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Rundown from the Horsehair Mat

It was the night before Christmas when I stepped down into the Idaho basement and beheld a horsehair mat measuring six-by-eight 10-year-old strides that changed my life. The next morning the real gift came when dad took off a bowtie and younger brother Tom opened a big box of boxing gloves. We descended the stairs, [...]

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Nature vs. Nurture on the Football Field

A sporting illustration of the nature vs. nurture argument occurred a few years ago when San Diego Horizon high school visited our Blythe, California Yellowjackets on our own playing field. The visiting team was ´naturally´ genetically gifted in one of the top scholastic and beefiest schools in San Diego county, while the Blythe bunch was [...]

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White Championship Throne

The first time I arrived in Toledo was by thumb and freight as a National Champion in the early 1970s, before it became a money sport. There was a big tournament at the Toledo YMCA.in the dead of winter. It’s bracing to step from a chilled auto or boxcar into a hot racquetball court, and [...]

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First Sports Van

I used to live in a van bought with winnings at the first professional racquetball tournaments in '73.  I customized the interior with cushions, book shelves, and shag carpeting to create the first CA racquetball van. it was a '74 blue Chevy van dubbed the Blue Lemon that hauled many players to far flung tournaments [...]

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San Diego Memories

Perhaps my greater contributions to racquetball were off the court during the golden era: blonde afro, customized van, beach running, headphones, Doberman pinchers, reading paperbacks, 10-speed bikes, and scuba. Once I started it lit a light in the Leach racquetball stable. Charlie Drake's beach garage was full of scuba gear for players to borrow. He, [...]

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Barefoot Running

I grew up running barefoot on paved Michigan county roads, graduated to marathon running in Converse Chucks tennis shoes, and had the honor of jogging with Micah True of Born to Run in Mexico´s Copper Canyon before he ran to exhaustion recently in New Mexico. RIP. The effects of trotting barefoot as the author points [...]

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Mr. Universe Offers Racquetball Conditioning Tips

Mr. Universe and some of the top racquet players heft the common goals of individualism and personal perfection. A few years back, I dug into a ‘Gold’s Mine’ of training tips from Mike ‘The Mighty’ Quinn. Make that mighty, as in savvy and gracious. ‘You can make a chorus line of doctors and psychologists who [...]

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Chess and Sport

As a kid, our Idaho family home didn’t get The NY Times, so my math-minded father one winter conjured a chessboard, set up little men like ants, and told me to move them as seemed logical by their stature. In one year I was beating him while reading funny books. He threw up his arms [...]

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The Dirtiest Secret: Big Head

The 1980’s brims with racquetball facts, however the most interesting one is rarely disclosed.  I have no regret in revealing it here after witnessing all the shenanigans between the two racquet manufacture giants – Leach and Ektelon – through the Golden Era 70s. It is fitting that one really screw the other in the 80s. [...]

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The True History of Racquetball Declassified

The true history of racquetball was declassified in early 2013 during a two-month long Email round-table discussion by most of the fifty living professionals and movers and shakers of the industry. Muted, dirty secrets as well as the genius decisions were presented that have contributed to the development of the game since it was named [...]

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