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    Charles Emmet Van Loan

    Born: June 29, 1876, San Jose, CA
    Died: March 2, 1919, Los Angeles, CA, age 42, ---d. chronic nephritis (inflammation of the kidney) at Philadelphia's Abington Hospital, was on East Coast on business

    San Francisco / Los Angeles / New York sports writer / sports author;
    Seaside, CA, 4-year old, (June 25, 1880 census)(listed Chas. Emmit Van Loan)
    Los Angeles, CA, bookkeeper, (June 5, 1900 census)(listed Charles Van Lean)
    New York, NY, reporter, newspaper, (April 23, 1910 census)(listed Charles E. VanLoan)
    Los Angeles Morning Herald, sports writer & editor, 1904 - 1907
    Denver Post reporter and sports writer, 1907 - 1909
    New York American, sports reporter, 1909 - 1911
    Saturday Evening Post, (Philadelphia, PA), staff writer, 1914, freelance contributor (1911 - 1918), Associate editor, (1918 - 1919).
    Also worked as a stenographer for the Standard Oil Company and a secretary for a Los Angeles meat-packing house.

    Father: Richard, born New York, 1848?; Mother Emma J. Blodgett, born California, 1854?; Wife: Emma C. Lenz, born California, 1879?; Daughter: Virginia, born California, 1906?; Son: Richard E., born California, 1909?; Charles married Emma November 20, 1902;

    Was one of best baseball story-tellers of his age. He was called the greatest baseball writer by several of his peers.

    Charles Emmett Van Loan first began writing about sports while working as a secretary in a meat-packing house. His manager took him to baseball games where they would continue working--the manager dictating letters and Van Loan writing them down--while watching the games from the stands. In between taking dictation, Van Loan made notes about interesting and amusing events that he witnessed on the field or in the crowd. These notes later became articles that Van Loan published in the Los Angeles Examiner.

    In 1904 Van Loan began writing sports articles on a full-time basis for the Los Angeles Morning Herald. He continued to work as a sports reporter, first in Denver and then in New York, until a chance meeting with the editor of Munsey's Magazine, Robert H. Davis, at a boxing match in 1909 changed the course of his career. Van Loan, who was covering the middleweight championship boxing match between Stanley Ketchell and Jack O'Brien for the New York American, was unknowingly seated next to Davis. An introduction between the two men took place when Davis, who had been quite animated as he followed the fight, accidentally punched Van Loan in the ribs. The two men became friends. Later that year, Davis helped Van Loan sell his first short story, "The Drugstores Derby," to the All-Story Weekly. About the same time, Van Loan's "The Golden Ball of the Argonauts," his first fictional story about baseball, appeared in Munsey's Magazine.

    For the next year Van Loan continued to publish short fiction with sports themes in journals like Popular Magazine and Outing. By 1911, he had become successful enough at it to leave his newspaper job. That same year he published his first book, The Big League, a collection of stories about baseball. With their vivid characterizations of the players, coaches, and umpires, and humorous viewpoints, these stories appealed to many readers of the day, whether they were sports enthusiasts or not. As a critic for the New York Times wrote, "Mr. Van Loan knows baseball from backstop to field fence, and he has the breezy newspaper style which is necessary to make baseball reading worth while."

    "The Crab," one of the stories included in The Big League, exemplifies some of the qualities that are typical of Van Loan's fiction. It focuses on the struggles of a single character whose experiences teach the reader a moral lesson. This story follows third baseman, Henry Gilman, during the end of his career. Having played professionally for a decade, Gilman has to face the fact that his physical abilities are not what they used to be. But always having been a level-headed and modest person with a fallback career as a farmer that he practiced in the off-season, he is able to accept transition in his life. His career as a baseball player ends on a high note when, having been benched due to his failing arm, he is put back into play during the championship game and makes the game-winning catch.

    Van Loan's next book, also a collection of baseball stories, was published in 1912. The Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm, and Other Tales of the Big League includes "The Comeback," a story about a pitcher named Solomon Lee. Lee's rookie year is wildly successful, but, after only a couple of years in the big league, he begins to succumb to some of the temptations of fame and success. His drinking and wild lifestyle lead to his downfall. Disappearing from the game for years afterward, he re-emerges to coach a new young pitcher in the art of pitching as well as in the art of maintaining a moderate lifestyle.

    In 1913, Van Loan published two more collections of short fiction: Inside the Ropes, a book of boxing tales, followed by his third volume of baseball stories entitled The Lucky Seventh: Tales of the Big League. The same year he moved back to California and settled in Los Angeles where he took up playing golf on a regular basis. His ability to play was hindered, however, when a severe car accident left him unable to use his left arm. Spurred on by his love of the game, however, he learned to swing a club with just one hand and came to excel at the sport despite his handicap.

    Following his accident, Van Loan became an even more prolific writer. Having befriended George Horace Lorimer, the editor of the Saturday Evening Post in Philadelphia in 1913, many of Van Loan's stores appeared in Lorimer's magazine. His stories, which also appeared during this period in Cosmopolitan Magazine and Collier's, showed his ability to write about topics other than sports, including the circus, horse racing, and Hollywood. In 1915, he published two single-theme collections: Buck Parvin and the Movies, about the Hollywood film industry, and Taking the Count: Prize Ring Stories, about boxing. He also continued to write nonfiction articles that were published in newspapers, including a series about ghost towns of the West and a piece on the Grand Canyon, a place he loved to visit.

    Old Man Curry, published in 1917, is Van Loan's collection of horse racing stories. The following year he released a volume of stories celebrating his personal sporting passion, golf. Fore! contains tales that are typically character driven and full of humor. In his final book, Score by Innings (1919), he returned to the genre which won him his first acclaim as a fiction writer, the baseball story.

    The injuries Van Loan suffered in his car accident of 1914 plagued him for the remaining years of his life and probably contributed to his early death in 1919 at the age of forty-two. His death marked the end of what was, according to R. C. Brignano, writing in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, "probably the most concentrated period of sports fiction writing by any figure in American literature--an immensely productive stretch of ten years."

    Born June 29, 1876, in San Jose, CA; died of nephritis, March 2, 1919, in Philadelphia, PA; son of Richard and Emma J. (Blodgett) Van Loan; married Emma C. Lenz, November 20, 1902; children: Richard, Virginia.

    Short-story writer and journalist. Los Angeles Morning Herald, Los Angeles, CA, sports editor, 1904-07; Denver Post, Denver, CO, sports writer, 1907-09; New York American, New York City, sports writer, 1909-11; Saturday Evening Post, Philadelphia, PA, staff writer, 1914, associate editor, 1918-1919. Also worked as a stenographer for the Standard Oil Company and a secretary for a Los Angeles meat-packing house.

    Sporting News' obituary, March 6, 1919, pp. 6.

