Tom Keegan, sports editor/columnist/Spodcaster/panelist for "The Drive" television show for the World Company, has a diverse media background as a baseball writer, author, and sports talk radio host.
A 1981 graduate of Marquette University, Keegan has written for the Orange County Register, National Sports Daily, Daily Southtown, Baltimore Sun and New York Post. Keegan also was co-host of an afternoon drive-time radio show on 1050 ESPN Radio in New York.
Keegan has written three baseball books: He co-authored "Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms," the autobiography of late K-State great Elden Auker; authored "Ernie Harwell: My 60 Years in Baseball," an authorized biography of the Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame broadcaster; authored "The First Baseman," a look at the nuances of the position through interviews with several major league first basemen, past and present. During his career, Keegan has interviewed, among others, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Jim Brown, John Hadl, Michael Jordan, Sandy Koufax, Tommy Lasorda, Willie Mays, Liza Minelli, Denny McLain (in prison), Terrell Owens, Cal Ripken, Jim Ryun, Wes Santee, Gale Sayers, Mike Tyson and Dwyane Wade. Keegan was named Marquette University 2005 Communicator of the Year at the Alumni Association Awards. He earned a second-place finish in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest, breaking news category, in 2006.
Watching Frank Mason play basketball prompts a question to which no answer easily comes to mind: Is there a sport he could not excel at had he grown up playing it?
TCU had a buzzer-beating shot that could have sent the game into overtime. It bounced out and Kansas University held on for a 64-61 victory. But it wasn’t the hurried 30-footer launched by Charles Hill Jr. that the Horned Frogs rued afterward. By Tom Keegan
Let’s see, sophomore Brannen Greene contributed five points, a big blocked shot and a rebound in the final 32 seconds of Kansas University’s 64-61 Wednesday night victory against TCU, so why did it seem as if every time he turned around he was doing something wrong? By Tom Keegan
Ed Warinner, Kansas University’s offensive coordinator oh-so-many head coaches and so few years ago, was back in Lawrence on Tuesday, although not in the capacity that he had hoped.
Watching Frank Mason and Devonté Graham play together for the final 10:34 Saturday, turning a one-point lead over Texas into a 75-62 Kansas University victory in the Erwin Center felt a little like watching the Royals’ stress-free bullpen work. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University center Cliff Alexander has had his steps forward and backward, which can be said of almost every freshman in the country. But Alexander never has been one to drift too far away from the basket. Texas forward Myles Turner, on the other hand, hasn’t always used his 6-foot-11 frame to his advantage, according to Longhorns coach Rick Barnes. By Tom Keegan
Only things that can stop Brannen Greene from shooting. First, the bench, where he is sent when he plays poor defense. Second, are the boundaries of the court, because made shots from out of bounds don’t count. Making a big contribution for the second big victory in a row, the Kansas University sophomore forward from Georgia went off for 14 points in 20 minutes, helping Kansas defeat Texas.By Tom Keegan
Kelly Oubre Jr. throws down a rim-rattler, stands in frozen admiration of his creation, and the other team is off to the races, five-on-four. Brannen Greene barely moves the net after rising up from 22 feet. Just in case the audience forgot the rule that has been in place for more than a quarter-century in college basketball, Greene lets everybody in the building know that the shot was worth three, count ’em, three, points.
Alicia Spack, director of operations for the Kansas University softball team, let the players know via text Tuesday that their locker room would be off limits Thursday because it was going to be used as essentially the green room for the president of the United States, before making his speech at Anschutz Pavilion.
The Los Angeles Dodgers moved their preseason home from Vero Beach, Florida, to Glendale, Arizona, when Kansas University football pledge Carter Stanley was in fifth grade. So ended a father-son annual outing. By Tom Keegan