Mike Klingaman

Writer

A sports enterprise reporter for The Baltimore Sun, Mike Klingaman writes human-interest stories, historical profiles and a weekly retrospective called “The Sun Remembers.” He won the 1995 Associated Press Sports Editors feature writing award for a piece on Cal Ripken Jr. and was one of three finalists for the 1985 Pulitzer Prize in Specialized Reporting. A native of Catonsville, he is an avid, if oft-frustrated gardener who, for 10 years, wrote a nationally-syndicated column, "The Real Dirt."

Recent Articles

  • The Sun Remembers: Aug. 13-19

    The Sun Remembers: Aug. 13-19

    Aug. 17, 1999: “I was very happy that it happened at home,” Orioles reliever Jesse Orosco, 42, says after setting a major league record for appearances by a pitcher (1,072) in an 8-3 win over the Minnesota Twins before an announced 40,485 at Camden Yards. Aug. 19, 1981: Renaldo Nehemiah, former...

  • The Sun Remembers: Aug. 6-12

    The Sun Remembers: Aug. 6-12

    Aug. 8, 1998: The Ravens christen their $220 million stadium with a 19-14 preseason victory over the Chicago Bears before an announced sellout of 65,938. Matt Stover scores the first points on a 46-yard field goal for Baltimore. Aug. 7, 1988: A three-run home run by Elrod Hendricks, 47, off 1981...

  • Catching up with ... former Orioles infielder Lenn Sakata

    Catching up with ... former Orioles infielder Lenn Sakata

    Gone are the large, owl-like glasses he wore as an Oriole. LASIK eye surgery cleared Lenn Sakata’s vision 10 years ago. But hindsight is 20-20, so Sakata, a utility man, has long realized the blessings of having played six years in Baltimore. “Earl Weaver made me a major league player,” the 63-year-old...

  • Colts training camp at Western Maryland College was a delight for fans

    Colts training camp at Western Maryland College was a delight for fans

    On August 1, 1953, for the first time, the Baltimore Colts opened their football training camp at Western Maryland College in Westminster. More than 2,500 fans watched that first practice at Hoffa Field, then surrounded their sweaty heroes, asking for autographs. For 19 years, that scene played...

  • 'Big Bopper' Lee May, member of Orioles Hall of Fame, dies at 74

    'Big Bopper' Lee May, member of Orioles Hall of Fame, dies at 74

    Lee May's first at-bat with the Orioles still sticks with Jim Palmer. On Opening Day, 1975, Palmer warmed up in near-freezing weather in Detroit as May stepped to the plate in the first inning. Bang. The Orioles' new first baseman hit a three-run home run at Tiger Stadium. Palmer watched the rocket...

  • The Sun Remembers: July 30-Aug. 5

    The Sun Remembers: July 30-Aug. 5

    July 30, 1996: The Orioles hit nine doubles — including two each by Rafael Palmeiro, Bobby Bonilla and Gregg Zaun — in a 16-4 victory over the Twins in Minnesota. Aug. 5, 1983: "I only wish that I had 20 more years to give you out there," Brooks Robinson tells the announced crowd of 39,544 who...

  • Catching up with ... former Oriole Bob Milacki

    Catching up with ... former Oriole Bob Milacki

    Was there a pitcher in his day more admired by Orioles fans than Bob Milacki? His success was short-lived, but Milacki’s lunchpail mindset and workhorse demeanor set well with the crowds who had little to shout about in some of the darkest times for the team. Promoted late in 1988, after a modest...

  • Former Calvert Hall lacrosse players reunite for their coach, Dick Edell

    Former Calvert Hall lacrosse players reunite for their coach, Dick Edell

    They’ll gather on Saturday at a teammate’s home in Phoenix, more than 50 Calvert Hall alumni who played lacrosse for the school’s first championship teams nearly half a century ago. There will be hugs to give, stories to tell and tributes to share. Mostly, though, the aging players will huddle...

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