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Mike Klingaman

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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: Feb. 26-March 4

    The Sun Remembers: Feb. 26-March 4

    March 4, 1964: Boog Powell, the Orioles' 22-year-old slugger, reports to spring training in Miami weighing 251, a hefty 16 pounds overweight. "I can't understand it," Powell says. "All I ate yesterday was two small hamburgers, without the rolls, a salad, some cottage cheese and a bowl of soup....

  • One Orioles legend celebrates another with Cal Ripken, Brooks Robinson at Aspire Gala

    One Orioles legend celebrates another with Cal Ripken, Brooks Robinson at Aspire Gala

    Friday night, Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. shared the stage at the 13th annual Aspire Gala at the Waterfront Marriott. There, 780 guests who paid $1,000 apiece stood in an interminable serpentine line to shake hands and swap banter with The Human Vacuum Cleaner and The Iron Man.

  • The Sun Remembers: Feb. 19-25

    The Sun Remembers: Feb. 19-25

    Feb. 23, 2002: In Dave Cottle's debut as the team's men's lacrosse coach, Maryland defeats Hobart, 13-6, in College Park. Cottle, former coach at Loyola College, will lead the Terps for nine years and make eight appearances (but win no championships) in the NCAA tournament.

  • Filmmaker discusses African-American athletes who participated in 1936 Games in Berlin

    Filmmaker discusses African-American athletes who participated in 1936 Games in Berlin

    On Sunday, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture will hold a 2 p.m. screening of "Olympic Pride, American Prejudice," a 2016 documentary recalling the 18 black American athletes who participated in the 1936 Summer Games in Berlin, Germany. The Baltimore Sun...

  • The Sun Remembers: Feb. 12-18

    The Sun Remembers: Feb. 12-18

    Feb. 13, 1968: Earl Monroe, the Bullets' flashy rookie guard, scores 56 points — a team record — but Baltimore loses the NBA game to the Los Angeles Lakers, 119-116, in overtime at the Civic Center.

  • Shotgun salute to skeet standout Jim Bealmear

    Shotgun salute to skeet standout Jim Bealmear

    The routines in Jim Bealmear's life would have driven others nuts. He dipped potato chips in mayonnaise and put olives in his beer. He scrubbed the tires of his sports car until they glistened but drove around in old clothes until they all but fell apart. By all accounts, Bealmear was obsessive...

  • Pedro Sierra looks back with pride on his time playing in the Negro Leagues

    Pedro Sierra looks back with pride on his time playing in the Negro Leagues

    Twelve-hour road trips on hot, stuffy buses. Hostile hotels that turned "his kind" away. Crude taunts from baseball fans aimed at getting under his skin. Yes, Pedro Sierra said, he would do it again. "I am proud to have played in the Negro Leagues," said Sierra, 77. "To me, it's the most important...

  • In 1954, Orioles found their oasis during spring training

    In 1954, Orioles found their oasis during spring training

    Sixty-three years ago this month, the 1954 Orioles arrived in Yuma, Ariz., for their first spring training. The city treated them like kings. A banner strung across the main drag welcomed the team to town, as did a giant float with a huge Oriole bird on top. And on days when the club played at...

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