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    Howard Lewis Roberts

    Born: July 2, 1903, Clinton, IA
    Died: March 28, 1986, Chicago, IL, age 82---d. Friday, at home at Lake Shore Drive (Chicago, IL)

    Chicago sports writer;
    Graduated Northwestern University (Evanston, IL),
    Chicago Tribune sports writer, 1925 - December, 1928, copy reader, 1930
    Chicago Tribune, copy editor, 1927 - 1929
    Chicago Daily News, 1929 - 1984
    Served as lieutenant in the US Navy during WWII
    Chicago White Sox, public relations director/traveling secretary, 1961 - 1972
    Chicago Cubs, traveling secretary, 1972; ticket office, 1973, retired 1984.
    Wife: Marguerite, born around 1907, died April 26, 1955 in Chicago.

    Authored:
    The Chicago Bears,
    The Story of Professional Football
    The Big Nine (now the Big 10)

    Chicago Sun-Times' obituary, March 29,1986.-------------------------------Chicago Tribune obituary, April 1, 1986, pp. A6.


    1942: Sports writers, L-R: Red Smith (Philadelphia Record), Irving Lisager (Chicago News), Howard Roberts (Chicago News),
    Al Horowitz (Philadelphia Record), Frank Yeutter (Philadelphia Bulletin), Samuel Goldwyn (MGM movie studio),
    Herb Simons (Chicago Times), Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper (actor), Stan Baumgartner (Philadelphia Inquirer), Christy Walsh.
    Kneeling: Herb Schulte (Chicago News), Jimmy Corcoran (Chicago Herald American).


    December 23, 1946: Chicago sports writers: L-R: John Hoffman, Dan Desmond, Herb Simons, John Carmichael, Jack Ryan, Earl Hilligan, Howard Roberts, Edgar Munzel, Chuck Chamberlain.



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    Louis J. Smith---AKA Lou Smith

    Born: May 24, 1903
    Died: March 21, 1979, Cincinnati, OH, age 71,---d. Good Samaritan Hospital.

    Cincinnati Enquirer sports editor;
    President of Baseball Writers Association of America, 1952.

    ----------------------------Sporting News' obituary, April 7, 1979, pp. 71, column 5.


    1947-48: Lou Smith, Cincinnati Mayor Albert Cash, Cincinnati Reds' manager, Johnny Neun.--------------------------------1960: Pie Traynor / Lou Smith.
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    Franklin Wetheriel Yeutter

    Born: Februay 10, 1889, Atlantic City, NJ
    Died: February 21, 1963, Philadelphia, PA, age 74---d. heart attack

    Philadelphia sports writer; Jewish
    Philadelphia Bulletin;
    Lived in Philly since childhood,
    Philadelphia Bulletin police reporter, conducted a daily news progream for Bulletin over WFI.
    Transferred to sports in mid-1930's.
    WWII Army captain,
    Covered Phillies in spring training, pennatnt races, represented Bulletin in World Series.

    Father: Julius C., born Penn. around 1864, Highway inspecter; Mother: Rebecca, born Penn. around 1867.

    Sporting News' obituary, March 9, 1963, pp. 6.---Hartford Courant obituary, February 23, 1963, pp. 16A.

    1942: Sports writers, L-R: Red Smith (Philadelphia Record), Irving Lisager (Chicago News), Howard Roberts (Chicago News),
    Al Horiwitz (Philadelphia Record), Frank Yeutter (Philadelphia Bulletin), Samuel Goldwyn (MGM movie studio),
    Herb Simons (Chicago Times), Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper (actor), Stan Baumgartner (Philadelphia Inquirer), Christy Walsh.
    Kneeling: Herb Schulte (Chicago News), Jimmy Corcoran (Chicago Herald American).
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    Harold Lamson Middlesworth---AKA Hal Middlesworth

    Born: September 19, 1909, Cowden, IL
    Died: April 24, 1984, Detroit, MI, age 74,---d. cancer

    Detroit sports writer:
    Graduated Eastern Illinois (Charleston, IL),
    El Paso World News
    The Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK), sports writer, 1939 - 1950
    Washington Times-Herald, Spring, 1951 - September 26, 1951
    Detroit Free Press, sports writer, September 26, 1951 - November 30, 1960
    Detroit Tigers' PR director, November 30, 1960 - 1979
    Editor of Detroit Tigers' Official Yearbooks, at least 1968 to 1981.
    Sporting News' correspondent

    Father: Lloyd; Mother: Mary Edna Lamson, born 1889, Cowden, IL, died March 5, 1983, Normal, IL; Wife: Thelma Francis Riley. His middle name was his mother's maiden name.

