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Jim Bouton’s ‘Ball Four’ changed the game for sports writers

BALTIMORE  — In all of the culture wars waged across America over the last half-century, Jim Bouton hurled some of the most compelling strikes. He didn’t just write a baseball book, which was called “Ball Four.” He taught us a […]

Jim Bouton’s ‘Ball Four’ changed the game for sports writers

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BALTIMORE  — In all of the culture wars waged across America over the last half-century, Jim Bouton hurled some of the most compelling strikes. He didn’t just write a baseball book, which was called “Ball Four.” He taught us a […]

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No tanks needed in my neighborhood for the Fourth of July

BALTIMORE – In my neighborhood’s Fourth of July parade, we had no tanks on display. Unlike Donald Trump’s Washington, we didn’t model ourselves after Moscow’s Red Square. But we

Keith Mills is getting the local hero treatment for his legendary sportscasting career

BALTIMORE – Keith Mills slips out of daily sportscasting now, to the sound of affectionate cheers from the bleachers. He’s getting the hero treatment as a pro who never had

Oh Manny, be gentle on the Orioles

BALTIMORE – Now comes that moment when the gods of baseball pour salt into the wounds of the Baltimore Orioles. The year’s not embarrassing enough? Now Manny Machado’s coming

Democrats fear a debate about the end of the world will put viewers asleep

BALTIMORE – As everybody knows, the Democrats are a little reluctant to hold impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump, no matter his outrageous behavior or his insufferable language. They’re

When America called, the Greatest Generation answered

BALTIMORE - Well into his 70s, Augustino (Bud) Paolino still had the rosy cherub cheeks that defined his baby face. I didn’t see that face when Bud really was

John Unitas vs. Bart Starr: Who was better?

BALTIMORE – As football’s Bart Starr goes to his grave this week, an editor with boyhood roots in Wisconsin asks who was better – the great Green Bay Packers

Trump Plaza’s casino failure in Atlantic City should be a lesson for Baltimore

ATLANTIC CITY – Stand here on the boardwalk, between Mississippi Avenue and Columbus Place, and behold the shadow that haunts this whole seaside resort. It’s a big building, utterly

Keep Preakness in Baltimore? Don’t bet on it

(Preakness screenshot from YouTube and Preakness Stakes twitter account.) BALTIMORE – They should have played Auld Lang Syne after War of Will galloped across the finish line here Saturday to

Charm city is at crossroads but hope is still alive

BALTIMORE – This city has come to a crossroads in its history, and not only because a new mayor has arrived with the old one disgraced and forced from

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