| 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...
| Jun 26, 2009
CLEVELAND — One is the King, a reigning MVP who at age 24 needs only a championship to complete his résumé. The other is a larger-than-life personality who may be past the prime of his career but remains an undeniable force and hungers for a fifth...
| Apr 11, 2010
On Sunday, Texas Stadium in Irving will be demolished by implosion. On Monday, the Minnesota Twins will christen Target Field, their new home. Meanwhile, the Cubs are tinkering with Wrigley Field, including plans to place a large Toyota sign in left-...
| 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...
| May 26, 2010
In 1930, Cuba's capital city of Havana celebrated the grand opening of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba — a luxury hotel and casino located on the Malecón that stretches over four miles along Havana's sea wall.
Over the next two decades, the hotel...
| Jun 9, 2010
In my home I have an expansive trophy case filled with a variety of sports memorabilia and collectibles that I have assembled over the years.
The stash includes a large number of Mickey Mantle and Yankees items, a baseball collection, signed photos,...
| Feb 12, 2010
The remarkable baseball life of Willie Mays can be measured in innumerable ways.
He started in the segregated Negro Leagues; when he retired in 1973 after 22 years in the major leagues, free agency was dawning. He was a bicoastal Giant who, in leading...
| Feb 17, 2010
| 2:53 PM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor Thomas Jane was born in Baltimore on this date in 1969. This birthday guy earned three Golden Globe nominations for best actor each of the three years he portrayed Ray Drecker on the series "Hung." He's also starred in films such as...
| Dec 22, 2010
| 10:20 PM
"It is not flesh and blood, but the heart that makes us fathers and sons."
- Johann Schiller
Though you would have a difficult time finding one, there is a little known album by Nat King Cole entitled "Goodnight, Little Leaguer."
If you ever catch a...
| 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...