February 22

Charles O. Finley was born in 1918. His middle name was Oscar. Finley is best remembered as the colorful owner of the Oakland (Kansas City) Athletics of the American League. He bought the team while in Kansas City and moved them to Oakland in 1968, where they won three straight World Series (1972-1974). As an owner, he introduced “ball girls,” advocated night games for the World Series, and tried orange baseballs in a few exhibition games. Finley died in 1996.

In 1932, Senator Edward Kennedy was born in Boston. He was the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years and was the last surviving son of Joseph Kennedy. The incident at Chappaquiddick in 1969 severely hurt his chances of being elected president. Ted was known for this charisma and oratorical skills. As a liberal, he became known as “The Lion of the Senate.” He worked on more than 300 bills that were enacted into law and addressed issues such as immigration, cancer research, health insurance, and civil rights. Ted Kennedy died in 2009.

“Dr. J” Julius Erving was born in 1950. He helped the American Basketball Association merge with the NBA. He is the sixth highest scorer in ABA/NBA history and was known for his flying slam-dunks. He is the only player to be the MVP in both leagues, playing for the Virginia Squires, the NY Nets, and the Philadelphia 76ers. Erving was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.

Crikey! Australian wildlife expert Steve Irwin was born in 1962. He achieved worldwide fame for his television series The Crocodile Hunter. With his wife, they owned Australia Zoo near Brisbane, Australia. Irwin died in 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray. A national park in Australia was given the name Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve.

The “Miracle on Ice” occurred in 1980 when the United States Olympic hockey team defeated the favored Soviet Union National team in Lake Placid. The score was 4 – 3. The U.S. team went on to defeat Finland in the gold medal game. In 1999, Sports Illustrated named the “Miracle on Ice” the Top Sports Moment of the 20th Century. Herb Brooks was the coach of the team who died in a car crash in 2005.

Larry Moskal began his career as a Social Studies teacher in 1971. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with degrees in history and education. Larry taught Social Studies for the Ken-Ton School system, a suburban school system north of Buffalo, New York until 2005, and then taught and was the Dean of Students at San Miguel High School in Tucson. At Ken-Ton, he pioneered several online courses for high school students. In the 1980s, he spent three years teaching in Colombia, South America and spent four years at Lewiston-Porter High School. He currently is the PowerSchool Administrator for San Miguel accomplishing his work over the Internet.