Posts tagged ‘Tom Verducci’
It’s impossible to keep up with the torrent of news media coverage on the Jerry Sandusky scandal. I’ve been reading some stories online, printing others to read at home in the evening when things are less crazy, and bookmarking still others to read at some imaginary later date when I will have a little time on my hands. (Ha—as if that’s going to happen anytime soon.)
On Monday I posted an annotated list of seven articles that stood out as particularly good coverage of the scandal. Since then the rest of the magazine staff and I have come across at least eight more that we think are also worth reading. In no special order:
1. “This is Penn State.” The new Sports Illustrated is out, with a main story and two sidebars devoted to the events here at Penn State. The one linked here is the main article. Longtime SI baseball writer Tom Verducci ’82 contributes a sidebar called “A Place Apart,” but we haven’t found it online yet.
2. “Inquiry Grew Into Concerns of a Cover-Up.” A New York Times article posted yesterday provides a fascinating look at how the investigation into Jerry Sandusky unfolded—and how, through an Internet forum, “investigators narrowed their list of coaches likely to have seen something to Mike McQueary.”
3. “No Easy Answers for Mike McQueary.” An ESPN.com profile of McQueary ’97 H&HD, the former grad assistant who finds himself in the unexpected role of the whistle-blower.
Best known as a respected baseball writer for Sports Illustrated, Tom Verducci ’82 also serves as a field reporter for TBS during the MLB playoffs. It was in his TV role Thursday night that Verducci ended up in the winning locker room following the Detroit Tigers’ divisional series victory over the New York Yankees. He was trying to interview pitcher Jose Valverde, who earned the series-clinching save for the Tigers. Here’s a look at the conditions Verducci was forced to work under:
There are many more difficult jobs in the world, and I’m sure Verducci knows how lucky he is. But I can tell you, having spent time in victorious NBA locker rooms during my own sportswriting days: Getting champagne in your eye stings like crazy.
Ryan Jones, senior editor
I remember Sports Illustrated‘s Tom Verducci ’82 from back in the late 1970s/early 1980s, when I was covering Penn State football for State College radio station WRSC and he was a sports reporter for the Collegian. What I most remember was his willingness to ask Joe Paterno tough questions at the news conferences after football games. I think Joe found it a little irritating (but then, Joe finds most members of the news media irritating at one time or another), but I remember that they were smart questions and I was impressed with Tom for asking them.
Here we are 30 years later and Tom is one of the most respected sportswriters in America. A senior writer at SI, he has covered baseball—especially the Yankees—for years, and wrote the SI piece that blew open the steroids scandal in 2002. He’s also the co-author of Joe Torre’s book The Yankee Years, and in 2009 SI published a book called Inside Baseball: The Best of Tom Verducci.
Last night he spoke in the HUB as part of a series sponsored by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. And one of the things he mentioned was (more…)
I first heard about yesterday’s news about Mark McGwire when friends on Facebook started posting humorous status updates like “Mark McGwire just admitted using steroids. I’m shocked—I had no idea” and “This just in: Mark McGwire says the sky is blue.”
I missed the interview McGwire did with Bob Costas last night on the MLB Network (I don’t even know if I get the MLB network) and the subsequent analysis by Tom Verducci ’82, Ken Rosenthal, and others. But I did enjoy reading Verducci’s assessment at SI.com; in it, he’s alternately sympathetic toward and critical of McGwire. Verducci also maintains that McGwire’s motivation in coming clean now isn’t about hoping to get into baseball’s Hall of Fame, but rather to be able to put the steroid controversy behind him before he suits up as the Cardinals’ hitting coach, a job he’ll begin next month.
Verducci has been covering the issue of steroids in baseball for most of the past decade, starting with his 2002 cover story/special report in Sports Illustrated.
Tina Hay, editor
Hard to believe it’s been 20 years since an Iowa farmer named Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner) built a baseball diamond in his corn field and the Chicago Black Sox showed up.
The movie Field of Dreams marks its 20th anniversary this year. And Sports Illustrated senior writer Tom Verducci ’82 wrote an article recently that take a look back at a movie he calls “timeless.”
“Twenty years later,” Verducci writes, “Field of Dreams remains the quintessential moving-image expression of why we love baseball. Not major league baseball … but baseball as we discovered it and as we prefer to preserve it.”
You can read Verducci’s article here.
Tina Hay, editor
I’m not much of a baseball guy, so I tend not to follow the sport when it’s actually in season; news of the game’s offseason activities usually misses me completely.
But I couldn’t help noticing the buzz around Joe Torre’s new book detailing his time managing the New York Yankees. Baseball folks are talking about Torre’s behind-the-scenes accounting of those Yankee teams, particularly the dirt spilled about superstar third-baseman (and, allegedly, Madonna’s boyfriend) Alex Rodriguez. The New York Times’ coverage of the book makes it all sound pretty spicy:
Whether hitting 450-foot home runs or sunbathing shirtless in Central Park or squiring strippers, Rodriguez was like nothing ever seen before on the championship teams of the Torre Era: an ambitious superstar impressed and motivated by stature and status, particularly when those qualities pertained to himself.
Why do I mention it here? Because the book, The Yankee Years, is co-authored by Tom Verducci ’82, the longtime Sports Illustrated scribe who is arguably the most prominent baseball writer in the country. And if you’re the sort of baseball fan who likes to read while you drive, good news: Verducci (who also co-wrote Torre’s 1998 autobiography) also narrates the audio version.
Ryan Jones, senior editor