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: July 23-29

    The Sun Remembers: July 23-29

    July 26, 1984: On the eve of his 19th birthday, jockey "Cowboy" Jack Kaenel rides four winners on the opening day card at Timonium Race Course. Two years earlier, at 16, Kaenel won the Preakness aboard Aloma's Ruler. July 27, 1973: An eighth-inning single by Cleveland's George Hendrick spoils a...

  • Catching up with ... former Oriole Tom Shopay

    Catching up with ... former Oriole Tom Shopay

    The fan mail rolls in, maybe 20 cards a month to Tom Shopay's home in Miami, Fla. His autograph is what people want and Shopay, a .201 lifetime hitter, is happy to oblige. Some folks compliment him on his baseball success. "I'm thinking, 'Have they got the right guy?'" said Shopay, 72. Others sum...

  • Former Colts tight end Tom Mitchell dies at age 72

    Former Colts tight end Tom Mitchell dies at age 72

    Tom Mitchell, a rugged tight end who helped the Colts win Super Bowl V in the 1970 season, died Sunday at his home in Cape Coral, Fla. Mitchell suffered from lung cancer and diabetes. He was 72.

  • The Sun Remembers: July 16-22

    The Sun Remembers: July 16-22

    July 16, 1970: Jim Valvano, 24, resigns as men's basketball coach at Johns Hopkins after one year, having led the Blue Jays to their first winning record (10-9) since 1946. Valvano becomes assistant coach at Connecticut and later takes North Carolina State to the NCAA Division I championship in...

  • Catching up with ... Maryland's Deane Beman, who still plays golf, the sport he helped grow

    Catching up with ... Maryland's Deane Beman, who still plays golf, the sport he helped grow

    Deane Beman earned more than $370,000 playing golf, but no winnings were harder to collect than the $2 he took from a U.S. president. Beman had just beaten George H.W. Bush, a close friend, and was set to collect when Bush said, "Let's go back and play the [18th] hole for that two dollars." Beman...

  • Dezurn and Crews: The couple that fights together stays together

    Dezurn and Crews: The couple that fights together stays together

    Glenn Dezurn and his wife fight all the time. Toe to toe. Tooth and nail. Pro boxers, the Baltimore couple are sparring partners who routinely whale the daylights out of each other, in the ring, in preparation for their next bout. It seems the ideal marriage. Dezurn is undefeated (9-0) entering...

  • Volunteer Latesha Lee Walker owns the 10th hole at Caves Valley

    Volunteer Latesha Lee Walker owns the 10th hole at Caves Valley

    She has never played the course, but Latesha Lee Walker knows the 10th hole at Caves Valley Golf Club like her own backyard. A volunteer at the Constellation Senior Players Championship, which started Thursday and runs through Sunday, Walker is hole captain at No. 10 — which means that, from tee...

  • The Sun Remembers: July 9-15

    The Sun Remembers: July 9-15

    July 13, 1989: Jockey Edgar Prado, 22, wins the first three races at Laurel Race Course. (Prado, now a Hall of Famer, continues to ride at age 50.) July 13, 1971: The Orioles' Frank Robinson hits a two-run home run and is named Most Valuable Player in the All-Star Game won by the American League,...

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