Escape from the press box

By age 26 Chico Harlan had made the major leagues of sportswriting: a beat reporter covering the Nationals for the Washington Post. He was an inventive, sometimes original writer who obviously worked hard to rescue the daily game story from its irrelevance in a wired world. Then he opened his mouth and chomped his foot. […]


Nobody but Vin Scully should be allowed to call a baseball game. There’s an exception to every rule. Skip Caray was the exception to that one. Let me tell you why. I started out to be a play-by-play broadcaster. Did about one-fourth of a Class A season while I was in college. Eighteen years old, […]