By Allen Barra and Allen Barra,Newsday | December 13, 1994
In 1959, Al Stump, a West Coast sportswriter, got a surprise phone call that was to change his life.Would he, the caller wanted to know, be interested in working on the autobiography of Tyrus Raymond Cobb, the first player voted into baseball's Hall of Fame and holder of more records than anyone in baseball history? Mr. Stump was intrigued but wary; Cobb (who was, indeed, the caller) had a reputation for being difficult, and working on his life story wasn't likely to be a stroll through spring training.
By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff | October 3, 1991
NEW YORK -- There are two Merrills currently playing New York -- Robert, the famous singer, and Stump, for the time being at least the senior baseball manager in the Big Apple.Gossip continues to spread that Robert, who does George Steinbrenner's favorite rendition of the national anthem, is the only Merrill who will perform at Yankee Stadium next year. Stump still has another year to go on his contract, but the only thing guaranteed is the money.As the season continues to wind down, Merrill's tenuous occupancy of the manager's office has become a popular subject to debate.
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | February 17, 1995
Ty Cobb hit .367 against 25 years' worth of major league pitching but went 0 for 4 in a lifetime against decency, humanity, humility and tolerance.Fierce, heroic, unbowed and very bloody, he was the master of his fate, the captain of his soul -- and a world-class son of a bitch. He ended up -- no surprise -- exactly as he had lived, all alone. He became something like the last dragon, embittered and tyrannical in his lightless lair, nursing obscure grudges till the end, lashing out viciously at all who came within range of his talons even as his body systems, one by one, shut down.
By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1998
Nearly every day, Chessa LeAnne Barnett sat in the courtroom, clutching the small pink and orange plaid shirt that her son, Adam, treasured before he was murdered 16 years ago.The 10-year-old boy called the shirt "my precious" after the magic ring in the J. R. R. Tolkien book "The Hobbit." While Adam slept, his mother would sneak into his room to retrieve and wash it. As Adam's killer, Roger Stump, was finally being tried, the carefully pressed shirt seemed to bring Barnett comfort even as she endured the raw details about the last moments of her son's life.
By JEAN MARBELLA | February 12, 2009
After a couple of weeks of nonstop jocks-as-jerks news, I'd just about had it with athletes. Whether it was our own bong-inhaling Olympic swimmer, or the New York Yankees' 'roid-injecting A-Rod, I was ready to swear off following the fortunes of these physically gifted yet mentally suspect sportsmen. But then, just in the nick of time, an unlikely champion came along to make me believe again. Waddling rather than striding to victory Tuesday night, on four short legs instead of two long and lithe ones, he was stumpy rather than studly.
By Sarah Vowell and Sarah Vowell,Special to the sun | January 4, 1998
"Celebration," by Harry Crews. Simon & Schuster. 270 pages. $23.I resent any book that makes me feel like a prude. I'll get grouchier yet if I have to bring up the basic points of feminism, bemoan cartoonish racism, or call myself an optimist. When I'm faced with a satiric novel such as Harry Crews' "Celebration" I'd rather talk about the important stuff, like whether or not the jokes are any good.Crews is a revered Southern novelist from whom we should expect irreverent wisdom. But "Celebration" is so ugly, so not funny, so cynical, and so annoyingly, childishly, piggishly dirty-old-man that I'll risk the dreaded accusation of political correctness and call it mean.
By GILBERT SANDLER | June 16, 1992
BALTIMORE magazine, with its circulation of more than 50,000 and a history going back to 1910, has been sold and a new editing staff installed as of this week.You may know Baltimore for its famous "lists" -- the most powerful, the best-dressed, the most respected doctors and lawyers, the best restaurants. With its lists, the magazine liked to think it could tell us who we are by the way we rank as people, places and things.But in the life of the magazine the lists have been only recent phenomena -- the last 10 to 15 years or so. For most of its life, until the 1960s, Baltimore was owned by, and published in the interest of, the city's Chamber of Commerce (known earlier as the Baltimore Association of Commerce)
By Dail Willis and Dail Willis,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Jay Apperson and news researcher Leigh Poitinger contributed to this article | September 18, 1997
On a summer night 15 years ago, 10-year-old Adam Edward Faulkner slipped out the back door with his new fishing rig and a comforter, in search of adventure. Four days later, his nude, battered body was found tied to a piling in the Middle River near Hawthorne Park.Yesterday, two Essex men long suspected in the case were arrested, Baltimore County police said. Roger Allen Stump, 32, of the first block of Haley Road and his brother, John Ellwood Stump, 30, of the 600 block of Dunwich Way were charged with first-degree murder, authorities said.
By Neal Thompson and Neal Thompson,SUN STAFF | August 8, 2000
Had it been an ordinary Monday, John Stump would have been working the phones in his air-conditioned Pikesville office, with a water cooler and a restroom down the hall and a pot of coffee on a nearby countertop. But as the 12-state strike against telecommunications giant Verizon entered its second day yesterday, Stump found himself sitting in the dirt at the bottom of a downtown Baltimore ditch, his Chicago Bears T-shirt drenched in sweat, as he worked to splice together 2,100 pairs of 1950s-era telephone wires.
By Theo Lippman Jr | October 1, 1992
This is the 52nd presidential election.In 1900 the 29th saw a marked shift in America's attention, from domestic policy to international affairs. Thanks to prosperity and the Spanish-American War.President McKinley was renominated, and so was William Jennings Bryan. As four years before, Bryan campaigned furiously across the nation, while McKinley ran a front-porch campaign. The president left stump speaking to his new running mate (the vice president had died in office), Theodore Roosevelt.
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