Steve Hummer

Sports Writer

Steve Hummer writes sports features for the AJC, mainly for the Sunday section. He covers a range of sports and topics. Hummer has toiled in the fields of sport for 24 years for the AJC. It was shortly after he arrived in Atlanta from Florida that the city’s fortunes skyrocketed – Atlanta won the Olympic Games, the Braves went from worst to first, Evander Holyfield ascended to the heavyweight championship. He thinks it was merely coincidence, but who can know for sure? He has been privileged to cover Bobby Cox back when he had his original knees and Mark Richt when he had his own hips. Man, those guys are getting old. His most prized artifact is a trophy sent him by an angry friend of former Falcons’ coach and cowboy impersonator Jerry Glanville that features Hummer’s column photo taped on the south end of a north bound jackass. In the jargon of every team injury report, Hummer is day-to-day.

Latest from Steve Hummer

Braves set spring agenda: Get ready to compete
 Gather ‘round, as did the Braves full squad Monday morning in an outfield tribal meeting before the first total workout of spring. Before the drilling – and the Braves would open with what seemed to be an especially long session on Day One – there would be the messaging. Each baseball season has to begin with a message,...

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Gather ‘round, as did the Braves full squad Monday morning in an outfield tribal meeting before the first total workout of spring. Before the drilling – and the Braves would open with what seemed to be an especially long session on Day One – there would be the messaging. Each baseball season has to begin with a message,...
Thompson’s age is 66 but his Daytona 500 finish is 22
 While carnage may be one driver’s bane, it can be another driver’s blessing. When all the fractured sheet metal had been towed back to the garage, when the census was complete of great drivers turned to pedestrians by the ravages of restrictor plate racing, look who was coming home with a nice, fairly clean 22nd place finish in...

Posted: 17 hours ago

While carnage may be one driver’s bane, it can be another driver’s blessing. When all the fractured sheet metal had been towed back to the garage, when the census was complete of great drivers turned to pedestrians by the ravages of restrictor plate racing, look who was coming home with a nice, fairly clean 22nd place finish in...
No. 3 takes checkered flag at Daytona 500 once more
 What if they held a race and the car was the star? It’s just inanimate sheet metal and unholy power, after all. But slap the right number on it, place it in the perfect context of place and time, humanize it just short of making it talk, and you have a different kind of headliner for Sunday’s big car fight. Spell it out in big...

Posted: 19 hours ago

What if they held a race and the car was the star? It’s just inanimate sheet metal and unholy power, after all. But slap the right number on it, place it in the perfect context of place and time, humanize it just short of making it talk, and you have a different kind of headliner for Sunday’s big car fight. Spell it out in big...
Chipper Jones gets Hall of Fame treatment at Daytona
 Among the many perks of being newly named to Baseball’s Hall of Fame, apparently, is a great seat in the Daytona 500 pre-race drivers meeting. There was Chipper Jones up front Sunday afternoon, perched between NASCAR’s most popular former driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., on his right and one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses...

Posted: a day ago

Among the many perks of being newly named to Baseball’s Hall of Fame, apparently, is a great seat in the Daytona 500 pre-race drivers meeting. There was Chipper Jones up front Sunday afternoon, perched between NASCAR’s most popular former driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., on his right and one of Hollywood’s most popular actresses...
Cartersville driver, 66, throws off the curve at Daytona 500
 The theme for Sunday’s Daytona 500, clearly, is how NASCAR pushed its desperate search for the next new star to the front of the Great American Race. Five of the eight drivers starting in the first four rows are 24 or younger. What is this, a stock-car race or a homecoming parade? Then there’s the fellow starting 40th in the 40-car...

Posted: 2 days ago

The theme for Sunday’s Daytona 500, clearly, is how NASCAR pushed its desperate search for the next new star to the front of the Great American Race. Five of the eight drivers starting in the first four rows are 24 or younger. What is this, a stock-car race or a homecoming parade? Then there’s the fellow starting 40th in the 40-car...
Daytona 500: How vital is NASCAR at 70?
 Born in 1948 as a confederation of moonshiners and roughnecks, NASCAR turns 70 at the drop of a white flag at Daytona on Sunday. The drivers who turned laps on the hard sand of Daytona Beach in February of ’48 – back when winners (in this case Red Byron) were more colorful – would scarcely recognize the grand sweep of the...

Posted: 3 days ago

Born in 1948 as a confederation of moonshiners and roughnecks, NASCAR turns 70 at the drop of a white flag at Daytona on Sunday. The drivers who turned laps on the hard sand of Daytona Beach in February of ’48 – back when winners (in this case Red Byron) were more colorful – would scarcely recognize the grand sweep of the...
Acuna’s hopeful message to Braves: The future is now
 The Future got a locker all to himself in the Braves’ major league spring clubhouse (there are prospects older than he who are doubling up). After all, isn’t that what this spring training is all about, making room for The Future?  It is a prime spot that Ronald Acuna occupies, directly next to the doorway that leads from...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Future got a locker all to himself in the Braves’ major league spring clubhouse (there are prospects older than he who are doubling up). After all, isn’t that what this spring training is all about, making room for The Future?  It is a prime spot that Ronald Acuna occupies, directly next to the doorway that leads from...
Young Braves might want to work on their history this spring, too
 On Tuesday night, the MLB Network televised the debut of its documentary: “Atlanta Rules, The Story of the ’90s Braves.” A fine stroll through good times and glory, from two stadiums ago.   Wednesday morning, on the Disney network of green fields, where all who enter pass beneath an arch that reads, “Where...

Posted: 5 days ago

On Tuesday night, the MLB Network televised the debut of its documentary: “Atlanta Rules, The Story of the ’90s Braves.” A fine stroll through good times and glory, from two stadiums ago.   Wednesday morning, on the Disney network of green fields, where all who enter pass beneath an arch that reads, “Where...
A Winter Olympics guide for the indifferent
   As citizens of an Olympic City – it was 1996, have your parents tell you about it – we also are citizens of the Olympic movement. And it is the duty of all such good citizens to watch at least three minutes’ worth of pairs figure skating from PyeongChang. It’s just something you should do, like eating kale....

Posted: 7 days ago

  As citizens of an Olympic City – it was 1996, have your parents tell you about it – we also are citizens of the Olympic movement. And it is the duty of all such good citizens to watch at least three minutes’ worth of pairs figure skating from PyeongChang. It’s just something you should do, like eating kale....
How much optimism should anyone pack for this Braves spring training?
 Braves pitchers and catchers report to spring training Tuesday, with the rest of the infantry required to be on the grounds five days later. This was thought to be their last spring at Disney, but, alas, every building project involving the Braves seems to be lagging behind the most optimistic of schedules. Be that team-building or the actual...

Posted: 10 days ago

Braves pitchers and catchers report to spring training Tuesday, with the rest of the infantry required to be on the grounds five days later. This was thought to be their last spring at Disney, but, alas, every building project involving the Braves seems to be lagging behind the most optimistic of schedules. Be that team-building or the actual...
From NBA to Clark Atlanta, Darrell Walker enjoying the change of scenery
 The nebulous “They” is one of the greatest forces in sports. It powers every upset and untold number of memorable performances. It fuels the fiery pregame speech and the postgame celebration. You know how it goes.  They said I couldn’t play at this level. They said we couldn’t win. They said I’d never come...

Posted: 10 days ago

The nebulous “They” is one of the greatest forces in sports. It powers every upset and untold number of memorable performances. It fuels the fiery pregame speech and the postgame celebration. You know how it goes.  They said I couldn’t play at this level. They said we couldn’t win. They said I’d never come...