Late June through early August has to be the slowest and most boring time of year in sports. No NBA, NHL or NFL to speak of and two-thirds of the MLB teams are already out of contention for the playoffs. Which makes the unlikely parallel of top stories featuring U.S. Open champ (F)Lucas Glover (please no more “it fits like a glover” headlines, I beg you) and retiring NFL veteran La’Roi Glover stand apart from the rest.
In any other time of year, I wouldn’t notice the fact that two men with the same last name made headlines on the same day. Unless of course it was something as earth-shatteringly important as Bryant Gumbel and Greg Gumbel agreeing to star in a live action version of “Gumbel to Gumbel: Beach Justice.” We can all dream, can’t we?
Yet, here I am filling the hallowed relatively anonymous pages of SoD with something as inane as two Glovers making news on the same day in June. (What are the odds of me writing about two Glovers making news on the same day without Danny Glover being prominently involved?).
History is simply not on my side when it comes to interesting sports stories in late June. In fact, a quick overview of sports events which occurred on June 23 (special thanks to www.todayinsport.com) confirms the black hole that is this time of year:
1917 – 31st US Womens Tennis: Molla Mallory beat Marion Vanderhoef
1917 – Ernie Shore replaces Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth with a runner on, he throws him out and retires all 26 he faces for a perfect game
1918 – Boston Red Sox Dutch Leonard’s 2nd no-hitter beats Tigers, 5-0
1922 – 57th British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 300 at Royal St George
1926 – Commencement of the West Indies’ 1st Test cricket match, at Lord’s
1927 – Lou Gehrig hits 3 HRs in 11-4 victory over Red Sox
1939 – Bronko Nagurski beats Lou Thesz in Houston, to become wrestling champ
1953 – Patty Berg wins LPGA All-American Women Golf Tournament
1963 – 63rd US Golf Open: Julius Boros shoots a 293 at The Country Club Mass
1963 – Mickey Wright wins LPGA Women’s Western Golf Open
1963 – NY Mets Jimmy Piersall, hits his 100th HR, he circles bases backwards
1969 – Joe Frazier TKOs Jerry Quarry in 8 for heavyweight boxing title
1974 – 20th LPGA Championship won by Sandra Haynie
1975 – 75th US Golf Open: Lou Graham shoots a 287 at Medinah CC ILL
1978 – 33rd US Women’s Open Golf Championship won by Hollis Stacy
1980 – West German wins European soccer title (2-1 against Belgium)
1985 – Alice Miller wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
1986 – Pedro Morales swims world record 100m butterfly (52.84)
1988 – Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat begin their NBA expansion draft
1991 – Beth Daniel wins LPGA McDonald’s Golf Championship
1996 – Dottie Pepper wins LPGA Rochester International Golf Tournament
History shows that if you like the LPGA then you probably have no use for this article. But, my guess is that the majority of sports fans are feeling a little bored these days. Don’t blame me or the Glover boys. It’s just that time of year.