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    Walter Wellesley Smith---AKA Red Smith

    Born: September 25, 1905, Green Bay, WI
    Died: January 15, 1982, Stamford, CT, age 76

    Milwaukee Sentinel, 1927 - 28
    St. Louis Star sports writer & copy editor, 1928 - 33
    St. Louis Star-Times re-write man, 1933 - 36
    Philadelphia Record sports reporter & columnist, 1936 - 45
    New York Herald-Tribune sports columnist, 1945 - 67
    Publishers-Hall Syndicate, 1967 - 71
    New York Times, 1971 - 82
    Was very loved for his gentle, civilized writing style, like his best friend, Grantland Rice.

    Father: Walter Philip Smith, born September 15, 1877, died October 8, 1964, Avon Park, Fl.; Mother: Ida Richardson; Wife: Catherine C., born around 1909, died February 18, 1967, NYC; Son: Terence; Daughter: Mrs. J. David Halloran.
    Red Smith and Harold Kaese were the recipients of the 1976 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

    A graduate of Notre Dame, Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith began his career in journalism as a news reporter with the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1927. After turning to sportswriting, Smith's legendary career made stops at the St. Louis Star and Philadelphia Record, before settling in New York City in 1945. There he wrote for the Herald-Tribune, World Journal Tribune, and the New York Times.

    Gifted with a startling memory and an unparalleled storytelling ability, Red Smith was, according to Ernest Hemingway, "the most important force in American sportswriting." A Pulitzer Prize winner in journalism for "distinguished commentary," Smith had a fine sense of the absurd in human conduct and a penetrating perception of detail for accuracy.

    Shirley Povich recalled: "Those, of all persuasions, who had an appreciation for the written word were attracted to him and his facility for using the language. He raised the sportswriting trade to a literacy and elegance it had not known before."
    Biography Resource Center, by Jeff Merron
    Born to Ida Richardson Smith and Walter Philip Smith, a grocer, Walter Smith grew up in Green Bay with an older brother and a younger sister. Walter, nicknamed "Brick" for his shock of red hair, began reading at age five and developed an interest in sports as a youth, following especially the Green Bay minor league baseball team in the Class C Wisconsin-Illinois league. Smith attended East High School in Green Bay, graduating with a B average. One year later, in 1923, he entered Notre Dame University. While at Notre Dame he first displayed his talent in journalism, writing for the Notre Dame Daily and editing the college yearbook, The Dome, in his junior year.

    After graduating from Notre Dame on 5 June 1927, Smith began a journalism career that spanned fifty-five years. His first job, as a general-assignment cub reporter for the Milwaukee Sentinel, brought in $24 per week. He worked there for ten months before landing a $40-a-week copy editor position with the St. Louis Star, composing headlines and rewriting stories hastily compiled by other reporters. After a few months he was offered a job as a sportswriter--a position that he did not seek but took because he wanted to be out reporting. He covered boxing, basketball, and track for a few months before taking an assignment in 1929 to report on the St. Louis Browns baseball team full-time. Two years later, in 1930, Smith was promoted to covering the St. Louis Cardinals, a team he reported on for three seasons.

    During the early years of his career, Smith worked hard and developed a rich personal life. He socialized often with ballplayers and reporters (he became famously linked with fellow sportswriters Frank Graham and Grantland Rice, with whom he was close friends), and successfully courted Catherine ("Kay") M. Cody, whom he married on 11 February 1933. Smith was a dutiful husband and father. Throughout the Great Depression, he often worried about money; after gaining some experience he made about $50 a week at the Star, but he felt that this salary was far from enough to raise a family. Still, he turned down a public relations position with Southwest Bell Telephone Company that would have paid $10 a week more. "I only wanted to be a newspaperman," he said later. "I was attached to the newspaper like an undernourished barnacle."

    In 1936 Smith moved to the Philadelphia Record, attracted by a higher salary. He covered the Philadelphia Phillies for the Record, and in 1936 he was first identified in a byline as "Red" Smith, a moniker that stuck for the remainder of his career. At the Record, as at the newspapers that followed, Smith kept himself very busy: a typical autumn weekend had him covering college football on Friday night and again on Saturday afternoon, professional football on Sunday, and then writing a weekend wrap-up about the local high school championships. Near the end of his life, Smith estimated that he had written about 10,000 columns.

    The key to Smith's success was his ability to write well and get to the heart of a story while avoiding the usual excesses and clichés of sportswriting. He wrote to an aspiring journalist in 1937: "About the only requisites I could name for a sportswriter are those of any ordinary reporter--intelligence, common sense, and an impersonal viewpoint. By the latter I mean the ability to stand a little apart, take no sides, and merely report what happens. The good sportswriter needs one thing more--a degree of writing ability, the capacity to put a little freshness and originality into his stories." To that end, Smith said in one of his most famous quotes, "Writing is easy. I just open a vein and bleed."

    Smith did not take sides--except for those of the athletes when they came in conflict with the owners--until the late 1960s, when he became increasingly aware of the political aspects of sports. During the last fifteen years of his career he wrote about baseball's reserve clause, the hypocrisy of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games (which were not halted even after eleven Israelis, five terrorists, and a policeman were killed during a terrorist incident), and other issues.

