Mike Spellman

Pro Sports Writer
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Mike Spellman started out reporting on Little League baseball games for the Daily Herald as a freelancer in the era between typewriters and second-generation computers. In the subsequent 20+ years at the newspaper, he has covered such events as The Masters, the U.S. Open, the World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals, the Arlington Million, and the Breeders’ Cup. This fall he will add the Ryder Cup to the list. For those old enough to remember, when you think of Mike’s job description, think Paul Popovich.

In addition to his event coverage, Mike also has a weekly column called, appropriately enough, Spellman’s Scorecard, and during the football season he tries to amuse and get people talking with his post-game Bears Bites.

In his free time, Mike enjoys golfing, horse racing – especially the morning workouts at Arlington Park – reading, borderline intensive workouts (in other words, walking), and about five times a year he celebrates completing the New York Times Sunday crossword.

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Spellman’s Scorecard: Well wishes for Wayne Catalano

Jul 25 2014 | 3:10 pm - A few days after winning yet another big race at Arlington International, trainer Wayne Catalano is in a fight for his life.

Johns hoping to make impact at Hawks camp

Jul 17 2014 | 4:33 pm - If there can actually be a veteran at Blackhawks Prospects Camp, defenseman Stephen Johns would have to be considered one, what with this being his fifth time around.

Spellman’s Scorecard: Hawks’ party of five second to none

Jul 17 2014 | 10:10 pm - From top to bottom, the Blackhawks got it going on as Wednesday's press conference proved.

Blackhawks' Toews, Kane more than teammates

Jul 17 2014 | 5:12 am - Wednesday afternoon at the United Center, where the two were part of a press conference formally announcing their identical 8-year, $84 million contract extensions, something seemed a little different when Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane spoke of...

Top Hawks prospect Hartman learning by experience

Jul 16 2014 | 12:48 pm - Ryan Hartman has been a man on the move lately. For the native of West Dundee, whose family recently relocated to Naperville while he himself has set up shop in Lincoln Park, it's been a whirlwind year or so. “It's nice to see the guys and the...

Blackhawks defenseman Clendening ready, willing and able

Jul 15 2014 | 1:25 pm - Mention the next Blackhawks defenseman destined to come up through the ranks and find a spot with the big club, and the one name that always pops up is that of Adam Clendening. “Personally, yeah, I do (think I'm ready),” Clendening said...

No more frequent flier miles for Teravainen

Jul 13 2014 | 10:23 pm - Since we last saw Teuvo Teravainen following a short stint with the Blackhawks late in the regular season, the 19-year-old has added a “couple of kilos” to his frame, got some much-needed rest after a long, long year, and probably most...

Spellman’s Scorecard: Toews, Kane nothing but the best

Jul 10 2014 | 11:48 pm - Bottom line folks: it's a great time to be a Blackhawks fan.

Toews, Kane agree to 8-year extensions with Blackhawks

Jul 09 2014 | 7:35 pm - In the midst of the Carmelo and LeBron uncertainty, the Blackhawks quietly and efficiently went about the process of signing their two biggest stars — Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews — to eight-year contract extensions, a huge step in...

Spellman’s Scorecard: Offering up some sparklers for your holiday

Jul 03 2014 | 11:17 pm - It's the Fourth of July, so you know there's a lot going on ... in Spellman's Scorecard.

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