Howard Z. Unger

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  • 17 years ago

    A collection of castaway closers, a crackpot, a headhunter, more journeymen than a conquistador battalion, a guy who hadn't thrown a pitch in the majors for two years, and a stopper who spent two months on the disabled list . . . this is the best ...

  • 17 years ago

    For Furious George, making it to the pros won't be tough. He's anxious to learn all the moves and his personality is meant for steel-chair bashing. George Kanakarakis is going through an identity crisis. At age 15, the 255-pound Queens resident is...

  • 17 years ago

    Just for a moment, for fans exiting the No. 7 train at Willets Point, Shea Stadium actually looks like a ballpark. Out of sight are the fluorescent stick figures adorning its wall, the expansive parking lots, the ornate orange. All that's visible ...

  • 17 years ago

    On May 9, in the wake of the Columbine shootings, The New York Times's Robert Lipsyte wrote a column entitled "The Jock Culture: Time to Debate the Questions," promising that "in future columns, perhaps with the help of forward-thinking psychiatri...

  • 17 years ago

    It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. The infield, one of the league's strongest. The outfield, more of an abyss than a place where power numbers are born and flyballs go to die." So might read the prologue to the 1999 Mets. Indeed,...

  • 17 years ago

    Remember the ecstasy being doled out on the corner of Bleecker and Mercer streets a few years ago? No, not the drug— the rapture that came with the NYU women's basketball team capturing the NCAA Division III championship, the packed Coles cen...


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