    Amplifying his feeling that sports "are just little games that little boys can play, and it really isn't important to the future of civilization whether the Athletics or the Browns win," Smith criticized the IOC during the 1972 Olympics: "Walled off in their dream world, appallingly unaware of the realities of life and death, the aging playground directors who conduct this quadrennial muscle dance ruled that a little bloodshed must not be permitted to interrupt play.... The men who run the Olympics are not evil men. Their shocking lack of awareness can't be due to callousness. It has to be stupidity."

    Although Smith was on the road almost constantly throughout his career, he was a family man, the father of two children, one of whom, Terence ("Terry") Fitzgerald, went on to become a reporter for the New York Times. Smith, who often frequented bars with friends, players, and fellow reporters, led a balanced lifestyle marked mostly by devotion to his family, work, and fishing, in that order; a Roman Catholic, Smith attended church on a regular basis.

    Smith was serious about his work, but he found plenty of time for his favorite pastime, fishing. Conveniently, fishing could also be fodder for a sports column, and he seemed to enjoy writing about fishing as much as about the major sports. (In 1963 a collection of his columns entitled Red Smith on Fishing was published.)

    In September 1939 Smith became a full-time sports columnist due to his skill at covering baseball and a range of other events, and his popularity with readers. In 1944 he published his first magazine article, "Don't Send My Boy to Halas," for the Saturday Evening Post. He would also write for Collier's, Liberty, and Holiday, and in 1945 he published his first book, Terry and Bunky Play Football, aimed at the juvenile market.

    In September 1945 Smith joined the staff of the New York Herald Tribune, attaining a goal he had been working for since the beginning of his career--writing for a New York daily. He began writing a regular column for the Herald Tribune on 5 December 1945 and was an immediate success, winning the National Headliners Club Award for excellence in newspaper writing the following year. In 1946 his column went into syndication, and in 1954, after the death of Grantland Rice, it became the most widely circulated sports column in the country. Smith's last column, on 11 January 1982, appeared in 275 U.S. newspapers and 225 newspapers abroad.

    By the late 1940s Smith was an institution, widely considered to be one of the best sportswriters in the country. His columns were considered worthy of study at major universities. One of his stories, about a heavyweight fight between Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano, was the only sports story and the only piece of journalism anthologized in the college textbook A Quarto of Modern Literature.

    Smith wrote for the Herald Tribune, with his column "Views of Sport" appearing six times weekly until the paper folded, publishing its last issue on 17 August 1965. He continued writing for the Tribune's syndicate, and then the newly created New York World Journal Tribune. Less than two years later--in May 1967--that paper also folded, and he was again relegated to writing for the Publishers-Hall Syndicate. Finally, in 1971, Smith accepted an offer to write a column for the New York Times, where he would continue to write his column, "Sports of the Times," four times weekly until just before his death.

    Throughout the late 1960s Smith's personal life went through changes as well. In 1967 his wife Kay died of liver cancer. They had been married for thirty-four years. On 2 November 1968, Smith married an artist, Phyllis Warner Weiss, a widow with five children.

    Smith's columns and magazine articles were collected in nine separate anthologies; the first, entitled Out of the Red, was published in 1950. The Red Smith Reader and To Absent Friends were released in 1982. Smith also edited a collection entitled Sports Stories in 1949.

    Red Smith died of congestive heart failure and kidney failure on Friday, 15 January 1982, at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut. His ashes were buried at the Long Ridge Cemetery, also in Stamford.

    Smith's greatness as a writer was recognized during his lifetime, not just by prize-givers like the Pulitzer committee. "Red Smith was, quite simply, the best sportswriter. Put the emphasis on writer," began a story by fellow New York Times columnist Dave Anderson the day after Smith died. "Virtually all of today's sportswriters grew up reading Red Smith's column. He was their idol and their inspiration. And their friend."

    Smith's importance extended beyond the world of sports and journalism; in awarding only the second Pulitzer Prize ever to a sportswriter, the Pulitzer committee called his work "unique in the erudition, the literary quality, the vitality and the freshness of viewpoint." This high quality brought non-sports fans to read his column, and some thought it more than a coincidence that shortly after he called for a boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, the United States followed suit.

    -----------------------------------------------------March, 1951

    1981 World Series, in the Pressroom at Yankee Stadium;-------------L-R: Frank Graham, Granny Rice, Red Smith.

    May 4, 1976, the day after he received his Pulitzer Prize.-------October 18, 1951, testifying before the House Judiciary Subcommittee baseball probe in Washington, D.C.

    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).
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    Richard Young---AKA Dick Young

    Born: October 17, 1917, NYC
    Died: August 31, 1987, NYC, age 70

    New York sports wrier;
    New York Daily News sports writer, columnist, sports editor (1942-82)
    New York Post sports writer / sports editor (1982-87)

    Dick Young and Tim Murnane were the recipients of the 1978 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

    Occasionally abusive, often abrasive, but always honest, Dick Young was one of the most influential sportswriters in the country. Young was respected for his knowledge of the game and for his crisp, breezy reportorial style.

    Young began his career in journalism as the New York Daily News messenger boy. He would eventually become the sports editor and a syndicated columnist. He distinguished himself with the ability to give a second-day touch to a first-day game story, and with his hard-hitting, "tell it like it is" treatment of friend or foe alike.

