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  1. Sy Berger defined Topps' success with his drive, creativity and integrity.

    Sitting at his kitchen table in early 1952, Sy Berger designed a masterpiece.

    Baseball card collectors have benefited from his artistry ever since. And Sunday, collectors lost the “father of modern day baseball cards.”

    Seymour P. “Sy” Berger, the iconic Topps employee known as the “father of modern day baseball cards,” died early Sunday at his home in Rockville Center, New York, said baseball historian Marty Appel, a friend and former public relations man for Topps ...
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  2. The Sports Bookie: An unvarnished look at the 1970s Steelers

    So much has been written about the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, that it almost seems impossible for a writer to come up with a fresh angle.

    If you’re a fan of NFL history, you’ve read and heard all the angles and recall the personalities. Four Super Bowl titles. The Steel Curtain. Mean Joe Greene. The Immaculate Reception. Bradshaw to Swann or Stallworth. Franco Harris. Team owner Art “The Chief” Rooney. All set to the deep, resonant baritone of NFL Films narrator John Facenda, the ...
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  3. The Sports Bookie -- Remembering Andy Pafko

    “Gentlemen, we have just traded for the pennant.”

    That’s what an unnamed Brooklyn Dodgers official said on June 15, 1951, the day the team acquired Andy Pafko from the Chicago Cubs.

    It didn’t work out that way. Pafko is immortalized in a black-and-white photo, looking up forlornly into the left-field stands at the Polo Grounds as Bobby Thomson’s “Shot Heard ’Round the World” sent the New York Giants soaring into the World Series. “A spectator in uniform,” Roger Kahn ...
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  4. The Sports Bookie -- How Jamie Moyer made time stand still

    You could call Jamie Moyer an underdog, but I believe he’s a bulldog.

    The left-handed pitcher was written off several times during his major-league career, but he proved his critics wrong — again and again. Moyer pitched in the majors for 25 years, winning 269 games and helping the Philadelphia Phillies to a World Series title in 2008. On April 17, 2012 — at 49 years, 150 days — he became the oldest pitcher to win a major-league game.

    He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues ...
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  5. The Sports Bookie -- Recalling the turbulent 1963 NFL season

    In 1973, a weekly national news magazine ran a feature story about the period from 1963 to 1973, calling it “Ten Years that Shook the World.”

    Certainly, it was a turbulent time. There were the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. There was the Vietnam War and the protests that it inspired. The Cold War, a rebellion crushed in Czechoslovakia, two wars in the Middle East, an overthrow of the Allende regime in Chile, a destructive ...
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