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3 Cheers for DiMaggio
Shortly after her marriage to Joe DiMaggio (in January, 1946), Marilyn Monroe interrupted their honeymoon (with his blessing) to tour American troop installations abroad. "Oh, Joe!" she exclaimed upon her triumphant return. "It was so exciting. The boys were thrilled! You never heard such cheers!" DiMaggio's reply? "Yes, I have."[Notwithstanding this remark, DiMaggio was usually remarkably elegant and reserved. DiMaggio and Monroe were divorced the following year.][In the 1939 All-Star game, DiMaggio—playing for the American League—hit an inconspicuous-looking home run. The homer proved to be more significant four years later, however, when his brother Vince—playing for the National League in the 1943 All-Star game—also hit a boomer, sending both brothers into the record books: As the only siblings ever to ...
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Matchbox 20 - Matchbox! Yeah!
In 1996, Matchbox 20 played a concert with Christian acoustic rockers Jars of Clay (during their "Tour on a Stick"):"It was a weird scene," Rob Thomas recalled. "At first, we were worried about cursing around the other guys and all that, but they just let us be what we wanted to be. The last show of the tour, though, there was a rule about not cursing onstage—and I have a potty mouth... So right before the last song of the last show, I thanked everybody on tour with us and I thanked the band..."And what did he say about them from the stage? "They didn't think I could make it through a whole tour without saying 'f---' onstage!"["There were six ...
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Vince McMahon: accused of being everything
In the 1990s, scandals involving allegations of sexual misconduct and illegal drug use rocked the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). WWF chairman Vince McMahon bore the brunt of the criticism. "Vince was accused of being everything from a homosexual rapist to a heterosexual rapist to a child molester to a drug user and distributor," his wife Linda once recalled. "I think at one point someone asked him where he was on the day Kennedy was shot."[As an impressionable young man, McMahon began wearing nothing but red (right down to his shoes) like Dr. Jerry Graham, a 6-foot-3, 300-pound giant who drove around in a 1959 Caddy convertible, lighting cigars with $100 bills. He also became the first cadet in Fishburne Military ...
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Smead Jolley & the Green Giant
While Smead Jolley was a fine hitter, finding a suitable position for him in the field was something of a challenge. He was once tried as an outfielder in Boston's Fenway Park, where an incline led to the wall. With his coaches, he practiced going to the wall to catch a fly ball, running backwards, and taking the small hill in stride. Later, during the game, Jolley ran back for a fly, but—realizing that he had gone too far—came forward again, down the incline, and fell flat on his face, whereupon the ball landed on his head before bouncing away.Jolley soon returned to the dugout, rubbing his head. "Ten days you guys spend teaching me how to go up the ...
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Walter Hagen Etiquette
Golf great Walter Hagen was among the most flamboyant players in the game's history. On one occasion, he attempted to annoy his partner and exaggerate the man's obsession with proper etiquette by playing the entire round in a full tuxedo.On another occasion, Hagen asked England's Edward VIII to tend the flag for him. His exact words have become a thing of legend: "Hey Eddie," he said, "get the stick, will you?"[One day in the late 19th Century, Griswold "Grizzy" Lorillard appeared at the exclusive Tuxedo Park Club in New York City wearing an unusual tailless dinner coat—and the 'tuxedo' was born.]
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Golfer Sam Snead's Greatest Fear
Golfer Sam Snead once said the only thing he feared on a golf course was lightning—and Ben Hogan. Snead's 81 career tournament victories compare favorably with Hogan's 63. Among Hogan's other admirers was Los Angeles Times scribe Jim Murray: "My late wife always used to say, 'If Jim ever gets to heaven and Ben Hogan isn't there, he ain't staying.'"
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Alan Hansen and Ian Wright - BBC broadcasting blooper
Following England's loss to Brazil in the 2002 World Cup, the BBC apologised for accidentally broadcasting comments made by commentators Alan Hansen and Ian Wright (thinking they were off the air).Digital viewers saw their screens go blank, but could still hear the panel discussing the game. "Seaman [the British goalkeeper] was f---ing five yards off his line!" Wright cried. "And what the f--- was he [coach Sven Goran Eriksson] doing taking Michael Owen off?"Hansen also got himself into hot water: Asked which match was coming up next, he helpfully replied: "It's the f---ing Krauts!"[A BBC spokesman later attributed the blunder to a "technical fault": "Obviously Gary [Gary Lineker], Alan, Peter [Peter Reid] and Ian were unaware they were on air. ...
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Tommy Salo - funny goal
During the 2002 winter Olympics, goaltender Tommy Salo and his Swedish teammates played a memorable hockey game against a relatively weak Belarussian side. Toward the end of the hard-fought match, a long shot was taken by a Belarussian forward. As the puck rocketed toward Salo's face, he threw his head back to lessen the blow. As a result, the puck, after hitting his mask, rose almost vertically into the air. Almost...As Salo glanced around in search of the puck, it rose in a narrow arc, fell back toward the ice, bounced off his back and rolled into the net.[The goal proved to be the game-winner and Canada (delighted to play Belarus rather than the Swedes) easily advanced to (and won) ...
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Young Bill Gates' First Business Contract
William H. Gates III had business on his mind from the very beginning. One day when he was ten years old, Gates drew up a contract—giving him unlimited access to his older sister's baseball mitt.
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Robert Kraft - locker room visitor
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft once encountered a female sports reporter in the team locker room after a game, surrounded by football players in various states of undress. "That's the closest you'll ever come," he told her, "to a patriot missile!"