    Young was a leader in his field who constantly fought to improve working conditions for baseball writers in press boxes and clubhouses throughout the major leagues while keeping up to date on the latest trends in baseball writing and reporting. Fellow writer and J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Jerome Holtzman stated that Young "made considerably larger contributions to the sports communications business than anyone else with the possible exception of Red Smith."
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    Dick Young, longtime sports journalist for the New York Daily News and the New York Post, was dubbed "the world's most controversial sportswriter" by Douglas A. Noverr in the Biographical Dictionary of American Sports. In his 1987 book about the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950s, The Boys of Summer, Roger Kahn called Young "spiky, self-educated, and New York." His column in the Daily News, "Young Ideas," delighted and enraged readers for more than forty-five years. Young spent nearly his entire career at the Daily News, eventually becoming sports editor, until he left that newspaper for the Post in 1982, just five years before his death.

    According to Jack Ziegler in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Young was a "key transitional figure" between the "gentlemanly" sports reporting of old-time writers like Grantland Rice and Arthur Daley. Young had a longtime feud with Red Smith of the New York Times, whom Young considered an old-fashioned sentimentalist. Young's style was streetwise, often abrasive, and direct. Ziegler said that "he wrote authentic, accurate accounts of games and players."

    Young was unhesitatingly frank in his opinions of sports figures, managers, and other sports commentators. He called sportscaster Howard Cosell "Howie the Shill." He was never politically correct, telling Harry Waters in a 1973 Newsweek article that many African-American athletes "believe that everything bad that is happening to them is happening because of their blackness. It's a terrible crutch."

    Ziegler noted that Young never let go of the values he developed in the 1930s and 1940s--a high level of patriotism, conservative political and social views, a no-nonsense attitude toward hard work and achievement, a loathing for drug abuse among players, and a disdain for the younger players who did not meet his high standards. For many years, for example, he was unsympathetic toward the draft-resisting of Muhammad Ali, whom he persistently called by his pre-Islamic name, Cassius Clay. In 1971, in an article called "The Joe Namath System," he all but called the New York Jets quarterback a spoiled brat who made unreasonable demands on his managers. Instead, Young reserved his respect for older athletes, like Roy Campanella, the longtime catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers who was paralyzed in an accident. Young wrote a biography of Campanella in 1952.

    Young may have developed his crusty attitudes from his hardscrabble childhood. Born in the Bronx, he was farmed out to an Italian Catholic family in the Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan from the ages of six to twelve. Poor but ambitious, he went with his father to California after high school, then worked for thirty dollars a month at Civilian Conservation Corps projects in upstate New York during the Great Depression. He hitchhiked to New York City, landing a job at the Daily News as a messenger boy. There he stayed, working as a tabulator, a beat reporter, a columnist, and finally sports editor, until he moved to the Post. At his peak he earned around $150,000, probably the highest salary earned by any sportswriter during his time.

    By 1944 Young was already approaching legendary status in the sportswriting field. With what Ziegler called his "superb sense of narration," he riveted readers with his stories of subjects like illegal betting in the sports arena, Jackie Robinson's entry into the major leagues, and Happy Chandler's suspension of Dodger manager Leo Durocher in 1947. He disliked the abrasive Durocher personally but defended him as the victim of a hypocritical owner. Young had few kind words for Durocher's mild-mannered successor, calling him "Kindly Old Burt Shotton," often shortened to "KOBS." Young deeply regretted the departure of the New York Giants and the Dodgers and began to campaign fiercely for a new National League franchise. Suffering with the fans through the early, somnolent days of the New York Mets, he praised them for their comeback when they won the National League East championship in 1969. Yet he castigated fans for the poor sportsmanship they exhibited toward the rival Montreal Expos.

    Mellowing somewhat in his latter years, Young often lionized older sports figures like Babe Ruth in his columns. Minimizing Ruth's known alcoholism, he still saw him as a hero, compared to a young star like Namath, whom he frequently castigated. Young also admired baseball commissioner Ford Frick, who had a major role in desegregating the game. Young's longstanding dislike for Muhammad Ali came to an end when he reconciled with the fighter around 1986. According to Ziegler, "[He] realized that beneath his slick surface, Ali was a decent man, devoted to his family and possessed of courage and athletic skill."
    Young was a complicated mixture of bravado, coarseness, sensitivity, belligerence, practicality, intelligence, and idealism. Other writers praised the breezy style which often masked profound thinking. In an Esquire article, Randall Poe found Young's writing style "coarse and simpleminded, like a cave painting. But it is superbly crafted." Young often applied higher moral standards to others than he adopted in his own life; he was known for womanizing and heavy drinking. At the same time, he had an extremely demanding work ethic. He wrote as many as seven "Young Ideas" columns in a week and routinely covered a baseball team six days a week. Revealing some of his writing secrets to Kahn in The Boys of Summer, he said, "Now you're gonna write the game most of the time. Nothing you can do about that and it ain't bad. But anytime you ...can get your story off the game you got to do it. Because that's unusual and people read unusual things. Fights. Bean Balls. Whatever. Write them, not the games." In the end, Young succeeded in becoming the kind of sportswriter he dreamed of being. As he told Ross Wetzsteon in an article published in Best Sports Stories: 1986, "I wanted to be a stop-the-presses guy, competing with the other paper for the scoop and for the girl."

