The Kirkwood Call

The perfect Hall of Fame ballot

The plaques from the classes of 2014, 2015 and 2016 hang on the walls of the Hall of Fame. Photos courtesy of Google under the creative commons license.

Daniel Tobias, sports writer

January 20, 2020

January’s frigid weather and the fading memories of last year’s World Series make baseball season feel hopelessly distant. Yet even if there are no blockbuster trades, baseball fans can still find some warmth in the frozen desert of the off-season when the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revea...

Astronomical fraud

Astros' manager A.J. Hinch shown banging on a trash can to depict the Astros' sign stealing scandal.

Benji Wilton, print editor

December 16, 2019

Leading the Houston Astros 3-1 in the bottom of the 8th, Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar stared down his catcher, Kevan Smith, anticipating the sign that would dictate his next pitch. Astros catcher Evan Gattis stepped into the batter's box, readying his stance as he tried to spark a rally. No ...

TKC talks MLB: 2019 predictions

Benji Wilton and Hayden Davidson discuss in this podcast, as well as predict which players and MLB teams will make a splash in 2019.

Benji Wilton and Hayden Davidson

May 2, 2019

After three years of missing the postseason, the St. Louis Cardinals made major moves in the offseason in order to improve their roster and make a push for the postseason. In a crowded field of strong contenders, will they be able to pull off the success they have been waiting for? Benji Wilton and Hayden...

Revving up the rivalry

Ever since the late 1800s, when the Cardinals and Cubs battled it out as the St. Louis Browns and the Chicago White Stockings, the two teams and their fans have loathed each other.

Benji Wilton, sports editor

March 14, 2019

“Who would want to play in St. Louis? Boring. So boring. I always get asked, ‘Where would you like to play? Where would you not like to play?’ St. Louis is on the list of places I don’t like to play. It’s rough.” When Chicago Cubs star third baseman Kris Bryant said these words on a come...

Sexual misconduct in sports

It is acceptable for sports players to be physical with their opponents, but never with their partner.

Hayden Davidson and Tom Mueller

March 13, 2019

*Logos courtesy of   Larry Nassar, Jerry Sandusky and Ray Rice. The legacies of these men will forever be tainted by their reckless actions toward innocent people. Sexual misconduct and domestic violence damage various sports, age ranges and athletic skill levels. It is ac...

2019 St. Louis Cardinals preview

The Cardinals’ dominance for the past decade and a half led fans to both surprise and disappointment when the team missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season in 2018. Yeah, 88 wins leaves a lot to be desired.

Hayden Davidson, sports writer

March 12, 2019

With the best Cardinals first baseman since Pujols and the best relief pitcher since Isringhausen, it’s a new era of baseball in St. Louis. Until 2018, the Birds on the Bat had not been excluded from the postseason three years in a row since the turn of the century. From 2004 to 2014, Cardinals fa...

Where are they now: Steve Stewart

Where are they now: Steve Stewart

Jane Stewart, communications editor

January 22, 2018

Strapped in large ski goggles and sporting their postseason gear, the Kansas City Royals team jumps and screams in the locker room as they spray each other with champagne in celebration of their 2015 World Series Championship. Right in the midst of it all stood Steve Stewart, Kansas City Royals radio bro...

Which St. Louis Cardinals player are you?

Which St. Louis Cardinals player are you?

Benji Wilton, features writer

December 7, 2017

Are you a home run hitter or a defensive star? Are you the first one to arrive to the game or the first one to leave? Take this quiz to find out which St. Louis Cardinals player you relate to. ...

Hey now, you’re an all-star, get your game on, go play

Hey now, you're an all-star, get your game on, go play

Austin Cleveland, sports writer

March 7, 2017

“He's heating up! He’s on fire! Boomshakalaka!” In an NBA All-Star Game with 374 points, no defense and practically no excitement, I wish I would’ve spent that wasted time playing NBA Jam, throwing down massive dunks with bobblehead Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan. I bet I would’ve had more...

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