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A Taste of Venom
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We welcome fitness competitor, personal trainer and former American Gladiator Beth Horn to the program. Plus - former big league closer Jeff Reardon and Virgil Trucks the oldest former pro athlete ever to appear on Sports & Torts.
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Sports and Torts:: Beth Horn
The woman formerly known as Venom talks about her workout routine, her personal training career, her upcoming movie debut, and the chances of American Gladiators returning to the air.
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Sports and Torts:: Jeff Reardon
We talk with Jeff about his Hall of Fame hopes, making the move from starter to closer, his World Champion Twins, and the intimidating power of a good beard.
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Sports and Torts::Virgil Trucks
Virgil had a pretty amazing career, and at age 94, he’s still sharp as a tack. We get his memories of the 1945 World Series, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, and barnstorming with Satchel Page.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Beth Horn
Beth Horn was ''Venom'' on NBC's ''American Gladiators.'' She also has been a highly successful fitness competitor and has appeared on the cover and in fitness magazines. At the Men's Fitness Ultimate Challenge in June, 2011, in Chicago, Beth finished 31st overall and was the first female finisher. She recently finished filming the role of ''Animal Babe'' in the pro wrestling-themed movie ''Fancypants'' that is due out in the fall. Beth also is a personal trainer in Chicago; she also trains hopeful trainers in Las Vegas at Professional Fitness Institute's boot camp.

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Jeff Reardon
Jeff was nicknamed "The Terminator" for his intimidating presence on the mound and 98 mph fastball, is a former professional baseball relief pitcher from 1979-1994 who played for the New York Mets, Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins, and Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Cincinatti Reds, and New York Yankees. In 1992, he became the all-time saves leader in Major League Baseball with 342, breaking Rollie Fingers' previous record of 341. Reardon's record was broken the following season by Lee Smith. He currently ranks 7th on the All-Time Saves List with 367.

Jeff's Career Stats

 
Virgil Trucks
From 1941 through 1958, Trucks played for the Detroit Tigers (1941–1943, 1945–1952, 1956), St. Louis Browns (1953), Chicago White Sox (1953–1955), Kansas City Athletics (1958) and New York Yankees (1958). He batted and threw right-handed. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama. In a 17-season career, Virgil "Fire" Trucks posted a 177-135 record with 1,534 strikeouts and a 3.39 ERA in 2,682.2 innings pitched. Trucks threw four no-hitters in the minors and still holds the American Baseball strikeouts in a season record of 418 strikeouts (1938). He struck out another 30 batters in the playoffs. After retiring as a player Trucks joined the coaching staff of the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning the 1960 World Series with them against his old team the Yankees. He continued coaching with the Pirates then the Atlanta Braves and finally ending his MLB career with the Tigers in 1974.

Virgil's Career Stats