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Sports column by Karl Lindholm: Middlebury's first family of sports

Posted on August 1, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



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You figured their kids would be good athletes, but it took them a while to get together.

She said that was his fault. “I had to give him an ultimatum.” He sees it differently, “It took her a long time to see that I had a couple of things going for me.”

Sue Parsons was a junior at Middlebury when she started dating Bobby Ritter, a senior. That was 1982. They were married nine years later.

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Sports column by Karl Lindholm: The pitcher's mound can be a dangerous place

Posted on July 3, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



Herb Score was the best young pitcher in baseball in 1955.

Possessed of a blazing fastball, Score won 16 games as a 21-year-old rookie that year and 20 the next. He led all Major League pitchers in strikeouts both years, averaging nearly 10 a game.

Score seemed destined for a brilliant career, barring injury.

Ah, that “barring injury” proviso, the intervention of fate.

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Sports column by Karl Lindholm: Béisbol Paradiso produces another big-time talent

Posted on June 20, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



The name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, like Mickey Mantle or Bo Jackson, the players he is being compared to. That’s pretty good company.

He can also be compared to the great Negro League Hall of Famers, Oscar Charleston, perhaps, or even more precisely his countrymen, Cristóbal Torriente, “The Cuban Strongboy,” or “El Inmortal” Martin Dihigo.

Meet Yasiel Puig (yah-zeal pweeg).

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Sports Column by Karl Lindholm: Nava not just a folk hero

Posted on May 30, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



Late last summer, I was chatting with Lynn and Mike McKenna in front of the Middlebury Market about the woes of the Red Sox, who were headed for last place, limping to a miserable finish.

They were waxing enthusiastic about Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava, their favorite player.

Nava is a most unlikely major-leaguer. The Red Sox plucked him from independent ball in 2008 after playing for the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League in California. The Red Sox paid the Outlaws $1.00 (that’s right — one dollar) for the rights to sign him.

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Sports column by Karl Lindholm: Thoughts upon watching '42'

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



I knew I had a problem when my friend Ben, from California, e-mailed me after watching “42,” the Jackie Robinson story, and being profoundly moved. He said, “Tell me again why you’re not looking forward to seeing this movie.”

True, I have expressed ambivalence. I sometimes tire of the exclusivity of the focus on Jackie Robinson. The more I have learned about the African-American experience in baseball, the more rich stories and worthy figures I have become aware of.

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Sports column: How good are the Panthers: Terrific

Posted on April 4, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



Whenever Middlebury hosts an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game, I buy extra tickets and wait for the phone call that always comes: “Karl, can you get me a ticket to the Middlebury basketball game?”

“Why, yes I can.”

This is a call, not so long ago, I never imagined getting. I love it. In the past, even when the Panthers were pretty good, the team played before mostly empty seats.

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Clippings: They peek when François sings

Posted on April 4, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



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I have a favorite moment at Middlebury College basketball games. It’s when François Clemmons begins to sing the National Anthem.

I dreaded the Anthem when I was an athlete. I was ready to play the game. Starters had been announced and were out on the playing surface, tense, excited, full of adrenaline. Let’s go!

Then we had to wait, often for a scratchy recording, sometimes for a live singer, who sang at a funereal pace.

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Sports column by Karl Lindholm: A passion for the game of hoops

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Peter Quinn, social worker: He’s a school-based clinician at Vergennes Union High School, employed by the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC). For 20 years, he directed the Kingsland Bay School in Ferrisburgh, a residential facility for troubled adolescents.

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Karl Lindholm: A Mess: Sports fan and hypocrite

Posted on February 21, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



Our sportsworld is a mess — and I’m a hypocrite.

I am both a fan and a skeptic. Much of what happens in sports at its highest levels I deplore, yet my days and nights are taken up by watching games or by reading and writing about sports. Sports are an essential part of my life.

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Sports column: The pain and the joy of going the distance

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



 

Walking around the track at Middlebury College one day last summer, I ran into my friend Jon Cormier of Bristol, or more accurately, he ran by me. He was kind enough to stop and chat with me for a while, at my pace.

Turns out he was training for a race, and not a local fun run, but the “Vermont 50” at Mt. Ascutney in September. That’s a 50-mile race, up and down and around the mountain, with 9,000 feet of climbing over its route.

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