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Bert Sugar, baseball and Cal Ripken Jr.

Bert Sugar, baseball and Cal Ripken Jr.

The Orioles don’t play until tonight, but I figured I’d give you something baseball-related to read today. Bert Sugar, best known as a boxing historian, died Sunday from cardiac arrest. He was 75. Sugar is remembered for wearing his fedora, chomping on his cigar and churning out story after wonderful story about boxing. But Sugar was a baseball historian as well. He had a great perspective on the game. In 2005, I was charged with writing a piece about the 10th anniversary of Cal Ripken Jr. setting baseball’s Iron Man record. My fantastic and ambitious sports editor at the time, Randy Harvey, challenged me to write a wide-sweeping article with historical perspective,...