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How will 2020’s surprise teams fare in 2021?

The 2020 season was confusing, difficult and cobbled together at times with spit and gristle. It was still rather joyous, but it’s fair to say that given one’s druthers, that’s maybe not everyone’s ideal way for a baseball season to go down.

Baseball legend Hank Aaron dies at 86

Hank Aaron, a son of the Deep South who soared above its poverty and racism to become one of the most consequential figures in American history, died Friday at age 86. His death prompted an outpouring of tributes from those who’d known him personally or simply been inspired by a remarkable life lived with relentless…

MLK’s legacy endures: ‘Times are changing’

Standing before a packed, rapt congregation at St. Luke’s Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recognized the moment’s weight and its fragility. The date was May 6, 1963. King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference were five weeks into a direct-action campaign to fight Birmingham’s segregation system with mass meetings, sit-ins,…

This small nation is crazy about the Cubs

It was Spring Training 1985, and before reporting to Arizona with the rest of his Cubs teammates, star left fielder Gary Matthews was going somewhere he’d never been before. It was a place he’d never even thought of visiting, or truthfully, really thought about at all. His manager Jim Frey figured it was the name…

Hall of Fame knuckleballer Niekro dead at 81

ATLANTA — Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro has died at the age of 81. Niekro passed away in his sleep on Saturday night. The suburban Atlanta resident had a longtime battle with cancer. Niekro was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1997. The iconic knuckleballer collected 318 wins over a 24-year career that…