Tag Archives: Happy Birthday

Sneaker Showcase: Happy Birthday Tracy McGrady

Tracy McGrady goes up for the dunk

A career long goal of advancing to the next round of the NBA Playoffs has eluded Tracy McGrady his 16 seasons in the league, until this year. Bringing back the adidas T-Mac 1’s may not have brought back his high-flying athleticism, but it certainly reminded #sneakerholics of a time when McGrady was in the same discussion with Kobe Bryant as the best player in the NBA. On May 24th, T-Mac will be celebrating his 34th birthday. Having spent more than half his life playing professional basketball, he’s earned many accolades throughout his long career. Though some of it had been mired by the constant and nagging injuries he’s incurred over the years, his time with the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Qingdao Eagles, and now San Antonio Spurs has shown that as long as there is passion for him to play, he will do it. And throughout all this, adidas has stuck by his side, giving him his own signature line and now a retro line, infused with all the great memories he’s had as a player. Continue reading

Sneaker Showcase – Happy Birthday Julius “Dr. J” Erving

Julius "Dr. J" Erving

Feeling tired? Feeling a little under the weather? As the average #sneakerholic, one grows weary of the many “trend” shoes that seem to slightly miss the point of why we love the classics. Well, the doctor is in and he’s here to check up on you, reminding you of what it means to be one of the meanest, nastiest Slam Dunk Champions the NBA has ever seen. On this day in 1950, Julius Erving was brought into this world, quite possibly to tear down every rim he saw. The history this man has made and what his impact to the sport of basketball was recognized by being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. What he brought to sneaker history seems to go hand in hand with the Star Chevron,  making Converse the name brand it is today. Continue reading

Sneaker Showcase – Happy Birthday Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan

Once known as “The Round Mound of Rebound”, Charles Barkley or “Chuck” has taken center stage, prolonging his career in basketball at the announcer’s table. First of all, today Charles will be celebrating his 50th birthday and the @Sneakerpedia team would like to help recognize his contributions to the sneaker world. Never willing to hide an opinion no matter how brutally honest it may be, Charles’ career on the court is equally just as legendary. His time spent with the Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, and Houston Rockets have left memorable moments in each stop, shaking up the basketball world with his power play and proficiency in getting rebounds. Continue reading

Sneaker Showcase: Happy 50th Birthday Michael Jordan!

Michael Jordan 6 Rings

It seems like every year, #sneakerholics celebrate two birthdays. Their own of course and Michael Jordan’s on February 17th. This year is no exception, especially with the 2013 All-Star Game taking place on the same day. On his 50th birthday, Jordan will not only have accomplished so much on the court, being both player and owner, but also off the court as well, with advertisements and endorsements far and wide. Of course, Jordan Brand will always find a way sneaker-wise to celebrate all of the great achievements he’s had in the kicks over the course of his career. We take look back at some of his defining moments and how the brand has paid tribute to them in special packages. Also, some information you may not have known about those games/situations. Continue reading

Sneaker Showcase: Happy Birthday Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson

On this day in 1919, Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born. Though he was much more important to the world than he ever was to sneakers, “Jackie” Robinson has  been the recipient of a number of special makeups over the years.

Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play major league baseball, becoming one of the most important people in ending racial segregation in baseball. Robinson was also one of the best players to play the game, playing in 6 World Series during his 10 years in the league. He won a Rookie of the Year Award, as well as an MVP award, and won a World Series with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955. Continue reading