As readers of last month's issue of PressBox learned, Gino Marchetti is making a comeback. Not with the Ravens -- although they could use his pass rush presence right now -- but with Gino's Burgers and Chicken. The Colts Hall of Famer will be a consultant, making personal appearances and handling media-related responsibilities to promote the "new" restaurant chain.
Ever since the Marriott Corporation acquired Gino's Hamburgers (359 company-owned locations) in 1982, many have missed the company's great burgers, friendly atmosphere and community philanthropic endeavors. Recently, the NFL Network revealed the The Top 100: NFL Greatest Players. Marchetti came in at No. 39. The Hall of Famer has always been popular with collectors and fans throughout Baltimore, but somehow doesn't receive national recognition given his many honors and accolades earned throughout his NFL career (1952-66). Perhaps it is because he played during an era of limited exposure that didn't record official sacks, or because Marchetti is such a humble, quiet guy. Whatever the reason, outside of Baltimore, Marchetti is one of the most undervalued signatures and best-kept secrets in the football collectibles market.
Marchetti's career matches up against anyone who played defense in the NFL, yet many fans today have to Google or YouTube the Hall of Famer to see how dominant a player he was.With Gino's Burgers and Chicken making a comeback, maybe more NFL fans, young and old, will discover how Marchetti dominated the game. The first new restaurant opened in King of Prussia, Pa., with future plans to open more units throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Sosa's Corked Bat Heading Back To Chicago
Grant DePorter, CEO of Harry Caray's Restaurant Group, recently purchased Sammy Sosa's infamous corked bat at auction from former Chicago Cubs pitcher Mike Remlinger and Schulte Auctions for $16,567. The historic bat will be displayed at the Chicago Sports Museum inside Harry Caray's Tavern on the Navy Pier alongside numerous other unique pieces of Chicago sports memorabilia.
"This bat is unquestionably a unique piece of Chicago sports history," said DePorter, "and is perfect fit for our museum collection." On June 3, 2003, the corked bat splintered when Sosa hit a ground ball out to second base during the first inning of a Chicago Cubs-Tampa Bay Devil Rays game at Wrigley Field. Sosa was ejected from the game, and the incident marked the beginning of the end of Sosa's career.
Terps Gear Auctioned To Help Wounded Warriors
For the second year, Under Armour has designed camouflage-style uniforms for Maryland, Utah and Texas Tech to wear in honor of the U.S. Armed Forces. The game-worn jerseys will then be auctioned off through the schools' Web sites.
Maryland will don their camouflage uniforms Nov. 20 against Florida State and then auction them to raise money to support the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization providing programs and services for injured service members and their families.
"The custom uniforms and gear provide us with an opportunity to engage college football fans and athletes, while uniting together to support the overall mission of Wounded Warrior Project," Maryland graduate Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour, said. "We are committed to honoring our nation's troops who risk their lives protecting our house and we are proud to support them through these games and beyond.