    PERSONAL INFORMATION: Family: Born in 1917 (some sources say 1918), in New York, NY; died August 31, 1987, in New York, NY; married; wife's name Jay; children: seven daughters, one son. Education: Attended George Washington High School, New York City. Politics: Conservative. Religion: Catholic.

    AWARDS: Inductee, National Baseball Hall of Fame, 1978; J.G. Taylor Spink Award, National Baseball Hall of Fame, 1979; President, Baseball Writers' Association of America; James J. Walker Award, Boxing Writers Association of America, 1987.

    CAREER: Sportswriter, sports editor, New York Daily News, 1936-81; New York Post, 1982-87; columnist, The Sporting News, late 1950s to 1985.

    Roy Campanella, 1952


    October 1, 1968, Chase-Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO: Young named President of BBWAA.
    L-R: Watson Spoelstra, William D. Eckert, Dick Young, Jack Lang.------------------------------------------------------1974.

    ---------------------------1959--------------------------------------------------------------------1967: Joe Trimble / Dick Young.
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    William Blythe Hanna---AKA William B. Hanna

    Born: January 5, 1866, Plattsmouth, Cass County, Nebraska [1900 census confirms January, 1866 DOB (; Lafayette College confirms his January 5, 1866 DOB.]
    Died: November 20, 1930, Newfoundland, NJ, age 64,---d. was stricken with apoplexy May 24, 1930.
    Buried: Mount Washington Cemetery, Independence, (Jackson County), MO, Plot: Kansas City Heritage

    Kansas City, MO / New York sports writer;
    Graduated Lafayette College, Easton, PA, 1878
    Kansas City Star (MO),
    Arrived NYC, 1892,
    New York Herald, 1892
    New York Press, 1893
    New York Sun, 1900 - 1916
    New York Herald, 1916 - 1924
    New York Herald-Tribune, 1924 - May, 1930, death.
    Acknowledged expert on baseball, football & billiards.
    5'6 1/2, grey eyes

    Father: Thomas King Hanna (born Shelby Ct., Kentucky, February 8, 1829, Dry goods store; Mother: Judith Joyce Venable, born Shelbyville, KY, 1836; They were married Setptember 25, 1955, St. Joseph, Buchanan Co., MO. Bill was born in Nebraska, but family had relocated to Kansas City, MO by 1870. Was 6th child. Mother: Eva A. Baker on December 25, 1884 in Maryville, Nodaway, MO;

    d. Stricken with stroke (apoplexy) May 24, 1930, was taken to Army cadet hospital for 3 weeks, and transferred to Idylease sanitarium, Newfoundland, NJ at his wishes to be near his brother, Thomas K. Hanna.

    His style was noted for his eschewing of slang such as "swat, pill, horsehide", etc. His choice of words were those less chosen, terse, precise, kind. His style was succinct, his knowledge encyclopedic. He always signed his copy, William B. Hanna, and became upset if anyone changed it.

    Sporting News' Death Notice-------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' Obituary
    November 27, 1930, pp. 4, column 2-----------------------------------------------------------November 27, 1930, pp. 6, column 7.

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    Walter Saunders Barnes, Jr.

    Born: November 26, 1860, Boston, MA
    Died: February 13, 1940, Brookline, MA, age 79

    Boston Post reporter, 1889-1891
    Boston Journal sports editor, 1891 - October, 1906
    Boston Herald sports editor, 1906-11
    Boston Globe sports writer, 1911-33, sports editor, 1914-1933, Emeritus, 1933-40.

    New York Times' obituary, February 14, 1940, pp. 26.--------------------------------------------------1908
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    John Christian Kofoed, Sr.---AKA Jack Kofoed

    Born: December 17, 1894, Philadelphia, PA
    Died: December 27, 1979, Miami, FL, age 85

    Philadelphia / New York / Florida sports writer;
    Philadelphia Public Ledger, 1912-17
    Philadelphia Record, 1917-23
    New York Telegram, 1923-24, 6 months
    New York Post, 1924-32
    New York Journal-American, 1933-35
    Miami Daily News, 1938-42
    Journalist for Evening Newspaper, (April 23, 1930 census)
    in the military, assistant intelligence officer (captain), with 3rd Bomber Command.
    Miami Herald, November, 1944 - May 31, 1979
    Served in WWI (France, non-commissioned) & WWII (London, PR officer, 8th Air Force).
    Columbia Pictures, New York, NY, and Hollywood, CA, short subjects producer, 1935-38;
    Miami News, Miami, FL, columnist, 1938-42;
    Miami Herald, Miami, FL, columnist, 1945
    Radio commentator, WHN (New York, NY), WIOD, WQAM, WKAT (all Miami, FL).

    Father: Lenius Kofoed, born Denmark, September, 1857; Wife: Marie Ackerman, born in Baltimore, MD, September 30, 1904: Son: John Christian, Jr.: born August 11, 1925; died April 15, 1945. He died in WWII as a US Marine Corps corporal, won the Purple Heart. Son: William C., born Pennsylvania, 1934?;

    Education: Graduated from Northeast High School, Philadelphia, PA, 1912. Military/Wartime Service: U.S. Army, served in France, 1917-19, became sergeant; U.S. Army Air Forces, 1942-44, became lieutenant colonel. Memberships: National Press Club, Racquet Club, Palm Bay Club, Miami Shores Country Club, Country Club of Miami.
    Jack Kofoed (Sportswriter. Born, Philadelphia, Penna., Dec. 17, 1894; died, Miami, Fla., Dec. 27, 1979.) Starting in his native Philadelphia with the Public Ledger at age 17, John Kofoed came to New York in 1923 to join the Evening Telegram. Kofoed became a sports columnist at the Evening Post (1924-33), where he built a substantial reputation. He moved to the Journal-American briefly, but became more of a magazine writer for the next decade. A prolific writer, Kofoed wrote for some 200 different publications, did over a dozen books, and turned out screenplays. For the last 35 years of his life, he was a noted columnist for the Miami Herald (1944-79), covering a wide range of topics. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

    Authored: The Best of Jack Kofoed: Collection of articles and columns which were previously published in the Miami Herald, 1970.

