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William Homer "Bill" Plaschke (born September 6, 1958, in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American sports journalist who has written for the Los Angeles Times since 1987. He attended Ballard High School in Louisville. He spent his freshman year at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 1980, he received a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he was the sports editor for the school's paper, the Alestle.


Plaschke is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and the Professional Football Writers Association.[1] He is also a regular panel member of ESPN's sports-themed debate show, Around the Horn. Despite being a Roman Catholic, Plaschke is often referred to by Denver Post columnist and author Woody Paige as "Reverend Bill."

Plaschke has been named National Sports Columnist of the Year by the Associated Press four times.[2] He is known for his human interest stories about how steroid use is ruining America.

Bill Plaschke also had a cameo in the film Ali as a sports reporter before the first fight against Sonny Liston. [3]


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