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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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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.

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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!”



Latest Column: Monday, September 29, 2014

Perfect Ending to Trying Season Can Bring Out the Kid in All of Us

In a clubhouse ripe with champagne and cigar smoke, Mike Ilitch, the man who owns the Tigers, made his way gingerly to the manager's office. At 85, he moved slowly. But as he entered the room, he sounded like a kid. "All right!" he exclaimed. "Did we get some pitching or did we get some pitching?" The door closed. As the door opened.


Latest Column: Sunday, September 28, 2014

When sorry seems to be hardest word

Don't be surprised if a Jewish friend or acquaintance comes up to you this week and, out of the blue, asks for forgiveness.

It is a lesser-known but integral part of the Jewish high holidays, going on right now, in which people atone for their sins not only with God, but with one another. They must show remorse to everyone in their circle. Not just the people they know they wronged. Everyone.

"Will you forgive me if I've done or said anything this year that has hurt you?" That's how it's supposed to go. Every friend. Every neighbor. Every colleague.

ESPN Parting Shots

O is for Oh, My: Ohio State

Mitch's parting shot from the July 27, 2014 episode of ESPN's Sports Reporters


Draft Insanity

Mitch's parting shot from the March 30, 2014 episode of ESPN's Sports Reporters


The Best Story is a Non-Story for Jason Collins

Mitch's Parting Shot from the March 16, 2014 episode of Sports Reporters


Mitch, the Players, the Job

Mitch, the Players, the Job

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