    His entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 493.----New York Times' obituary, December 29, 1979, pp. 19.

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    Mark Irving Vaughan

    Born: December 14, 1888, Racine, WI
    Died: November 22, 1963, Waukegan, IL, age 74,---d. after a long illness.

    Chicago sports writer;
    Milwaukee Sentinel, 1909-10
    Chicago Record-Herald, January 2, 1910 - 1914
    Chicago Examiner, October, 1914 - 1919
    Chicago Tribune, June, 1919 - November 1, 1957

    Wife: Loretto (Peggy) Lalor; Sister: Mrs. Herb Graffis (Libertyville, IL; Brother: Manning.

    Although baseball was his year-around beat, he also covered college football each fall. Covered 7,000 games, World Series (1911- 1957). He lived in Lake Villa, IL for 22 years before moving to Waukegan 4 months before he died.

    Sporting News' write-up--------------Sporting News' obituary
    October 28, 1937, pp. 2, column 4----December 7, 1963, pp. 46, column 1

    Mark's photo/entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, ----Sporting News' article,
    edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 508.---------------November 13, 1957, pp. 25, column 4.

    Chicago Tribune obituary, November 23, 1963, pp. B1.

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    Thomas William Meany---AKA Tom Meany

    Born: September 21, 1903, Brooklyn, NY
    Died: September 11, 1964, NYC, age 60

    New York sports writer;
    Brooklyn-Manhattan subway system, timekeeper;
    New York Journal, sports reporter, 1922 - 1923
    Brooklyn Daily Times, 1923 - January, 1929
    Ebbets Field, official scorer, 1926, 1928;
    New York World Telegram, January, 1929 - 1940, sports writer covering the Giants, from 1929;
    New York PM, 1940 - 1948
    New York Star, sports editor, 1948 - 1949
    New York Morning Telegraph, sports editor, 1948 - 1949
    New York, Collier, sports editor, 1950 - 1956
    New York Yankees, publicity director, 1958-62;
    New York Mets, publicity director, from 1962;
    freelance writer for a number of publications, including the Saturday Evening Post, Look, and Sport.
    Tom Meany and Shirley Povich were the recipients of the 1975 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

    A teenager fresh out of St. John's Prep in Brooklyn, Tom Meany was recruited to write for the new Brooklyn edition of the New York Journal in 1922. The following year he earned a byline in the Brooklyn Daily Times as he covered the Dodgers. Over the years, Meany's sportswriting career saw stops at numerous papers including the New York Telegram (later the World-Telegram), New York Star, Morning Telegraph, as well as magazines such as PM and Collier's.

    A gifted writer with a thick Brooklyn accent, Meany's most famous scoop was the discovery of manager John McGraw's resignation from the Giants in 1932. Following his sportswriting career, Meany joined the Yankees in 1958. In 1961 he joined the expansion Mets as publicity director and later served as promotions director before his untimely death in 1964 at the age of 60.

    Meany was the author of 14 books on sports. Bob Broeg recalled Meany as "the strength … of any literary team of which he was an important part.… He was a joy to whomever had the pleasure to read his best lines or just to hear them."
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    Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1903, Tom Meany's first writing job was as a sports reporter covering the high school teams of his native borough for the New York Journal. His work for this paper was a success, reprinted in other newspapers and leading to a full time job in a year's time covering the Brooklyn Dodger games for the Brooklyn Daily Times.

    Next, Meany took a job at the New York Telegram covering the Giants. By this time, he was earning a reputation in the city as a sports reporter and had his first coup when he broke a story about the Giant's new manager, Bill Terry, 1932. His writing style was unique and appealing, often sounding more like descriptive fiction than sports writing. He became known for lead-ins to sports stories that made little or no reference to sports, like one he wrote for a May 11, 1934 article about a Giants game: "Dimly through the dust cloud, which has swept southeastward from Nebraska and the Dakotas to envelop this town in a murky haze, the Giants today found themselves sharing third place with the Cardinals."

    Among Meany's contributions to sports writing was to help create the legend of Babe Ruth. He reported on the 1932 World Series in which Ruth supposedly called his home-run hit. Meany's first book, published in 1947, was a biography of this baseball hero entitled Babe Ruth: The Big Moments of the Big Fellow. Meany's skill for thorough research is revealed in this detailed and accurate account of Ruth's career, as well as his other books about baseball players, like one he wrote for Joe DiMaggio. Baseball for Everyone: A Treasury of Baseball Lore and Instruction for Fans and Players appeared in 1948 and was ghostwritten by Meany (although it was credited to DiMaggio).

