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Jerry Sullivan

Jerry Sullivan spent 16 years as The Buffalo News' lead columnist on the Bills. He loves the NBA, Strat-o-Matic baseball, Tom Waits and reading novels, along with the usual periodicals.


You might have figured it would end this way. This was, after all, the longest World Series in baseball history, and it was only fitting the Giants would find a way to prolong it yet some more.At least they went down fighting. At least they made it vaguely interesting. And for a few exhilarating moments there, it seemed they might even add to the improbable events of …

Fay Vincent, the new and no longer anonymous baseball commissioner, sat in a golf cart along the first-base line Friday afternoon, his cane resting alongside him, his eyes focused on the activity in the batting cage.Slowly, reporters gathered around him. Vincent said he was more than willing to talk, but he asked that his line of vision not be obscured. He had waited …

It isn't raining out here, after all. The weather has turned glorious, with clear blue skies and temperatures in the 60's. It's as if the forces of nature got together over a few beers and decided to cut the Bay Area a break in time for the resumption of the World Series.People are talking baseball again, but it is hardly their most pressing concern. The big story, in…

I IT'S A GREAT time to be a professional sports fan, isn't it? The NHL season is in full swing. The NFL reaches its seasonal midpoint this weekend. Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls are in town tonight for a basketball exhibition, and a week from Friday the NBA will begin its regular season.Oh, and lest we forget, baseball's World Series finally will resume Friday …

If you hadn't known better, you'd have thought you were wandering into the midst of some early autumn neighborhood street festival.Shortly before noon Wednesday, crowds of people lingered around the perimeter of this city's affluent Marina District, traveling by foot and by bicycle, waiting to get a closer look at the devastation from the night before.On the morning after …

Out on the field, players and baseball officials milled about in ordered confusion. Some of the Giants and A's gathered with their families, waiting for the word to go home."I've been rained out, snowed out and colded out," said Terry Kennedy, the Giants' catcher. "I was in the Astrodome when the roof wouldn't work and was leaking. Now I've been earthquaked out."But y…

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This was The News' Jerry Sullivan's column following the San Francisco earthquake in 1989. Sullivan was at Candlestick Park to cover Game Three of the World Series.  ----- SAN FRANCISCO -- Hours later, I can still feel it in my legs. Every now and then, I stand up from the typewriter and walk across the room, pressing the bottoms of my shoes hard to the floor in an attempt…

Roger Craig said he couldn't recall too many details about the 1955 World Series. He was, after all, just a "dumb rookie" back then. If you want the particulars, you'll have to consult his wife. She has it all filed away in the scrapbooks at home.But the Giants' manager does have one vivid and lasting memory of that '55 Series. He remembers standing in the Dodgers' dr…

Suddenly, Dusty Baker is the most popular interview in the Giants' clubhouse. That's the way it goes for the poor batting coach. When his team is scoring runs, he's the most anonymous guy around. But when the bats fall silent, everyone clamors for an explanation.Certainly, an explanation is in order, for the Giants' bats, which spoke so loudly against the Cubs, have q…

Maybe it's time for Jose Canseco to consider disconnecting that '900' hotline of his. After all, the only thing his callers want to know these days is why their hero is so cold.Canseco went 0-for-2 Sunday night, extending his string of World Series failures to 23 official at-bats. He is now hitless since his grand slam in the opening game of last year's Series -- the …

You'd like to believe that Dave Stewart's father was out there somewhere Saturday night, and that he was smiling. A bit ruefully, perhaps, but smiling nonetheless.The old man, you see, was an avid Giants fan. The Stewart family lived in Oakland, but back then, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, there was only one baseball team in the Bay Area. The Giants.So whenever h…

George Bell sat in front of his locker, a can of beer in his hand and a faintly sardonic smile on his face. Roughly a dozen still photographers encircled him, their cameras clicking an incessant refrain."You guys are crazy, man," Bell said, looking around the circle. "How many rolls you use already? And you're going to use only one shot. That's it. Just one shot!"Here…

This might come as a bit of a surprise, but Rickey Henderson does have a weakness. The guy hasn't mastered the technique for throwing paper airplanes.Between innings of Saturday's game in the SkyDome, a paper plane came soaring out of the left-field stands and landed alongside him. Henderson snatched it off the turf and tried to sail it over the fence. It came back to…

IT'S remarkable, isn't it, how swiftly things can turn around in these short baseball series?Midway through the fourth inning Friday night, the Blue Jays were lapsing into a vegetative state. To borrow a phrase from television's Bob Costas, the most reviled man in all of Canada these days, they seemed to have about as much chance of coming back as Elvis.And I have to …

You really have to hand it to Mookie Wilson. No matter how grim the circumstances, he can always be found in front of his locker, a voice of experience and reason ready to put things in proper perspective.Late Wednesday afternoon, after the Blue Jays had fallen into a 2-0 hole in the American League playoffs, Wilson even managed to add a new twist to one of sport's mo…