How One Of America's Greatest Sportswriters Disappeared

It was almost endearing how an ink-smudged, deadline-addicted newspaper editor of yore would squint through the smoke from his cigarette and ask a bright young man why the hell he wanted to write sports. An editor like that was usually about as sensitive as a bolt cutter, but he couldn't resist the urge to protect… » 3/11/15 2:13pm 3/11/15 2:13pm

When Muhammad Ali Was A Has-Been

The following is excerpted from Writers' Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists, a compilation of boxing columns by John Schulian, who wrote for the Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times. The excerpt contains 12 columns about Muhammad Ali that were written during the twilight of the champion's career, and is… » 3/09/15 3:18pm 3/09/15 3:18pm

The Genius Of Baseball's Hillbilly Philosopher

A few weeks ago, Dizzy Dean was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals. Our man John Schulian was there to honor the occasion. » 8/01/14 8:00am 8/01/14 8:00am

The "Average Professional Baseball Player" Who Changed Sportswriting

Jim Brosnan, the pitcher whose book about his 1959 season offered an uncommonly candid look at life within baseball, died last month at the age of 84. In 2007, Brosnan was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals. Writer John Schulian gave the following speech on Brosnan's behalf. » 7/07/14 5:54pm 7/07/14 5:54pm

Summer's End Recalls Memory Of A Faded Dream

Excerpted from From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sports Writing (University of Chicago Press), edited by Ron Rapoport and featuring stories from the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Daily News, and the Chicago Defender, among other papers. It's an excellent collection, and… » 9/20/13 1:21pm 9/20/13 1:21pm