    Buck Parvin and the Movies: Stories of the Moving Picture Game
    Computational Frameworks for the Fast Fourier Transform (Frontiers in Applied Mathematics)
    Insight Through Computing: A MATLAB Introduction to Computational Science and Engineering
    Levelling With Elisha
    Old Man Curry; Race Track Stories
    Score by Innings: Baseball Stories, 1919
    Fore! Golf Stories
    Inside the Ropes (Illustrated by Arthur Hutchins)
    Scrap Iron
    Taking The Count: Fictional Stories About The Prize Ring
    The Big League
    The Lucky Seventh: Tales of the Big League
    Picture Game
    The Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm; And Other Tales of the Big League
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    Harvey Trunkey Woodruff

    Born: April 9, 1875, Brazil, IN
    Died: June 2, 1937, Evanston, IL, age 62

    Chicago sports writer;
    Brazil, IN, 5-year old, (June 25, 1880 census)
    Chicago, IL, editor, (June 4, 1900 census)
    Chicago, IL, sporting editor, newspaper, (April 18, 1910 census)
    Chicago, IL, journalist, newspaper, (January 12, 1920 census)(listed H T Woodruff)
    Evanston, IL, writer, newspaper, (April 3, 1930 census)
    Chicago University, 1895 - 1897
    Chicago Times-Herald, 1895 - 1898
    Chicago Record sports editor, 1898 - 1901
    Chicago Herald reporter, 1901
    Chicago Tribune, February, copy reader/sports writer, 1901 - 1903
    Western Jackey Club, secretary/treasurer (turf official)
    Chicago Tribune sports editor, 1909 - 1920, sports columnist, November 25, 1919 - June 2, 1937 (In the Wake of the News).

    Father: Amos H., born Ohio, January, 1835; Mother: Julia Trunkey, born Ohio, November, 1836; Wife: Eva H., born Arizona, 1886?; Daughter: Alberta E., born Illinois, 1911?; Daughter: Julia H., born Illinois, 1913?;

    Woodruff inherited the sports column, In the Wake of the News, at the Chicago Tribune, from Ring Lardner November 25, 1919. This renowned sports column had been hosted by such writers as Hugh Fullerton, Hugh Keough, Lardner (1913 - 1919). When Woodruff died, the column passed to Arch Ward (1937 - 1955), who held it to his death.

    The Chicago Tribune's 'Wake of the News' is probably the 2nd most prestigious sports column in the country, after the New York Times' 'Sport of the Times'.

    His middle name, 'Trunkey' was his mother's maiden name.

    Who Was Who in America, Volume 1, 1897-1942-----------------------------------------------------------Harvey's January 17, 1925 passport photo.

    Who Was Who Among North American Authors, 1921-1939, Volume 1-7--------Who Was Who in Journalism, 1925-1928

    Chicago Tribune obituary, June 3, 1937, pp. 31.

    New York Times' obituary, June 3, 1937, pp. 25.
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    Bernard William St. Denis Thomson

    Born: November 27, 1873, Point Fortune, Quebec, Canada
    Died: February 26, 1937, New York City, NY, age 63---d. pneumonia after a few days.

    New York sports editor;
    Washington state, lawyer, (June 11, 1900 census)
    New York, NY, editor, New York Times, (January, 1920 census)(listed Thompson)
    New York, NY, editor, newspaper, (April 11, 1930 census)

    Immigrated from Canada to US, 1895
    Graduated Harvard Law School, 1895
    Chicago Record-Herald's staff
    New York Sun, Sunday editor
    New York Times, Assistant Sunday editor, September, 1913, - sports editor, 1916-37 (succeeding Harry Burchall)

    Father: Edward William Thomson, born Canada; Mother: Adelaide Louise Grace St. Denis, born Canada; Wife: Ethel McKay Wright, born Canada, October, 1873; Son: Edward Wright Thomson;

    Made the New York Times' sports section what it was, and justly famous for its' famously deep and comprehensive coverage.

    Bernard Thomson (Sports editor.) Born, Point Fortune, P.Q., Nov. 27, 1873; died, New York, Feb. 26, 1937.) Among the most colorful lives ever by a New York sports editor was lived by a man universally described as “self-effacing.” Bernard William St. Denis Thomson, the son of a prominent Canadian newspaperman, was an athlete, a rancher, a gold prospector, and a military officer, as well as sports editor of The New York Times for 21 years. Thomson was also a lawyer who graduated Harvard Law in 1895. He spent much of his youth in the Canadian wilds before attending Harvard and some time after his graduation practicing law in the State of Washington. Thomson turned to newspaper work with the Chicago Record-Herald, then moved to the original New York Sun morning edition as Sunday editor before joining The Times as assistant Sunday editor in 1913, During breaks in his newspaper career, he was advertising manager for Continental Insurance in New York and twice broke the casino bank at Monte Carlo before going broke himself. He succeeded Harry Phillip Burchell (q.v.) as sports editor Dec. 14, 1915. Thomson inherited a staff of six writers and over time expanded it to 46 full-time writers and editors, plus a clerical staff handled by Philip E. Burke (q.v.). As a sports editor, he wrote little by the standard of the day, hiring John Kieran as a columnist instead. Thomson concentrated on organizing and building both a staff and a style. At his death, only James P. Dawson (q.v.) and Clarence E. Lovejoy remained from his original group of writers. His favorite sports were rowing (in which he had competed), boxing, and horse racing (which he frequently attended). During World War I, Thomson was an officer in the Quartermater Corps, serving in France in 1918. Following a tour with the occupation force in Germany, he turned to The Times on Apr. 9, 1919. Thomson mustered out of the Army as a captain. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

    New York Times' obituary, February 27, 1937, pp. 17.

    ----------------------------1938 Baseball Guide Death notice.
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    James Warren Schlemmer---AKA Jim Schlemmer

    Born: December 24, 1899, Punxsutawney, PA
    Died: May 10, 1977, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, age 77,---d. was found at his Cuyahoga Falls home, presumably of a heart attack.

    Akron sports writer;
    Bell township, PA, 5-month old, (June 16, 1900 census)
    Philadelphia, PA, 11-year old, student, (1910 census)(listed L.J.A.)
    Akron, OH, 20-year old, (January 14, 1920 census)
    Cuyahoga Falls, OH, newspaper sports editor, (April 23, 1940 census)
    Akron Beacon-Journal, sports editor / columnist, 1920 -1970.
    Akron, OH, student, (September 12, 1918 WWI Draft Registration)

    Father: Philip J., born Pennsylvania, January, 1873; Mother: Maud, born Pennsylvania, September, 1876; Dora C., born Ohio, around 1899;

    Something to Cheer About

    New York Times' obituary, May 11, 1977, pp. 32.
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    Herman Nickerson, Jr.

    Born: May 15, 1870, Boston, MA
    Died: June 10, 1954, Lincolnville, MO, age 84

    Boston sports writer / editor;
    Boston, MA, 1-month old, (June 20, 1870 census)
    Boston, MA, 10-year old, (June 3, 1880 census)
    Boston, MA, newspaperman, (June 2, 1900 census)
    Boston, MA, editor, newspaper, (May 12, 1910 census)
    Arlington, MA, editor, newspaper, (January 8, 1920 census)
    Arlington, MA, editor, newspaper, (April 4, 1930 census)
    Arlington, MA, editor, newspaper, (April 25, 1940 census)
    Boston News, cub reporter (?-1894)
    Boston Journal, reporter (1894 - 1900),
    Boston Herald, copy desk head (1902 - 1907)
    Boston Journal, sports editor (1907 - 1912)
    Boston Braves, secretary (December 26, 1912 - 1915)
    Boston Globe, news editor (1925 - 1945).

