"All ballplayers should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill." - Babe Ruth

It’s about that time.

"Whatever you do, you should do it with feeling." - Yogi Berra

Yogi-ism.

Oct. 13, 1996 - Nick Lowery kicked his 374 career field goal to set the NFL record

Nick Lowery was selected to the Pro Bowl three times and when he retired was ranked first in field goal percentage and also had the most field goals in NFL history (384).

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"I never dreamed about being a millionaire, I dreamed about being a football player." - Victor Cruz

A dream come true.

"To be a leader, you have to make people want to follow you, and nobody wants to follow someone who doesn’t know where he is going." - Joe Namath

Lead them to the promise land.

Oct. 8, 1973 - Pete Rose altercation with Bud Harrelson

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It was game 3 of the NLCS that matched up the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets. During the game, Pete Rose got into a fight with Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson, while attempting to slide into second base. The fight resulted in a bench-clearing brawl that nearly called off the game. It got so intense that fans in the stands started throwing objects at Rose, prompting the Reds team to leave the field until order was restored. The Mets would go on to beat the Reds for the 1973 National League Pennant.

"When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things." - Joe Namath

Broadway Joe wants you to believe in yourself, and so do we!

"Whenever I hit a home run, I make certain I touch all four bases." - Babe Ruth

Superstitions.

Sept 30, 1927 - Babe Ruth became the first player to hit 60 home runs in a season

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The 1927 season featured a fearsome New York Yankees lineup of power hitters known as “Murderer’s Row” that included Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzerri and Bob Meusel. Ruth led the American League in home runs throughout the year, but did not appear to be within reach of his record 59 home runs, set in 1921, until he hit 16 in the month of September, tying his record on September 29.

On September 30, in the last game of the season, Ruth came to the plate against lefty Tom Zachary of the Washington Senators in the eighth inning. With the count at 2-1, Ruth launched a Zachary pitch high into the right-field bleachers, and then took a slow stroll around the bases as the crowd celebrated by tearing paper into confetti and throwing hats into the air. Upon assuming his position in right-field for the ninth inning, those seated in the bleachers waved hankies at the famed slugger; Ruth responded with multiple military salutes.

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"Baseball is a game, yes. It is also a business. But what it most truly is, is disguised combat. For all its gentility, its almost leisurely pace, baseball is violence under wraps." - Willie Mays

More than a game.

Sept. 29, 1954 - Willie Mays of the Giants made his famous over the shoulder catch

The Catch refers to a memorable defensive baseball play by Willie Mays during Game 1 of the 1954 World Series between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians at the Polo Grounds in New York on a ball hit by Vic Wertz.

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Sept. 21, 1986 - Jets beat Dolphins, 51-45, with Ken O’Brien and Dan Marino setting an NFL record of 884 passing yards

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The two quarterbacks put on a legendary offensive performance as they set NFL single game records of 884 net passing yards and ten touchdown passes, records that still stand to this day. Dan Marino completed 30 of 50 passes for 448 yards and six touchdown passes. Ken O’Brien threw for 479 yards and four touchdown passes all to wide receiver Wesley Walker, including one with no time left on the clock to force overtime. A game that saw record setting performances from two quarterbacks fittingly ended with a long pass. The New York Jets completed the comeback with a 51-45 victory in overtime. To this day, it is the highest scoring game between the teams (96 total points).

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Sept. 4, 1993 - Jim Abbott, who was born without a right hand, pitched a no-hitter

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“I remember it was a cloudy day. A day game, the kind of game I like to throw.” - Jim Abbott

Abbott was a 6’ 3”, two-hundred ten pound left handed fireballer who graduated from the University of Michigan and pitched for the 1988 U.S. Olympic team. Then, without any minor league experience, Abbott was brought into the major leagues by the California Angels organization.

Four years later the one-handed pitcher, who once commented that he wanted to be like Nolan Ryan and not like Pete Gray, realized part of that dream when he tossed this five-walk no hitter in Yankee Stadium.

"Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string." - Pelé

Enthusiasm is contagious :)

Aug. 28, 1977 - Pelé played in his final non-exhibition game as Cosmos defeated Sounders, 2-1, for NASL championship

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The game was an offensive slugfest, with the teams combining for 55 shots (29 Cosmos, 26 Sounders). Although Pelé did not score in the New York Cosmos’ 2-1 Soccer Bowl win over the Seattle Sounders, it was his day all the same. After the final whistle blew and the trophy was presented, it was Pele that the new champions hoisted onto their shoulders and carried off to the cheers of a standing-room crowd of 41,270 at Civic Stadium.

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