Ernie Banks, scouted by the legendary Buck O'Neill, and best known as Mr. Cub, died yesterday. We salute him with this column that John Schulian wrote for the Chicago Daily News on Aug. 5, 1977, under the headline "Mr. Cub Remembers."
Via Cathal Kelly's Twitter feed, dig Jimmy Breslin's column about John Lennon's death:
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.
Rest in Peace, Paul Mazursky. He made some memorable movies, particularly Harry & Tonto. I've always had a soft spot for Moscow on the Hudson. This scene is nice to revisit as July 4th approaches.
If you're not old enough to remember, you may not believe it, but there was a time when Tony Gwynn was an incredible athlete, not just in the sense that he had the freakish hand-eye coordination of an eight-time National League batting champion, but in the sense that he could run and jump with anyone. There are traces…
Sad news about a wonderful actor.
From Tad Friend's 2004 New Yorker profile of Harold Ramis:
Tom Junod remembers Phillip Seymour Hoffman:
The writer and editor Peter Kaplan died a few days ago.
Rest in Peace.
Mike Royko's column written on the day that Jackie Robinson died:
Lou Reed is dead.
Ken Norton, a great athlete and formidable heavyweight boxer, is dead. He was 70. Here's a nice tribute by Hamilton Nolan.
Elizabeth Merrill is a terrific writer. ESPN is lucky to have her (anybody would be lucky to have her). And we're fortunate that we get to read her work. Like this story on Tommy Morrison who died on Sunday:
Mike Lupica remembers his friend Elmore Leonard:
Peter Richmond remembers Art Donovan, a master storyteller:
Leigh Montville remembers George Scott: