Pioneer closer Lee Smith finally gets due

Now headed to Cooperstown, big Lee Smith was a likable, consistent pioneer out of the bullpen, and you can see in this story why the Angels wanted him around late in his career.

One moment with Mr. Hockey, impossible to forget

I imagine what it would have been like to be edged out of the slot and scored upon by the one who was greatest before the great one. I saw Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe, play mostly on TV when he came back in the 1970s to play with his sons in the WHA. He was still…

Lawrence Phillips dies in prison

My headline is cold. It hurts, others more than me, of course. I didn’t really know the man beyond a few brief, well-coached interviews many years ago surrounding football games.  To most who hear the news, it will be surmised as a football player died in prison, perhaps after committing suicide. Here’s the Associated Press…