One of my favorite characters of the NFL, Art Donovan died Sunday at age 89. I have enjoyed Donovan’s storytelling since I can remember, mostly through NFL Films, but also his book “Fatso” which I used to own before lending it to someone who didn’t give it back. I later learned he had been a [...]
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The D.C. portion of the Battle of the Beltways has concluded with a split. The Washington Nationals lost game 1, badly, and then rocked the Baltimore Orioles last night 9-3. In other words, the Nats are playing about the same as they always do this season.
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Nate Karns debuts, [...]
The Town of Vienna, Va.’s preeminent historian Mayo Sturdevant Stuntz, aged 97 years, has died. Stuntz was a lifelong resident and co-author of the book “This Was Vienna, Virginia” that was published in the late 1980s. He visited my social studies class and shared with us his memories of the town.
My brother Christopher, who provided [...]
Another great voice has left us — Pat Summerall, who for so many years handled play-by-play for NFC football games along side John Madden on CBS and then FOX. Prior to my time, it was Tom Brookshier working with Summerall. It seemed every autumn Sunday, Summerall and Madden would be in some NFC East city [...]
Jack Pardee, the head coach of the Washington Redskins between George Allen and Joe Gibbs, died recently at age 71. He had been a member of the “Over the Hill Gang” under Allen and was a head coach within five years of retirement.
DC Sports Bog has a great feature on Pardee with excepts from original [...]
Shelby Whitfield, former Senators broadcaster, dies at 77 – The Post
The alumni of the Washington Senators, on and off the diamond, just got smaller again. Shelby Whitfield, who broadcasted the Senators with Ron Menchine on radio and television for the 1969 and 1970 seasons died. Though his tenure in the RFK Stadium press box was [...]
The last Washington Senators player to hit .300 for a season has died. Chuck Hinton wore #32 from 1961-64 with the expansion Senators and hit .310 in his second season.
Hinton’s statistics during his D.C. career from Baseball Reference:
Hinton was an All-Star in 1964. He would play for the Cleveland Indians and California Angles during the [...]
‘Walking Man’ Yost passes away at 86 – nationals.com
The “walking man” Eddie Yost, perhaps the greatest #1 in D.C. baseball history if not all D.C. sports history, died yesterday three days after his 86th birthday. A third baseman, Yost led the American League in walks four times during his playing days with the 14 seasons [...]
I think it was 1997 when I first became aware of college football commentator Beano Cook. ESPN chats were how I was introduced to the historian and his histrionics. I suppose in a sense, he was a little refreshing from the cocoon of Penn State coverage. He was actually critical of Penn State and Joe [...]
Steve Sabol, the president of NFL Films died yesterday after battling brain cancer.
Joe Posnanski puts it quite sufficiently in this passage from his SportsOnEarth column Masterpiece Theater:
Before Steve Sabol, mud was mostly a nuisance for a pro football game. Players slipped in it, slogged in it; mud covered their bodies so you could not [...]