Author Archives: Wendy Parker

Sports History Files: The baseball strike, 20 years later

TweetHow I enjoy and perceive the game of baseball changed forever 20 years ago this week, when well-heeled major leaguers went on strike.
A month later, as pennant races should have been coming to a climax, MLB cancelled not only the regular season, but the playoffs.
There would be no World Series for the first time in [...]

Midweek Books: Can a mad man rescue Man U?

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
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A disastrous season at Manchester United saw David Moyes, Sir Alex Ferguson’s hand-picked successor, sacked last April after only 10 months on the job.
Even Ray Perkins had more [...]

A sour turn for a ‘quality’ sportswriting venture

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism.
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Just as Sports Illustrated was rolling out its 60th anniversary fare last week, the doors abruptly closed on a young sportswriting venture that never got settled [...]

The fate of the non-revenue NCAA athlete

TweetOn Monday my post is generally related to a timely sports topic prominently in the news, is focused on the business of sports or covers a sports subject at random.
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I don’t know much about law, economics, business, marketing, public relations, television rights and industrial organization.
I certainly don’t [...]

From the archives: The gap between sports and art

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive.
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Sports art exhibits are not uncommon, but they’re not talked or written about all that much either. Despite some yeoman work trying to bridge this gap, sports historians and scholars [...]

From the archives: The lure of Southern football

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive.
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When Florida State defeated Auburn in the last BCS title game in January, it ended a seven-year run for the SEC in winning national championship games.
But the trophy still remains [...]

From the archives: A half-century of SI swimsuits

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive.
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The usual furor over the Sports Illustrated annual swimsuit issue didn’t materialize much this winter. That was surprising, given the 50th anniversary of the highly popular edition, and the  cover [...]

From the archives: The Web and longform sports

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive.
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When I posted “The Web’s longform longform sports evolution continues” in September 2012, I had no idea how much better in-depth stories would become on a growing array of sites, [...]

From the archives: Baseball and the Romantics

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive.
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With another Baseball Hall of Fame Class having been inducted into Cooperstown, I thought I’d dig into the XCs vault and link to a post from January 2013, “Baseball’s Dwindling Romantics,” [...]

PEN/ESPN honors Anderson; BASW 2014 lineup announced

TweetWhen hearing the news this week that he had been awarded the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing, Dave Anderson said, ”I’d put that right on the same level as the Pulitzer Prize.”
Anderson, a columnist for The New York Times and a Golf Digest contributor, did win a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1981. [...]