My favorite two months of the sports calendar tip off this weekend with the beginning of the NBA Playoffs.
Happy Jackie Robinson Day!
On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson played his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Since then, baseball has not looked back.
So, to commemorate this great day (I love watching every player wear 42) and the biopic “42” that was released on Friday, here are 42 facts about the life and career of Jackie Robinson.
Joe Paterno died this year.
So did Junior Seau.
The death of freestyle skier Sarah Burke after hitting her head on the ledge of the half-pipe was also sad and stunning.
Hector Camacho (age 50) and Johnny Tapia (age 45) also made the obituary list in 2012. I’m just shocked that those names from the boxing world made it that long.
Those are some of the A-listers who are most frequently mentioned on 2012 retrospectives among the notable sports figures who passed this year.
But there are others who were lost this year that you may or may not be aware of, who also made their marks on the sports world in their unique ways, whether it been as a player, a coach, or in the media.
In March of 1972, The Godfather hit the box office and forever changed the way we looked at movies.
On December 20th, two years later, the sequel was released and one of the greatest stories ever told just got better.
It’s crazy to think that The Godfather is 40 years old. For a movie that old to remain relevant, not feel dated, and still impact the way we look at movies is an accomplishment in and of itself.
With additional research by Dennis Goodman
The University of Evansville (UE) Purple Aces spent much of their afternoon and evening on Tuesday December 13, 1977 sitting in the Evansville Regional Airport waiting for a plane.
The chartered DC-3 that was scheduled to take them to Nashville (en route to Murfreesboro, Tennessee for a game against Middle Tennessee State) was three hours late, delayed by inclement weather.
Air Indiana flight 216 finally departed at 7:19 p.m. Only seconds after taking off, a member of the flight crew radioed the tower, saying only, “Standby.”
Less than two minutes later, the DC-3 crashed into Evansville’s Melody Hill neighborhood, not far from the airport.