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  • 100 years after big league debut, Babe Ruth is still larger than life

    100 years after big league debut, Babe Ruth is still larger than life
    It is easy now to identify the most famous name from the baseball box score dated July 11, 1914.
  • Aetna, Travelers Put A Premium On Girls Basketball In 1920s

    Aetna, Travelers Put A Premium On Girls Basketball In 1920s
    When the Aetna girls basketball team disbanded before the 1934-35 season, it was big news. This is a team that had won 111 of 133 games since 1924. A team that played at Madison Square Garden in 1928, said to be the first women's game there. A team that...

    Review: 'His Ownself' by Dan Jenkins

    Review: 'His Ownself' by Dan Jenkins
    Dan Jenkins may not be the greatest sportswriter of the 20th Century but he is indisputably in the same ballpark with such people as Grantland Rice, Ring Lardner, Red Smith, Jim Murray, Frank Deford and Gary Smith. There are others, of course, some of...

    Critic's Notebook: Grantland takes on the bigger world of sports

    Critic's Notebook: Grantland takes on the bigger world of sports
    When it comes to sportswriting, I tend to subscribe to George Plimpton's small-ball theory: The smaller the ball, the better the writing about the sport. This has a lot to do with my own biases (I'm a baseball fan, not much interest in basketball or...

    What's in a nickname?

    What's in a nickname?
    A-Rod. K-Rod. F-Rod. I-Rod. B-Rob. We are not living in the Golden Age of sports nicknames. J-Roll. O-Dog. T-Mac. D-Wade. These are not nicknames; they're contractions, abbreviations. Crowned "King James" at the outset of a career that has yet to see him...