    Father: John Freeman Nickerson, born Massachusetts, September 21, 1836 (stock broker); Mother: Susan S., born Massachusetts; Wife: Emma Eva Carver, born June 20, 1872, died January 15, 1973; They married October 12, 1912 in Lincolnville, Maine; Wife 2: Nellie (Nora) G. Buzzell, born Massachusetts, June 13, 1874, died May, 1972; Wife: Gertrude, born Massachusetts, 1876?; Son: Herman, Jr., born Massachusetts, July 30, 1913, died December 1, 2000; Son: Carver, born Massachusetts, 1918?;

    Sporting News' obituary, June 23, 1954, pp. 40.-----------------------------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary, June 12, 1954, pp. 15.

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    Francis Marion Smith---AKA Frank Smith

    Born: November 31, 1878, St. Louis, MO
    Died: November 3, 1933, Boston, MA, age 54,---d. angina pectons, buried Aurora, IL---(He died while on a trip to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was manager of wrestler, Jim Browning, who was fighting.)

    Chicago sports editor;
    Bloomington, Il, 2-year old, (June 1, 1880 census)
    Chicago, IL, copy-reader, newspaper, (April 21, 1910 census)
    Chicago, IL, copy-reader, Chicago Tribune, (January 16, 1920 census)
    Chicago, IL, reporter, newspaper, (April 9, 1930 census)

    Father: Frank M., born Missouri, 1854?; Mother: Elizabeth C., born Pennsylvania, 1857?; Martha A., born England, 1886?; Wife: Katherine G., born Pennsylvania, 1875?;

    He began as a copy reader in the editorial department in 1912, and stayed until the start of WWI.
    WWI veteran.
    Received commission as 2nd lieutenant, seved more than year overseas with the 165th infantry.
    After WWI, then 1st. lieutenant, returned to Chicago Tribune, made sports editor in 1921, left in 1925.
    He then moved east and got into wrestling promotion.
    He managed Jim Browning, heavyweight wrestling champ.

    Chicago Daily Tribune obituary,
    November 3, 1933, pp. 27.-----------------------New York Times' obituary, November 3, 1933, pp. 19.--------Chicago Daily Tribune, November 4, 1933, pp. 23.

    ------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, November 9, 1933, pp. 7.
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    Edward Wallace Smith

    Born: May, 1869, Milwaukee, WI
    Died: February 23, 1936, Hollywood, CA, age 67,----d. In Hollywood Hospital, CA, from a paralytic stroke.

    Chicago sports editor;
    Milwaukee, WI, 1-year old, (June 18, 1870 census)
    Milwaukee, WI, 9-year old, (June 1, 1880 census)
    Chicago, IL, newspaper reporter, (June 8, 1900 census)
    Chicago, IL, newspaper editor, (April 23, 1910 census)
    Chicago, IL, newspaper manager, newspaper, (January 2, 1920 census)(listed Edw W. Smith)
    Los Angeles, CA, newspaper writer, (April 3, 1930 census)
    Chicago Times, sports editor in the early 1890's
    Chicago Chronicle, sports editor,
    Chicago American, sports editor, 1900 - 1926
    Los Angeles Examiner, sports editor
    Moved to California around 1927 for his health. Had been a well-known boxing/wrestling referee.
    Refereed many memorable fights. As a writer, he specialized in boxing/wrestling with occasional incursions into racing. Refereed Jack Johnson/Jim Flynn, Arthur Pelkey/Luther McCarthy, both Gotch/Hackenschmidt wrestling matches, Benny Leonard/Charley White.

    James G. Smith, born Montreal, Canada, 1834?; Mother: Mary E., born New York, 1842?; Wife: Sedan Kerting: born Chicago, IL, September, 1870; Daughter: Viola: born Illinois February, 1890; Son: Lester: born Illinois August, 1892; Daughter: Lillian: born Illiniois November, 1896. Daughter: Virginia, born Illinois, 1910?; Daughter: Lorraine, born Illinois, 1919?; Ed married Sedan on September 29, 1889 in Kenosha, WI.

    Chicago Daily Tribune obituary, Febuary 24, 1936, pp. 18.------------------------Los Angeles Times' obituary, February 24, 1936, pp. A11.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, February 27, 1936, pp. 2.

    ----2 photos from 1908.

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    John Sanburn Phillips

    Born: July 2, 1861, Council Bluffs, Iowa
    Died: February 28, 1949, Goshen, NY, age 87

    New York sports writer / editor;
    Galesburg, IL, 9-year old, (July 15, 1870 census)
    Galesburg, IL, 18-year, (June 7, 1880 census)
    Duxbury, MA, none, (June 7, 1900 census)
    Goshen, NY, editor, magazine, (April 23, 1910 census)
    Goshen, NY, editor, Magazine, (January 17, 1920 census)
    Goshen, NY, editor, Publisher, (April 21, 1930 census)
    Goshen, NY, none, (April 10, 1940 census)
    Graduated Knox College (Galesburg, IL), Bachelor of Arts, 1882
    Recieved A. B. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard, 1885
    Attended University of Leipzig, 1885-86
    Editor of The American Magazine; at least as early as 1908;
    Co-founder / editor of Samuel S. McClure of McClure's Magazine, 1893.
    After 24 years of partnership with McClure, he withdrew & founded the Phillips Publishing Compay.

    Father: Edgar L., born New York, 1827? (doctor); Mother: Mary L., born Illinois, 1833?; Wife: Jennie B., Massachusetts, September, 1867; Daughter: Ruth B., born Massachusetts, July, 1891; Daughter: Dorothy S., born New York, January, 1893; Daughter: Margaret E., born New York, March, 18978; Daughter: Elizabeth P., born Massachusetts, July, 1899; Son: John P., born New York, 1901?;

    He started The American Magazine, serving as editor until 1915, when he became advisory editor, until 1938, when he retired.
    While editor of American Magazine, he published stories by Lincoln Steffens, Ida Tarbell, Ray Baker, Finlay Dunne and William White.

    New York Times obituary, March 2, 1949, pp. 25
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    Joseph Akin Murphy---AKA Judge

    Born: September 7, 1866, St. Louis, MO
    Died: March 28, 1951, Coral Gables, FL, age 84,---d. at home.

    St. Louis /Chicago sports editor;
    St. Louis, MO, 14-year old, (June 8, 1880 census)
    St. Louis, MO, promoter, Stock Co., (January 14, 1920 census)
    Wichita, KS, none, (April 13, 1940 census)

    St. Louis Globe-Democrat, sports editor, (1880's)
    Chicago Tribune, sports editor, ? - 1936
    Lived Florida, 1940 - 1951

    Father: Michael J., born New York, 1835?; Mother: Anna L., born Virginia, 1843?; Wife: Emma, born Missouri, 1874?; Wife: Elizabeth, born Missouri, 1872?;

    Called Judge due to his officiating at many race tracks in the US & Canada. Wife: Elizabeth; Daughter: Lucille; Daughter: Dorothy. Was actually a ML pitcher, 1886-87.

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1923-------------------------------May 2, 1950, Detroit Fairgrounds: Judge Joe Murphy, Jack Young, Doc Copland.
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    -------------------Three Men who gained fame as American Humorists, wrote sports early in their careers.

