Tommy Birch, The Des Moines Register

Tommy Birch

The Des Moines Register

Des Moines, IA, United States

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Recent articles by Tommy:

Racing returns to Iowa with empty stands in Knoxville

It was an unusual scene in Knoxville on Friday evening, as the World of Outlaws took to the dirt track in front of empty stands. → Read More

West Des Moines man shares his coronavirus experience through live video chats on Facebook

Matt McCauley has gone out of his way to share his coronavirus experience through live Facebook video chats. → Read More

Des Moines Area Quilters Guild providing hand-sewn masks to Broadlawns during coronavirus pandemic

The Des Moines Area Quilters Guild is doing its part to help the community during the spread of the coronavirus. → Read More

World's biggest swimming names flocking to Des Moines for TYR Pro Swim Series

Some of swimming's biggest stars are coming to Des Moines for the 2020 TYR Pro Swim Series. → Read More

Swimming star Ryan Lochte has sights set on 2020 Olympics: 'I definitely believe I have a shot'

Lochte said he's changed a lot since the 2016 Olympics. → Read More

MLB: Late Iowa umpire Eric Cooper to be honored with Des Moines bowling tournament

Iowa native Eric Cooper's work in the community continues on even after his death. → Read More

'Field of Dreams' movie site in Iowa off-limits to fans in week leading into Yankees-White Sox game

If you’re hoping to visit the "Field of Dreams" movie site in Iowa the week of the Yankees-White Sox game, well, you better have a ticket. → Read More

Iowa men dominate Iowa State to win at Hilton for first time since 2003

Iowa led by as many as 25 points in the second half and coasted to an 84-68 victory over Iowa State on Thursday night. → Read More

Iowa State coach Steve Prohm inspires sick teen: 'He's been through hell and back'

Iowa State basketball coach Steve Prohm went out of his way to help Michael McDonough, 15, during his battle with a deadly flesh-eating disorder. → Read More

'It hasn't really sunk in yet': A look at Iowa native Jeremy Hellickson's World Series celebration

Des Moines native Jeremy Hellickson celebrated a World Series title this week with a trip to the White House. → Read More

Iowa man arrested for (literally) trying to steal home plate at minor-league baseball stadium

A 45-year-old man was arrested last week for trying to steal home at Principal Park. → Read More

'My own world': Deaf Drake punter Ross Kennedy finding success in silence

Drake punter Ross Kennedy embraces silence. Which is good since he's 60 percent deaf in both ears. → Read More

Veteran MLB umpire Eric Cooper dies at 52

Eric Cooper, a veteran umpire with two decades worth of experience, was on the field for some big baseball moments during his career. He was 52. → Read More

Cy-Hawk: Going to the Iowa vs. Iowa State game or 'College GameDay'? Here's travel advice from IDOT, Ames police

Traveling to Saturday's game in Ames likely won't be easy for fans. Here's some tips to make it better. → Read More

'College GameDay' 101: Everything you need to know about ESPN's visit to Ames

There will be plenty to see and do during the ESPN show's visit to Ames → Read More

Field of Dreams movie site to host MLB game between Yankees and White Sox in 2020

Major League Baseball is headed to Dyersville, Iowa, in 2020. → Read More

Iowa Cubs to become Iowa Caucuses for Labor Day weekend game

The Iowa Cubs will honor the Iowa caucuses later this summer with a special name and uniforms on Aug. 30. → Read More

All-Star pitcher Cole Hamels to make rehab start with Iowa Cubs

Veteran pitcher Cole Hamels will make a second rehab start with the Iowa Cubs on Sunday → Read More

Cubs option Addison Russell to Iowa

Addison Russell's time in Des Moines isn't over quite yet. → Read More

Raptors coach on Kawhi Leonard's Game 7 buzzer-beater: 'That’s an old play I stole off a Hubie Brown DVD'

Raptors coach Nick Nurse said the play that produced the Game 7 buzzer-beater against the 76ers was something he "stole off a Hubie Brown DVD." → Read More