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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: April 23-29

    The Sun Remembers: April 23-29

    April 26, 1999: Sun sports columnist John Steadman and former Orioles radio announcer Jon Miller are inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in Salisbury, N.C. April 28, 1979: In a battle of lacrosse unbeatens, defending national champion Johns Hopkins...

  • 0-21: The Orioles’ most unfortunate streak

    0-21: The Orioles’ most unfortunate streak

    April 21, 1988 found the Orioles mired in the cruelest of slumps: 21 straight losses to start the baseball season, a string unmatched in big-league lore. The world took note. As the streak dragged on, Sports Illustrated put the woebegone Orioles on its cover, and reporters from as far away as Japan...

  • The Sun Remembers: April 16-22

    The Sun Remembers: April 16-22

    April 19, 1997: With three selections in the first two rounds of the NFL draft, the Ravens choose defensive end Peter Boulware (Florida State) with the fourth overall pick, then take linebacker Jamie Sharper (Virginia) at No. 34 and safety Kim Herring (Penn State) at No. 58. All will start on Baltimore's...

  • Spirited horse makes jump to steeplechasing with success

    Spirited horse makes jump to steeplechasing with success

    When he first met the horse, here's what trainer Billy Meister saw: a bay gelding with good breeding, a nervous nature and large, Spock-like ears — with little in between. The horse, Grand Manan, would kick his handler. On one road trip, he broke out of his trailer stall. And always, during races,...

  • Catching up with former hockey enforcer Bennett Wolf

    Catching up with former hockey enforcer Bennett Wolf

    He is poised and soft-spoken, with a jolly countenance and winsome eyes that crinkle when he smiles. Meet Bennett Wolf, hard-checking defenseman for the Baltimore Skipjacks' bygone hockey team. Wolf's looks belie his rowdy past. He was the team's enforcer, its goon, its intimidator. Asked once to...

  • The Sun Remembers: April 9-15

    The Sun Remembers: April 9-15

    There are four real blue-chippers, and we're going to get one of them," Ravens owner Art Modell announces before the NFL draft. Baltimore, which has the No. 4 pick overall, eyes Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips, Illinois linebacker Kevin Hardy, Southern California wide receiver Keyshawn...

  • Fans still wait to rub elbows with former slugger Boog Powell at his BBQ stand

    Fans still wait to rub elbows with former slugger Boog Powell at his BBQ stand

    One day last summer at Camden Yards, Adam Jones approached Boog's BBQ stand and stepped up to the plates. "I'd like some turkey," the Orioles' outfielder said. Boog Powell hit the roof. "You can't hit no damn home runs on turkey!" Powell bellowed. "I'm gonna give you some beef." That he did. Now...

  • The Sun Remembers: April 2-8

    The Sun Remembers: April 2-8

    April 5, 1982: Cal Ripken Jr. hits his first major league home run and Eddie Murray hits a grand slam as the Orioles defeat the Kansas City Royals, 13-5, in their opener before a record 51,958 at Memorial Stadium.

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