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1999 Stories by John Stravinsky

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  • Sports

    published December 14, 1999

    "He's the kind of guy who would throw a beer party and lock the bathroom door." —fellow coach George Raveling, on Bobby Knight For... More >>

  • Spoilsports of the Century

    published November 30, 1999

    Beyond the celebrated 4 a.m. TKO loss to Mike Tyson (at Dapper Dan's on 125th St. in 1988), Blood Green's street legacy is one for the ages.... More >>

  • Spoilsports of the century

    published November 16, 1999

    "It was like learning the Ivory Soap girl made a blue movie," moaned Ohio prosecutor Stephen Gabalac at the time of the 1973 Soap Box Derby fix.... More >>

  • NBA F.O.B.s

    published November 9, 1999

    One of the more memorable moments of 60 Minutes' recent look at presidential candidate Bill Bradley was when they had Dollar Bill throw up a few... More >>

  • Conrad Dobler, NFL, 1972–1981

    published November 2, 1999

    "When I hit a guy," Conrad Dobler liked to say, "I'll hit him in the throat. He doesn't have any pads on his throat." Thanks to Dobler, whose... More >>

  • Spoilsports of the Century

    published September 7, 1999

    "Hey future governor Barkley," Robin Ficker once screamed from courtside at the old Capital Centre, "how do you feel about NAFTA, about health... More >>

  • Ty Cobb, Major League Baseball 1905­1928

    published August 10, 1999

    "Ty Cobb, the greatest of ballplayers and an absolute shit," is the way Hemingway once put it. Correct on both points, Papa swore off his onetime... More >>

  • Spoilsports of the Century

    published July 27, 1999

    Predating John McEnroe by a few decades, Earl Cochell remains the only netman ever barred for life by the United States Tennis Association. In his... More >>

  • Silas Jayne

    published June 22, 1999

    "If Si Jayne liked your horse and made you an offer," a Chicago horseperson once said, "you'd better let him have it, or he'd get it somehow, even... More >>

  • The Knicks' Storybook (Post)Season

    published June 15, 1999

    They keep calling it a short season, but even with the abbreviated schedule, the current NBA cycle seems like it's been with us forever. Some of... More >>

  • Hal Chase, Major League Baseball 1905­1919

    published June 8, 1999

    Considered the best fielding first baseman of his day, Hal Chase (who broke in with the Yankees) managed to lead the American League in errors... More >>

  • Sideline Stoic

    published June 1, 1999

    "We want Reggie," the Garden faithful screamed last week, frothing at the prospect of yet another playoff visit from their decade-long Indy... More >>

  • Dave Schultz, NHL 1971­80

    published May 25, 1999

    With so many worthy candidates, it's tough to single out any one all-time bad guy in hockey. But for pure malevolence, Dave Schultz stands pretty... More >>

  • Rosie Ruiz, Marathoner, 1979­80

    published May 18, 1999

    This much we know for certain: Rosie Ruiz was the first woman across the finish line at the 1980 Boston Marathon. The problem was how much of the... More >>

  • Hal Chase, Major League Baseball 1905–1919

    published April 27, 1999

    Considered the best fielding first baseman of his day, Hal Chase (who broke in with the Yankees) managed to lead the American League in errors... More >>

  • John Stravinsky's Spoilsports of the Century

    published April 6, 1999

    Cute nicknames like Boy Gorge and Round Mound of Rebound followed Charles Barkley's early thunder up NBA hardwoods. But after 14 truculent years,... More >>

  • Spoilsports of the Century

    published March 23, 1999

    "I went through a lot of problems when I was coming into this league," Mark Gastineau once said, "with people not liking me and me not knowing why... More >>

  • Nice Guys Finish Where?

    published February 2, 1999

    "I predict that this year I will help myself and my teammates to the finals of the Eastern Conference playoffs," writes Jayson Williams in the... More >>

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