‘Chicago’s game’: 16-inch softball, created on Near South Side, celebrates 135th anniversary

CHICAGO — Its one of Chicago’s most unique sports, with a history that goes back to the late 19th century. The game is 16-inch softball and it has been a staple of Chicago’s outdoor sports season for generations. Thousands of Chicagoans are familiar with this brawny cousin to baseball and 12-inch softball, played in parks … Read more

Dick Vermeil Is As Much Philly As The Cheesesteak And Rocky

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Revered in Philadelphia, Dick Vermeil quit coaching and left town before returning to the NFL and completing his Hall of Fame resume in other cities. Vermeil won a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams and later coached the Kansas City Chiefs. But Philly is home and he’s going into the Pro … Read more

Bill Russell, Boston Celtics legend and 11-time NBA champion, dies at 88

Bill Russell, the cornerstone of the Boston Celtics’ dynasty that won eight straight titles and 11 overall during his career, died Sunday. The Hall of Famer was 88. Over a 15-year period, beginning with his junior year at the University of San Francisco, Russell had the most remarkable career of any player in the history … Read more