MORE SPORTS FACTS YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE KNOWN

BASEBALL

Former outfielder Lou Piniella hit 102 career home runs, making Piniella the only player in Major League history with 100+ career home runs and no multi-homer games on his resume.

On April 8, 2015, former Red Sox second baseman and outfielder Bobby Doerr turned 97 years of age.  He is the oldest living player enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and the only surviving Major Leaguer to have made his debut in the 1930’s – 1937 to be precise. 

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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw has the lowest WHIP (1.057) of any left-handed pitcher in Major League History.  Only five other pitchers are ahead of him.  A pitcher’s WHIP is an important mathematical calculation.  It takes the sum of a pitcher’s walks and hit allowed, and divides that sum by the total number of innings that they have pitched. 

Former pitcher Mike Timlin is the last player to win four World Series without having a spot on a New York Yankees roster.  He won two World Series with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and 1993, and a pair of World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2007 and 2010.

NBA

Former center and power forward Ben Wallace was superb defense player over his 17-year career from 1996-2012.  He holds a not-so-flattering NBA career record, only converting 41.4% of his free throw attempts for players who have attempted 1,000 or more career free throws.

Wilt Chamberlain’s played his last game in 1973.  He still holds 71 NBA records, 62 of them all by himself.  To see the list of records to which Chamberlain lays full or partial claim, go to this link.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_career_achievements_by_Wilt_Chamberlain

OVERALL PROFESSIONAL SPORTS

The youngest players elected to the four major sports Halls of Fame are Sandy Koufax (MLB), Gale Sayers (NFL), Ed McCauley (NBA), and Bobby Orr – who at 31 is THE youngest of this quartet.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

On February 16, 1994, the Louisiana State Tigers basketball team blew a 31-point lead against the Kentucky Wildcats – the largest comeback of any major college basketball team.  LSU led Kentucky 68-37 with 15 minutes remaining on the second half clock, but Kentucky roared back and outscored LSU 62-27 for the remainder of the game and defeated LSU by a score of 99-95.  They took a 96-95 lead with approximately 20 seconds remaining in the game when Kentucky’s David McCarty hit a three-point shot.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

From 1962-2001, the University of Nebraska Cornhusker football team had only three head coaches, won five National Championships, and compiled a gaudy record of 398 wins, 78 losses, and five ties.  The 0.833 winning percentage meant that Nebraska won on average five of every six games played over a 40-year period.  The 2001 season would be the last season that Nebraska was a factor in competing for a National Championship, as they ended that season with a 62-37 road loss to Colorado, and despite that – got to play the great 2001 Miami Hurricane team in the Rose Bowl, only to lose 37-14.  What would one of my sports articles be with a Husker fact? 

The football rivalry between THE Ohio State Buckeyes and the University of Michigan is renowned.  The 1968 contest in Columbus, OH was a Buckeye Blowout.  With 1:23 remaining in the 4th quarter, Ohio St. scored a touchdown to give them a 50-14 lead.  Instead of kicking an extra point, their irascible coach Woody Hayes attempted and failed on a two-point conversion.  After the game, Coach Hayes was asked why we went for a two-point conversion when he was up by 36 points.  His answer was priceless:  “because they wouldn’t let me go for three!”

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

The 1974-75 Stanley Cup finals were noteworthy for two main reasons:  1) The Philadelphia Flyers repeated as Stanley Cup champions, and 2) It was the first Stanley Cup which contained two teams that were not in the league prior to the 1967-68 NHL expansion, which at the time doubled the size of the league.

Hockey Hall of Famer Dave Keon had an 18-year NHL career, fifteen with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and three seasons with the Hartford Whalers.  In an era where scores of players spent well in excess of 100 minutes per season in the penalty box, Keon amassed a mere 117 penalty minutes IN HIS CAREER – an average of 0.09 minutes per game.

That’s it for now.  Thanks for reading.

 

 Greg Heim has been a lifelong, Central NJ resident, and a resident of South Plainfield for over 13 years.  Greg’s wife Lisa has almost 20 years of full-time experience as a high school science teacher, and has worked at South Plainfield High School since 2005.  Greg and Lisa’s daughters Rosalind, 17, and Stephanie (“Steffi”), 16, also attend SPHS.  Their 10-year-old son Michael (“Mikey”) has special needs as a high-functioning autistic student.  He attends Kennedy Elementary School where he has made tremendous progress.

Autism is something that Greg Heim knows a lot about.  Even though he was not diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome until the age of 40 in 2006, Greg and pretty much anyone who has ever met or corresponded with him, even remotely knew that he was very different. The “label” proved to be a positive, life-changing event not only for him, but for his family and close friends as well.

Providing discussions and presentations about Asperger’s is only one area that Greg offers our communities free of charge.  Greg is also a well-known and respected numismatic researcher with over 40 years of experience.  His interest in coin collecting began in second grade after carefully examining a large bag of Lincoln “Wheat Ear” Cents coined from 1909-1958.  In addition to his scholarly contributions in the numismatic community, Greg’s involvement in the governance of numismatic clubs on the local, state, and national levels began and has continued since his junior year of high school in 1982.  Greg’s numismatic presentations are applicable for those with or without numismatic experience.  His most popular programs geared towards non-numismatists come in the areas of selling a collection and avoiding fraud when purchasing precious metals for investment.

Greg received his Bachelor’s in mathematical sciences from then-Kean College in 1996.  Greg’s specialties lay in the areas of reinforcing the importance of basic, arithmetic operations, and out-of-the-box thinking that goes beyond standardized tests – especially when it comes to the mathematics and psychology related to games of chance.   Greg’s career as a professional poker and video poker player and author for more than a decade is something that he enjoys sharing with others, especially high school students as an educational primer. When Greg was asked why his passion to lecture on this subject was so high, he stated “because there is an incredulous lack of knowledge and misinformation about the reality of gambling to which race, gender, education level, income level, geography, and any other societal dynamic one can think of have little or zero influence. “

Greg is also an avid sports historian and enthusiast in the areas of football, basketball (college and professional), baseball, hockey, and boxing to a lesser extent.  Greg is a lifelong New York Yankee fan, and spent over eight years in the sports card and memorabilia business from 1986-1993, and he has been a stalwart fan of Nebraska Cornhuskers football since 1982.  His most popular sports programs come from zeal as a diehard, New Jersey Husker fan.

Greg’s approach to providing presentations usually relies on a cooperative effort with the person who has the most contact with his potential audience in order to optimize the number of people in said audience while providing them with the presentation that they most likely want to hear.

But sometimes it does not even have to be all that complicated.  Greg loves to be grilled and put on the spot for 60-90 minutes with a basic “Q&A” format, or one to which he just sits in a chair and plays the role of a raconteur.

For more information, please go to Greg’s community Facebook page “Gregory S. Heim.”  He can also be reached via e-mail at gynandroidhead@yahoo.com, or on his cell at 908-405-6408.

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The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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