Tom Keegan (Sports editor)
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.
- Tom Keegan: Kansas should go corporate route to relocate Cozart
- May 5, 2016
- Just this once, I would like to see a slice of corporate structure used by the Kansas University football program to solve the issue of what to do with Montell Cozart, such a graceful athlete blessed with such a positive attitude. By Tom Keegan
- Lawrence golfers win Mid-Am
- May 4, 2016
- Defending city champion Bradley Lane and seven-time city champ Conrad Roberts combined to take down a talented field from across the state and needed three extra holes to get it done Tuesday.
- Tom Keegan: Kansas golfer ‘Mook’ always learning
- May 4, 2016
- Winning golfers never stop learning, forever turn bad experiences into growth opportunities. Watch Jordan Spieth next April at Augusta eat up No. 12, the hole that ate him up last month in the Masters. If it takes him more than one Masters to conquer that demon of a par 3, so be it. He’ll never stop embracing the challenge.
- Sticking with it: Local athletes get hooked on lacrosse
- May 3, 2016
- Lawrence High senior Cole Strauss unlocks his car door at 7:45 a.m. and slams shut that same door in that same driveway at about 7:15 p.m., five days a week. In between, Strauss attends classes at LHS, drives to Olathe to participate in lacrosse practice or a game, and drives back to Lawrence, where he showers, eats and hits the books in the 8 o’clock hour. That’s a busy schedule for a teenager, but Strauss wouldn’t have it any other way. He happily would drive farther than that if necessary to play the sport he picked up as a second-grader in Logan, Utah. By Tom Keegan
- Tom Keegan: Kansas’ streak should hit 13
- May 2, 2016
- On paper at least, barring a major, major upset, Kansas University will earn at least a share of the Big 12 basketball title for a remarkable 13th consecutive season. By Tom Keegan
- Tom Keegan: Kansas pitcher Krauth simply a winner
- May 1, 2016
- In Big 12 play, when left-hander Ben Krauth is the starting pitcher for Kansas University, the Jayhawks win. When it’s somebody else, they lose. It’s almost that simple, although Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Oklahoma was a welcome exception.
- Tom Keegan: Lions quickly get back to work
- April 30, 2016
- Nobody disputes that Shawnee Mission East is the team to beat in next month’s Class 6A state baseball playoffs, a feat that requires winning five games in a row and usually means knocking off one or both of Lawrence’s public high schools, never an easy challenge. The Lancers played both Free State and Lawrence High this past week and split. By Tom Keegan
- Tom Keegan: Hadl deserves a bust in Canton
- April 29, 2016
- I intended to write about the professional football draft history of players from Kansas University, but then I glanced at the opposite page in the media guide and the lid flew off my head again, courtesy of one of the greatest injustices in sports. By Tom Keegan
- Tom Keegan: Firebirds take their cuts against SME ace
- April 28, 2016
- Even if Shawnee Mission East left-hander Joey Wentz’s reputation had not preceded him to the mound at his high school Tuesday, the Free State High players would have quickly deduced this was not going to be just any day on the diamond. By Tom Keegan
- Tom Keegan: Linebackers give KU optimism
- April 27, 2016
- The big increase in the number of athletes in the Kansas University football program who achieved specific standards for strength and speed heading into this past spring football season, as compared to heading into the spring of 2015, revealed encouraging signs on a few fronts.