    Former Sports Editor Middlesworth, 74, Dies
    Daily Oklahoman obituary - Wednesday, April 25, 1984
    Hal Middlesworth , former sports editor of The Oklahoman and public relations director for the Detroit Tigers for nearly 20 years, died Tuesday at the Detroit Osteopathic Hospital after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 74.

    Middlesworth joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 1939 and succeeded the late Bus Ham as sports editor in the early 1940s. He left The Oklahoman in 1950, later serving as sports editor of the Washington Times-Herald.

    He was a sportswriter for the Detroit Free Press before joining the Tigers in 1960. While in Oklahoma City, Middlesworth also worked as a sportscaster for WKY Radio and WKY-TV. He was active in promoting the All-College Basketball Tournament and the Golden Gloves.

    Middlesworth retired from the Tigers in 1979, but continued to edit the club's yearbook for the next two years.

    He was born Sept. 19, 1909 at Cowden, Ill., and was a graduate of Eastern Illinois. He worked on the El Paso World-News and Herald-Post before coming to Oklahoma City.

    Middlesworth is survived by his widow, Thelma, and his son, Mike. Funeral arrangements were incomplete.

    Atlanta Daily World death article, May 22, 1984, pp. 5.------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, May 7, 1984, pp. 44.


    --------------------------November 15, 1955--------------------------------November 18, 1960.
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    Nicholas Stetwegen Flatley---AKA Nick Flatley---middle name found in International Genealogical Index of familysearch.org

    Born: September 7, 1886, South Boston, MA
    Died: October 13, 1930, Boston, MA, age 44,---d. the O'Connell House, St. Elizabeth's Hospital (Boston, MA) after several months of illness from heart disease.

    Boston sports writer;
    Sporting News correspondent
    Graduated Boston College, 1907
    Boston Journal,
    Baseball Magazine, Associate editor, 1910
    Boston American sports writer, 1914 - 1928, sports editor around 1917.

    Father: Thomas J.; Mother: Katherine Flaherty


    Hartford Courant obituary-----------------August 2, 1930: Nick Flatley eating watermelon with Babe Ruth, at Nick's house, in Nantasket, Mass.
    October 14, 1930, pp. 14.
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    Robert Liston Burnes

    Born: July 14, 1914, St. Louis, MO
    Died: July 11, 1995, St. Louis, MO, age 80,---d. heart attack. Buried: Catholic Resurrection Cemetery, Affton, MO

    St. Louis sports writer / editor;
    Graduated Christian Brothers College High School (St. Louis, MO), 1931
    Graduated St. Louis University, 1935
    St. Louis Globe-Democrat, sports writer, August 27, 1935; Appointed sports editor, February 2, 1943; promoted Executive sports editor, January, 1966 - 1986. (His column, entitled, "The Benchwarmer" was began in October, 1946.
    KMOX radio host, 1953 - 1992

    Father: Brian Paul Burnes, born St. Louis, MO, August 25, 1887, died St. Louis, Mo, January 20, 1959; Mother: Bernadine M. Liston, born St. Louis, MO, September, 1891, died January 14, 1960, St. Louis, MO; Wife: Adele Daut, born July 9, 1915, died St. Louis, MO, December 7, 2002. Bob's middle name, Liston, was his mother's maiden name.

    Bob Burnes, was a well-known sports editor for the Globe-Democrat and one of the original members of the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame. When he passed away the Executive Board chose to create an award in his honor.

    This award is presented every year at the Annual Soccer Hall of Fame Banquet to someone who has shown outstanding support for the sport of Soccer in the St. Louis area whether it be as a player, coach or administrator.

    Robert Liston Burnes was born in St. Louis July 14, 1914, graduated from Christian Brothers College High School (St. Louis, MO) in 1931, and St. Louis University in 1935. He began working in the Sports Department of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat on August 27, 1935, and remained there until the Globe folded in October, 1986. He was named Sports Editor on February 2, 1943 and Executive Sports Editor in January of 1966.

    Bob started his famous “Benchwarmer” column in October 1946 and it appeared daily for 40 years, and hosted a sports program and “Sports Open Line” on KMOX for 39 years. He was known as a kind individual who loved his family, his God, and his chosen profession, in that order. He was revered and respected by all who came his way, whether it was the unknown man on the street, the little child seeking autographs, the many sports stars he traveled with, or the CEO’s of the large corporations. He had time for them all and he rarely forgot a name.

