Povich Rewind

Povich Rewind: The Munich Olympics
Jul 26, 2016

Povich Rewind: The Munich Olympics

The Rio Olympics already has been controversial — a condition that goes with every Olympics. Shirley Povich covered the 1972 Olympics in Munich in which 11 Israelis were murdered by by Arab terrorists. The Olympics have never been the same.

Beyond the Feat, Ripken Fills Gehrig’s Shoes
Jun 26, 2016

Beyond the Feat, Ripken Fills Gehrig’s Shoes

In this era of managers regularly giving major league baseball players “days off” it should be noted that Cal Ripken played 2,632 consecutive games, breaking Lou Gehrig’s record of 2,130 consecutive games played.

Povich Rewind: Gehrig’s Farewell
Jun 1, 2016

Povich Rewind: Gehrig’s Farewell

Few moments in the history of sport can match the 1939 tribute the Yankees gave Lou Gehrig, who was suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Sitting in the press box, Povich tapped out one of his most powerful and poignant leads.

Mantle’s Critics Swing, Miss
Apr 26, 2016

Mantle’s Critics Swing, Miss

The late Mickey Mantle has been in the news of late, with young superstars Bryce Harper and Mike Trout being compared to the Yankee great. Mantle was one of Povich’s favorites and he reviews how he was seen by some critics at the end of his life.

Povich Rewind: South Protests Entrance of Negros
Apr 10, 2016

Povich Rewind: South Protests Entrance of Negros

With Ken Burns latest compelling documentary on Jackie Robinson airing on PBS, one part of Shirley Povich’s 11-part series on African-American inclusion in Major League Baseball is reprinted here.

Povich Rewind: A Masters for Whom?
Apr 5, 2016

Povich Rewind: A Masters for Whom?

​The annual rite of spring–The Masters golf tournament–has never been known for its “welcome to all” attitude, as Shirley Povich noted in a 1971 column.