Author Archives: Wendy Parker

The surprising odyssey of putting women in charge

TweetThe future of Julie Hermann as the Rutgers athletic director — specifically, if she is to have a future at the New Jersey school — may be determined soon, with reports that she’ll be on campus this week ahead of her official June 17 start date.
One of the most most important components of this saga [...]

Friday arts: Plimpton at his creative best

TweetThe new documentary about the life of George Plimpton won’t be in wide national release as it’s slowly rolled out this summer, so many of us will be reading more about the film and the man.
Playing at the Film Society at Lincoln Center through next Thursday, Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself doesn’t appear to [...]

Sports history files: Grappling with an uncertain fate

TweetFor all of the conflicts between them — currently and over many decades — the United States and Russia have come together in recent months without hesitation over a single, perhaps surprising matter:
Preserving wrestling in the Olympics.
For the Americans, the strange bedfellow association extends to Iran, another powerhouse nation in a sport that the International [...]

Midweek books: Baseball summer reading list

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight a few noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
The official start of summer in America has arrived with the Memorial Day holiday weekend, which is a good time to finally plow into a growing stack of mostly new baseball [...]

Spiffing up soccer with a song — actually, an anthem

TweetSam Borden of The New York Times tells the tale of how “Champions League” — the anthem composed by Tony Britten specifically for the UEFA Champions League competition — has gained as much popularity as the soccer it introduces since it debuted 20 years ago.
The Lords of European soccer, Borden writes, were seeking an image [...]

An American soccer historian, honored and remembered

TweetThe example of Dave Wangerin — an American Midwesterner who moved to the United Kingdom to get his soccer fix — continues the spirit of When Saturday Comes.
Wangerin, who died at the age of 50 last summer, was given space in the iconoclastic British soccer “webzine” to ramble on about American soccer history, an obscure [...]

A proper tribute for the historian of women’s golf

TweetIn The New York Times on Sunday, Lisa Mickey penned a fine tribute to the golfing writer and journalist Rhonda Glenn, who has retired from the United States Golf Association after nearly 50 years of mostly uninterrupted service.
While she’s done a bit of television — incuding a brief stint as the first female sportscaster at [...]

Saving a museum for a forgotten team

TweetSome good news for sports museums, which were challenged for visitors and revenues even before the recession: The Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society has been saved from likely closure.
The small museum devoted to a largely unsuccessful team that left that town nearly 60 years ago moved into trophy company space as part of the reconstituted Philadelphia Sports [...]

No shortage of topics for baseball history books

TweetRobert Birnbaum surveys newly-released baseball books at The Daily Beast – many of them in an historical vein, of course — and as usual I came across something unanticipated and refreshingly welcome.
In addition to Stuart Banner’s history of the antitrust exemption, Dennis D’Agostino’s salute to legendary baseball writers and Robert Weintraub’s examination of the immediate [...]

More Belthian quality comes to the Interwebs

TweetAlex Belth — one of this blog’s favorites — is expanding his curatorial powers with a new feature on Deadspin called The Stacks.
He describes it as a “blog devoted to classic magazine and newspaper writing,” most of it sports, but not all. The initial posts are reprints of pieces by Gay Talese, John Schulian and [...]