Headlines in 2015 heralded a new phase of the great debate–should he be reinstated, then (perhaps) enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame?
Jayhawkers, shot in northeast Kansas, follows the 1956-57 University of Kansas basketball team and two legendary figures in sports: Forrest Allen (known as “Phog” only to his friends) and Wilton “Wilt” Chamberlain.
That was the hope in 2005, anyway. Kansas City made a bid to host the game, anticipating passage of a tax measure. According to the Kansas City Star: “Kansas City would have been the site for Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 had the measure for a $170 million rolling roof between Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums […]
Jim Brown (1936-) is known for two successful high-profile careers: remarkable athlete and film actor. After a four-sport college career (football, basketball, track and lacrosse) at Syracuse, Brown played professional football with the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1965 and was named Rookie of the Year his first season. He did not miss an NFL […]
Widely known as an award-winning country music artist, helping to pioneer that genre for African Americans, Charley Pride (b. 1938) had a baseball career before turning to music. Pride played in the Negro Leagues in the 1950s: some outfield, but he mostly pitched intimidating fastballs, sneaky curves and knuckleballs for teams including the Memphis Red […]
There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers. — Rosalynn Carter, Former First Lady and founder of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving A recent article on a new Caregiver Support Group […]
A series of three Thoroughbred horse races that have run yearly in May and June since 1875, the “Triple Crown” includes the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. A horse winning all three races receives the Triple Crown Trophy. Eleven have won the Triple Crown, including War Admiral in 1937, Citation in 1948, Secretariat […]
The Masters Tournament is one of the four men’s major championships in professional golf, held in early April at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia. The club, with a current roster of about 300 members, was founded in 1934 by Bobby Jones, a famous amateur golf champion, and Clifford Roberts, a New York investment […]
“Go ahead, make my day.” Now in realm of cliché, this may be the signature line of a unique American filmmaker. Clint Eastwood (1930-) is known for a variety of accomplishments in film and television, both as an actor (Rowdy Yates, The Man With No Name, Detective Harry Callahan, Josey Wales, Philo Beddoe) and as […]
Ceremonies and events of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi Russia run from Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, February 23. Coverage of the Opening Ceremony will begin on Friday, February 7 at 6:30pm Topeka time. The Olympics conclude with the Closing Ceremony, broadcast at 7:30pm on Sunday February 23. NBC holds broadcast rights to […]
As this year’s World Series makes it into the record books, we remember a local athlete who pitched in several memorable MLB games, including a Fall Classic. Topeka High’s Mike Torrez made a mark in history having pitched, and won, two complete games in the 1977 World Series for the Yankees. Back then, pitchers were […]
In an era of over-the-top sports owners who make more headlines than their teams, Lamar Hunt (1932-2006) was known by most who knew him as a humble, down-to-earth man of exceptional character and thought, despite tremendous wealth and status. Lamar Hunt’s life was not as outwardly colorful (or tragic) as other members of his immediate […]