Think of Teddy McCarthy and you think of him in flight. Like some international jet-setter the Glanmire man seemed to spend as much time in the air as he did on the ground, his prodigious leaping ability making him a one-man Cork Airborne Division.
McCarthy’s great distinction is that he is, and will probably remain, the only player to win All-Ireland football and hurling medals in the same year. Jack Lynch won five hurling and one football in successive years, Sean Óg Ó hAilpín was within four points of doing it in 1999 and Denis Walsh went close in 1990 when he played the Munster Football Final but was dropped for the All-Ireland. The record is McCarthy’s alone.
Football was probably the stronger of the strings to his bow. Regal all year, he was a deserving Footballer of the Year in 1989, not least when dominating the closing stages of the final against Mayo.