    He was a man of impeccable energy, churning out his column on an old manual typewriter at home, stuffing the copy in his pocket, heading to the office and entering it into the computer to be printed. Then he would always take time to visit with members of the staff before rushing off to a speaking engagement, radio station, or a meeting with one of the many organizations gathering to raise funds for the less fortunate.

    Bob had several heartbreaks through the years: the death of his father, Brian P. Burnes in a robbery in 1959, the closing of the Globe-Democrat in 1986, his dismissal by KMOX in 1992. But the one tragedy he never recovered from was the loss of his daughter, Cathie, who died of an aneurysm. Cathie followed her Dad as a budding sportswriter for the Post-Dispatch. Still Bob never wavered. He took the time to recognize the many friends, present and former co-workers who had shown so much support for Bob and his dear wife, Adele, in their time of sorrow.

    Bob Burnes was the author of two published books, “Fifty Golden Years of Sports” in 1950 and the “Big Red, The Story of the Football Cardinals” in 1975. He contributed articles for such chronicles as The Sporting News, Baseball Digest, Sport Magazine, The St. Louis Review, and even The Saturday Evening Post. He served on the President’s Council of St. Louis University, was a 50 year member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, and the organization closest to his heart – The St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame (formerly the Old Time Soccer Hall of Fame) in which he was a charter member and director since it’s formation in 1971. Bob is sorely missed by the many thousands of lives he touched in all walks of life.

    Bob Burnes, known as "The Benchwarmer," wrote for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat newspaper for 51 years (1945-1986). Burnes wrote over 15,000 articles for his sports column (also known as "The Benchwarmer") during that time. He covered the St. Louis Browns and went on to become the paper's sports editor. He premiered on KMOX radio in 1953 and became the first host of their Sports Open Line program. (bio by: Connie Nisinger)

    Authored:
    50 Golden Years of Sports, 1948
    Big Red: Story of the Football Cardinals, 1975

    Saint Louis University Class of 1935-------------------------------Catholic Resurrection Cemetery, Affton (St. Louis County), MO.


    Robert Burnes, J. Ed Wray, Sid Keener.


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------May 17, 1961: Taylor Spink, Robert Burnes, Gene Autry.
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    Thomas Francis Devine---AKA Tommy Devine

    Born: May 3, 1910, Maysville, KY
    Died: June 8, 1968, Detroit, MI, age 57,---d. complications following surgery.

    Detroit sports writer;
    Graduated University of Dayton,
    Columbus Citizen, 1940 - March 1, 1943
    United Press bureau, sports editor; Chicago office, March 1, 1942 - 1946
    Detroit Free Press sports writer, 1947 - January, 1959
    Covered Michigan sports, 1946 - 1957), respected college football analyst; Covered 1947/1948 national college football champions;
    Army induction, November 15, 1943.
    Sporting News correspondent
    Miami News sports editor around November, 1959 - July, 1962.
    Detroit Race Course (Livonia, MI), publicity director, 1964 - 1968, death.

    Married: Lois Ernestine Albert in August, 1941.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, June 22, 1968, pp. 46.
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    Louis Niss---AKA Lou Niss

    Born: October 5, 1903, Minsk, Russia
    Died: April 30, 1987, Eastchester, NY, age 82

    Brooklyn / New York sports writer:
    Brooklyn Times-Union, 1923-37
    Brooklyn Eagle, assistant sports editor, 1937-1941, sports editor, 1941-1955.
    New York Mets, Public Relations, 1960 - 1962, Traveling Secretery, 1962 - 1980.
    Dave Anderson of the New York Times was one of the reporters he trained.

    The last sports editor of the Brooklyn Eagle, Louis Niss was also the first front-office employee hired by the Mets, in 1960. Niss began his newspaper career in 1923 wirh the Brooklyn Times and worked his way through a series of mergers that ultimately reduced four Brooklyn dailies to zero. The Times absorbed the Standard Union to become the Times Union and then, in 1937, the paper was sold to the Eagle. In 1941, Niss became the Eagle sports editor, succeeding Jimmy Wood. (The other principal Brooklyn daily, the Citizen, closed in 1947.) When the Eagle folded in 1955 during a strike, Niss did publicity for Yonkers Raceway for three years (1955-58) and then joined Branch Rickey’s projected third major league, the Continental League. When the league forced expansion in the A.L. and N.L., Niss was hired by the Mets, initially as a publicist. Starting in 1962, however, Niss spent 19 seasons (through 1980) as the team’s traveling secretary. While with the Eagle, he served as chairman of the B.B.W.A.A. Brooklyn chapter several times, the first in 1944-45.