    Meany also wrote a series of books about the baseball "greats." His first volume of this kind was Baseball's Greatest Teams, published in 1949. In it he assimilated stories he had been told about teams by older sports writers who had witnessed them, like the 1909 Pirates who were featured in this book in an essay called "The Flying Dutchman." In the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Richard Orodenker wrote, "Meany was at his best writing these short pieces about ancient teams or old players." His other books of essays on the "greats" include Baseball's Greatest Hitters (1950), Baseball's Greatest Pitchers (1951), and Baseball's Greatest Players (1953). In deciding whom to include in these books, Meany often consulted statistics. In an essay on Lou Gehrig, for example, that appeared in Baseball's Greatest Players, he points out the staggering number of runs-batted-in that this hitter had totaled--1,991. For Meany, statistics was a true measure of the player's worth to his team.

    While writing these books in the 1950s, Meany also took a job as sports editor for Collier's. Concentrating on articles about baseball, these pieces, along with some of his earlier freelance work from the Saturday Evening Post and Sport, were collected in Mostly Baseball: A Twenty-Year Collection of the Best Magazine Articles of a Nationally Known Sportswriter, published in 1958. Library Journal reviewer R. W. Henderson called this collection "good reading for armchair sportsmen," and it also included articles about basketball, horse racing, football, and hockey. Even though Meany knew very little about some of these other sports, they still make for interesting reading because of his fluid and easy style and his background research.

    Meany also contributed to a series of books about sports team histories. In the 1950s Meany coauthored The Magnificent Yankees, The Artful Dodgers, Milwaukee's Miracle Braves, and The Boston Red Sox. Meany contributed the bulk of the essays that make up The Incredible Giants (1955), about this team he had covered early on in his career as a reporter for the New York Telegram. In an anecdotal style, Meany describes the players, coaches, and members of management associated with each of these teams.

    In 1958, the Yankees hired Meany to do promotions for their team. During his time with the ball club, he wrote a follow-up book about the history of the team. The Yankee Story, published in 1960, tries to account for the team's success from the 1920s through the time of the book's writing. In exploring this question, Meany profiles a number of personalities who helped make the Yankees great, including players, management, and officials. Among those to whom he devotes chapters are Babe Ruth and Lawrence "Yogi" Berra. The work was generally well received by critics, including Phil Elderkin, who wrote in the Christian Science Monitor, "The Yankee Story has wit and it has drama and it is chock full of little-known incidents culled mostly from the corners of Meany's enormous memory. It is obvious that the author has a soft spot for the Yankees, but it is equally obvious that nowhere in his book does he contrive to suppress, embellish or otherwise distort the facts."

    Meany's last book of note, There've Been Some Changes in the World of Sports, published in 1962, is an autobiography of his career as a sports writer. It covers not only the development in sports that he witnessed during his time, but also the development of sports writing. One chapter called "Odd Ball Sports" is dedicated to sportswriters of the past, like Lloyd Lewis, Ben Epstein, and Dan Parker.

    Meany used the life and death of Ebbets Field as a metaphor for the changes he had experienced in sports during his lifetime. In the early years he reported on Notre Dame and Army football games there as well as Dodger games (he was even an official scorer at this field when he was in his twenties). But its demolition in 1960 roughly coincided with the end of his own career. During his day, he met, wrote about, and promoted some of the game's best and most colorful players. Meany himself once humbly wrote of his own work, "It wasn't the quality of the writing that got the piece past the doorman, it was the subject matter."

    PERSONAL INFORMATION: Family: Born September 21, 1903, in Brooklyn, NY; died of an internal hemorrhage, September 11, 1964; married Clara M. Maxwell, December 26, 1932.

    AWARDS: J.G. Taylor Spink Award, 1975.

    Authored books:
    The Magnificent Yankees, 1952
    The Mets
    Baseball's Best, 1953
    Babe Ruth: The Big Moments of the Big Fellow, 1947
    Baseball's Greatest Hitters, 1950
    Baseball's Greatest Players, 1953
    The Artful Dodgers, 1953
    The Incredible Giants, 1955
    Milwaukee's Miracle Braves, 1954
    Baseball's est: The all-time major league baseball team (With Tommy Holmes), 1964
    Baseball's Greatest Teams, Inside Stories About the Players Who Set the Records, 1949
    Collier's Greatest Sports Stories, 1955
    Joseph Paul DiMaggio: The Yankee Clipper, 1951
    Mostly baseball;: A twenty-year collection of the best magazine articles of a nationally known sportswriter, 1958
    Ralph Kiner: The Heir Apparent, 1951
    Stan Musial: the Man, 1951
    The Best of Red Smith, 1963
    The Boston Red Sox, 1956
    Theodore Samuel Williams;: Hitting unlimited (The Barnes all-star library), 1951
    There've Been Some Changes in the World of Sports. Book Club Edition. 1962
    Kings of the Diamond, by Lee Allen and Tom Meany, 1965
    January 30, 1938: Judge Ken Landis, Tom Meany, Joe DiMaggio.

    New York Times' obituary, September 12, 1964, pp. 25.

    1945-1951: Tom Meany, Roscoe McGowen, Bill Bloome, Jim Kahn, Fred Weatherly.
    5 famous sports writers in a skit about Happy Chandler.

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    Kenneth Danforth Smith---AKA Ken Smith

    Born: January 8, 1902, Danbury, CT
    Died: March 1, 1991, Palatine Bridge, NY, age 89,---d. at a nursing home in Palatine Bridge, NY.