    George M. Ade (1866-1944), Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936) and Franklin Pierce Adams (1881-1960) were 3 of America's great humorists, in the same vein as Mark Twain (1835-1910), Henry L. Mencken (1880-1956), Will Rogers (1879-1935) and Garrison Keiler (1942-still alive). But few remember today that they covered sporting events in their early stages, among their many other writings.

    George M. Ade

    Born: February 9, 1866, Kentland, IN
    Died: May 16, 1944, Brooke, IN, age 78,---d. cerebral hemorrhage

    Chicago sports writer / humorist / American writer /newspaper columnist / playwright;
    Jefferson, IN, 4-year, (June 1, 1870 census)(listed Aid)
    Kentland, IN, 14-year old, at school, (June 1, 1880 census)
    Chicago, IL, reporter, newspaper, Chicago Record, (June 11, 1900 census)
    Brook, IN, none, (April 23, 1930 census)
    Miami Beach, FL, author & writer, literary articles, (April 2, 1940 census)
    Graduated Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), 1887
    Chicago Record, 1890 - 1900, covered many sporting events.
    5'11 1/2, blue eyes

    Father: John, born England, 1831?, (banker); Mother: Adeline W., born Ohio, 1846?;

    George's Wikipedia article
    Ade was born in Kentland, Indiana, one of seven children raised by John and Adaline (Bush) Ade. While attending Purdue University, he became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He also met and started a lifelong friendship with fellow cartoonist and Sigma Chi brother John T. McCutcheon and worked as a reporter for the Lafayette Call. He graduated in 1887.

    In 1890 Ade joined the Chicago Morning News, which later became the Chicago Record, where McCutcheon was working. He wrote the column, Stories of the Streets and of the Town. In the column, which McCutcheon illustrated, George Ade illustrated Chicago-life. It featured characters like Artie, an office boy; Doc Horne, a gentlemanly liar; and Pink Marsh, a black shoeshine boy. Ade's well-known "fables in slang" also made their first appearance in this popular column.

    Ade's literary reputation rests upon his achievements as a great humorist of American character during an important era in American history: the first large wave of migration from the countryside to burgeoning cities like Chicago, where, in fact, Ade produced his best fiction. He was a practicing realist during the Age of (William Dean) Howells and a local colorist of Chicago and the Midwest. His work constitutes a vast comedy of Midwestern manners and, indeed, a comedy of late 19th century American manners.

    Ade's fiction dealt consistently with the "little man," the common, undistinguished, average American, usually a farmer or lower middle class citizen. (He sometimes skewered women, too, especially women with laughable social pretensions.)

    Ade's followed in the footsteps of his idol Mark Twain by making expert use of the American language. In his unique "Fables in Slang," which purveyed not so much slang as the American colloquial vernacular, Ade pursued an effectively genial satire notable for its scrupulous objectivity. Ade's regular practice in the best fables is to present a little drama incorporating concrete, specific evidence with which he implicitly indicts the object of his satire—always a type (e.g., the social climber). The fable's actual moral is nearly always implicit, though he liked to tack on a mock, often ironic moral (e.g., "Industry and perseverance bring a sure reward").

    As a moralist who does not overtly moralize, who is all too aware of the ironies of what in his day was the modern world, George Ade was perhaps our first modern American humorist. Through the values implicit in the fables, Ade manifests an ambivalence between the traditional rural virtues in which he was raised (the virtues of Horatio Alger and the McGuffey Readers) and the craftiness he saw all around him in booming Chicago.

    The United States, in Ade's lifetime, underwent a great population shift and transfer from an agricultural to an industrial economy. Many felt the nation suffered the even more agonizing process of shifting values toward philistinism, greed, and dishonesty. Ade's prevalent practice is to record the pragmatic efforts of the little man to get along in such a world.

    Ade propounds a golden mean, satirizing both hidebound adherence to obsolete standards and too-easy adjustment to new ones. His view is often an ambiguous, ambivalent, pragmatic reaction to the changing scene, but it remains an invaluable literary reflection of the conflicting moral tensions resident in our national culture at the turn of the century.

    Ade was a playwright as well as an author, penning such stage works as Artie, The Sultan of Sulu (a musical comedy with composer Nathaniel D. Mann and lyricist Alfred George Whathall ), The College Widow, The Fair Co-ed, and "The County Chairman". He wrote the first American play about football.

    After twelve years in Chicago, he built a home near the town of Brook, Indiana (Newton County). It soon became known for hosting a campaign stop in 1908 by William Howard Taft, a rally for Theodore Roosevelt's Bull Moose Party in 1912, and a homecoming for soldiers and sailors in 1919.

    George Ade is one of the American writers whose publications made him rich. When land values were inflated about the time of World War I, Ade was a millionaire. The Ross-Ade football stadium at Purdue University was built with his (and David E. Ross's) financial support. He also generously supported his college fraternity, Sigma Chi, leading a fund-raising campaign to endow the Sigma Chi mother house at the site of the fraternity's original establishment at Miami University. Ade is also famous among Sigma Chis as the author of The Sigma Chi Creed, written in 1929, one of the central documents of the fraternity's philosophies. George Ade died in Brook, Indiana, aged 78. He is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.

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    -------------------Three Men who gained fame as American Humorists, wrote sports early in their careers.

    George M. Ade (1866-1944), Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936) and Franklin Pierce Adams (1881-1960) were 3 of America's great humorists, in the same vein as Mark Twain (1835-1910), Henry L. Mencken (1880-1956), Will Rogers (1879-1935) and Garrison Keiler (1942-still alive). But few remember today that they covered sporting events in their early stages, among their many other writings.

    Finley Peter Dunne

    Born: July 10, 1867, Chicago, IL
    Died: April 24, 1936, New York, NY, age 69---d. throat cancer hemorrhaging after long battle.

    Finley's Wikipedia article

    Chicago writer / humorist / author;
    New York, NY, editor, American Magazine, (April 2, 1910 census)

    Wife: Margaret, born Illinois, 1882?; Son: Finley P., Jr., born New Hampshire, 1904?; Son: Phillip, born New York, 1908?;

    Political cartoonist created Mr. Dooley, saloon owner, wry observations on issues entertained readers for 30 yrs. His cartoons are collected in book forms.
    Chicago Daily News editorials & sports, 1884 - 1888
    Chicago Times, 1888 - 1889, as political reporter, editorial writer, city editor
    Chicago Tribune reporter, edited Sunday edition
    Chicago Herald reporter, 1890
    Chicago Evening Post editor page, 1892
    Chicago Journal managing editor, 1897 - 1900
    NYC Harper's Weekly/Collier's Weekly, 1900 - 1902
    New York Morning Telegraph, 1902 - 1904
    American Magazine wrote dialect essays & monthly ed. In the Interpreter's House, 1906 - 1913
    Collier's Weekly political commentary, 1913 - 1915, editor-in-chief, 1917 - 1919

    When Payne Whitney died in 1924, he bequeathed $500,000. to Dunne, far more than enough to enable Dunne to live the rest of his life in high lavish fashion without need of further work.

    Some examples of his witticisms.
    "An appeal is when you ask one court to show its contempt for another court."
    "There is one thing to be said in favor of drink, and that is that it has caused many a lady to be loved that otherwise might have died single."
    "Swearing was invented as a compromise between running away and fighting."
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    -------------------Three Men who gained fame as American Humorists, wrote sports early in their careers.

