Reggie Ball, Shag Crawford on All-Dance Team

Sat, Mar 17

Find a partner -- safely, of course -- and join all those crazy kids from Greensboro to Portland who are doing all sorts of stuff on the floor these days. It's the All-Dance Team:

Reggie Ball: The former Georgia Tech quarterback (2003-06) always kept it interesting, dancing away from pass-rushers and sometimes throwing the ball to their teammates. He was never invited to the biggest ball in college football -- the postseason. And Ball endured considerable grief from his own fan base but survived it. He was the first true freshman to start at Georgia Tech since 1980, but was undrafted by the NFL and went on to play in the Indoor Football League.

Oscar Charleston: Like the Hall of Famer, who played baseball before integration, the Charleston is time-stamped. The dance was seen as a form of expression in the 1920s in which "loose" women would mock supporters of prohibition with provocative steps. Oscar was a three-time Negro League All-Star who was inducted into Cooperstown in 1976 -- long after the Charleston lost a step.

Shag Crawford: Henry Charles Crawford worked three World Series as an umpire and presumably ran a few miscreants out of the joint in his time. One of them was Orioles manager Earl Weaver, who, in 1969, became the first skipper in 34 years to be ejected from a World Series game. Crawford perhaps suggested that Weaver perform the St. Louis Shag on his way to the dugout in honor of Weaver's hometown.

Native Dancer: This horse had the good fortune to be born just as this new thing called television was starting to take hold in the living room. As a result, he became racing's first TV star, coming within two lengths of winning the Triple Crown in 1953. It was the only loss of his career.

Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass: This is the real-life guy behind Mickey Rourke's character, Robert "Boogie" Sheftell, in the classic, pre-Seinfeld movie "Diner." Weinglass, whose Merry-Go-Round clothing stores were fueled in popularity by disco, later attempted to bring a pro football team back to his hometown of Baltimore.