    ------------------------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary, May 1, 1987, pp. D21.
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    Harold Cooper Burr

    Born: June 11, 1884, Orange, NJ
    Died: July 6, 1955, New York City, NY, age 71

    Brooklyn sports writer;
    Wall St. broker's clerk.
    Reviewed books for New York World, 1920
    Brooklyn Eagle sports writer, 1920 - 1935, 1944 - 1954, covered Dodgers,
    New York Evening Post, traveled w/Yankees, 1935 - 1944
    New York Daily Mirror, ? - 1944, Sporting News' correspondent.

    Sporting News' obituary, July 13, 1955, pp. 48.-------------------------New York Times' obituary, July 7, 1955, pp. 27.
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    Peter Joseph O'Donnell

    Born: September 13, 1905, Louisville, KY
    Died: October 16, 1973, Louisville, KY, age 68---d. heart attack

    Louisville / Chicago sports writer/editor;
    Louisville Herald-Post, sports editor, (1923 - 1937?)
    Chicago Herald-Examiner, sports writer, (1937? - 1941?)
    Chicago Sun, sports copy desk editor, (1941 - 1948)
    Left newspaper business late 1940's,
    General Manager for some race tracks, including Lincoln Fields (1948-1955), Ascot Park (1955-1968?), Latonia (early 1960 - late 1960's) & Miles Park (1956 - 1965?).

    May 3, 1947, right after Jet Pilot won the Kentucky Derby. My Dad, Pete O'Donnell, was the only sports reporter to correctly pick that race 1-2-3-4-5.

    ----------------------1950--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary,
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------November 3, 1973, pp. 7, column 4.------Washington Post obituary, October 17, 1973, pp. E2.


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    Edmund Power Cunningham

    Born: February 11, 1888, Worcester, Massachusetts
    Died: March 30, 1969, Boston, MA, age 80,---d. at University Hospital in Boston, MA.

    Boston sports writer;
    Holy Cross College (Brookline, MA),
    Worcester Telegram, 1912
    Rochester Railway Flagman, (June 5, 1917 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
    Boston Herald, sports writer, 1917-23
    Boston Traveler, sports editor, 1923 - July 8, 1926
    Boston Braves' secretary, July 8, 1926 - August 16, 1935

    Father: Peter, born MA in April, 1857, was telegrapher in 1900; Mother: Mary A., born MA, August, 1861.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1932--------Sporting News' obituary, April 19, 1969, pp. 44.


    1926-35: Fred Mitchell (Braves' business manager), Judge Emil Fuches (Braves' owner), Ed Cunningham (Braves' Secretary)
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    Oscar Charles Reichow

    Born: January 31, 1889, Chicago, IL
    Died: July 8, 1950, Hollywood, CA, age 61,---d. in a Hollywood hospital of an internal disorder. Had entered hospital July 2 for surgery.

    Chicago sports writer;
    Chicago Daily News; reporter, became its featured writer;

    Associated with Cubs, traveling with them. Minor league club official & sports announcer, credited with influencing Judge Landis into taking job as baseball's 1st commissioner. Around 1927, became announcer for LA Angels, in Pacific Coast League. Before that was business manager of Los Angeles Angels, owned by Wrigley.

    Sporting News' obituary, July 19, 1950, pp. 20.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary, Juloy 9, 1950, pp. 69.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------His entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 520.

    Oscar Reichow (left) general manager of the Los Angeles "Angels" ball club of the Pacific Coast League, and his assistant and team captain Jack Lelivelt, as they came on the field with their team for the first time at Santa Monica's new municipal ballpark to begin official spring training. Some 40 players turned out. The new training camp is at Santa Monica beach, Los Angeles' favorite seaside resort, some 10 miles west of Hollywood and 15 miles from downtown Los Angeles.


    ------------------------------2 photos from 1908.

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    Austen Randolph Lake

    Born: May 23, 1895, Buffalo, NY
    Died: June 9, 1964, Quincy, MA, age 69---d. heart attack at home.

