Born in Dunkirk, a son, grandson and great-grandson of Buffalonians, I've been an Upstate journalist for 47 years. As a kid, I learned quiet lives are often monumental. I still try to honor that simple lesson, as a columnist.
Many readers sent in replies to Sean Kirst's question: If you had the chance to attend a major league game in Buffalo with any one person in your life, living or dead, who would it be?
Readers share reminders of just how much baseball is ingrained in the lives of countless families throughout Western New York.
It is not just the result but the process – the thought, humility, and vision – that must be truly big-league, Kirst says.
Mike Myszka wanted to be among the first spectators to see Major League Baseball in the city since a Buffalo team played in 1915 in the old Federal League.
If A.J. Smitherman’s courage remained unknown for too long in Buffalo, it will not be forgotten for the centennial of the Tulsa race massacre, Kirst says.
There is something in the wording – in a voice that somehow captures both a battle-worn officer and the younger brother, far from home – that makes it eternal, Kirst says.
Who is the one person with whom you most wish you could watch a major league game in Buffalo?
The death of Neal Dobbins, founder of Most Valuable Parents of Buffalo, on Tuesday from Covid-19 has touched off a cascade of grief in the community.
Many business owners, like those at Underground Coffee House and Roastery, will have to make their own rules now that masking is largely ending.
In the minority were readers who support demolishing the bridge, while others advocate keeping a piece of it as a recreational "CloudWalk."