Zak Keefer is a beat writer for the Indianapolis Star. He covers Butler Bulldogs basketball. This is Keefer's first year on the beat, however, you'd never know it. His writing and reporting is some of the best in the country. Keefer was kind enough to take some time out of his hectic college hoops schedule to talk sports journalism. This edition of The Byliners combines to features in one: a Q&A with Zak Keefer and a podcast.
I think I found my niche. How many other Mets blogs or podcasts feature an 82-year old woman who talks (and sings) Mets baseball? Answer: Zero.
Gary Pomerantz, author of Their Life's Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers Then and Now, is my guest on the Voices Podcast.
Dave Goren is the Executive Director for the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association & Hall of Fame (NSSA). On this episode of Voices, Goren aanounces the winners of the 2013 National Sportswriter and National Sportscaster of the Year Award.
Dr. Doug Feldmann, author of Gibson's Last Stand: The Rise, Fall, and Near Misses of the St. Louis Cardinals, remembers the first and only time he saw Bob Gibson pitch. It was 1974. Gibson was 38 years old, Feldmann was four.
“This Gibson guy is horrible,” Feldmann remembers telling father on the car ride home after the game.
Time magazine called the moment "the most iconic play in sports" for 2010. Veteran Major League Baseball umpire Jim Joyce has no explanation. "I can't even explain the feeling, because there are no words," he told ESPN.com. Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galaragga, on the other hand, calls it a perfect game -- still.
Major League Baseball has had its share of troubled times. In terms of sheer dirt, three scandals rise to the top: Shoeless Joe and the Black Sox, the 1985 Pittsburgh drug trials, and the steroid era. The former and latter have been covered extensively. Yet there has never been a book detailing the biggest drug trials in baseball history. The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven tells the whole story in all its shocking details.