    George M. Ade (1866-1944), Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936) and Franklin Pierce Adams (1881-1960) were 3 of America's great humorists, in the same vein as Mark Twain (1835-1910), Henry L. Mencken (1880-1956), Will Rogers (1879-1935) and Garrison Keiler (1942-still alive). But few remember today that they covered sporting events in their early stages, among their many other writings.

    Franklin Pierce Adams

    Born: November 24, 1881, Chicago, IL
    Died: March 23, 1960, New York, NY, age 78

    Chicago / New York sports writer;
    New York, NY, writer, newspaper, (April 30, 1910 census)
    New York, NY, journalist, newspaper, (January 17, 1920 census)
    Weston, CT, writer, newspaper, (April 23, 1930 census)
    Chicago Journal, 1903 - 1904
    New York Evening Mail, 1904 - 1914
    New York Tribune, 1914 - 1922
    New York World, 1922 - 1931
    New York Herald-Tribune, 1931 - March, 1937
    New York Post, 1938 - 1941

    Father: Moses; Mother: Clara Schlossberg; Wife 1: Minna S., born Wyoming, 1881?; Wife2 : Esther R., born New Jersey, 1894?; Son: Anthony, born New York, 1927?; Son: Timothy, born New York, 1928?;

    Arrived NYC, 1903, His column "The Conning Tower" appeared in many papers, his radio program "Information Please", 1938-48) was on TV for 13 weeks in 1952. Franklin also wrote, 'Baseball's Saddest Lexicon', in which his famous phrase, ""Tinkers to Evers to Chance", lauded the Chicago Cubs' double play trio. It was one of his most famous ditties.

    Franklin's Wikipedia page
    Franklin Pierce Adams (November 15, 1881, Chicago, Illinois – March 23, 1960, New York City, New York) was an American columnist (under the pen name FPA) and wit, best known for his newspaper column, "The Conning Tower," and his appearances as a regular panelist on radio's Information Please. He was a member of the Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s and 1930s.

    New York newspaper columnist
    The son of Moses and Clara Schlossberg Adams, he graduated from the Armour Scientific Academy in 1899 and attended the University of Michigan for one year. He first worked for the Chicago Journal in 1903. The following year he moved to the New York Evening Mail, where he worked from 1904 to 1913 and began his famed column. In 1913, when he moved his column to the New York Tribune, where it was given the title, "The Conning Tower."

    During his time on the Evening Mail he wrote what remains his best known work, 'Baseball's Sad Lexicon', a tribute to the Chicago Cubs double play combination of "Tinker to Evers to Chance."

    During World War I, Adams was in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Stars and Stripes, where he worked with Harold Ross, Alexander Woollcott and other literary lights of the 1920s. After the war, Adams returned to New York. He went to the New York World, in 1921, writing there until that paper closed in 1931. He returned to his old paper, renamed the New York Herald Tribune, staying until 1937 when he went to the New York Post. He ended his column in September 1941.

    During its long run, "The Conning Tower" publicized the work of such writers as Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart, Edna Ferber and Deems Taylor. Having one's work published in "The Conning Tower" was enough to launch a career, as in the case of Dorothy Parker and James Thurber. Parker quipped, "He raised me from a couplet."

    A quote of his service in World War I, "I didn't fight & I didn't shoot, but, General, how I did salute."

    Information Please panel: L-R: Oscar Levant, John Kieran, Cedric Hardwicke, Franklin P. Adams.

    January 12, 1943: L-R: Seated at piano, Oscar Levant and John Kieran; Standing, L-R: Dan Golenpaul, Clifton Fadiman, Franklin P. Adams.

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    Paul Webster Eaton

    Born: December 27, 1861, Maine
    Died: June 25, 1943, Washington DC, age 81

    Washington sports writer;
    Washington, DC, 8-year old, Attending school, (June 2, 1870 census)
    Marietta, OH, 18-year old, at college, (June 3, 1880 census)
    Washington, DC, clerk, government, (June 1, 1900 census)(listed Paul W. Easton)
    Washington, DC, clerk, State Department, (1910 census)
    Washington, DC, civil service, (January 6, 1920 census)
    Washington, DC, correspondent, US government, (April 3, 1930 census)
    Washington, DC, patient, St. Elizabeth Hospital, (April 5, 1940 census)(listed Paul W. Easton

    Father: Daniel L., born Maine 1826?; Mother: Frances W., born Maine, 1829?; Wife: Elinore A., born Michigan, 1877?; Son: John A., born Washington, DC, 1903?;

    Sporting Life;
    Around 1910 - 1920, at least Sporting News until 1931;
    Towards the end of his life, he did government work as a correspondent for the State Department.
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    Dr. Alfred Reed Cratty

    Born: September 8, 1862, Saxonburg, PA
    Died: April 30, 1954, Overbrook, PA, age 90

    Pittsburgh sports writer;
    Pittsburgh, PA, 7-year old, (June 27, 1870 census)
    Pittsburgh, PA, 15-year old, (June 8, 1880 census)
    Baldwin, PA, physician, general practice, (1910 census)
    Overbrook, PA, doctor, own home, (January 5, 1920 census)
    Pittsburgh, PA, physician, general practice, (April 4, 1930 census)
    Raised in Pittsburgh in his early youth.
    Commercial Gazette, office boy, became reporter in 1878
    Pittsburgh Times,
    Pittsburgh Chronicle Telegraph, baseball reporter, 1883 - September, 1906 (originated sports/baseball dept.) Left to study medicine.
    Sporting Life, Pittsburgh correspondent sports writer, 1886
    Pittsburgh Press, sports writer, 1907 - 1911
    Also covered boxing under pen name Jim Jab.
    Began medical studies 1906, at the age of 52, at the University of Pittsburgh, 1910 medical degree. Practiced medicine into his 80's.
    Had worked in newspapers for 50 years.

    Father: John H. Cratty, born Pennsylvania, 1834?; Mother: Clara: born Pennsylvania, 1840?; Wife: Ida May, born Pennsylvania, 1864?, died 1935.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------1910 Photo (from The Owl - Pittsburgh University's yearbook)-------------------------Sporting News' obituary, May 12, 1954, pp. 36.

    ----------------------appeared in 1889 book.
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    Lloyd Downs Lewis

    Born: May 2, 1891, Pendleton, IN
    Died: April 21, 1949, Libertyville, IL, age 57,---d. heart attack at his home near suburban Libertyville.

    Chicago sports writer;
    Fall Creek, IN, 9-year old, (June 18, 1900 census)(listed Loyd D.)
    Fall Creek, IN, 18-year old, (April 27, 1910 census)
    Chicago, IL, feature writer, newspaper, (January, 1920 census)
    Chicago, IL, writer, advertising, (December 9, 1930 census)
    Graduated Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA), 1913,
    Philadelphia North American, reporter, 1913
    Chicago Record-Herald, reporter, 1914
    Advertising, 1920-30
    Chicago Daily News, drama editor, sports editor, amusement editor, picture editor 1930 - 1943, managing editor, 1943 - 1946
    Chicago Sun-Times, columnist, 1946 - 1949
    Lloyd was also a Civil War historian.

