| Oct 5, 2012
You'll hear a lot about presidential politics on Sunday morning, but CBS' “Face the Nation” plans a baseball panel to celebrate Washington's first postseason play in 79 years. The panel will feature former managers Tony La Russa of the St....
| Apr 3, 2011
Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella
Simon & Schuster: 516 pp., $28
He was a three-time National League most valuable player, an eight-time All-Star, and played in five World Series, but Roy Campanella was something else when the Dodgers...
| May 1, 2011
The Chicken Chronicles
(The New Press: 208 pp.,$21.95)
You pick up the book and you enter the slow, dazy world of the writer and her chickens. You put the book down to get something to eat and the spell is loosened. You think, "Chickens?...
| Jan 24, 2010
When I told my friends that I went antiquing last weekend, there wasn't a one of them that didn't arch an eyebrow.
They don't see antiques coming from me.
And, yes, I have been to the mammoth Renninger's Antique and Collectors Extravaganza only a...
| 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...
| Jun 13, 2010
John Wooden, the UCLA basketball coach who became an icon of American sports while guiding the Bruins to an unprecedented 10 national championships in the 1960s and '70s and remained in the spotlight during retirement with his "Pyramid of Success"...
| Apr 17, 2009
| 8:16 PM
Nick Kujawa and Ian O'Connor put on an unexpected display of power Friday in Orland Park.
"It's not like we're Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris," O'Connor said with a laugh as the Sandburg seniors each hit two-run home runs in the Eagles' 7-5 victory over...
| Apr 21, 2009
First, suspend the perception that any baseball short of the major-league variety is dinner theater in Dubuque compared with Broadway.
If you're willing to make that concession, you might find the constant hustle of a college team appealing. You might...
| May 16, 2009
It slices! It dices! It pierces and pokes! It pulls stubborn flesh from bone with the flick of a wrist!
And if that doesn't get your prisoner talking, perhaps the ornate chair with its spiked seat, back and arm rests will do the trick.
| Apr 7, 2010
The place: Just west of Wrigley Field is a yellow one-story shack from the late 19th century that appears to be slanting into the pages of history. Named after the Beatles song, Yesterday welcomes with the sign “Where the Past Meets the Present.&...
| 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...