Obits


RIP Seve Ballesteros

Seve. May 7, 2010 There’s a moment at the 1997 Ryder Cup that I think of now. That Ryder Cup was at the Valderrama Golf Club, in Sotogrande, along the Alboran Sea, almost in the shadow of the Rock of Gibraltar. The captain of the European team was Seve Ballesteros, and even with all the Read the full article…



RIP Harmon Killebrew

The Gentleman Called Killer. May 16, 2010. The gentleman the sportswriters somewhat desperately called “Killer” was just 23 years old in 1959 — but by then Harmon Killebrew already had played parts of six seasons in the major leagues. Six seasons. He was of that peculiar bonus baby time, when owners (as owners tend to Read the full article…



RIP Mark Fidrych

The Bird. April 13, 2009. Maybe baseball just seems a touch more magical when you’re 9 years old. It just so happened that I was 9 the year that Mark Fidrych came on the scene. And, even now, it seems to me that was a time for magical young pitchers. They called John Montefusco “The Read the full article…


RIP Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts. May 6, 2010. A few years ago, I came home and found a message on the answering machine from someone who claimed to be Robin Roberts, the Hall of Fame pitcher. The person was calling because he had read some of my work, and he liked it, and he happened to be in Read the full article…


RIP Ernie Harwell

Ernie Harwell. May 2010. Every now and again, I would wake up early and go to my computer, check my email, and there would be the most wonderful thing in there: An email from bbpeach80. BB for baseball. Peach for Georgia. That was Ernie Harwell. The emails were never long, never more than a sentence Read the full article…


RIP George Steinbrenner

George Steinbrenner. July 2010. You probably know that in 1971, George Steinbrenner put in a bid to buy the Cleveland Indians. Steinbrenner grew up in Cleveland and, even more, he was of Cleveland. The city’s charms and flaws, strengths and insecurities, outsized kindness and comical fury, all these gyrated inside Steinbrenner. The Indians were in Read the full article…