    Father: Jay J., born Indiana, February, 1857; Mother: Josephine B., born Ohio, April, 1862;

    Authored biographies:
    Abraham Lincoln (Myths After Lincoln, 1929)
    General Sherman (Sherman, Fighting Prophet, 1932)
    almost finished a biography on Grant, (Captain Sam Grant, 1949)
    Co-authored a history of Chicago. Lectured history at Chicago University, 1937 - 1938

    Lloyd, on left, conferring with Henry J. Smith, Chicago Daily News editor, 1929.

    Chicago Daily Tribune obituary, April 23, 1949, pp. 12.---------------------------------Washington Post obituary, April 22, 1949, pp. B2.

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    Horace Michael Weldon---AKA Harry Weldon

    Born: December 4, 1855, Circleville, OH
    Died: January 27, 1902, Circleville, OH, age 45,---d. Devastating stroke on February 26, 1900, at 290 lbs., ended his work. Burial: Forest Cemetery, Circleville, OH

    Cincinnati sports editor;
    Circleville, OH, 4-year old, (June 4, 1860 census)
    Circleville, OH, local editor, (June 4, 1880 census)
    Circleville, OH, sports editor, (June 2, 1900 census)
    Cincinnati Enquirer, reporter, 1881 - 1886, sports editor 1886 - February 26, 1900.
    Trained many of the early 19th century sports writers while a sports editor at Enquirer.
    Heavily into boxing/racing. When Harry suffered his stroke in 1900, he was replaced by Ren Mulford.

    Father: Christopher Anklin Weldon, born 1827?, Cambridge, Ohio; Mother: Adeline Ankalin, born 1837?, London, Ohio; Wife: Fannie R. Rodgers, born 1860, Circleville, Ohio; Daughter: Frances Lucile, born August 26, 1884, Cicleville, Ohio, died 1963.

    Was Chris Von Ahe's secretary until October 22, 1886, then became secretary of the Cincinnati baseball team under Mr. Stern.

    Sporting Life obituary, February 8, 1902, pp. 27.

    Washington Post notice, February 26, 1900, pp. 1.

    Washington Post obituary, January 28, 1902, pp. 8.----------------------------------------------------------appeared in 1889 book.
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    Gerhard Otto H. Tidden---George Tidden

    Born: August 29, 1855, south Brooklyn, NY
    Died: June 30, 1913, New York City, NY, age 57,---d. at Prospect Heights Hospital in Brooklyn, complications involving both lungs and heart, occasioned by a chill he contracted early in baseball season.

    New York sports writer;
    Brooklyn, NY, salesman, (June 8, 1880 census)
    Brooklyn, NY, reporter, (June 11, 1900 census)(listed Gerard)
    Brooklyn, NY, journalist, (May 7, 1910 census)(listed Gerhardt O.)
    New York Daily American, general sports writer
    New York Morning World,
    New York World, 1895 - 1913

    Father: Johanna, born Germany, 1832?; Mother: born Germany;

    George Tidden (Sportswriting. Born, Brooklyn, 1856; died, Brooklyn, June 30, 1913.) Born Gerhard Otto Tidden to immigrant German parents in South Brooklyn, George Tidden became a leading baseball authority. Tidden began his sportswriting career in the late 1870s with the short-lived Daily America and worked as a general sports reporter for several New York and Brooklyn papers. But he became increasingly drawn to baseball and, before the 1895 season, joined Joseph Pulitzer’s dominant daily, The World, as baseball editor. At first, Tidden focused mainly on the Manhattan-based Giants but gradually gave more coverage to the Brooklyn club as well. In 1903, he was among the first important writers to accord equal coverage to the fledgling American League team at Hilltop Park that later became known as the Yankees. It was his devotion to the A.L. team that led to his demise at age 57. Tidden attended the first game at Ebbets Field, an exhibition between the Highlanders and Brooklyn on April 5, 1913, a cold and windy day. When writers discovered that the new ballpark had no press facilities, they worked outside, and Tidden caught a severe cold that turned to pneumonia. In 1946, on its 10th anniversary, the Baseball Hall of Fame selected an honor roll of 11 important baseball writers, six of them from New York and eight overall still living. Tidden was honored 33 years after his death as a formative figure in baseball coverage. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

    Sporting Life obituary, July 12, 1913, pp. 8.

    Brooklyn Eagle obituary, July 2, 1913---New York Times' obituary, July 1, 1913, pp. 9.

    AL Reach Guide, 1914.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Boston Daily Globe obituary, July 1, 1913, pp. 6.
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    Malcolm Appleton MacLean

    Born: April 1, 1880, Aurora, IN
    Died: March 4, 1927, Pasadena, CA, age 46,---d. at home

    Chicago sports writer;
    Janesville, WI, 2-months old, (June 4, 1880 census)
    Hartford, CT, 21-year old, student, (June 11, 1900 census)
    Chicago, IL, journalist, newspaper,(April 10, 1910 census)
    Western Spings, IL, sports editorial, newspaper, (January 7, 1920 census)
    Trinity College (Hartford, CT), 1899-90
    University of Minnesota (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN);
    Following a year of ranching in California and Oregon in 1904 (widow notes one year 1904-1905)
    Chicago Tribune, 1905 - ?
    Chicago Inter-Ocean, 1905 -
    Chicago Chronicle, 1906 - 1907
    Chicago Record-Herald, 1907 - 1912, 1914?
    Chicago Herald-Examiner
    Chicago Evening Post, September, 1910 - 1923 (column On the Sport Trail With Malcolm MacLean)
    Chicago Herald Examiner, 1922 - 1924
    Chicago Journal, 1924 - 1925
    Chicago Sunday Tribune, 1925 - 1926, Assistant Sunday editor

    Father: Thomas, born England, 1852?; Mother: Louis, born California, 1863?; Wife: Louise, born Michigan, 1882?; Son: Donald, born Michigan, 1912?; Daughter: Jean, born Michigan, 1919?;

    The data we have on MacLean which is drawn from two alumni information forms, one of which was filled out by MacLean (ca. May 1926) and the other by his widow (ca. November 1927). The only significant difference in data appears in the years of his affiliation with Chicago newspapers given by the widow as opposed to his own recollection. When returning a completed alumni form, the alumnus or family member was requested to enclose a photograph, which appears below.

    MacLean became a newspaperman in Chicago beginning in 1905 (widow 1906). In his own words he served "mostly as a ball writer and column conductor" and was affiliated with the Chicago Inter Ocean: 1905 (widow 1906); the Chicago Chronicle: 1906-07 (widow 1906-07); the Chicago Record Herald: 1907-1910 (widow 1907-09); the Chicago Evening Post: 1910-22 (widow 1909-1923); the Chicago Herald Examiner: 1922-24 (widow 1923-24); the Journal: 1924-25 (widow does not report this); and the Chicago Sunday Tribune: 1925-1926 (widow no dates) as assistant Sunday editor.

    He traveled with the Cubs & Sox for years. Represented Chicago for 5 years in baseball writers association Sunday edition of Chicago Tribune.
    Ill health prompted him to leave his home in Western Springs, for California last spring. At time of death, was with Los Angeles Evening Express staff.

