So what's next for the East Coast? The earth has rumbled and the winds are howling. Reporters from The Weather Channel are affixing themselves to stop signs from the Outer Banks to the North Shore. Feel free to take in the All-Weird Weather Team. But please find shelter first.
Ray Shook: With one game and zero plate appearances in the Majors, Shook didn't exactly rock baseball to its core, but he persevered enough to make it to the 1916 White Sox. And there may have been a benefit to never returning. Some of his teammates were implicated a couple of years later in the game-fixing scandal that did have seismic impact on the sport.
Wilma Rudolph: Hurricane Wilma is considered by some measurements to be the most intense storm in the history of the Atlantic Ocean. The 2005 tropical disturbance proved itself quite capable of overcoming obstacles; it kept making landfall, retreating and coming back. The same could be said of Wilma Rudolph, who, as a girl, survived polio, scarlet fever, whooping cough and other maladies and grew into an Olympic champion and the world's fastest woman.
Pat Richter: On any scale, Richter has had a remarkable impact on University of Wisconsin athletics. He was a three-year letterman in football, basketball and baseball in his days as a student, and upon his return as athletics director, he hired Notre Dame assistant Barry Alvarez in 1990 to restore the football program. The deal worked out so well that Richter handed off the AD's job to Alvarez in 2004.
Georges Vezina: The Montreal Canadiens' netminder of the 1920s is honored today with a trophy awarded to the NHL's best goalie. By the nature of his job description, Georges the goalie prevented damage; Georges the storm, of course, inflicted $6 billion worth of it and had considerable human cost as well.
Scott Quakenbush: A veteran Minor Leaguer, Quakenbush was stationed at the Red Sox' affiliate in Greensboro, N.C., in May of 1957 when a tremor caused minor damage to the area. Tuesday's events, centered in Virginia, are believed to be the most noticeable tremors in the area since that day. Quakenbush delivered such impact at similarly infrequent levels; he hit 17 homers in more than 1,900 pro at-bats.