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.
Andrew White III was part of the Kansas University Class of 2012 basketball recruiting class, and Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene came on board the following year, ensuring that the Jayhawks had an embarrassment of riches in terms of ultra-soft, three-point-shooting touches from the wing. Except that nothing in life is guaranteed. By Tom Keegan
Kansas University so seldom wins a Big 12 football game that when it does, the stink of defeat for the opponent on linger for years. By Tom Keegan
Not all Big XII entertainment derives from the top half of the loaded football conference's standings. Sometimes it’s amazing what you can find rummaging around in the basement too. By Tom Keegan
The first indicator that the high school football program plays a more prominent role than in your average affluent town shows itself in the names of local businesses.
Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine’s triple-double made up of 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in Tuesday night’s 79-73 victory over Kansas University evoked big names from the Spartan’s rich basketball tradition. By Tom Keegan
In victory or in loss, whether Perry Ellis has a big scoring game or a quiet one, a high-volume shooting night or a low-volume one, I always seem to find myself thinking the same thing driving out of the parking lot: They should have fed the ball more often to Ellis. By Tom Keegan
The more I think about it, the more I believe that Kansas has a legitimate shot at landing Lawrence High senior defensive end Amani Bledsoe, the top local football recruit in decades. A variety of factors play into that belief. By Tom Keegan
Weakened by injuries all season, TCU finally lost its best player to one for three quarters of Saturday’s 23-17 victory over Kansas.
The gap between telling yourself you can do something and actually believing it can be wider apart than the hands a lying fisherman describing his latest catch. That’s why if Kansas University had taken its anticipated beating Saturday at the hands of TCU, the claim of KU junior linebacker Marcquis Roberts that KU could win its next two games would have been emptier than Allen Iverson’s bank account. By Tom Keegan
Lawrence resident and former Kansas University All-American golfer Chris Thompson blew away the competition this week in a four-day Web.com Q school tournament at TPC Craig Ranch.