EXPIRED: 11/02/09 – Glenn Remick, 58, started playing darts as a teen only to end up in the National Darts Hall of Fame in 2002.
That’s right. This guy had an entire career – 25 years – playing darts. Gotta love it.
Everyone that knew him, played against him, or lost to him, knew him affectionately as the Father of Darts.
Remick opened a dart supply store in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1977 and founded the Western Massachusetts Darting Association that same year. The association grew from 2 pubs and 16 members to 1,100 members, 202 teams, and 237 pubs in less than five years.
In 1980, he founded the New England Darts Tournament Organization, directing the largest tournaments in the Northeast, and in 1983 he was captain of a select US team that toured England for two weeks and challenged English teams.
He was elected captain of the US World Cup Team and led it to an unprecedented second-place finish in Brisbane, Australia, in 1985.
Since beer goes so well with darts, Remick knew to gain sponsorship of Anheuser-Busch to get the darters’ association started.
“Selling the idea that a dart league is going to promote beer sales is not that tough of a job,’’ Mr. Remick said in a 1997 interview. “Dart players have a tendency to drink a beer every now and then, and it’s one of the few sports you can play and consume alcohol at the same time.’’
It is estimated that 18.5 million Americans play darts. I am sure many of them raised a beer to Remick’s memory recently, too.