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Intense vs Pleasure Workouts

With a background in physical fitness for fifty years, as a professional athlete and now amateur athletic nut, the bottom line of training always reaches for one question. Should my workout be for pain or pleasure? The stock answer is that a workout should be accepted with suffering. The exception is when there is stress [...]

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Elvis and the Memphis Racquetball Mafia

Elvis walloped the ball around the court like he was strumming a guitar for the fun of it. He looked like he was on stage except with the racquet, the moves in the court comparable to his moves on stage, and to work the audience with his physical performance. His guitar became more of a [...]

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Charlie Brumfield: King of Racquetball

The son of a US Marine Corps officer and a former chemistry teacher, Charlie Brumfield’s first home was on base at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA.  There are threads to support his rise to Racquetball King during this period. His sister reports he ‘drove’ a TV antenna around the hours at night sleepwalking in search [...]

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Keeley Racquetball – Paddleball Timeline

1968 Introduced to paddleball at Michigan State University MSU Intramural singles champion in paddleball and handball. Paddleball Intramural B doubles champ playing on crutches.   1969 Organize the first MSU Paddleball Club. Intramural champion in paddleball singles and doubles.   1970 Intramural paddleball, handball and badminton champion. Walk 45-miles from Jackson, MI to MSU for [...]

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Aw Chucks

I had the first racquetball apparel contract for all clothes with Converse for the old ´Chucks´. They were ugly, high tops to protect against sprained ankles, and lightweight to move quickly, plus a thin insole so cornering was as if barefoot. They carried me through five national paddleball singles championships and on to become what [...]

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The Mythical Racquetball G.O.A.T.‏

Few historians of any sport endure long enough to actually see in live action the legendary competitors they write about. Having started my racquetball journey well over forty years ago, when Leach and Ektelon were California backyard industries pumping out a racquet a day, when the handfuls of players at YMCA’s strewn across the USA [...]

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Racquet Grip Glue and the One-Grip System

The bent handle racquetball racquet of the early 1980’s reminds me of a one month experiment with every type of adhesive on the market, about thirty in all from Elmer’s to Superglue, using various styles of gloves and racquet grips to stop grip slippage.   I recognized with the onslaught of the fast ball and [...]

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Cross-train for Racquetball with Racquetball

We invented all kinds of games to cross-train for pure racquetball. Some were as banal as two-on one, like cut-throat except two players vs. a stronger one for an entire match. There were ceiling games where after the serve only that shot was allowed, and the same for kill shot games.  One of the best [...]

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The Roots of Pro Racquetball: 40th Anniversary

Racquetball for me started in 1971 at the most pivotal national singles tournament that transformed the sport from amateur to professional. I was a relative unknown, as was racquetball that year, never having paid it attention except for a few hits against the coming king of the decade, my nemesis Charlie Brumfield. Brumfield had moved [...]

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Honesty, Cheating and Gamesmanship

Three Game Styles There are three game styles: honesty, cheating, and gamesmanship. I was too ignorant to cheat in the racquetball and paddleball pros, and tried eight times in winning seven national singles championships during the sports' golden decade of the 1970s… in retaliation to like. The formula was if a rival cheated the first [...]

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