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Mike Burke - Sports

Mike Burke - Sports
  • MIKE BURKE Ryan, we hardly knew ye ... at least at third base

    The best defensive third basemen I’ve been lucky to see play are (in no particular order after Brooks) Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Ron Santo, Graig Nettles, Adrian Beltre, Manny Machado and Ryan Zimmerman.

    June 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • WGW keeps the love home in Garrett Co.

    OAKLAND Friday, June 20 at Lodestone Golf Club in McHenry, and Saturday, June 21 at Oakland Golf Club, the third WGW Benefit Golf Tournament will take place. On the surface, the event, founded and operated by Bill Weissgerber and open to the public, is like no other because it provides two days of golf on two different courses under the same umbrella (okay, poor word choice for a golf event). But there is so much more to the WGW Benefit beneath the surface because its genesis and its purpose grips your heart, breaks your heart, warms and enriches your heart all at once.

    June 1, 2014

  • MIKE BURKE Relax, things are bound to get worse

    Just a bit of a follow-up to last week’s thoughts on Lefty Grove and my ongoing efforts to win the lottery so I can commission Toby Mendez to create a Lefty Grove statue for Lonaconing (it’s presently not going well). As you know, the Allegany County commissioners proclaimed March 31, Opening Day of baseball season, to be Lefty Grove Day, which is something that should become an annual occurrence here in Allegany County.

    May 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • My life as an All-American and scholar

    I’ve long believed the downfall of Western civilization has been accelerated, in part, by the invention of the participation trophy. Based on something I saw on Facebook (and if it’s on the Internet it has to be true), I am to assume the people who run North Hill Elementary School in Rochester Hills, Mich., do not share this view.

    May 25, 2014

  • MIKE BURKE It could never happen here? It already did

    Sometimes it takes reading something or hearing something to unlock stored-away knowledge and make you really consider what you’ve known and taken for granted for some time. Reading Bucky Schriver’s letter in Thursday’s Times-News (“It’s time to honor Lonaconing’s ‘Lefty’ Grove”), published on the 39th anniversary of Lefty Grove’s death, did that for me.
    There was not one piece of information in Schriver’s well-written letter that I did not know, yet for some reason the piece made me realize just how unfathomable it is that there is not a statue here of arguably the greatest baseball pitcher of all time.

    May 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Children’s League to remember The Sport

    At times it seems like only yesterday since last we shared company with Mort Peskin, yet other times it feels as though it’s been forever. In truth, it has been just short of one year — May 27 — since Mort died, but his presence, his warmth, his love and his life were so huge and so fulfilling to share we sometimes find ourselves marveling that we knew such a man, much less have him remain so essential in our lives. And we ask ourselves, “Why didn’t I get more?”

    May 18, 2014

  • Long days journey into a ballgame Long days journey into a ballgame

    This we know: It always snows during ACIT weekend (it really doesn’t, but we always say it does) and it always rains every day of the first full week of the high school baseball and softball state playoffs (it really does, which is why we always say it).

    May 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • What, they changed the recipe at Ledo’s?

    Taking its cue from the neighboring Landover Redskins, the University of Maryland men’s basketball program continues to make more offseason news than inseason news. The difference being the Redskins usually win the offseason, while the offseason losses keep mounting for the Terrapins.

    May 4, 2014

  • MIKE BURKE Upon further review ... well, sort of

    I deplore the act of interleague baseball because it completely bastardizes the integrity of a championship major league schedule. So, naturally, there is now at least one interleague game every day of the season.

    May 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • MIKE BURKE NBA pounced once its dirty secret revealed

    Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling got what he deserved, but what on earth took so long? The NBA had tolerated his record of discrimination for far too long.

    May 1, 2014 1 Photo