When I was young, I was really into baseball. However, I grew up without a television, so I wasn’t that much into current baseball. What I really liked was stories of the greats from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. I read a lot of books about baseball in those days and the great players who inhabited the diamond then. I used to talk about those stories with my dad and hear his stories. My father was a big Yankee fan and he would talk about DiMaggio all the time. Sure, Gehrig, Mantle, Mays, Williams, and other greats would make appearances, but DiMaggio was the greatest ever in the eyes of my dad.
My dad had lived in NYC back in the early sixties and saw DiMaggio and some of the other Yankee legends play. One thing he used to always say was that DiMaggio could do everything–hit, run, field, throw, you name it, and he did it with such grace.
Grace. It’s kind of a funny word to describe a male pro athlete. Strong, fast, powerful, scary. Now those are some good adjectives. But grace? Hmm. But that is exactly what those old-time guys had. They weren’t as strong or weight trained or whatever, but they just moved so naturally.
The video below of Sugar Ray Robinson training is a perfect example. Sugar Ray Robinson is usually considered the greatest pound-for-pound boxer ever. Like DiMaggio, Sugar Ray could do everything. He could box, power punch, move, whatever, and he did it with real grace.
It is sad that there exists so little footage of these great athletes from a half century or more ago. For example, I couldn’t find any really good footage of DiMaggio. What you do see just serves as tantalizing glimpses of athletes whose names have served as the very watchword of ability for decades.
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On the minute for 10 minutes
2 Power Cleans @ 85% 1RM
400m Hard Run
200m Gentle Jog
200m Hard Run
100m Gentle Jog
100m Hard Run
Rest 1 minute and repeat for a total of 3 rounds.