The Rio Olympics already has been controversial — a condition that goes with every Olympics. Shirley Povich covered the 1972 Olympics in Munich in which 11 Israelis were murdered by by Arab terrorists. The Olympics have never been the same.
In this era of managers regularly giving major league baseball players “days off” it should be noted that Cal Ripken played 2,632 consecutive games, breaking Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games played.
Few moments in the history of sport can match the 1939 tribute the Yankees gave Lou Gehrig, who was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Sitting in the press box, Povich tapped out one of his most powerful and poignant leads.
The late Mickey Mantle has been in the news of late, with young superstars Bryce Harper and Mike Trout being compared to the Yankee great. Mantle was one of Povich’s favorites and he reviews how he was seen by some critics at the end of his life.