On Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 11:30 a.m. ET, ESPN Classic Remembers will honor the late jockey Willie Shoemaker with a replay of his last race, exactly 20 years ago. The Legend’s Last Ride race, run at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 3, 1990, will be part of a nearly 14-hour block of Shoemaker programming on ESPN Classic from 10 a.m. to 11: 45 a.m. and will include his 1986 victory in the Kentucky Derby aboard Ferdinand.
It was 33 years at ESPN for me as of November 2019 (the only job I’ve ever had) after joining merely to help with the America’s Cup for three months at a robust $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals and Indy 500; Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, in addition to overseeing the Fan Relations, Archives and ESPNPressRoom.com, my main areas are tennis, ratings, and corporate communications documents, including ESPN’s history and growth.