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HELLER: The spirit of Griffith lingers 50 years later

Fifty years ago, on Sept. 21, 1961, the old and new Washington Senators met in the last baseball game at Griffith Stadium, the old ballpark at Seventh Street and Florida Avenue Northwest where Howard University Hospital now stands. Published September 20, 2011

HELLER: Marshall plan was reign of error

So you think Dan Snyder is the lousiest owner in Washington Redskins history? Forget it, despite the franchise's 86-106 record over 12 seasons under his highfalutin' hand. Published August 29, 2011

Left-hander Mike Flanagan won 167 games over 18 seasons with Baltimore and Toronto, earning the Cy Young Award with the Orioles in 1979 after going 23-9 with a 3.08 ERA. Here, he pitches to a Pittsburgh during the opening game of the '79 World Series. (Associated Press)

HELLER: Flanagan tragedy puts losing in perspective

It is impossible to understand, of course, what caused Mike Flanagan to pull the trigger Wednesday afternoon. Speculation has run rampant since the tragedy, and much of it surmises that the Baltimore Orioles' ongoing failures were responsible for the suicide of a man who spent nearly 40 years as a player, executive and broadcaster with the organization. Published August 25, 2011

HELLER: What's in a name? Nothing, if you're playing for Randy Edsall

Apparently Randy Edsall, who remains unbeaten heading into his first season as Maryland's football coach, believes there is strength only in numbers. He says the Terrapins' new uniforms will not have the players' names on the back because "to me it's all about the name on the front ... Maryland. It's a team sport we're playing." Published July 27, 2011

HELLER: Nat Allbright didn't invent baseball; he re-created it

Nat Allbright wasn't the most accurate play-by-play sportscaster around — he once described a high school running back as crossing the "40-yard line, the 50, the 55, the 60" — but it would have been hard to find anybody more exciting. Published July 19, 2011

HELLER: Stone's fluky All-Star win a fading memory

As he started his windup to deliver a 1-1 pitch to Duke Snider, the rookie left-hander with the uncurly "W" on his uniform spotted the runner starting down the line from third base. Quickly, he hurled the ball to catcher Yogi Berra, who stepped outside and tagged Red Schoendienst in plenty of time. Published July 18, 2011

HELLER: End Pete Rose's ban, let him enter Hall

Back in 1989, a rock-rumped sports columnist writing under my name shared this opinion with readers of The Washington Times: "Now and forever, Shoeless Joe Jackson and Brainless Pete Rose have one thing in common. Neither belongs in the Hall of Fame." Published June 14, 2011

In this 1912 black-and-white file photo, President William Howard Taft is seen throwing out the first ball on opening day for baseball, to start the season for the Washington Senators in Washington. A hundred years ago, a portly right-hander, President Taft threw out the first pitch at a Washington Senators game, a weak lob from the stands to the great Walter Johnson. On Monday, the Nationals bring in the left-hander President Barack Obama. (AP Photo, File)

HELLER: Opening Day's unique place in D.C. history

The 27th president of the United States had just finished trying to placate a passel of angry suffragettes at the White House. With an empty afternoon stretching ahead, William Howard Taft turned to an aide and said, "Let's go to the ballgame." Published March 30, 2011