Posts Tagged ‘Cancer’

Years ago there were two great sports “Babes”. The most prominent was George Herman “Babe” Ruth, arguably the greatest baseball player of all time. Not a day goes by without someone somewhere, mentioning his name or extolling his legend.

But the other “Babe” these days is too often overlooked. Her name was Mildred “Babe” Didrikson-Zaharias, who without debate is the greatest female athlete the world has ever known. Do I know that for sure? No, because I’m too young to definitively make the claim, but I do believe it. I’ve seen the film clips, and I’ve read the stories, and based on this “research” I’m sold on her place in history – she is indeed number one. Still, because she competed so long ago, coupled with the fact that we seldom, if ever, give female athletes their just due, this Babe is not mentioned nearly enough.

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Ernie Harwell: Still Living

Posted: 18th September 2009 by DavidBurnett in Major League Baseball
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I don’t live in Detroit but I know about Ernie Harwell. He is 91 years old yet only a couple of years retired as the longtime, captivating voice of Detroit Tigers baseball. Ernie had a way of making any game seem special and interesting. It’s probably why he lasted so long. Sadly, the other day […]

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Gene Upshaw Remembered

Posted: 23rd August 2008 by David Burnett in Character, Death, NFL, NFL Player's Union, Unions
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The sports world lost a true giant this week with the death of Gene Upshaw. The 63 year old Upshaw died suddenly from pancreatic cancer. He only learned he had one of the most devastating forms of cancer this past Sunday. Gene Upshaw helped shape the current NFL both as a Hall of Fame offensive […]

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