When I was a kid The Sporting News was “The Bible of Baseball.” It was all baseball. They printed all the box scores and this was decades before the Internet or a newspaper like the USA Today would have all the box scores. I loved The Sporting News. I remember when I was 15, my Steelers in 1976 started the Season 1-4. A friend of my parents who always came over to watch Monday Night Football with my dad and I- laughed when I said I thought the Steelers still had a shot at the playoffs- and he made me a bet- 20-1 odds- all I had to put down was $1 if I lost the bet- he was putting down a $20 bill. The Steelers due to their great defense won out and made the playoffs. When I got the $20 bill I knew what I was going to do with it- a subscription to The Sporting News.
I don’t know when The Sporting News started giving time to other sports but to me that was the start of the downfall of the paper. A time came when I let my subscription end and didn’t even consider keeping it going- even though at that time money wasn’t an issue. It just wasn’t worth it anymore. I can’t even recall the last time I saw a copy of The Sporting News. I think it is still in business but I never see it on sale anywhere.
One of the things I loved about The Sporting News was the baseball books they would publish every spring- a baseball register of the career stats of the active players, a Baseball Dope and Record Book. I bought everything The Sporting News published. Years ago they discontinued those books.
The t-shirt above I bought in the mid- 90’s at a game at Jacobs Field- Eddie Murray was near the end of his career but at age 39 had a pretty good year for the Indians who made it to the World Series in 1995.