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John Schulian

John Schulian

All John Schulian Stories

Sept. 08, 2014

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Forget the small-ball, good-writing rule. Football's cultural rise was abetted by a surprisingly rich literary canon

Aug. 14, 2006

The Last Word

His death in 2002 did not completely silence the unique voice of Million Dollar Baby author F.X. Toole

Jan. 31, 2005

One Tough Baby

It may be the most troubled of sports, but boxing still packs a punch in Hollywood. The latest fight film, Clint Eastwood's Million Dollar Baby, just may be the greatest ever

Sept. 05, 2005

A One-Way Ticket to Obscurity

That's what being black in the first half of the 20th century meant for Oscar Charleston, the greatest baseball player you've never heard of

July 29, 1996

PROTECTING THE INVESTMENT NBC'S OPENING-NIGHT COVERAGE WAS AS COMMERCIAL AS THE GAMES THEMSELVES

Good taste had nothing to do with it. It rarely does now thatthe opening ceremonies of the Olympics have morphed into a crossbetween Twister ...

April 14, 1975

THE BOYS OF SUMMER WERE THE BOYS OF SLUMBER THE FIRST YEAR IN LOS ANGELES

The only people in Los Angeles unprepared for the arrival of the Dodgers in 1958 were the 1958 Dodgers. They bumbled through the season ...

Oct. 02, 1995

SUNDAY, BLOODLESS SUNDAY "MYSELF, I'M PARTIAL TO THE IDEA OF LIVING IN A CITY WITHOUT PRO FOOTBALL."

I have been awakened by the undulations of my bedroom floor asit danced to the cruel rhythm of the Northridge earthquake. Ihave smelled the ...

June 21, 1993

Of stars and Angels

Once upon a time, Tinseltown was a heavenly place to watch minor league baseball

Sept. 06, 1993

CONCRETE CHARLIE

Chuck Bednarik, the last of the 60-minute men, was a stalwart at both linebacker and center for the 1960 NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Feb. 09, 2004

"I'm Mad As Hell And I'm Not Gonna Take It Anymore" Between News Corp. and a new owner in hock, the author has lost all hope for the Dodgers

Last Thursday the Dodgers were sold into a future as bleak as Steven Seagal's career prospects, and I am flashing back to the moment when I ...

July 05, 1999

Bailey's Boys More than half a century ago, a crusty coach in the one-street Utah town of Bingham Canyon taught miners' sons how to play baseball--and survive in a hostile world

The baseballs were hand-me-downs from the local semipro team,scuffed and sometimes lopsided, their seams torn so the leatherflapped like ...

June 26, 2000

Laughing on the Outside The greatest slugger never to play in the major leagues, Josh Gibson, was a jovial teammate but, in the end, a tragic mystery to almost all who knew him

Picture this: a boy racing to the barbershop, reveling in hisnewfound freedom from his mother's hand, his pace accelerated bythe thought that a ...

June 01, 1998

National Pastime When it was the home of the Braves, Milwaukee was a National League city, and now that the Brewers are in the senior circuit, their fans are back where they belong

When the future arrived in Milwaukee this baseball season, thepast was waiting. It seemed only fitting for a city that looksas if it has a hard time ...