Footnote Athletes


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Re: Footnote Athletes

Postby cullman » Thu May 02, 2013 6:25 pm

Don Kierbow...probably the most unlikely US Davis Cupper ever.
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Re: Footnote Athletes

Postby KDFINE » Fri May 03, 2013 6:22 am

Gee Cullman, I never heard of Don Kierbow. Are you designating him as a footnote athlete or are you offering him up as the fourth member of the Olmedo - Richardson - Buchholtz winning Davis Cup team, which was someone else?
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Re: Footnote Athletes

Postby cullman » Fri May 03, 2013 11:43 am

"No mas...no mas", I'm conceding defeat! :lol: Who is the tall towhead?? I gotsta know!

BTW, Don Kierbow was the "secret weapon" that Pancho and Kramer brought with them to join the team for the Davis Cup Challenge Round.
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Re: Footnote Athletes

Postby KDFINE » Fri May 03, 2013 1:08 pm

Chris Crawford. He acquired many notable scalps including Pietrangeli at Wimbleton, but never did break through to the top.
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Re: Footnote Athletes

Postby Jim Rorick » Fri May 03, 2013 4:28 pm

Would Sergei Bubka Jr. qualify as a footnote athlete. He was one of the top-ranked Jr. tennis players in the world but has done nothing as a pro. And, since he was recently seriously injured in a fall from a second-story balcony, he may never play again.
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Re: Footnote Athletes

Postby jhc68 » Fri May 03, 2013 6:50 pm

Back to the original post, in my view Joe Don Looney epitomizes the footnote athlete... someone with unique talents who under or over achieve for some reason or another and whose life takes unexpected turns.
I'd add a couple more for consideration:
Colin Ridgeway and Terry Albritton - both dynamic, multi-talented athletes who came to untimely, bizarre ends.
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Re: Footnote Athletes

Postby bambam » Sat May 04, 2013 4:13 am

jhc68 wrote:Back to the original post, in my view Joe Don Looney epitomizes the footnote athlete... someone with unique talents who under or over achieve for some reason or another and whose life takes unexpected turns.
I'd add a couple more for consideration:
Colin Ridgeway and Terry Albritton - both dynamic, multi-talented athletes who came to untimely, bizarre ends.


Agree with jhc68 on JDL - don't agree with Albritton or Ridgeway. I was thinking of people whose talents were so great that they would have been considered at the very top of the sport except for ... something. OK, maybe Albritton, but not Ridgeway
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Re: Footnote Athletes

Postby TN1965 » Sat May 04, 2013 2:03 pm

How about Al Parker?

He won a record 25 USTA junior titles against Sampras, Agassi, Courier, Chang, Martin, Washington and Wheaton among others. Then he hurt his back in his freshman year at college, and was never the same player after that.
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Re: Footnote Athletes

Postby bambam » Sat May 04, 2013 4:58 pm

TN1965 wrote:How about Al Parker?

He won a record 25 USTA junior titles against Sampras, Agassi, Courier, Chang, Martin, Washington and Wheaton among others. Then he hurt his back in his freshman year at college, and was never the same player after that.


Could be - must admit I had never heard of him
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