Park 80 – Harvey Barcus Tennis Center

THE WHITE DAISY WAS HIS TRADEMARK

Harvey Herman Barcus (1899-1973) described himself as ‘stylishly stout’, however he was known more for his raspy voice and the fresh, white daisy he wore in his lapel each day.   Continue reading “Park 80 – Harvey Barcus Tennis Center”

Michael Herbert “Dad” Butler – Park 61

GRAND OLD MAN OF SPORTS

As far as I know, he’s the only man who gets his name listed in the telephone book as ‘Dad’.

 – George Stark, beloved Detroit News Columnist, 1948

Dad Butler’s incredible athletic ability set him ahead of the pack; a strong and homey nickname became his brand.  Butler simply didn’t want to be missed.  His response to Stark’s commentary:  “That’s to make it easy for the lads to find me.  They come from all over America, you know, and if they happened to be looking for me, I wouldn’t want them to miss the name, in all that fine print.” Continue reading “Michael Herbert “Dad” Butler – Park 61″