|This Bud's for you!|
By Jeff Merron
Page 2 staff
Mike Price. Larry Eustachy. Top-notch coaches. Mere footnotes in the annals of sports wildmen (and women).
So, who's in Page 2's Hall of Fame For Sports' Party Animals? We're glad you asked:
1. Babe Ruth
He repented on a regular basis. "After a rousing Saturday night on the town, the Babe would drag us to mass with him on Sunday morning," said teammate Waite Hoyt. "When the collection plate came around, he'd peel off 50 bucks, figuring, I guess, that he'd paid for his sins for the week."
The bad boy of golf sucked down whiskey like it was water, ate himself to obesity, threw fits on the golf course, trashed hotel rooms, and lost millions gambling. He lived large, leaving a trail of three ex-wives, 10 houses and 20 cars, and still won two majors -- the 1991 PGA Championship and 1995 British Open. After three rehabs, something stuck, and at 37, he is, amazingly, still alive.
3. Doc, Darryl, and your 1986 World Champion Mets
Make no mistake -- this was one huge party team and the festivities went on for a long, long time. "When Doc came out of Smithers in 1987," former Mets trainer Steve Garland told SI, "he talked to me about how prevalent the drug use was on the team. He started calling off names. He rattled off more than 10 -- more than half the team. Probably around 14 or 15. And I thought the '84, '85 and '86 teams were wilder."
4. Michael Irvin and the "White House" Cowboys
The Boys got plenty of heat for their bacchanalian ways. William Bennett, author of "The Book of Virtues," condemned Irvine and Co. for "hurting this country's morale." Lineman Nate Newton demurred. "We've got a little place over here where we're running some whores in and out, trying to be responsible, and we're criticized for that, too."
5. Eleanor Holm
It didn't slow her down. Though not competing, she became the toast of Berlin, telling SI in 1972, "I had such fun! I enjoyed the parties, the Heil Hitlers, the uniforms, the flags … Goering was fun. He had a good personality …"
John McEnroe's close friend, Gerulaitis, who was once ranked as high as third in the world, initiated McEnroe, Pat Cash and likely quite a few others into the cocaine-laced party scene of the late 1970s. Even Andy Warhol took note of his partying ways, writing in his diaries about how McEnroe and Gerulaitis made the scene at Studio 54 and Xenon. And, Warhol wrote, Gerulaitis, by the late 1970s, had been "wearing his gold coke-cutter razor blade around his neck during matches."
7. Damon Stoudamire and Rasheed Wallace
8. Hollywood Henderson
9. Max McGee
On the sidelines the next day, the hungover McGee was jawing with his roommate, Paul Hornung, about the Golden Boy's upcoming stag party when Lombardi called on him to replace the injured Boyd Dowler. McGee, who had caught a total of four passes for 91 yards during the entire regular season, ended up catching seven passes for 138 yards and two TDs, including the first six-pointer in Super Bowl history.
"Max McGee probably played the game of all games in the Super Bowl, considering what he went through," Hornung said recently. "Nobody in all 30 Super Bowls don't even come close to doing what he did. What the hell? I'd like to see every one of them stay out all night and do what he did."
10. Billy Martin
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