Karl Lindholm: Who is Art Pepin — to me?

Art Pepin had a big personality, was affable in the extreme: a raconteur; a crooner — he loved to sing and recite whole poems from memory (Frost’s “Birches,” for example). He said he was in the “business of making friends.”

Karl Lindholm: Kitty, Tony, Minnie, Gil, Bud & Buck: About time!

We now have a Vermonter in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Karl Lindholm: Midd hoop: Here we go again

When the note came across my computer that the college was shutting down early for the holiday break, the Thursday before the last day of classes and the week prior to exams, I was dismayed.

Karl Lindholm: Remember me now: Ken Burton

There have been many great athletes from Middlebury Union High School over the decades, and Ken Burton has to be in the very top tier.

Karl Lindholm: Caroline Leary Dowd – a free spirit and fierce competitor

Heart. Determination. Relentlessness. Effort. Caroline Leary Dowd, class of 1992 at Middlebury College, had all these capabilities in abundance.

Karl Lindholm: Saward’s remarkable ‘coaching tree’

What is perhaps most striking about Dave Saward’s soccer career is his “coaching tree,” that is, the extraordinary number of his players who have decided to pursue a career in coaching and have succeeded at such a high level.

Karl Lindholm: Dave Morey: ‘Middlebury’s Miracle Mentor’

Nine years before his crowning achievement at Bates, Dave Morey’s Middlebury team “defeated” the other national powerhouse, Harvard, 6-6, before 25,000 fans in Harvard Stadium.

‘It gives us hope’: Alaskan Nets

In its premiere showing at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival last April, “Alaskan Nets” won the Audience Choice Award, the festival’s top overall prize. Here in Middlebury, it won the Best Documentary Feature Award — the best among the 36 feat … (read more)

Karl Lindholm: An exhilarating return: Bates-Middlebury

Last Saturday, I ventured to the Middlebury-Bates football game, the first athletic event at the college I have attended in more than year and a half.

Karl Lindholm: Campy, Newk and New Hampshire’s Holman Stadium

I have wanted to go to a game in Holman Stadium in Nashua, N.H., for a long time because of the park’s historical significance.Finally, this summer I did, on Aug. 12, the very last day of the season for the Nashua Silver Knights of the Futures College Bas … (read more)

Karl Lindholm: Bat lefty — it’s a big deal!

You want your kid to be a major leaguer, and make a ton of money, so you can retire and live on Easy Street?Well, turn him around!Make sure he bats left-handed, from day one, from the day he first picks up that fat red plastic kid bat, or some other kiddi … (read more)

Karl Lindholm: A marriage of true (baseball) minds: Giants-Red Sox

As she was exploring the campus on her very first day at Middlebury College in August 1986, young professor Brett Millier encountered Frank Kelley, the director of residential life, who engaged her in lively conversation as was his wont.Frank learned that … (read more)

Karl Lindholm: Spaceman, Lake Monsters, and bliss

This week’s column is written in a similar spirit to those of the other sports columnist, the angler, who takes us to lakes, ponds, and streams through sylvan glades to his favorite fishing spots.He describes with precise detail the bliss he feels casting … (read more)

Karl Lindholm: Robin Roberts, Ray Fisher, and the 2nd Northern League of Vermont

In the last game of his sophomore year at Michigan State in 1946, Robin Roberts lost 2-0 to archrival Michigan, coached by a 58-year-old Ray Fisher.At game’s end, Fisher asked the Michigan State ace if he would like to play summer ball in Vermont. After a … (read more)

Karl Lindholm: Centennial and Rickwood Fields, baseball shrines

Centennial Field in Burlington is Vermont’s baseball shrine.Constructed from 1904 to 1906, Centennial has been the site of stirring baseball action for nearly a century and a quarter. The Catamounts of the University of Vermont played their first game the … (read more)