Flood opened the floodgates

By David Mullen My next-door neighbor growing up in Oakland was a short, Italian man named Frank Russo, a wealth of information on Pacific Coast League history that included Joe DiMaggio (a San Francisco native who had two baseball-playing brothers, Dom and Vince) of the San Francisco Seals, Ernie Lombardi, Casey Stengel and Billy Martin […]

Greatest moment in U.S. sports overlooked

Greatest moment in U.S.  sports overlooked

By David Mullen An era-defining milestone in American sports, and in American history as a whole, celebrated its 40th anniversary on Feb. 22. It went unnoticed by many media outlets (save ESPN and NBC), as headlines went to NFL billionaire owners going back and forth with highly-paid players over a new collective bargaining agreement, Major […]

Book examines army career of baseball legend

Book examines army career  of baseball legend

By David Mullen Why would someone write a book on the military court-martial of baseball great Jackie Robinson when it has been an often-told story that was even the subject of a movie? “Very bluntly, it had not been told correctly,” said author Michael Lee Lanning. “Like most about African American history, it comes from […]

Renegades off to rocky start

By David Mullen “If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” — Apple founder Steve Jobs. The takeaway from the inaugural XFL football game between the Dallas Renegades and the St. Louis BattleHawks was hardly memorable. The local team, and the league in general, is facing an uphill challenge. In football […]

Super Bowl LIV hard to chronicle

By David Mullen In a difficult-to-describe Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2 in Miami Gardens, Fla., the Kansas City Chiefs came back from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit with 21 unanswered points for a 31-20 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Sports scribes in the team’s markets had a challenge to capture the elation and […]

For local sports exec, there’s a new game in town

For local sports exec, there’s  a new game in town

By David Mullen In a football-crazed area, there is a new league and team in town. Introducing the new XFL and the Dallas Renegades, who hope fans are ready for some football just one week after Super Bowl LIV. The Renegades will be led by former University of Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops and […]

Cheating in baseball nothing new

Cheating in baseball nothing new

By David Mullen No professional sport is held in higher reverence than baseball. It’s about the warm summer days engulfing a beautifully manicured field of green grass, memories of playing catch in the yard with your dad and then later with your son or daughter, memorizing stats, collecting cards, worshiping your local team and the […]

Winter Classic one for the ages

Winter Classic one for the ages

By David Mullen Outdoor hockey? In Dallas? Texas? What was once unimaginable took place in earnest on January 1 when the Dallas Stars faced off against their new nemesis — the Nashville Predators — in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic appropriately played at the 88-year-old Cotton Bowl at Fair Park.  It just would not have […]

Sports In Memoriam 2019

By David Mullen As is this column’s tradition at the beginning of a new year, we look back at sports participants and personalities who passed away in the previous year but had a profound impact on the sports that they served.  Edward Aschoff, 34. A football reporter for ESPN, he died on his birthday Christmas […]

Checking the list for local sports teams

Checking the list for local sports teams

By David Mullen Santa has checked the Christmas list of area teams and sports personalities. He now has the daunting task of trying to provide multi-millionaires with gifts that they can’t buy. Wikileaks released Santa’s list from Dallas local franchises, so while we can’t determine its authenticity, we can run it as a public service. […]

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