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'No No' Gets a Yes Yes at Sundance

No No: A Dockumentary has been on our radar for years. Read More | Comment »

3:00PM Tue. Jan. 21, Monica Riese

Game On: Sports Films Hit the Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center is batting a thousand with its upcoming film series. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Mon. Jun. 17, 2013, Russ Espinoza

The Houston Astros and 'Resurrection'

Fans of the Houston Astros have to be a pretty resilient bunch. Read More | Comment »

10:35AM Wed. Jun. 12, 2013, Monica Riese

Jackie Robinson's Story Hits the Paramount With '42'

Tomorrow night, the Paramount Theatre will be the best sports venue in town. Read More | Comment »

2:30PM Tue. Mar. 19, 2013, Monica Riese

'The Voice in My Head': Astros Must Sink to Reach for the Stars

Everyone loves a winner – except when one just kicked your ass or unless the losers are loveable and ballgames are incidental to binge drinking and voracious making-out in the bleachers of Wrigley Field. But winning is why Yankees’ caps and Lakers’ jerseys predominate everywhere and make Astros gear in ATX look scarce by comparison. Read More | Comment »

9:43AM Thu. Feb. 14, 2013, Russ Espinoza

'Texas Baseball' Marred by Errors

“In Texas, a lot of the first baseball games were played in pastures where sheep or cattle kept the grass at a playable level.” What a sound and evocative starting point in author Clay Coppedge’s swift account of America’s Pastime in the People’s Republic. Read More | Comment »

12:52PM Fri. Jun. 15, 2012, Russ Espinoza

Manny Does the Dell

Round Rock’s Dell Diamond has staged a lot of Pastime over 12 broiling seasons of Round Rock Express baseball. A small town’s worth of hot-shot prospects, scuffling and rehabbing Major Leaguers and Crash Davis’ have kicked up Dell’s dirt, but none (aside from Roger Clemens) have been as accomplished and mythologized as Sacramento RiverCat Manny Ramirez. Read More | Comment »

4:43PM Sat. May. 26, 2012, Russ Espinoza

Bateman Rises

Ken Webster of Austin, Texas, spends a lot of time inhabiting the personality of a Major League Baseball player who's been dead since 1996. Read More | Comment »

1:43PM Tue. May. 22, 2012, Wayne Alan Brenner

If You Paint It, They Will Come

At 20 feet tall, this Willie Wells towers over the one-story South Austin house next door, the house in which he grew up in the first decades of the 20th century; the house that he left in 1923 to play ball in the Negro Leagues and become one of the game's greatest players, black or white; the house to which he returned in 1973 and in which he died in 1989. Read More | Comment »

7:32PM Wed. Jan. 18, 2012, Robert Faires

Baseball Hero To Be Honored With Mural

The late Willie Wells was one of the greatest shortstops who ever lived. Despite the racial barriers that held him back, he excelled in the sport he loved and passed along his knowledge of the game to the likes of Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, Monte Irvin, and Don Newcombe. Read More | Comment »

9:27AM Mon. Jan. 2, 2012, R.U. Steinberg

World Series for the Ages Commemorated in Box Set

Even Cardinals fans would sheepishly admit that Game 6 alone – in all of its commercially uninterrupted glory, complete with ecstatically impartial postgame coverage from the MLB Network – is enough to justify the sticker price of this deluxe box set. It is so magnificent that it should henceforth be screened for every baseball skeptic across the land. Read More | Comment »

6:28PM Tue. Dec. 20, 2011, Shawn Badgley

'Out of Bounds': Astros Fans Continue To Suffer

I have dubbed Thursday, Nov. 17, Black Thursday. The day my nightmare became reality. Starting in the year 2013, the Houston Astros will move from the National League Central to the American League West. Designated hitter and all. Read More | Comment »