    Boston sports writer;
    Graduated Phelps Exeter Academy (Exeter, NH) / Lafayette College (Easton, PA),
    Boston Transcript, 1923-1933
    Boston Record American (1933-46), War corresponent during WWII for Boston American
    Boston Evening American (April, 1947-July, 1959)
    Boston Sunday Advertiser (June, 1961-64)

    New York Times' obituary, June 13, 1964, pp. 23.--------------Sporting News' obituary, June 27, 1964, pp. 40. -----Austen lights a Cuban stoggie for Babe Ruth, probably around 1945.


    December 15, 1947: Austen Lake, Paul Hynes, Sy Hyde.
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    Joseph Leo Coughlin---AKA Roundy Coughlin

    Born: September 18, 1889, Madison, WI
    Died: December 9, 1971, Ocomomowoc, WI, age 82, d.---nursing home.

    Wisconsin sports writer/columnist
    Captal Times (WI), 1921 - 1924
    Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI), 1925 - January, 1971. His column, 'Roundy Says', was quite famous, and loved.

    Roundy started on the Capital Times in 1921, and switched to the Wisconsin State Journal in 1925, located in Madison. Roundy was a big Irishman, 200 lbs. Roundy retired in January, 1971, and moved from his long-time home in Madison to a nursing home in Ocomomowoc, WI.

    Authored:
    The Hand-Painted Chop Suey: Translated from the King's English to the Queen's Taste, 1933

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Men's Bowling tournament officials:
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------L-R: Lee Edwards, William N. Blu, Ray Farness, Roundy Coughlin, John Dillon, Bob Aspinwall, and Earl Haase.


    Chicago Tribune obituary, December 11, 1971, pp. A3.------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, December 25, 1971, pp. 46.

    ---------------March, 1970.
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    Robert Richard Addie---AKA Bob Addie

    Born: February 6, 1910,
    Died: January 18, 1982, Bethesda, MD, age 71,---d. cardiac arrest

    Washington, New York sports writer;
    New York Journal-American journalist,
    Washington Times-Herald general reporter & sports writer, ? - 1954
    Washington Post reporter, sports writer, & columnist, 1954 - 1977, covered the Senators until the team moved to Dallas in 1971.
    Wrote a column for Sporting News, 'Addie's Atoms'.
    Selection committe for Baseball's Hall of Fame.
    Author/Sports Writer
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    Bob Addie and Allen Lewis were the recipients of the 1981 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

    Reporter, columnist, bon vivant and raconteur, Bob Addie covered baseball for the Washington Times-Herald and Washington Post for close to 40 years. Addie was known for his clean style, hilarious anecdotes, unabashed sentiment, red socks and dark glasses. He never missed a day on the Washington Senators' beat for 20 years until the team left town in 1971.

    A players' friend who wrote like a fan, accentuating the positive and winning affection among readers and subjects alike, Addie was a former President of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He was a recipient of a National Press Club Award and a highly-respected member of the Hall of Fame Committee on Baseball Veterans.
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    Robert Addie was an American sportswriter who covered baseball for The Washington Post and Washington Times-Herald. Addie was known for his clean style, hilarious anecdotes, unabashed sentiment, red socks and dark glasses. He never missed a day on the Washington Senators' beat for 20 years until the team left town in 1971. Addie was presented with the J. G. Taylor Spink Award by the Baseball Writers Association of America in 1981. Bob also covered the PGA after Baseball moved from Washington. Bob also wrote many articles for the Post after his retirement from the paper in 1977. He went on to write a book about his sportswriting career entitled Sportswriter which was published in 1980. His wife the great Pauline Betz Addie, 4 time US Open and 1 time Wimbledon Champion is still alive and well. They have five children, a daughter and four sons. His daughter is award-winning poet Kim Addonizio and his granddaughter is actress Aya Cash.

    Authored:
    Profiles & Caviar, 1974

    Washington Post obituary, January 20, 1982, pp. B12.


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    John Abbott Lardner

    Born: May 4, 1912, Chicago, IL
    March 24, 1960, New York City, NY, age 48,----d. heart attack at his Greenwich Village, NYC apartment.

    New York sports writer;
    New York Herald Tribune, reporter, 1931 - 1933
    North American Newspaper Alliance, sports columnist, 1934 - 1948
    Newsweek, 1939 - 1960
    war correspondent
    The Saturday Evening Post, 1942 - 1945
    The New Yorker (magazine), television / radio critic, 1957 - 1960
    Son of acclaimed sports writer Ring Lardner.

    John was born May 4, 1912 when his father was the baseball writer for the Chicago Examiner. Many critics say he was most like his father out of the four children. At a young age, John wrote his first piece for The New Yorker and soon began to work for the World.

