David Letterman

When our sports heroes were our neighbors

When our sports heroes were our neighbors

Art Donovan, the Baltimore Colt great, died five years ago this month. He was a Hall of Fame player, but his national profile exploded after his retirement in 1962 through his many television appearances, including multiple showings on “Late Night with David Letterman.” Like the rest of us, Dave couldn't get enough of Art the raconteur and his colorfully hilarious tales of football and life.

Art was our neighbor. He, his wife Dorothy and her family owned the Valley Country Club, a pool and event hall smack in the middle of Towson’s Thornleigh, a suburban neighborhood my family moved to in 1960. My dad took my brother and me to Colt games on the country club's bus. The best part...

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