Chris Ballard

12 articles
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Revenge of the Nerds

How the Caltech basketball team, losers of 310 straight conference games, figured out a formula for winning.

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Trick Play

Australian Rocky Perone, age 21, made his minor league baseball debut with a stolen base in 1974. Except he wasn’t Australian, wasn’t named Rocky Perone and most definitely wasn’t 21.

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Love, Loss and Survival

Last summer, Gia Allemand took her own life in a New Orleans apartment complex. The first person on the scene was her boyfriend, NBA star Ryan Anderson. This is the story of how he survived.

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Fall to Earth

Shirley Dygert had never jumped before. Dave Hartsock jumped for a living. Neither of them knew what to expect when the parachute failed.

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Haverford Hoops!

The story of a very bad basketball team.

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Lost Soul

The inspiring life and mysterious death of NBA player Bison Dele.

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The Wizard Of Kabul

How a Peace Corps volunteer turned a high school basketball squad into Afghanistan’s national team.

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Mourning Glory

A high school baseball team responds to a loss.

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The Last Happy Man

A profile of the oft-shirtless tight end Rob Gronkowski.

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Man in Full

On Mike Powell, a Chicago-area high school wrestling coach who hasn’t allowed a life-threatening illness to interrupt his life’s work.

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The Kiss

The Vancouver riots and an unforgettable image.