    Malcolm Appleton MacLean was born in Aurora, Indiana on April 1, 1880, and was the son of the Rev. Thomas William MacLean, an 1871 graduate of Racine College and an Episcopal clergyman, and Frances Elizabeth Appleton. MacLean prepared for Trinity at the Racine (Wisconsin) Grammar School and entered the College in September 1899 with the Class of 1903. He left at the end of his freshman year and apparently transferred to the University of Minnesota where he received his BA (Classical Course) in 1903. He was a Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity brother, and at Minnesota was a staff member of various undergraduate publications, including a stint as associate editor of the Minnesota Daily. He was also interested in hockey and bowling, but it does not appear that he was a team member. He married Louise Bell Agrell of Chicago on November 3, 1909 and they had two children, Donald Rowe, b. June 2, 1911, and Jean Constance, b. June 30, 1919. He then went on a leave of absence to Pasadena because of ill health and was there associated with the Los Angeles Evening Express for which he edited a column. Mrs. MacLean also notes that her husband had written monthly travel stories which he illustrated with his own pictures for a period of 10 years (unspecified) for Cherry Circle, the Chicago Athletic Association magazine. MacLean was a member of the Chicago Athletic Association and the Baseball Writers Association of America for which he was Chicago representative for five years. For many years he made his home in Western Springs, Illinois. He died in Pasadena on March 4, 1927. Appleton was his mother's maiden name.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------Chicago Daily Tribune obituary, March 6, 1927, pp. 12.
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    Joseph S. Smith

    Born: April 27, 1873, Detroit, MI
    Died: June 21, 1932, Forest Hills, (Queens), NY, age 60---d. heart disease in a private hospital after a month's illness

    Detroit sports writer;
    Flint, MI, 6-year old, (June 26, 1880 census)
    Detroit Free Press, assistant sports editor, 1902 - 1903
    Detroit Journal, sports editor, 1903 - 1912
    Milwaukee Sentinel, Managing editor, 1913 - 1916
    Pontiac, Michigan: Olympic Motor Car Co. (April 12, 1918 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
    Detroit auto trade papers.
    Original founding member of BWAA.

    Father: Joseph F., born New York, 1838?; Mother: Jennette, born New York, 1835?; Brother: Anton Smith; Wife: Etta

    -------------1910 book

    New York Times' obituary, June 22, 1932, pp. 21.
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    Henry Harrison Diddlebock---AKA Harry Diddlebock

    Born: June 27, 1854, Philadelphia, PA
    Died: February 5, 1900, Philadelphia, PA, age 45,---d. at his home.

    Philadelphia sports writer / editor;
    (Philadelphia, PA, reporter, (June 8, 1880 census)
    Philadelphia Item, 1876;
    Philadelphia Press, 1887;
    Philadelphia Times, 1880;
    Philadelphia Inquirer, sports editor, March, 1889 - February, 1900; (He was briefly manager of St. Louis Browns in 1896.)

    Father: Henry Diddlebock: born August 9, 1830; Mother: Matilda Neal, born January 1, 1837; Wife: Emma E., born Pennsylvania, 1875?; Son: George M., born Pennsylvania, 1876?; Son: Henry Harrison, born Philadelphia, PA, March 2, 1878;

    Helped organize the Eastern League in the winter of 1883-84, and was elected its president and secretary, which positions he held for several years. Managed the St. Louis Browns in 1896, but for only 17 games. Was fired for drunkenness.

    His son, Henry Harrison Diddlebock, Jr. was born March 2, 1878 and also was a newspaper reporter with the Detroit Journal. His other son was George and his wife was Emma. He married his wife, Emma A. Rotherham, on June 28, 1875 in Philadelphia, PA.

    Harry Diddlebock was a baseball executive and sportswriter who managed the St. Louis Browns in 1896 for 17 games before being fired for drunkenness.

    Diddlebock had been an executive with the Eastern League in earlier years, serving as secretary, treasurer and president of the league. In 1886 he was considered for the presidency of the American Association.

    He was fired by the 1896 St. Louis Browns for being intoxicated.

    His obituary in the Washington Post stated that he had worked in "local newspaper offices" and that his first connection with sports was as manager of the Athletics (not specified whether the amateur or professional team).

    Sporting Life obituary, February 10, 1900, pp. 6.

    ----------------------appeared in 1889 book.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Washington Post obituary, February 6, 1900, pp. 8.

    Henry Harrison Diddlebock, Jr.

    Born: March 2, 1878, Philadelphia, PA
    Died: Still alive as of 1942

    Detroit sports writer;
    Philadelphia PA, 2-year old, (June 8, 1880 census)
    Philadelphia, PA, insurance agent, (June 8, 1900 census)
    New York, NY, publisher, publishing, (April 28, 1910 census)
    Detroit Journal newspaper reporter, (April, 1918 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
    Detroit, MI, newspaper reporter, (January 8, 1920 census)
    Toledo, OH, coordinator, City Relief Office, (April 21, 1940 census)
    Toledo News-Bee, November 11, 1922

    Wife: Ida M., born Massachusetts, 1882?; Wife: Phobe H., born Michigan, 1890?; Son: Henry Harrison (Harry) Diddlebock, Jr., born Philadelphia, PA, May 16, 1900 - died July 2, 1977, Philadelphia, PA.
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    Joseph Potts

    Born: September 15, 1873, St. Johnbury, VT
    Died: June 19, 1953, New York City, NY, age 79

    New York Lawyer;
    St. Johnsbury, VT, 6-year old, (June 7, 1880 census)
    Cambridge Ward 1, MA, 26-year old, at school, (June 4, 1900 census)
    New York, NY, lawyer, General Practice, (April 15, 1910 census)
    New York, NY, lawyer, general practice, (January 20, 1920 census)
    New York, NY, lawyer, law, (April 15, 1930 census)
    Jacksonville, FL, officer, publishing concern, (April 8, 1940 census)

    Father: Marcus A., born Vermont, 1853?; Mother: Mary, born New Hampshire, 1852?;

    Lawyer for Baseball Magazine
    Born in Vermont, raised in Kansas City, MO
    Attended Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, NH),
    Graduated Harvard Law College (Cambridge, MA), 1897, received his Law Degree in 1899. Began his practice in 1900.
    President of Baseball Magazine, 1910 - 1945. Replaced Jacob Morse as President in late 1910.

    ----New York Times' obituary,-------New York Herald-Tribune obituary-------------Sporting News' obituary
    June 20, 1953, pp. 17, column 4.--------------June 20, 1953------------------------January 6, 1956

    His photo/entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 503.
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    Edward Douglas Soden

    Born: July 8, 1878, Brooklyn, NY
    Died: September 7, 1953, Brooklyn, NY, age 75

    New York, Baseball Magazine lawyer;
    Brooklyn, NY, 1-year old, (June 11, 1880 census)
    Brooklyn, NY, clerk, (June 5, 1900 census)
    Brooklyn, NY, salesman, investments, (April 25, 1910 census)
    Brooklyn, NY, manager, magazine, (Kanuary 2, 1920 census)
    Brooklyn, NY, manager, publishing house, (April 5, 1930 census)

    Father: Thomas, born Ireland, 1841?; Mother: Emma E., born New York, 1847?; Wife: Isabell, born New York, 1881?;

    Lawyer associated with Baseball Magazine, from 1911. Was still associated with Baseball Magazine in April 11, 1942.

    Edward's Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 503.

