Local H

Local H
Rock Band Formed In:Zion, IL You Know Them From:“Bound To The Floor” – their 1996 hit alternative rock song. Did you know?Local H is an American alternative rock duo, formed by Joe Daniels and Scott Lucas in 1990 in Zion, Illinois. The members met in high school in 1988 and went on to form Local H two years after which included Matt Garcia on bass guitar. Local H signed a record contract with Island Records in 1994 and released a total of three albums under Island Records. Local H was originally a three-piece band which was formed by Joe Daniels on drums, Scott Lucas on vocals and guitar, and Matthew Garcia on bass. In 1987, while attending high school in Zion, Illinois, Daniels and Lucas began jamming together. Later, Garcia joined them, and Local H was formed in 1990. In 1993, Garcia left the band, and Lucas and Daniels began... More

Bob O’Farrell

Bob O’Farrell
Former MLB player Birthplace:Waukegan, IL You Know Him As:Former catcher for the Chicago Cubs Did You Know?:Bob O’Farrell (October 19, 1896 – February 20, 1988) was an American professional baseball player and manager.  He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher for 21 seasons with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and the New York Giants. He was considered as one of the greatest defensive catchers of his generation. O’Farrell was born in Waukegan, Illinois where he grew up a Chicago White Sox fan. He signed with the Cubs in 1915 after playing an exhibition game for his local semi-professional team. Source: wikipedia More

Shane Rawley

Shane Rawley
Former MLB player Birthplace:Racine, WI You Know Him From:Professional baseball pitcher in the 1980s. Shane William Rawley (born July 27, 1955, in Racine, Wisconsin) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He played all or part of twelve seasons in the majors, from 1978 through 1989, for the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, and Minnesota Twins. Rawley was selected to the National League All-Star team in 1986 as a member of the Phillies. The next year, he won a career high 17 games, leading the N.L. in games started with 36. In his major league career, Rawley’s record was 111-118, with 991 strikeouts and a 4.02 ERA. Source: wikipedia More

Duane Kuiper

Duane Kuiper
Current MLB broadcaster Birthplace: Racine, WI. You Know Him As: The voice of the San Francisco Giants Duane Eugene Kuiper (born June 19, 1950 in Racine) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman, and is a five-time Emmy award-winning radio and television sportscaster for the San Francisco Giants. Along with former major league pitcher Mike Krukow, they now form the broadcast duo known as “Kruk and Kuip”. Kuiper was drafted by the New York Yankees out of Jerome I. Case High School in Racine, Wisconsin in the twelfth round of the 1968 Major League Baseball Draft, but chose instead to attend Indian Hills Community College. He was drafted by the Seattle Pilots, Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds while attending Indian Hills, but did not sign with any of these clubs. After a season at Southern Illinois University, he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the fourth... More

Caron Butler

Caron Butler
NBA basketball player Birthplace: Racine, WI You Know Him As: Forward for the Phoenix Suns (as of July 2013) Did you know?:Caron Butler (born March 13, 1980), is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA. Butler was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, where he suffered through a rough childhood; he was a drug dealer at age 11 and arrested 15 times before the age of 15. Caron discovered his love for basketball while at the detention center. Butler played in AAU basketball in ’98 and ’99. After a brief career at Washington Park High School, he enrolled at Maine Central Institute where he was successful enough to receive a scholarship to play at University of Connecticut for coach Jim Calhoun for two years.   Butler was a lottery pick in the 2002 NBA Draft, selected with the 10th overall pick by the... More

Ben Rothwell

Ben Rothwell
UFC fighter Birthplace: Kenosha, WI You Know Him As: That guy who beats other people up. Did you know?  Ben Rothwell (born October 17, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Rothwell started fighting in 1999 at the age of 17, when he was learning self-defense. He began his training under Dave Strasser in Kenosha WI, He has trained under Pat Miletich and Duke Roufus. Rothwell cites his mother Victoria, a caterer, his wife, and his daughter as the most motivational people in his life, and his personal hero is George Washington. As of July, 2013, he sports a UFC record of 32-9-0 (winning 16 of his last 20), his strongest traits being his well-rounded abilities, speed, size, and strength. Sources: Wikipedia, ufc.com More

Marvin “Smitty” Smith

Marvin “Smitty” Smith
Jazz Musician Birthplace:Waukegan, IL You Know Him As:The drummer for The Jay Leno Show Did You Know?Marvin “Smitty” Smith (born June 24, 1961) is an American jazz drummer and composer. Smith was the drummer during the entire run of The Jay Leno Show. Smith was born in Waukegan, Illinois, where his father, Marvin Sr., was a drummer. As a result, “Smitty,” as he is called by fellow bandmates, was exposed to drumming at a young age, receiving formal musical training at the age of three. Smith, an alumnus of Berklee, has recorded 200 albums with various artists, as well as two solo albums. In addition, he also has toured with Sting, Dave Holland, Sonny Rollins, Willie Nelson and with Steve Coleman. He is a former member of The New York Jazz Quartet, and is in a band with Kevin Eubanks, fellow Berklee alum and Tonight Show band member. Marvin Smith... More

Kevin Barry

Kevin Barry
NFL player Birthplace: Racine, WI You Know Him As: Former lineman for the Green Bay Packers. Kevin Barry (born July 20, 1979 in Racine) is a retired American football offensive tackle. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football at Arizona. He is most famous for being the 6th offensive lineman in Green Bay’s U-71 formation, named for Barry’s uniform number (he played for the Packers from 2002 – 2006). Barry has also been a member of the Houston Texans and Florida Tuskers of the United Football League before suffering an arm injury which led to his retirement. Source: Wikipedia More

Jerry Mertens

Jerry Mertens
Former NFL player Birthplace: Racine, WI You Know Him As: Cornerback for the 49ers in the 50s and 60s. Did You Know?”Jerry Mertens (born January 5, 1936 in Racine, Wisconsin) is a former American football cornerback who played eight seasons in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers. Mertens, a high-school standout at Racine Saint Catherine’s, was named to the NFL Pro Bowl in 1958, his rookie season. Mertens was officially a member of the 49ers during the 1966 season, although his career was over. Jerry ended his own career when he delivered a bone crushing hit to Jim Taylor for a six yard loss, which resulted in him breaking his neck. He was forced to sit on the sidelines for the reminder of the game. The doctors had failed in finding the fractured bones, until the next day when he had awoken from chronic pain in his... More

Mike Wagner

Mike Wagner
Former NFL player Birthplace:Waukegan, IL You Know Him From:The Steel Curtain defense of the 1970s Steelers. Did You Know?:Mike Wagner (born June 22, 1949 in Waukegan, Illinois) is a former American football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League from 1971-80. He won four Super Bowls as a safety on the famed Steel Curtain defense. Wagner played college football at Western Illinois University, earning NAIA All-American status in 1969. He was added to the Western Illinois Athletics Hall of Fame in 1976. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 11th round of the 1971 NFL Draft. Wagner, who tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions in 1973, appeared in the 1975 and 1976 Pro Bowls and recorded 36 career interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries. He won four Super Bowls, recording interceptions in Super Bowl IX and Super Bowl X, in a 10-year career before... More
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