Marty Hogan

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Marty Hogan is a former racquetball player with a long fourteen year career. He won over 100 titles, nationally and internationally, and six national championships. Hogan was either regarded as the best or second best player worldwide each year from 1976 to 1990. Though being born and raised in St. Louis, he lived in San Diego, CA, just as his predecessors Brumfield and Muehleisen, where he lived and went to college at San Diego State University, the alma mater of several other high profile sports figures.

Hogan revolutionized the game of racquetball, which was already increasing in popularity, with a 242 mile per hour serve. He won the U.S. indoor racquetball championship five times consecutively in 1978 to 1982, and also in 1986. In 1979, Hogan also won the national outdoor championships.

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Hogan first turned professional and won his first professional title in Burlington, VT, in 1975 and became the very first millionaire racquetball had ever produced. Hogan won so much that he only lost four matches in three years' time. In 1977, he lost only one match, two matches lost in 1978, and one match lost in 1979. 1979 was his best season, because he claimed the Pro Racquetball Nationals and Outdoor Racquetball Nationals, then crossed over to win the Paddleball Nationals. Hogan was the first and only racquetball player in history to take all three in the same year. He also took the Paddleball National Championship for a second time in 1987 and in 1989 won his last national racquetball championship. He retired in 1990.

As many professional sports players do, he temporarily came out of retirement and won his last title 16 years after he found his first success, in 1991. After professionally retiring, Hogan participated in a few national amateur events. He won three USRA doubles championships, playing most notably with major league baseball outfielder Jeff Conine, and Steve Trent, then Dave Peck, in 1994, 1996, and 2001, respectively. Hogan also won the 1996 US Open Singles Championship.

Hogan started The Legends Racquetball Tour in 2002 and ended up winning fourteen events, the most of any participant. Hogan took the Legends Racquetball Nationals in 2002 and 2003. He also took the Legends National Championship in 2005, as well as the 2004 Legends Championship. He also won the Legends National Doubles Championships with Cliff Swain in 2004 and 2005. He was named the player of the year by a major racquetball association eight times, in 1977-1982 and in 1986 and 1989. He was ranked as the number one racquetball player ever by National Racquetball Magazine and in 1997 entered into the USA Racquetball Hall of Fame.

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