    ----------------------------------------------New York Times' Death Notice, September 8,1953
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    Timothy Paul Sullivan---AKA Ted Sullivan

    Born: March 17, 1856, County Claire, Ireland
    Died: July 5, 1929, Washington, DC, age 73---d. had suffered a stroke on June 22, Gallings Hospital. Buried Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI

    Baseball pioneer;

    Arrived in US, 1860 at the age of 4.
    Attended St. Louis University
    Attended St. Mary's College (St. Marys, Kansas)

    Brian McKenna has supplied a great amount of information on him.---link

    Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Kansas City Cowboys (1884), as player

    As Manager
    St. Louis Browns (1883)
    St. Louis Maroons (1884)
    Kansas City Cowboys (1884)
    Washington Nationals (1888)

    Timothy Paul "Ted" Sullivan (March 17, 1851 – July 5, 1929) was an Irish-American manager and player in Major League Baseball who was born in County Clare, Ireland.

    After attending Saint Louis University, he managed four teams during the 1880s, one of which was the 1884 St. Louis Maroons of the Union Association, who finished with an astonishing 94-19 record. He began the year with a 28-3 record, but moved on in midseason to manage another UA team, the Kansas City Cowboys; Fred Dunlap took over in St. Louis, compiling a 66-16 record as the Maroons won the UA pennant in the league's only year of existence. Kansas City was a dismal 3-17 when Sullivan took over managerial duties, going 13-46 the rest of way. During his time in Kansas City he also made his only three field appearances, playing two games in right field and one as a shortstop; he collected 3 hits in 9 at bats. He didn't manage again until the 1888 Washington Nationals, then 10-29, hired him to finish out the season. He led the team to a mark of 38-57, and ended his major league career with a record of 132-132. Sullivan later managed in the minors, including a stint with the Nashville Tigers of the Southern League in 1893.

    Sullivan is considered a pioneer of early baseball; he founded both the Northwest League and the Texas League, both minor leagues that still exist and thrive today. Credited with discovering Charles Comiskey, he is considered by some to be the first person to emphasize the importance of scouting.[4] Comiskey joined the St. Louis Browns in 1882, and replaced Sullivan as the team's manager in mid-1883; it had been Sullivan's first managerial post, as he compiled a record of 53-26 to begin the year. Also, Sullivan was a great promoter of the game; he would tell stories of baseball's beginnings, and of its many star players. He authored books detailing these, including a barnstorming trip around the world in 1913-1914 by Comiskey's Chicago White Sox and the New York Giants. He also credited himself as the originator of the word "fan", as in baseball fan. Sullivan later became a team executive and owner.

    Sullivan died in Washington, D.C. at the age of 78, and is interred at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Washington Post obituary, July 14, 1929, pp. M19.
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    James Rigby Price---AKA Jim Price

    Born: 1862, Baltimore, Maryland
    Died: January 29, 1929, Boston, MA, age 66---d. suicide, cut his throat with a razor at Fenway Park, when no one was there, due to illness, note in pocket to wife. Was chronically ill.

    Baltimore / New York sports writer;
    Baltimore, MD, at school, listed as 8 years old, (July 27, 1870 census)
    Baltimore, MD, store clerk, (June 4, 1880 census)
    Baltimore, MD, day laborer, (June 11, 1900 census)
    New York, NY, journalist, (April 18, 1910 census)
    New York, NY, baseball promoter, (January 30, 1920 census)
    Baltimore sports writer, 1890's
    New York Press sports editor, @ 1902 - 1916
    President of Newark BB club, (International League), February 9, 1916
    Newark baseball team (Federal League) grounds manager, 1916 - 1924
    AL eastern representative, (NYC)
    Secretary of Boston Red Sox, January, 1924 - January 29, 1929, death.
    Close friend of Ban Johnson

    Father: William Thomas, born District of Columbia around 1824-37; Mother: Josephine B., born Maryland, January, 1839; First Wife: Marie W., born Maryland around 1867, married James around 1886; They were still together as of 1910; Second Wife: Anne Pauline, born New York around 1862; Sister: Alice, born Maryland around 1858; Brother: William, born Maryland around 1865; Sister: Edith, born Maryland around 1874; Son: James R. Jr., born Maryland around 1891; Daughter Addie M., born Maryland around 1889; Son: Frank; Son: Lester.

    ---------------------------------------------------Spalding NL Base Ball Guide, 1929

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    Will Henry Grimsley

    Born: January 27, 1914, Monterey, TN
    Died: October 31, 2002, Garden City, NY, age 88

    New York sports writer;
    Civil District 4, TN, 5-year old, (January 26, 1920 census)
    Nashville, TN, 16-year old, (April 8, 1930 census)
    Nashville, TN, sports writer, newspaper, (April 2, 1940 census)
    Associated Press, sports writer, Memphis, TN office
    Nashville Evening Tennessean, sports writer/editor, 1932 - 1943
    Associated Press (Nashville office), 1943 - 1947, news correspondent & national columnist
    Associated Press (New York office), sports writer, 1947 - January, 1985

    Father: Alves C., born Tennessee, 1882?; Mother: Bertie E., born Tennessee, 1887?; Wife: Nellie H., born Virginia, 1916?; Daughter: Aleena Gayle, born Tennessee, 1939?;

    Will specialized in golf, tennis, college football, Olympics. He covered most major events in boxing, baseball, football, horse racing. From 1977 to 1984, he wrote a daily nationally syndicated sports column, "Grimsley's Sports World". Contributed over 200 articles to magazines. Elected Sports Writer of the Year 4 times.

    Long-time sports reporter and columnist for the Associated Press, who reported from the world's biggest athletic events including 15 Olympics, 35 World Series and 25 Kentucky Derbies.

    Will Grimsley (Sportswriter. *Born, Monterey, Tenn., Jan. 27, 1914; died, East Meadow, N.Y., Oct. 31, 2002.) *A star reporter and columnist, Will Henry Grimsley wrote for The Associated Press for 45 years (1943-88). *Grimsley was hired by the A.P. in Nashville, Tenn., in 1943 and moved to the New York sports desk in 1947. *He covered 15 Olympics, 35 World Series, and 25 Kentucky Derbies. *Grimsley also covered numerous other major events, including the Indianapolis 500, the Super Bowl, the Masters, Wimbledon, U.S. Open tennis, and heavyweight championship fights. *He covered World Cup golf in Australia, Hawaii, Ireland, Japan, and Mexico. *Grimsley went to Australia 12 times to cover Davis Cup tennis, Zaire for the Ali-Foreman fight (1974), and the Philippines for Ali-Frazier III (1975). *In 1969, Grimsley became the first sportswriter ever designated a special correspondent by the A.P. *He began writing a column entitled “Grimsley’s Sports World” in 1977, which he continued until his retirement. *Grimsley won the prestigious Red Smith Award in1987 and was four times named “Sports Writer of the Year” by the N.S.S.A. (1978, 1980, 1981, 1983). *In 1972, he covered the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics by dressing as an Olympic official. *Grimsley wrote four books, one each on golf, tennis, and college football, and 101 Greatest Athletes of the Century (1987). *He was also supervising editor of two A.P. sports books. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Shaking hands with Sonny Liston, shortly before Las Vegas gamblers
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------coerced/threatened Sonny into losing his belt to Cassius Clay, thereby

    New York Times' obituary, November 6, 2002, pp. C13.------------------------------------------enriching the gamblers and costing Liston everything. Clay, of course, was not in on the fix.

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