Today is Charlie Brumfield’s birthday party in San Diego. I really wish I could be there but I have a family function I committed to months ago. Charlie Brumfield changed the game of racquetball into a cerebral adventure. He was the master of psychology and a ruthless opponent on the court. His articulate showmanship also made him one of a kind. Here are a few of my favorite Brum sayings.
“You don’t see shots like that in small towns!”
The racquetballs used to be blue so another one of my favorites when hitting a good cross court pass by another player; “Blew-by-you” Get it? Blue bayou?
The rule of 20–applies to the front wall–skipping a setup like in 10-10 vs Hogan in 1978 at Lemontree, Michigan the Sports Illustrated Club.
The Bum Fight–refers to the battle, often physical including pushing and shoving for center court positioning. (no holdup and beg for avoidables in those days!)
A few of the monikers given to other players–Circus Clown, Sasquatch, and 3 toed sloth.
These phrases all exist in San Diego and have become part of the racquetball vernacular there.
Perhaps the greatest legacy of Charlie is his desire to win. I had the pleasure of getting on the court with him to play paddleball for a few points. I did get a few shots in but it was like going back in time.
If you want to see more of this I have interviews with Charlie on my youtube website at