| Jul 31, 2013
| 7:41 PM
This is the traditional dead period for high school sports, during which players and coaches get a chance to leave their respective sports behind to pursue other interests.
But baseball is never truly left behind in the Patrick Murphy household, and the...
| Aug 22, 2013
The longtime ranch-style home of Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo recently came on the market in Bannockburn for $719,000.
One of the most popular ballplayers in Chicago history, Santo, who was the Cubs star third baseman from 1960 to 1973 and then was a...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 4:20 PM
The Hall of Fame shut its doors to the living last year. That was a metaphor, or so we were told. No breathing inductees, and down the slippery slope to irrelevance.
Nonsense then, absurdity now.
One year after the Baseball Writers' Assn. of America...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 2:45 PM
Imagine if, around the same time as the Oscars, another theater across the street hosted a similarly named ceremony — the Oswalds, say — that honored most of the same movies and people.
Such has been the case for years in Huntington Beach,...
| Nov 20, 2013
| 11:25 AM
WASHINGTON -- Fifty years after the Presidential Medal of Freedom was established, President Obama presented the nation’s highest civilian award to 16 Americans from fields as diverse as science, politics and sports.
The award, created by...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Baseball great Stan Musial died over the weekend. He was 92.
In September 2007, I was invited to make a speech to a civic group in St. Louis. I told the person who invited me I would come on one condition: that I could meet Stan Musial.
| Aug 9, 2013
| 7:40 PM
It was one of those rare days where Jim Smiley pulled his collection of baseball memorabilia out of storage and into his La Crescenta home.
While Smiley hasn’t seen most of the items in quite a while, he only brings them out about four times a...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 10:13 AM
Derek Jeter is already one of baseball’s immortals. Once he finally retires from the game, the New York Yankee shortstop will be a shoo-in for a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He’ll get a bronze plaque, in a spot not...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 10:45 AM
WASHINGTON -- The 113th Congress looks to be a sure bet to go down as the most ineffective in history.
Just 56 bills were signed into law so far in 2013, as the first session prepared to wrap up. For the first time in recent memory, the number of new...
| Jan 1, 2014
In addition to Victoria Falls, Africa's Zambezi River is known for its challenging whitewater. An agreement by the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe to build two dams downriver from the falls would flood the Batoka Gorge below the falls, wiping out...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Legendary Entertainment Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull has been elected to the board of directors for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The move comes eight months after Warner Bros. released Legendary's "42," the Jackie Robinson biopic...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 12:29 PM
The Kansas City Royals have named former Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu and long-time Omaha Storm Chasers manager Mike Jirschele to the Major League coaching staff. Wakamatsu will serve as the Royals’ bench coach and catching instructor...