All John Schulian Stories
Forget the small-ball, good-writing rule. Football's cultural rise was abetted by a surprisingly rich literary canon
The Last Word
His death in 2002 did not completely silence the unique voice of Million Dollar Baby author F.X. Toole
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
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
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Of stars and Angels
Once upon a time, Tinseltown was a heavenly place to watch minor league baseball
Chuck Bednarik, the last of the 60-minute men, was a stalwart at both linebacker and center for the 1960 NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles.
"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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Morman's Mission No one has ever chased his baseball dreams with more purity of purpose than Russ Morman of the Durham Bulls. But after 16 pro seasons, has his devotion been richly rewarded or cruelly punished?
Sometimes it feels like baseball dares you to love it. That'sthe part they don't tell you about when they hand you that firstbonus check.
Old-Style Redemption When Melvin Whitaker slashed a fellow student's face after a pickup game at Virginia, his big-time college basketball career was over. But thanks to the kindness of a friend's family and a fabled small-time basketball coach, Whitaker
On another brokenhearted afternoon in a year that knew no end ofthem, Melvin Whitaker ran back to the car wreck he had justsurvived.