1:11PM Fri. Nov. 25, 2011, Mark Fagan

'Out of Bounds': Reason To Celebrate in the Motor City, and More

Welcome to the first installment of The Austin Chronicle's new online-only sports column, "Out of Bounds." I'll be discussing the latest sports stories as well as sports in pop culture – what's on TV, in the theatres, and more. Read More | Comment »

5:16PM Thu. Oct. 13, 2011, Mark Fagan

When Tragedy Overshadows Celebration

The MLB All-Star break is the perfect time for every writer to hand out awards. First-Half Cy Young. Most Improved Player. Best First-Half Plays. It’s an easy article and is almost expected. I was assigned to write something like that on the Round Rock Express. But I can’t. This All-Star break has me thinking about something different. Read More | Comment »

6:12PM Wed. Jul. 13, 2011, Will Eidam

Top 10 Sports Retirements 2010

Who’s to say what they’ll do next, now that it’s over, kaput, lights out. Moonlighting as a dancing fiend and making up for lost time with family is paramount for a decorated ex-NFL QB with seven children, while pursuing a clichéd future in sports broadcasting represents the next mountaintop for a multitalented modern day Boston icon. Read More | Comment »

4:10PM Fri. Jan. 7, 2011, Russ Espinoza

'No No: A Dockumentary' Benefit

No matter what is said in the next couple of paragraphs, no matter how impressive I make myself sound, just remember that none of it even comes close to what an eccentric African-American baseball player did 40 years ago. My proudest sport moment revealed only to have it one-upped a mere two paragraphs later ... Read More | 1 Comment »

4:46PM Wed. Jun. 9, 2010, Will Eidam

Sports and Social Justice With David Zirin

David Zirin collects accolades like baseball cards. He was named one of the UTNE Reader's "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World," he’s been awarded Press Action's Sportswriter of the Year twice, and often graces television screens as a guest analyst on various CNN, ESPN, and MSNBC programs. However, Zirin is much more than a sports journalist. Read More | Comment »

12:20PM Fri. Mar. 5, 2010, Timothy Braun

'A People’s History of Sports in the United States'

In A People’s History of Sports in the United States ($26.95, The New Press), author David Zirin welcomes the reader to the proverbial adults table of American sports with a historical blow-by-blow of social engagement, race relations, gender struggles, and political upheaval that have surrounded some of our favorite pastimes. Read More | Comment »

12:17PM Fri. Mar. 5, 2010, Timothy Braun

Astros Caravan Visits Academy Tuesday (That's Today!)

Today, Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 4:30pm, Academy Sports + Outdoors (1104 C-Bar Ranch Trail, Cedar Park) will be visited by the roaming Astros Caravan. CenTex 'Stros fans will have a chance to pick up autographs from current Astros pitchers Bud Norris and Matt Lindstrom, former Astro and current legend Jeff Bagwell, and broadcaster Jim Deshaies. Read More | Comment »

11:23AM Tue. Jan. 26, 2010, Mark Fagan

Ortiz Released, 'Stros Call Up Gervacio

Following a pounding by the Cubs yesterday (nine hits and nine earned runs in 2.1 innings), Russ Ortiz was released by the Houston Astros to much indifference amongst sports fans. To fill his spot on the roster Houston called up Round Rock Express right-hander Samuel "Sammy" Gervacio. This will be Gervacio's MLB debut, following ex-Express stud Bud Norris' introduction to the big leagues earlier in the week. Gervacio threw for a 2-2 record in 46.2 innings with a 5.40 ERA for Round Rock in 35 appearances this season. His numbers may not be that impressive, but he's held hitters to a .244 batting average with 48 strikeouts while allowing only 20 walks. Houston can use a pitcher who can find the strike zone after getting drubbed by the Cubs three out of the last four at Wrigley Field. The Astros begin a three-game series with the Cardinals tonight (7:15pm) in St. Louis where Norris is scheduled to start on Sunday (1:15pm) and Gervacio will finally get an opportunity to pitch in The Show. Read More | Comment »

4:50PM Fri. Jul. 31, 2009, Mark Fagan

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