    New York sports writer;
    New York Evening Mail,
    Graduated Trinity College
    New York Evening Mail, copy boy and cub reporter, 1920 - 1922
    Danbury News (CT)
    Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, reporter of state news and sports, 1922 - 1925
    New York Graphic, City / baseball writer, 1925 - 1930
    New York Mirror, City / baseball writer, 1931 - 1963
    National Baseball Hall of Fame/Museum, Cooperstown, NY, Director, 1964-76, public relations director, 1977-78, director emeritus, beginning 1979.

    Baseball's Hall of Fame, A. S. Barnes, 1947, revised edition, with foreword by Ford Frick, 1952, 9th edition, Grosset, 1979.
    The Willie Mays Story, with foreword by Leo Durocher, Greenberg, 1954.
    Ken Smith was the 1983 recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

    Born in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1902, Smith started in baseball as a batboy for Danbury in the New York-New Jersey League in 1913. He began covering major league baseball for the New York Graphic in 1925, and switched to the New York Mirror two years later. He covered the New York Giants for 30 years before the team left for San Francisco.

    Short of stature but long on friends, Smith's gentle disposition, gracious personality and knowledge of the game won him the admiration of his readers and the respect of his peers. He was secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) for 19 years and was the director of the legendary annual dinner extravaganza on 15 occasions.

    Upon the Mirror's demise in 1963, Smith became the director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He was the museum's public relations director from 1976 until his retirement in 1979 and was the author of Baseball's Hall of Fame, a baseball classic that saw numerous editions.
    Biography Resource Center:
    Ken Smith began writing in high school where he published and circulated his own newspaper; he notes that he was "even granted space for bulletins on the home room blackboard." Three months after graduation, he was working on a New York paper with such notable personalities as Ed Sullivan, Mary Margaret McBride, and Rube Goldberg. He told CA that he went on to develop "lifetime associations with Damon Runyon, Grantland Rice, Jack Lait, Bob Considine, Heywood Broun, Dan Parker, and Emile Gauvreau." During his career as a sports writer Smith covered thirty-eight World Series and covered Eastern League baseball during the time Lou Gehrig and Leo Durocher played for Hartford. From 1927 to 1963 he traveled with the New York Giants and New York Yankees.

    Born January 8, 1902, in Danbury, CT; died in 1991; son of William Clark (a factory executive) and Marion Grace (Quien) Smith; married Emilie Idell Bolen, February 11, 1932. Education: Attended Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1922- 25. Memberships: Baseball Writers Association of America (secretary- treasurer, 1939-57), Professional Football Writers Association of America (president, 1940), Phi Delta Gamma.

    AWARDS: Gold Key Award from Connecticut Sports Alliance, 1947; citation for sports writing from Trinity College, 1955.

    CAREER: New York Evening Mail, New York City, copy boy and cub reporter, 1920-22; Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, reporter of state news and sports, 1922-25; New York Graphic , New York City, baseball writer, 1925-30; New York Mirror, New York City, baseball writer, 1931-63; National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY, director, 1964-76, public relations director, 1977-78, director emeritus, beginning 1979.

    Ken's photo/entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,----------------------Sporting News' obituary, March 25, 1991, pp. 53.
    edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 497.

    ---------------------------1951------------------------------October 3, 1968: Bob Gibson/Ken Smith. Gibson presents his record-breaking pitching glove---------------------------------------------------------1933
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------to Hall of Fame director. He struck out 17 Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of World Series.

    March 4, 1959: New York sports writers in St. Petersburg, FL.
    Top Row, L-R: Stan Isaacs, Dan Daniel, Tommy Holmes, Bill Dougerty, Len Schecter, Jim Ogle.

    Bottom Row, L-R: John Drebinger, Jack Lang, Casey Stengel, Joe Trimble, Ken Smith, Til Ferdenzi.

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    John Peerless Carmichael

    Born: October 16, 1902, Madison, Wis.
    Died: June 6, 1986, Chicago, IL, age 83

    Chicago sports writer;
    Attended Campion College (Prairie de Chien, WI)
    Attended University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wi)
    Milwaukee Journal reporter night police,
    Milwaukee Leader, reporter, columnist
    Chicago Herald-Examiner, sports writer, 1927 - 1932
    Chicago Daily News, (sports writer, 1932 -1943, sports editor, 1943 - 1972; column: 'Barber Shop'.
    Loved baseball, passionate about horse racing.
    Won Spink Award, 1975

    Father: George J.; Mother: Margaret Mooney; Wife: Marie Bannon, born around 1901, married John in January, 1929, died June 10, 1953; Son: John Peerless, Jr. (first marriage; Daughter: Joan Marie (first marriage); Second Wife: Kay Haughton, married her December 27, 1956;
    John Carmichael and James Isaminger were the recipients of the 1974 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

    John Carmichael, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, began his journalistic career in 1924 as a police reporter at the Milwaukee Journal. Following a three-year stint with the Milwaukee Leader, Carmichael joined the Chicago Herald-Examiner as a sportswriter and, in 1932, moved to the Chicago Daily News. It was with the Daily News that Carmichael wrote his famed column, "The Barber Shop," from 1934 until his semi-retirement in 1972. For the last 29 years of his tenure at the Daily News Carmichael served as the paper's sports editor.

