Mickey Mantle

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    The Rangers Even Suck at Sucking

    Behind a seven-inning, two-run start from Nick Tepesch and a two-run ninth inning, walkoff rally capped off by Adam Rosales' game-winning RBI single over a drawn-in infield, the Rangers knocked off the Angels yesterday, ending a four-game losing streak overall and a nine-game skid against the Halos. ... More >>

  • News

    March 27, 2014

    How Self-Appointed Experts Rule the Autograph Industry

    And what happens when they get it wrong.

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Nickel and Rye on McKinney Opens Today for TX/OU Crowd, Then Closes, Then Opens Again

    The new restaurant and bar Nickel And Rye, at 2523 McKinney Ave., smartly opens today to accommodate the throngs of TX/OU revelers who will hit Uptown at any moment. This "libations and hashery" spot is located in the old Uptown Bar and Grill space and is owned by the group behind Woodfire Kirby's o ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 5, 2012
  • Music

    November 17, 2011

    Hidden Away: Uncovering Dallas' Faded Blues

    Blues veteran Jim Suhler takes us on a tour of the city's musical past.

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Guts, Not Gaffes Give Texas an Opportunity for the Kill Shot: Rangers-St. Louis Cardinals World Series Game 6 Preview and Open Thread

    Texas RangersMike Napoli celebrates his game-winning double in the eighth inning of Game 5.​The intellect of one of the best managers and greatest players in baseball history short-circuited at the worst possible times for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the World Series, but Monday night ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    In the World Series Match-Up Between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals, Don't Dismiss the Impact of Tony La Russa

    St. Louis CardinalsTony La Russa on the field at Busch Stadium yesterday afternoon.​For whatever reason, my relationship with baseball went from casual to deeply committed bordering on obsessive during the 1986 baseball season. Like most kids growing up in North Texas, my father taught me to l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    There's One Borders Left in Dallas. If a Savior Doesn't Step Up Tuesday, There May Be Zero.

    Courtesy Paula BosseByron Nelson signing copies of his 1993 book at the Preston Royal Borders​A few weeks ago, my old friend Paula Bosse posted to her Facebook page a collection of random photos taken over the years at the Preston Royal Borders, which, of course, is on its way to becoming a Centra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    The Day Willie Mays Played in Dallas

    ​Willie Mays turns 80 years old today. I didn't need ESPN to tell me either. When I was a boy, Mays's birthday was a High Holy Day. He was, and still is, my dad's favorite ball player. He still wears his New York Giants cap; still pines for the Polo Grounds; probably still dreams about The Catch.W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Josh Hamilton Should Win AL MVP Today. Right?

    ​For months I've been saying that Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton is the best player in baseball. Today he'll at least be validated as the Most Valuable Player in his own American League. Around 1 p.m. Hamilton should win AL MVP, joining Jeff Burroughs (1974), Juan Gonzalez ('96, '98), Ivan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Josh Hamilton, the Return of the Comet?

    ​So writes George Vecsey this morning in The New York Times -- referring, of course, to The Commerce Comet himself, Mickey Mantle. Insists the sports scribe, of the myriad comparisons made in recent days -- Barry Bonds and Ken Griffey Jr. chief among them, per vanquished Yankees manager Joe Girard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Rangers vs. Yankees: The Mismatch is, Ironically, a Mismatch

    ​As expected, this thing is a blowout. Not even close. Think about it: The New Yankees entered the American League Championship Series with 41 AL pennants; the Texas Rangers 0. The Bronx Bombers play in Yankee Stadium; the Rangers in a ballpark once controlled by broke-ass bum Tom Hicks. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Yankee Stadium: Is It Really So Great?

    ​I was prepared to be in awe. To be mesmerized. To shrink in the midst of baseball's ghosts and glory. But, I gotta tell ya, new Yankee Stadium is just a ballpark. Can't believe this place cost more to build than Cowboys Stadium. And can't believe people actually pay for seats waaaay up wher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Without Hamilton the Texas Rangers are Just Joshin'

    ​Rangers lose. A's win. Rangers win. A's lose. Magic number this and first-round playoff match-up that. It's all about as meaningless as David Buehler's too-little-too-late 47-yard field goal if the Texas Rangers have to play October baseball without Josh Hamilton. Right? Hamilton is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2010

    Josh Hamilton: More than the MVP

    ​In advance of this week's Observer column on Texas Rangers' outfielder Josh Hamilton I asked new owner Chuck Greenberg about signing his star to a new, long-term deal next winter. "With his bat and glove and legs and arm and heart, he's our MVP and I think the best player in the game today," ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    eBay, Schmebay -- Look What the City's Sellin'

    Apparently, somebody at Dallas City Hall is cleaning out the prize closet to make a few extra dollars during the budget crunch.Every so often, just for grins, I check out the auctions at Lone Star Online, which the city of Dallas, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, the Dallas Independent School District and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Whitt's End: 4.10.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *What's more obtuse: That Iowa is now a more progressively liberal state than California, or that the Texas Rangers woke up this morning as the only undefeated team in the American League? *Feels like the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    Short Orders: Jaxx Steakhouse

    Jaxx Steakhouse14925 Midway, Addison972-458-7888The venerable steakhouse or cafe or Mickey Mantle hangout is showing its age. Splotches from once-incessant cigarette smoke lends 'character' to the pressed tin ceiling, the warped tiles supporting eight weathered fans. If you squint, the place resembl ... More >>

  • News

    June 12, 2008

    Lost and Found

    After beating his drug addiction, Rangers inspirational sensation Josh Hamilton is bearing down on an MVP

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2007
  • Home Entertainment

    July 12, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 11, 2006

    If You Got the Money, I Got the Time

    The state owes Roger Staubach $4.20--which is my favorite number, if you know what I mean. Be cooler if you did. On Sunday, the Texas Comptroller's office will once more publish its annual list of folks whose missing money the state has in its possession. Carole Keeton Strayhorn's peeps sent over an ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 1, 2006


    Take Me Out swings for the fences, then slowly runs out of game

  • Film

    April 15, 2004

    Punish This

    The latest comic-book movie might just kill you

  • News

    June 21, 2001

    Fantasy League

    Bill Rossell had two dreams: owning a bar and running a baseball team. The first dream came true. The second is about to. Somebody wake him.

  • Culture

    October 26, 2000

    The Man of Ink

    Creator of Wonder Boys and supermen, Michael Chabon is a literary hero

  • Dining

    October 12, 2000

    Burning Question

    Why do restaurants decorate with junk?

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best Dallas Cowboy

    Emmitt Smith

  • Music

    July 20, 2000

    Ornette to be

    Two reasons why it took Columbia Records two decades to figure out Ornette Coleman

  • Calendar

    May 21, 1998

    Night & Day

    May 21 - 27, 1998

  • Music

    May 7, 1998

    The Truth is out there

    Erykah Badu profits from her role as soul music's last, best prophet

  • News

    February 8, 1996

    I thought it would be fun to run a magazine

    Ray Washburne's Texas Business is a case study in how not to run a business

  • News

    December 28, 1995
  • News

    December 14, 1995

    The Last Days Of Mickey Mantle

    Booze, baseball, and broads: A tarnished hero's deathbed regrets--and final redemption Exclusive Observer excerpt from David Falkner's new biography

  • News

    August 31, 1995
  • News

    August 31, 1995
  • Culture

    August 24, 1995

    A strange goodbye

    Odd sights--and musings--at Mickey Mantle's funeral

  • Culture

    June 22, 1995

    Sons and livers

    Billy Martin's son reminisces about drinking, dad--and dad's best buddy, Mickey Mantle