All posts by Michael Geffner
At 38, Roger Clemensthe greatest pitcher ever to come out of Texasis losing his edge. He is no longer the strutting, rosin bag-slamming, fist-pumping fireballer who terrorized the American League and won five Cy Youngs.
At 38, Roger Clemens, the greatest pitcher ever to emerge from Texas, is no longer carving up the American League like he used to. Is the Rocket about to flame out?
Dick Lane is the best Texas pool player everand you can take that to the bank shot.
Dick Lane got to be the best pool player in Texas history by tirelessly honing his technique. Now he wants to improve the sport he lovesbut it’s a long shot.
Growing up in Houston, pro baseball star Chuck Knoblauch would turn to his father whenever he was in a slump. He can’t anymore.
For years Houston native Chuck Knoblauch took his cues from his high school baseball coach, who also happened to be his father. Then Alzheimer’s disease changed their relationship forever.
Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is a big league baseball star and the most popular Texas Ranger. But if he’s loyal to his team, his heart and soul still lie in his hometown of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.
To say he’s the strong, silent type is something of an understatement. Unlike most baseball stars, Texas Ranger Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is all action and no talk—and that makes him one of the game’s real gems.
He hustled pool for a while and made a living, then turned pro and made a killing. Clearly, Dallas’ CJ Wiley is on the ball.
At his pool hall near White Rock Lake, on bar tables across the country, and at professional tournaments around the world, Carson “CJ” Wiley earns his keep by ramming balls into pockets. It’s that simple.
How far afield is Jimmie Lee Solomon from the southeast Texas town where he was raised? Today he’s the executive director of baseball’s farm system—and he may be swinging for even bigger fences.
Jimmie Lee Solomon went from working a small Texas ranch to running big league baseball’s farm system. Now he may be up for one of the game’s top jobs.
As Bob Watson has found, the only thing tougher than playing for the struggling Houston Astros is running the world-champion New York Yankees.
Whether playing for the luckless Houston Astros, running the world-champion New York Yankees, or confronting racism, Bob Watson has always stepped up to the plate.
By speaking softly and carrying a custom made stick, san Antonio’s Vivian villarreal is breaking pro pool’s gender barrier.