The Tennessee General Assembly passed a pair of resolutions Wednesday honoring Tennesseans for surprising athletic achievements relatively late in their careers.
Lawmakers passed Senate Joint Resolution 95 honoring Lin Dunn, coach of the Womens National Basketball Associations Indiana Fever. A pioneering womens basketball coach, the 65-year-old Dunn has amassed more than 600 wins at the collegiate and professional levels, leading the Purdue Boilermakers to the Final Four once and serving on the staff of gold-medal winning international teams, but before last season, she had never won the top title on her own. After four previous playoff trips with the Fever, Indiana won the WNBA championship last fall.
Lin Dunn stands among her peers as one of the finest basketball coaches in America, the resolution reads, and her incredible career coaching records at both the collegiate and professional level only serve to cement her prominent position in the pantheon of womens basketball coaches.
Lawmakers also gave a nod to baseball's R.A. Dickey, the journeyman pitcher who, at 37 years old, won his first Cy Young Award last fall. In a nice bit of rhetorical flourish, Senate Joint Resolution 99 noted Dickeys unrivaled knuckleball that mowed down batters by the score as they failed to make solid contact with the baffling pitch only a rare few have perfected.
Dickey was the first knuckleballer to ever win the Cy Young, leading the National League in strikeouts and shutouts while ranking second in wins and earned run average. At one point in the season, Dickey pitched 44 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings, a streak that included a pair of one-hitters an extremely rare feat.