(Blogathon ’16!) Related To Somebody Famous For Something Else: Tony Lupien, WWE Star John Cena’s Grandpa

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I’m not much of a wrestling fan, but I know a great meme when I see one, and the meme related to WWE Superstar John Cena is a good one:

For those of you who don’t want to watch that, in essence, it is what happens when a completely unrelated scene is suddenly interrupted by the cry of “JOHN CENA!” or “HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!” and his theme music begins to play. It’s very stupid, but also hilarious.

But, did you know that the “public face” of the WWE is the grandson of a baseball player? And not just any baseball player, but an honest-to-goodness MLB player: Tony Lupien of the 1940s Red Sox, Phillies and White Sox. In fact, the first-baseman even received MVP votes during the depleted years of WWII:

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 11.00.11 AMHere are his Minor League stats:

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 11.01.46 AMAfter his career, Lupien went on to be manager and coach, including bringing Dartmouth University to the 1970 College World Series. He was also involved- both during and after his career- with the labor movement, including help co-author The Imperfect Diamond, a history of baseball’s labor relations up through the 1970s.

At 8 AM: The start of “International Morning”, several hours of international baseball content

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OLYMPICS CONTINUUM: In which the IOC kicks out wrestling, basically the oldest sport there is

Well, let it not be said that Olympics discriminates based on age: they have reportedly cut wrestling from the 2020 Olympics.

Yes, wrestling. One of the oldest sports in the world and one practiced unquestionably around the world, a mainstay of the Olympics since ancient times, has been dropped from the Olympics, while such sports as Modern Pentathlon, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Synchronized Swimming will remain.

In other words, yes, baseball and softball no longer have the biggest beef with the Olympics. Also, if I’m track and field or boxing, I’m starting to get worried about 2024, because if they can cut out wrestling, nobody is safe, even if the Ancient Greeks played it.

Famous for something else: Randy “Macho Man” Savage

Randy Poffo’s baseball career took a turn for the worst as he was hit by a series of injuries, but he found a second career as Randy “Macho Man” Savage.

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1971 18 Cardinals GULF Rk STL 35 81 63 10 18 3 2 2 13 2 0 14 16 .286 .420 .492 .912 31 2 0 2
1972 19 Cardinals GULF Rk STL 52 168 46 3 4 3 .274 .393 66
1973 20 2 Teams 2 Lgs A-Rk STL 71 191 177 7 50 14 4 2 11 0 0 13 11 .282 .330 .441 .771 78 0 0 1
1973 20 Red Birds GULF Rk STL 25 75 61 7 21 6 2 0 11 0 0 13 11 .344 .453 .508 .962 31 0 0 1
1973 20 Orangeburg WCRS A 46 116 29 8 2 2 .250 .405 47
1974 21 Tampa FLOR A CIN 131 521 461 36 107 19 6 9 66 3 5 46 85 .232 .304 .358 .662 165 14 5 2 7 4
4 Seasons 289 961 869 53 221 39 16 16 90 5 5 73 112 .254 .314 .391 .705 340 14 7 2 10 4
Rk (3 seasons) Rk 112 324 292 17 85 12 8 5 24 2 0 27 27 .291 .352 .438 .790 128 2 0 3
A (2 seasons) A 177 637 577 36 136 27 8 11 66 3 5 46 85 .236 .294 .367 .662 212 14 5 2 7 4
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/17/2013.