Dusting Off The Old Sports Almanac: Cedric Ceballos

Cedric Ceballos Throwing It Down

Cedric Ceballos is one of the most fascinating athletes profiled on “Dusting Off The Old Sports Almanac” thus far. I take that back, every athlete profiled here is incredibly fascinating. Ceballos might be the most unconventional of them all though.

You probably remember Cedric Ceballos as that sweet small forward on the Lakers who could dunk like none other. Ceballos consistently averaged around 17 points per game while grabbing around 7 rebounds each contest. Very respectable numbers that made Ceballos a great supplement to any team. From a team standpoint, Ceballos’ greatest achievement came in the 1992-1993 season when he led the league in field goal percentage completing 57.6% of his shots. However, Ceballos might best be remembered for his 1992 victory in the Slam Dunk Contest over the NBA All-Star Weekend. Ceballos sealed the deal with a remarkable blindfolded slam dunk (watch the clip of it here).

Much like Kerry Kittles, Ceballos’ legacy will be of a solid role player who was able to rise to the occasion when called upon.

What makes Ceballos such an interesting figure though is his post NBA career. Between 2002-2004 Ceballos played with professional teams in Israel, Russia, and the Phillipines. Upon the conclusion of his adventures around the world, Ceballos became employed by his former team, the Phoenix Suns, as the in-arena emcee and host of a weekly webcast entitled “Nothin’ But Net.” Ceballos’ enthusiasm for public address continued as he hosted a morning music program at a Phoenix R&B radio station.

The fun doesn’t stop there though. Ceballos teamed up with hip hop star Warren G in 1994 on a track entitled “Flow On” and in perhaps an even sicker collaboration teamed up with hip hop stars Grand Puba, Sadat X, AG, Diamond D, and fellow NBA player Dana Barros on a track called “Ya Don’t Stop.” Check out Ceballos’ music debut on the track “Flow On” below.

As you can see for yourself, Ceballos might rival the Dos Equis guy as the most interesting man in the world. Ceballos is currently a part owner and player of the Arizona Scorpions ABA franchise. Ceballos has been listed as inactive though because of a recent heart attack. Mr. Ceballos, we here at “Dusting Off The Old Sports Almanac” wish you a speedy recovery and hope you continue to shine as our most interesting man in the world.

Make sure to visit again tomorrow as we highlight former Chicago Bears wide receiver David Terrell.


Dusting Off The Old Sports Almanac: Kevin Orie

Kevin Orie being checked for back pain

Something many Cubs fans may have taken advantage of is the consistent play and production of Aramis Ramirez ever since he came over from the Pirates along with Kenny Lofton in the 2003 season. Prior to that, it was a long running joke/sad truth that the Cubs did not employ a respectable third baseman since Ron Santo retired. That’s a period from 1974-2003 (don’t be alarmed non-Cubs fans, we’re used to prolonged periods of mediocrity).

Which brings me to my next subject in the “Dusting Off The Old Sports Alamanac” series, Kevin Orie. Orie by no means was supposed to supplant Cubs legend Ron Santo as the next great Cubs third baseman. However, Orie’s rookie season offered Cubs fans a glimmer of hope.

After being selected with the 29th overall pick in the first round of the 1993 MLB draft, Orie took his time reaching the major leagues making his official debut on April 1, 1997. Orie hit a respectable .275 his rookie year with 8 home runs and 44 RBI’s in 114 games played. At the end of the season, Orie received 11 votes as Rookie of the Year but ended up losing out to Scott Rolen, a wise choice in the long run.

Coming into the 1998 season with increased expectations, Orie did nothing but disappoint. Orie’s start to the season was slower than molasses sliding down a frying pan on a hot Georgia Sunday. After hitting .181 in his first 64 games with the Cubs, he was traded to Florida for fellow disappointment Felix Heredia. Just like that, Orie’s reputation as a major league caliber player began to dwindle. He spent the entire 1999 season with the Marlins hitting .254 with 6 homers and 29 RBI’s. After the conclusion of the season Orie was released and surprisingly sustained his presence in professional baseball for the ensuing seven seasons bouncing around minor league clubs of various organizations. Orie hung up the cleats in 2006 after the first game of the year with Houston’s Triple A affiliate Round Rock.

Much like fellow athlete Kerry Kittles, Orie currently finds himself happily employed in the professional world. Kevin Orie is now an associate specializing in retail with real estate management firm Grubb Ellis in Pittsburgh.

Orie will go down most famously as botching Kerry Wood’s chance for a no hitter in his infamous 20 strikeout game against the Astros by letting a Ricky Gutierrez single go off of his glove as the only hit of the game.

Make sure to check back again tomorrow when we have a special guest contribution dusting off the profile of current NBA forward Brian Scalabrine.