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Frank Murtaugh

Memphis, TN
Sports Writer, Memphis Flyer and Managing Editor, Memphis Magazine

Managing editor, @memphismagazine; sportswriter for @MemphisFlyer. Convinced baseball can save the world.

Redbirds Salute Habitat for Humanity — You won't find Jimmy Carter's name on many lists of the greatest American Presidents. Carter is undeniably, though, the most accomplished former president this country has known. Since leaving the White House in 1981, Carter has helped negotiate peace between warring factions, spearheaded the fight against calamitous diseases (his efforts helped to eradicate guinea-worm disease), and written more than 20 books.

Q & A: Top Fuel Champion Clay Millican | From My Seat | Memphis News and Events | Memphis Flyer — click to enlarge After more than 60 years in Illinois, the World Series of Drag Racing has found a new home at Memphis International Raceway in Millington. The two-day event (this Friday and Saturday) will feature the fastest, loudest, and most-rubber-burning vehicles on the planet.

Carson Kelly: Yadier Molina's Heir Apparent? — click to enlarge Someone had to play centerfield for the San Francisco Giants after Willie Mays. (It was Garry Maddox in 1973.) Someone had to take over third base for the Philadelphia Phillies after Mike Schmidt retired. (It was Charlie Hayes in 1989.)

Tiger Basketball Releases Nonconference Schedule — The Tubby Smith Era at the U of M will tip off on November 14 when UTRGV pays a visit to FedExForum. ( UT-what? Read below.) click to enlarge Nov. 14 - University of Texas Rio Grand Valley (School was formed in 2012 and teams go by Vaqueros, Spanish for Cowboys.)

We Are The Olympics ... And The Olympics 'R Us — click to enlarge As grand a spectacle as they've become - with more than six gajillion hours of television coverage! - there remains something quaint about the Summer Olympics. First of all, there's the seasonal qualifier: the "summer games." Life would be happier for everyone if we played more summer games.

Redbirds Report Increased Attendance at AZP — click to enlarge It is the ever-present riddle of minor-league baseball: Does winning matter? I've sat in AutoZone Park for a Pacific Coast League playoff game - featuring a Redbirds team that obviously did its share of winning - with fewer than 3,000 fans in the stadium.

Politics = Sports = Politics — click to enlarge Like the Republican Party, college football's reigning champions have an elephant for a mascot. Like the Democrats, the reigning NFL champs have a donkey - on steroids - for a mascot. As we enjoy (endure?) the national conventions that officially brand this year's campaign season, consider a few other parallels between the worlds of sports and politics.

Redbirds Profile: Alex Reyes — click to enlarge For various reasons, the 2016 season will be memorable for the Memphis Redbirds' Alex Reyes. The 21-year-old pitcher (he turns 22 on August 29th) entered the season as the 7th-ranked prospect in all of baseball according to Baseball America.

Frankly, At Forty — This article originally appeared in the February 2009 issue of Memphis magazine. Even seven years later, 40 is a big birthday. In the spirit of the magazine's 40th anniversary, here are 40 life tips to consider, nuggets of wisdom that just might help the trip to 50 (and beyond) go a little smoother.

2016: A Year of "Endings" in Sport — It may be only July, but I can't recall a calendar year with as many significant losses (measured a few ways) in the world of sports.
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Aug 25, 2016

11 more homers this season and 35 per year the next three would give Albert Pujols 700 at the end of the 2019 campaign (at age 39).

Aug 25, 2016

RT @Baseball_Photos: Cal is 56 today. Since his retirement, he has still not missed as many consecutive @Orioles games as he played in.

Aug 24, 2016

Baseball novice looks at roster: Eight reserves for one position . . . four reserves for eight others. Novice starts shaking w/ confusion.

Aug 24, 2016

@Kerry901 It's time for the federal government to step in on naming rights. Ballparks and stadiums are public trusts (loose definition).

Aug 24, 2016

The #Redbirds expect to welcome 10 millionth fan this weekend at AZP. About 12,000 fans (over 5 games) would hit mark.

Aug 24, 2016

Redbirds back home tonight. Need to finish 11-2 for a .500 record. Next five at home, then 8 on road to wrap season.

Aug 24, 2016

The Phillies are 58-68 but closer to a wild-card berth (9 games) than Cardinals (in wild-card position) are to 1st in NL Central. #seligwins

Aug 23, 2016

Is it odd that College Football Hall of Fame commercials don't tell you where Hall is located? "They should call you Crazy Mouth."

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