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Sports Then and Now is always looking for passionate sports fans to write specific or general sports content for either the main sports site or one of the specific city sites.

If you have a passion for sports and want the opportunity to share your ideas, opinions and knowledge while growing your portfolio of writing samples, Sports Then and Now has a place for you.

There is currently no financial compensation for writers, but as the site grows, we hope that will quickly change.

Below are some ways that you can immediately become involved on Sports Then and Now. If you see something of interest, please contact us so you can get started writing today.

Please contact Dean Hybl at dehybl@gmail.com

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

    • Hall of Famer Tony Oliva
      July 17, 2022 | 2:15 pm
      Tony Oliva

      After waiting for 45 years after his retirement, the Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month is finally taking his rightful place as a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

      Before injuries cut short his Hall of Fame worthy career, Tony Oliva was one of the best hitters in baseball and combined with Hall of Famers Rod Carew and Harmen Killebrew to make the Minnesota Twins a perennial American League contender during the late 1960s.

      Discovered on the baseball fields of Cuba by a Minnesota Twin scout, Oliva came to the United States in 1961 and within three years the American League Rookie of the Year. There have been many great MLB players from Cuba, including a new generation of stars today, but it is hard to argue that there has been a better player from the island in MLB than Oliva.

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