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A National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Famer, Mitch Albom has written a syndicated column for the Detroit Free Press for the last 25 years archived here exclusively, free of charge. He also periodically writes for national magazines. And he’s a regular on ESPN’s the Sports Reporters, from which his “parting shot” commentaries are collected here.


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PARADE MAGAZINE Newspaper

Latest Column: Sunday, August 7, 2011


The Joys of Summer

Go ahead, kids. Lie in the grass. Study the clouds. Daydream. Be lazy. You have our permission. 



I feel sorry for today’s kids. Summer comes, they’re finally free from school—and bang!Band camp. Science seminars. Internships. 

Instead of downtime, it’s get-up-and-go time. Chorus travel, archaeological digs, dance tours. My nephew from Michigan flew to Georgetown University for a summer medical program, replete with cadavers. He was 16.


Sports Illustrated

Latest Column: Monday, January 12, 2009


The Courage of Detroit

This was Christmas night. In the basement of a church off an icy street in downtown Detroit, four dozen homeless men and women sat at tables. The smell of cooked ham wafted from the kitchen. The pastor, Henry Covington, a man the size of two middle linebackers, exhorted the people with a familiar chant.

“I am somebody,” he yelled.

“I am somebody!” they repeated.

“Because God loves me!”

 


FEATURED SPORTS COLUMN Newspaper

Latest Column: Sunday, April 13, 2014


Remember Joe Dumars for his best, not this Detroit Pistons mess

Joe Dumars, I’m told, might step down this week. There should be applause. Not the cynical applause of critics who think Dumars is why the Pistons have sunk in recent years. Applause for one of Detroit’s most intelligent, talented and decent sports legends, who is ending nearly 30 years of service because he still stands for what this franchise was, and likely can’t stand what it has become.

SUNDAY COMMENT Newspaper

Latest Column: Sunday, April 6, 2014


Mets player right to be at baby's opening day

At some point, most kids ask their fathers, “Were you there when I was born?”

I know my father was. I’ve heard the story many times. Dad drives Mom to the hospital. He sits in the waiting room. Doctor comes out, takes one look at my father and says, “I see where he gets his ears.”

Every kid should have a delivery story. And now, a newborn named Noah Murphy will have one, too.

Noah’s father, Daniel, a second baseman for the New York Mets, missed Opening Day this past week to be there for the child’s birth.

And the next day.

And the next.


Mitch, the Players, the Job



Mitch, the Players, the Job


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