| Oct 29, 2012
| 7:55 PM
My 13-year-old grandson, Ethan, is quite a soccer player, if I do say so myself.
He's played club-level soccer for the last several years in his North Carolina community, and he's a star on his middle school's varsity soccer squad. Whenever we travel...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 8:50 AM
Louis Mortimer Sleater, a standout high school athlete who ended his seven-year major league pitching career with the Baltimore Orioles and was later a steel salesman, died of lung disease Monday at his Timonium home. He was 86.
| Aug 29, 2012
| 1:52 PM
Once upon a time in baseball, it was easy to enjoy greatness.
Today, in the shadow of performance-enhancing drugs (known as PEDs), enjoying the players who stack up awe-inspiring numbers just ain't easy. Players, rightly or wrongly, are under the...
| Nov 27, 2011
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu
Nigerian secessionist leader in '60s
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, 78, a millionaire's son who led Nigeria's breakaway republic of Biafra during the country's civil war that left 1 million dead, died Saturday in a London...
| Dec 25, 2010
| 1:21 PM
Rick Kogan, Tribune reporter
"The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood"
By Jane Leavy
Leavy's "The Last Boy" is as masterfully researched and beautifully written as any biography this year. Sox fans like me may...
| Apr 1, 2012
A couple of years ago, for Father's Day, my family bought me the interactive video game MLB 2K9 for the Wii. The great thing about the game, and also its enduring frustration, is its verisimilitude — playing as the 2009 New York Yankees, I had...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 10:56 AM
Here's a roundup of what other media outlets are saying about the Orioles:
** Joe Posnanski of Sports on Earth offers his take on Orioles catcher Matt Wieters after his two-homer performance in a win against the Athletics.
It is becoming less and less...
| May 22, 2011
This story was first published in the Tribune on May 22, 2011.
The voice is softer now but as affable and entertaining as ever.
Moose Skowron still has many, many tales to tell.
Like the night Marilyn Monroe was flirting -- only not with Skowron, nor...
| Oct 31, 2010
Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work by Edwidge Danticat ( Princeton University Press: 181 pp., $19.95) "Create dangerously, for people who read dangerously. This is what I've always thought it meant to be a writer. Writing, knowing in part...
| Apr 30, 2012
A bio on NPR's website of its commentator Frank Deford notes that the magazine GQ christened him, quite simply, "the world's greatest sportswriter." (Is he?) A story on ESPN's companion website, Grantland, referred to Deford as "a writer who had...
| Oct 22, 2010
The Last Boy
Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood
Harper: 456 pp., $27.99
As a young girl growing up in the Bronx, Jane Leavy was enthralled not only by Mickey Mantle's amazing ability — at his best, he was as great as any...