    The city editor at the World, Stanley Walker, said that John "came close to being the perfect all-around journalist" (Lardner, p. 231). After returning from working at the European edition of the World, he came back to the states to work for the Trib in New York in 1931. He was still only nineteen.

    After working at the World he began a syndicated sports column for the North American Newspaper Alliance at age 21. This gave him a national audience. "What John started with was a delicate instinct for the difference between stories that had to be recorded faithfully and those that permitted some creative license. It is a nicety largely undiscovered by the 'new journalism' of today" (Lardner, p. 233).

    Shortly after he married Hazel Bell Jean Cannan in September of 1938, John had to leave his bride to write about the World Series between the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs. But John was already beginning to make the transition from newspaperman to magazine writer, which he didn't complete until after the war.

    John began this transition following in his father's footsteps with a story in the Saturday Evening Post about the "Black Sox" scandal of 1919. To further supplement his syndicate salary, he soon began talking to Newsweek about a column called "Sports Week," which began on March 13, 1939.

    From February 1942 - June 1945, John was abroad as a war correspondent and took the time to begin his book Southwest Passage: The Yanks in the Pacific. While in the Pacific Front, a Japanese sniper opened fire on John and his crew. John had said that the man scored with 'a carom shot' that lighted in a pile of stones, "causing one of them to fly up and catch him in the groin." But, in reality, it was not stone but a bullet. John realized this a few months later when, while he was taking a shower, a small-caliber machine-gun bullet "worked its way out of a testicle and struck the tile floor" (Lardner, p. 311).

    By 1948 John had dropped his syndicated sports column and become a magazine writer only. In 1951 John wrote Bill that he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The next year he was virtually healed and started a feature page in the magazine "Look" called "John Lardner's New York." But, soon after this, he made a trip to Australia where he suffered a heart attack on the trip.

    Began attempting to write a book called Drinking in America, which he wrote seven chapters of before his death. He continued to write a column called "The Air" until he died on December 8, 1958. He had suffered a full-fledged coronary occlusion.

    Authored:
    The world of John Lardner
    White hopes and other tigers
    It beats working; 2 copies,
    Strong cigars and lovely women

    New York Times' obituary, March 25, 1960, pp. 28.---Hartford Courant obituary, March 26, 1960, pp. 4.

    -----------------------------------------------------Chicago Daily News' obituary, March 25, 1960, pp. C9.



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    Rodger Hamill Pippen

    Born: February 21, 1888, Baltimore, MD
    Died: June 8, 1959, Elliot City (suburb of Baltimore), MD, age 71,---d. at home.

    Baltimore sports writer/editor;
    Baltimore American reporter, Sept., 1918;
    Baltimore News-Post, sports editor, 1927 - December 31, 1957
    Baltimore Sunday American, sports editor

    Rodger lobbied sucessfully for a long time for the return of ML baseball & football to Baltimore. He also lobbied to modernize the Baltimore City Stadium. The stadium improvement loan had been defeated previously. Mr. Pippen lobbied for it in his column. Rodger was also a personal scribe pal of Ty Cobb. Two never refused an accomadation for each other. He was also a good friend of Jack Dempsey and Babe Ruth.

    Sporting News' obituary, June 17, 1959, pp. 36. ---New York Times' obituary, June 9, 1959, pp. 37.
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    Paul Adlai Rickart

    Born: July 7, 1892, St. Louis, Missouri
    Died: October 24, 1965, St. Louis, MO, age 73,---d. DePaul Hospital, St. Louis, MO, following heart attack.

    ST. Louis Sporting News' staff member;
    WWI,
    Sporting News, 1919 - 1965
    Research man, statistician, historian, copy room proof-reader,
    close personal friend of JG Taylor Spink and Johnson Spink.

    Sporting News' write-up, November 22, 1945, pp. 19.


    Sporting News' write-up, December 29, 1962, pp. 12.

    -----------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, November 6, 1965, pp. 28.


    ---------------1953.


    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------May 16, 1959: Taylor Spink, Paul Rickart, Johnson Spink.
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    Lawton H. Carver

    Born: December 1, 1903, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
    Died: January 22, 1973, New York, New York, age 69---d. at home of natural causes

    New York sports editor;
    Graduated Loyola University (New Orleans),
    Tampa Tribune (FL), 1925 -
    Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL), 1929-34
    United Press, sports staff, 1934-36
    International News Service (NY), sports editor, 1936 - 1958
    Camillo restaurant owner (NY), 1951 - 1957
    2 years sports publicity,
    Lawton Carver's café (NYC)
    assistant to John Denson, editor of Herald Tribune,
    New York Journal-American, kitchen editor (under name Prudence Penny).

