Monday, January 20, 2014

The Year Of Dicks, Day 20!

Today, we break the rules for the first time...


...because how could we not for Dick Button?

I admittedly know next to nothing about figure skating, but this is a man who, just by glancing over his Wikipedia page (linked above), apparently devoted his entire, very long life to it (as a competitive athlete, a professional performer and a commentator) and was pretty much the Babe Ruth of figure skating during his short but impressive amateur career. His first Winter Olympics appearance was in 1948 (at the age of 18), and while I'm not sure if he's working Sochi yet, he did commentary for the 2010 Games. 62 years is a LONG time to be associated with a sport, and if he goes to Russia, that'd make it 66. Unbelievable.

Amazingly, though, it's not all he's done! He's also passed the bar exam, he's worked as an actor of stage and screen, and he's fought his way back from two separate traumatic brain injuries (in 1978 and 2000) to continue his commentary work (and became a spokesman for the Brain Injury Association of America in the process). As Dicks go, even without him being part of one of the Big 4 sports, Dick Button is an unbelievably impressive guy, and I salute him!

(Card submitted by Bo Rosny, by the way. What an incredible Dick to throw into a trade package!)

2 comments:

  1. To me there are commentators that just go hand in hand with their sport. Bud Collins for tennis is one and Dick Button for figure skating is on the same level. He makes my July 18 birthday list along with new HOFer Joe Torre:
    http://canthavetoomanycards.blogspot.com/2013/07/blow-out-candles-july-18.html

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  2. Glad you enjoyed it! You never know when the random cards you accumulate will suddenly become useful...

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