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Keller: Covering the Little League tourney will be a stream

July 20, 2011
  • Mark Keller, Herald-Mail Sports Editor
Mark Keller, Herald-Mail Sports Editor

Once upon a time, The Herald-Mail was just a newspaper.

Twice a day — with The Morning Herald and The Daily Mail — the press in The Herald-Mail building would crank up and churn out a four-section newspaper to be delivered to your doorstep or your nearest newsstand.

One thing that offered was great convenience. All of the major stories were right there in your hands.

One inconvenience — other than the black ink on your thumbs — was that by the time that paper was in your hands, the stories had often changed.

Another more common issue, particularly in the sports department, was that many games or events weren’t completed when the paper was “put to bed,” which meant those stories didn’t appear at all.

Of course, we know now that the Internet changed everything. It changed the way readers sought information, both from newspapers and other media sources. And that meant a change in the way we delivered that information to readers.

Over the years, The Herald-Mail has transformed from a newspaper into an information company, in some cases passing along news mere moments after it happens.

On Saturday, The Herald-Mail will be presenting sports news as it happens.

When the first pitch is thrown this weekend in the Maryland Little League Baseball 11-12 State Tournament at Maugansville Little League, The Herald-Mail will be streaming live video on our website at www.herald-mail.com.

We will have coverage of every game of the tournament, with Tim Koelble and me sharing the play-by-play duties. And we’ll still have complete coverage of the tournament in print with game recaps, photos and feature stories.

We’re very excited to bring you coverage of this event, which is one small piece of the largest youth sports tournament in the world.

We’re also excited to have an opportunity to fine-tune yet another way we deliver information to our readers.

I hope you’ll find time to check out some of our Webcasts, And please drop me a line to let me know what you think of our coverage.

· Harkening back to the beginning of this column, our old friend, Larry Yanos, was inducted into the Washington County Sports Hall of Fame last weekend.

Larry was sports editor of our afternoon edition — The Daily Mail — from 1967 until 2007, when our two papers were merged into one morning edition. He stayed on staff with us for about a year, moving from daytime hours to night, before retiring in late 2008.

He passed away in 2010 at the age of 65.

Larry was probably best known in the area for his coverage of horse racing, particularly in Charles Town, W.Va.

“Walking with Larry Yanos through Charles Town was like walking with Babe Ruth through Yankee Stadium,” said Kevin Gilbert, The Herald’s chief photographer. “He was so well-known down there, it seemed like the horses even stopped to say hello to him.”

Whether it was soccer, swimming, golf, bowling or gymnastics, Larry found room for it in The Daily Mail.

Larry was all about local sports, which is why his induction into the Hall of Fame is so fitting and so well deserved.

Mark Keller is sports editor of The Herald-Mail. He can be reached at 301-791-7728 or by email at keller@herald-mail.com.

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