Ledecky, Before Michael Phelps, Before Mark Spitz, There Was…

Don Schollander. Schollander was the first swimmer to win four Gold Medals in one Olympics, doing so in Tokyo in 1964 at the young age of 18.  Schollander also won the 1964 James E. Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete, and the AP Athlete of the Year, easily defeating runner-up Johnny Unitas. Schollander followed … Continue reading Before Katie Ledecky, Before Michael Phelps, Before Mark Spitz, There Was…

Greatest Sports Book Ever? Ball Four – the Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Jim Bouton

This is a repost of the second entry in my first short-lived attempt at blogging back in 2012. The link to the original post can be found here. No site dedicated to reviewing sports biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs would be complete without a review of Ball Four. I grew up loving baseball and could recite … Continue reading Greatest Sports Book Ever? Ball Four – the Twentieth Anniversary Edition by Jim Bouton

A Wonderful Weekend Visit to The Land

This was our second visit to Cleveland, where our oldest son lives. I previously wrote about our first visit, where we discovered how nice all the people seemed to be. On this visit, we discovered how many wonderful things there are to do and see in "The Land". We arrived on Friday and had a … Continue reading A Wonderful Weekend Visit to The Land

Foul: The Connie Hawkins Story by David Wolfe

About a week ago I wrote about my early attempts at blogging. My first venture into blogging involved creating a web site, sportsographies.blogspot.com, which would entail writing book reviews of sports-related biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. The venture only lasted about two months and included just five book reviews. Since I want to get all of … Continue reading Foul: The Connie Hawkins Story by David Wolfe

A Look Back at My First Attempts at Blogging

I started this blog on January 1, 2015 (here's that first post), and haven't missed a day since. The original intent was to see if I was up to the challenge of posting every day for 31 days. When I got to 31 days I said to myself why not try for 50 days, which … Continue reading A Look Back at My First Attempts at Blogging

“When I Think of Baseball, I Think of…”

That was one of the questions on today's episode of "America Says", a game show hosted by John Michael Higgins (one of the commenters in the movie Pitch Perfect) and broadcast by Game Show Network. The series, which premiered on June 18, 2018, consists of two teams of four guessing the top answers to fill-in-the-blank … Continue reading “When I Think of Baseball, I Think of…”

Sorry Nike and Colin, I’m Not with You on This One

I've generally been a fan of the public stances that Nike has taken on various issues, and I was a fan of Colin Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the National Anthem at football games. I like when celebrities or athletes use the platform they have available to them to address social issues. However, I don't … Continue reading Sorry Nike and Colin, I’m Not with You on This One

A Choice I Made as a Nine-Year-Old Determined My Career Path

Who would have known that a decision I made as a nine-year-old would have predicted the career I have chosen for the past 33 years. When I was about nine-years-old I discovered that I liked swimming, and with my parents' encouragement, I joined the local swim team. I think back then swimming was a more … Continue reading A Choice I Made as a Nine-Year-Old Determined My Career Path

How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

Yesterday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). These data include the average amount of time per day in 2018 that individuals worked, did household activities, and engaged in leisure and sports activities. Additionally, measures of the average time per day spent providing childcare—both as a … Continue reading How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

Creating a Book of Small Experiments

Between Dan Pink, Dan Ariely, Adam Grant, and Seth Godin, I've usually got material for about five or six blog posts a month. Add in my Music Monday posts, and I've got 10 posts covered. That still leaves 20 or so ideas that I need to come up with each month, but it's nice when … Continue reading Creating a Book of Small Experiments