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Team Correspondents

Expectation: Write a minimum of three articles per week providing current news and insight about your favorite team. We may occasionally provide topic ideas, but in general you will be free to write about any subject related to your team. Your articles can either be of a news style or they can be edgy columns in which you share your personal opinions about a specific team. You may also occasionally be asked to write a sports history story about your team. Each article should be between 300 and 1,000 words.

Available Teams: We are currently looking for team correspondents for the following teams:

Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, University of Maryland, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Boston College Eagles, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Northwestern University

Sports History Writers and Columnists

Expectation: Write one or two columns per week that look at a former player, game, or event. These columns can connect that player, game, or event to a current event or simply be a reminiscence of someone from sports history. Each article should be between 500 and 1,000 words.

Available Topics: We are currently looking for sports history writers for the following subjects: NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, Chicago Sports, Boston Sports, Baltimore Sports

Sports History Guest Columnist

Expectation: We always welcome guest writers who want to share their thoughts and memories about a specific event, experience, athlete or performance. Guest columns can be between 400 and 1,000 words. Below are some suggestions for potential topics:

My first professional sports game

I Was There! (in person to watch a great sports game, moment, player or team)

The day I saw ______________ play

My first trip to ______________ park/field/stadium

Why sports matter to me

I will never forget watching __________________

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  • Vintage Athlete of the Month

    • Dale Murphy: A Hallmark of Excellence
      July 2, 2024 | 1:53 pm
      Dale Murphy

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month was a standout player of the 1980s, remembered not only for his exceptional skills on the field but also for his exemplary character and sportsmanship.

      Born on March 12, 1956, in Portland, Oregon, Dale Murphy’s journey to becoming one of the most respected players in baseball history is a testament to dedication, perseverance, and a genuine love for the game.

      Early Career and Rise to Prominence

      Murphy was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 1974 MLB Draft. He made his Major League debut on September 13, 1976, at the age of 20. Initially a catcher, Murphy transitioned to the outfield early in his career, where he would solidify his place as one of the premier outfielders of his era.

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