Charley Pride’s Baseball Career

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 […]

Winter, Your New Favorite Season!

Sometimes I have a hard time being ready for winter.  When I feel the winter blues coming on, I know it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the beauty and FUN this season can bring. What does your holiday season look like for this winter?  Whether your weekends are booked, or you are looking for […]

Mike Torrez: Major Postseason Player

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 […]

Lamar Hunt: Sport’s Gentle Giant

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 […]