Bona fide sports heroes, like Billie Jean King or Jackie Robinson, don't come along so often. Many of them you probably haven't heard of, either. Take Buck O'Neil -- after a long career playing and managing in baseball's Negro League (most notably for the Kansas City Monarchs), O'Neil became the first African-American coach in the majors when he took a job with the Chicago Cubs in 1962. Breaking the color barrier, to put it mildly, was not an easy undertaking.
Buck: Right on Time, an exhibit created by Kansas City's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, chronicles O'Neil's journey (January 30 through February 8 in the College Center at St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in St. Peters, free, 636-922-8261). -- Byron Kerman
With John McEnroe's admission of steroid use during his tennis-playing years, figure skating is now the last professional sport that can claim to be performance enhancing drug-free. There ain't a 'roid out there that will make you spin faster, do that wiggly arm/hand thing smoother or make you look better in a rhinestone-studded, formfitting jump suit. So parents, if you're looking for a sport for your kid to take up that won't lead to an oversize heart and blind rages, get to the Savvis Center (14th Street at Clark Avenue, 314-241-1888) for Smucker's Stars on Ice. Champeen skaters Scott Hamilton and Ekaterina Gordeeva headline a massive cast of skaters who will leap, spin, salchow and otherwise inspire your kids to perform good, clean, athletic endeavors. And don't worry, these skaters make a boatload of endorsement cash after they go pro, so you'll be set up in your old age. Tickets are $25 to $83, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. -- Paul Friswold
Hype, thy name is Super Bowl. The big game is afflicted with a chronic case of entertainment bloat: Between the hours of pregame chatter, the irritating million-dollar commercials and the embarrassing halftime show, you might see a few minutes of mediocre football. Frederick's Music Lounge (4454 Chippewa Street, 314-351-5711) has the antidote: hours of pure Looney Tunes thrills instead of the tiresome corporate goon fight in Houston. Fred's No-Football Super Bowl Sunday Looney Tunes Laserdisc Marathon (free, 4 p.m.) may not feature Panthers or Patriots, but you'll be laughing (and drinking) too hard to miss 'em. -- Jason "Looney" Toon
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