    Father: Oscar Raymond; Mother: Maria Luise Brigette Schreiber; Wife: Carla Montalto, born 1916, died 1995; Son: Lawton Christopher, born 1955;

    Lawton H. Carver
    Lawton H. Carver (1903-1973) was an Ocean Springs lad who became an internationally acclaimed sports and culinary journalist, restaurateur, angling and fly tying expert, and artist. He was educated in Ocean Springs' Public Schools and at Loyola University at New Orleans. In the fall of 1922, before he entered Loyola, Lawton was employed by Earheart and Barner, a well-know drugstore in the Crescent City. He married Freda E. Lee on May 10, 1926, at Ocean Springs. She was the daughter of Frederick Edgar Lee (1874-1932). Mr. Lee was a native of Campbellsburg, Indiana, a small village in south central Indiana. He was in the real estate and pecan business at Ocean Springs and the builder in 1925, of Casa Flores on Davis Bayou, which is now called Del Castle. Lawton and Freda were the parents of Betty Lee Carver Eisenberg, the spouse of Lloyd L. Eisenberg (1927-1996).(The Jackson County Times, September 2, 1922 and JXCO, Ms. Circuit Court MRB 17, p. 196)

    After graduating from college, Carver made his livelihood as a newspaper sports writer and editor. Circa 1925, his journalist career began in Tampa, Florida with the Tampa Tribune. Carver then went to Daytona Beach, Florida where he was sports editor of the News-Journal from 1929-1934. While at Daytona, he may have been instrumental in starting the auto races there. In 1934, Lawton Carver went to New York City as a sports staff writer for United Press. He joined the International News Service in 1936, as sports editor and remained with that organization until it closed in 1958.

    Lawton H. Carver later married Lillian Carla Montalto (1916-1995) of Beacon Street, Back Bay, Boston. They had a son, Lawton Christopher Carver who was born in 1955. Mrs. Carver resided with her son at Las Vegas, Nevada, until her demise on 1995.

    In 1951, in the Big Apple, Lawton H. Carver opened the Camillo Restaurant on 2nd Avenue near 44th. He served Italian food and steaks. At his Gotham restaurant, Carver had a bulletin board where guests could thumb-tack praise or criticism regarding food or service. Mrs. Ty Cobb once wrote that Camillo's served "the very best marinara sauce I ever ate in my life". Pictures of Ted Williams, Phil Rizzuto, and English Channel swimmer, Florence Chadwick, also graced the note board. Lawton H. Carver sold the Camillo Restaurant in 1957. He was in sports publicity for several years before opening Lawton Carver's Cafe on 2nd Avenue near the United Nations building. Carver later was an assistant editor at the Herald Tribune and kitchen editor at the Journal-American were he wrote under the name of Prudence Penny.

    Lawton H. Carver expired at New York on January 22, 1973. His remains were interred in the Calvary Cemetery in New Jersey. Carver was eulogized in a letter to Mrs. Lillian Carver from Larry Penzell, a Madison Avenue public relations executive. Penzell wrote of Lawton Carver in January 1973:

    “I needn’t tell you how I adored this man, assuredly, the kindest, and most wonderful person I ever had the good fortune to know. Generous, witty, personable, talented…he was everything, and never and individual to seek the limelight. In this business, this past quarter of a century and need I say, dozens, who could never shine his shoes, without a milligram of Lawton’s talent…. Were the obnoxious crowd-shovers who sought the bows. Carver was an unusual man of the highest caliber”. Pennell continued about Carver, “we’ll never see the likes of anyone ever resembling dear Lawton again in our lifetime nor in eons to come. God chooses only a very few to dole out humility, understanding, patience and appreciation of his fellow man.”

    New York Times' obituary,----------Sporting News' obituary,
    January 23, 1973, pp. 42.------------February 3, 1973, pp. 44.
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    Leo Albert MacDonnell

    Born: August 17, 1889, Chippewa Falls, WI
    Died: October 6, 1957, Northridge, CA, age 69

    Detroit sports writer;
    Managing editor & boxing promoter in Superior, WI
    Reporter for Superior Telegram (Superior, WI)
    Detroit Times, sports staff, 1923 - 1956. (33 years)
    Respected authority of baseball, hockey and golf.

    Sporting News' obituary, October 16, 1957, pp. 37, column 4.
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    William James MacBeth---AKA Bill MacBeth---AKA Bunk MacBeth

    Born: August 19, 1882, Ingersoll, Canada
    Died August 5, 1937, Saratoga Springs, NY, age 52

    New York sports writer; specialized in horse racing writing
    New York Morning Sun,
    New York Tribune sports editor, 1918; horse racing writer;
    Detroit Free Press,
    Montreal Herald, 1905 - 1906
    Detroit Times,
    New York American, 1908 - 1914
    New York Sun, 1914 - 1915
    New York Tiibune, 1916 - 1924
    New York Herald Tribune, 1924, turf writer,
    Helped organize Turf Writers' Association.

    Bunk MacBeth (Sportswriter. Born, Ingersoll, Ont., Aug. 19, 1884; died, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Aug. 5, 1937.) Very few sportswriters can claim to have helped bring a major sport to a major city, but William J. MacBeth is one about whom that can be said. Bill MacBeth was largely responsible for bringing the N.H.L. to New York. He influenced Bill Dwyer (q.v.) to put up the money to start the Americans, the first N.H.L. team in what was then the new Garden on 49th Street and Eighth Avenue. MacBeth helped get the players from the suspended Hamilton franchise to stock the team. Prior to coming to New York (in 1908), he had been sports editor of the Montreal Herald (1905-06) and wrote for the Detroit Free Press. MacBeth spent six years (1908-14) with Hearst’s morning American, then moved to The Sun before joining the New York Herald on Aug. 16, 1916. When the Herald merged with the Tribune in March 1924, he went to the new Herald Tribune. MacBeth helped start the New York chapter of the B.B.W.A.A. in 1908 but was primarily a racing writer in his later years and died during the annual Saratoga meeting. For years, the Americans and Rangers contested for the MacBeth Trophy during their annual intramural N.H.L. series at the Garden. (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, August 6, 1937, pp. 17.
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    Mark James Roth:

    Born: June 27, 1881, Brooklyn, NY
    Died: January 26, 1944, Floral Park, NY, age 62,

    New York sports writer/Yankees' Traveling Secretary
    New York Globe, copy boy (1893-?), sports editor (? - 1913)
    New York Giants, 1913 - January 30, 1915
    New York Yankees' Traveling Secretary, February 1, 1915 - 1944.

    New York Herald-Tribune, January 28, 1944.----------------New York Times' obituary, January 28, 1944, pp. 17.



    Sporting News' obituary, February 3, 1944, pp. 12.


    ----------------------------------------1944-----------------------------------------------------------1947: With the Mrs.
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    Paul Hale Bruske

    Born: November 7, 1877, Charlotte, MI
    Died: September 26, 1956, Romeo, MI, age 78

    Detroit sports writer;
    Graduated Alma College (Alma, MI), (his father was President.)
    Lansing State Republican
    Grand Rapids Herald
    Grand Rapids Free Press,
    Detroit Times, sports editor, 1900 - December, 1910
    Detroit News-Tribune, sports editor, 1910-1911.
    E-M-F (forerunner of Studebaker)
    Fisher Body
    Oldfield Tires
    Rolfe C. Spinning, Inc., advertising agency officer, ? - 1946.

    He then entered advertising writing for the Detroit auto industry. He then worked for E-M-F, the forrunner of Studebaker, then Fisher Body, and Oldfield Tires. Paul retired in 1946, while an officer for Rolfe C. Spinning, Inc. advertising company.

    He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Charles N. Dewey, Worchester, Mass, and a son, Paul.

    Authored:
    The Story of a World's Record-Setting Feat By a 20 Horse Power Motor Car, 1911
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Washington Post obituary, September 28, 1956, pp. 26.

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, October, 10, 1956, pp. 28.
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    Purves Turner Knox

    Born: February 26, 1888, Philadelphia, PA
    Died: December 4, 1961, Los Angeles, CA, age 73

    New York sports writer;
    NYC, 11-year old, (June 13, 1900 census)
    New York Sun,
    New York Evening Mail, at least December, 1910? - 1914;
    New York Evening Telegraph, 1912 - at least September, 1918.
    Evening Telegraph newspaper, (June 5, 1917, WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
    Worked for an individual named S. Tarlow, located at 266 West 21st Street, NYC, (April 11, 1942 WWII Draft Registration)
    Original founding member of BWAA

    His middle name, 'Turner' was his mother's maiden name.
    Father: James J. Knox, born PA; Mother: Anna Turner, born PA, October, 1870;
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