    Carmichael covered every spring training and World Series from 1929 through his retirement. His career covering Chicago baseball stretched from the days of Ted Lyons and Hack Wilson through Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams. More than just a baseball writer, Carmichael also covered football, wrestling, hockey, was present for Sonny Liston's first-round knockout of Floyd Patterson at Comiskey Park in 1962 and was a great lover of thoroughbred racing.

    Bill Veeck viewed Carmichael as "one of the all-time greats. He knows more athletes by name—and more athletes know him by name—than any other sportswriter in the country." And Ted Williams called Carmichael "the home-run champion of sportswriters."
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    Born October 16, 1902, in Madison, Wis.; died after a long illness, June 6, 1986, in Chicago, Ill. Journalist. Carmichael, who joined the now defunct Chicago Daily News in 1932, became known for his nationally syndicated column "The Barber Shop." Described as one of the most respected sports columnists in the country, he served the Daily News for nearly forty years, becoming sports editor in 1943. On the occasion of his retirement in 1972, Carmichael was honored at a testimonial organized by the sports editors of Chicago's four daily newspapers--the News, the Tribune, the Sun-Times, and Chicago Today. Three years later he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and in 1980 the retired sportswriter was named to the Chicago Press Club's new Journalism Hall of Fame.

    My Greatest Day in Baseball, 1948
    Edited many Who's Who in the Major Leagues,

    Biographical Dictionary of American Sports,
    1992-1995, suppliment: Communications---------------------------Who's Who in the Midwest, 6th edition, 1958.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary, June 8, 1986, pp. 44.---January 13, 1963: Presenting Stan Musial with Comeback of the Year Award,
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------by Chicago sports writers at their annual dinner

    John's entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
    edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 506.-----------------------------------------------1987 Baseball Guide death notice


    Chicago Tribune obituary, June 7, 1986, pp. 8.

    Participants at the head table of the annual University of Wisconsin football banquet in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.
    L-R: Robert "Red" Wilson, junior center who was named the most valuable player for the second straight year;
    Charles Fenske, general chairman of the banquet; John Carmichael, sports editor of the Chicago Daily News;
    Lloyd Larson, sports editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel; Harry Stuhldreher, athletic director and head football coach;
    Professor William B. Sarles, chairman of the athletic board; and Walter Dreyer, senior halfback who was elected team captain.

    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.

    Almost looks like a young actor, Robert De Niro. "You talkin' to me?"
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    John Winterbottom Drebinger, Jr.

    Born: March 23, 1891, Staten Island, NY
    Died: October 22, 1979, Greenboro, NC, age 88, d. cremated

    New York sports writer;
    Staten Island Advance reporter (NY), 1915 - 1923
    New York Times, May 28, 1923 - April 4, 1964
    Sporting News' correspondent, specialized in baseball most of his career.
    Was an accomplished pianist. Won Spink Award, 1974
    John Drebinger, John F. Kieran, and Warren Brown were the recipients of the 1973 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

    The son of a Metropolitan Opera orchestra violinist, John Drebinger was a former boyhood pianist and Staten Island high school track sprinter. After a 12-year stint with the Staten Island Advance, Drebinger joined The New York Times. For the next 41 years, Drebby (as his colleagues called him) lived the "hobo" life of a baseball writer, covering the Giants, Dodgers, and Yankees.

    A newspaperman's newspaperman, Drebinger estimated that he traveled about 1,230,000 miles in 49 years as a sportswriter. He saw nearly 6,000 major league games and, from 1929 through 1963, wrote the lead story for The Times on 203 consecutive World Series games.

    Drebinger brought to the typewriter his wit, insight, reportorial thoroughness and durability. He was best remembered by his colleagues for his quips and cast-iron constitution. Fellow baseball reporter Til Ferdenzi stated that Drebinger "wrote the purest and most intelligent baseball stories in the country."
    John Drebinger (Sportswriter. Born, Staten Island, N.Y., Mar. 23, 1891; died, Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 22, 1979.) A series of mishaps shaped the life of John Drebinger but did not prevent him from becoming one of New York’s longest-serving baseball writers. Drebinger had planned a career as a concert pianist but seriously injured his thumb while sharpening his skates. He instead began a newspaper career with the Staten Island Advance that lasted eight years (1916-24). In the early part of that work, Drebinger sustained severe hearing loss after becoming infected during the influenza pandemic of 1918-19. He used a hearing aid for the remainder of his years. In 1924, Drebinger was hired by The New York Times and became a sportswriter. The move by Bill Corum (q.v.) to the Journal opened up the Brooklyn Dodgers beat in 1925 and Jim Harrison’s move to the Morning Telegraph sent Drebinger to the Yankees in 1929. Over the years, he covered all three local teams (including the Giants) and by his own estimates saw over 6,000 games, travelling some 1.230 million miles. As part of The Times team, Drebinger covered 203 straight World Series games from 1929 to his retirement after the 1963 season. His hearing deficiency led to a myriad of incidents and stories, including one in which Yankees manager Casey Stengel (q.v.) conducted a post-game press conference in pantomime while Drebinger frantically fiddled with his hearing aid, believing it had malfunctioned. (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------------------------------Sporting News' obituary,------------New York Times' Retirement article
    November 10, 1979, pp. 53, col. 5.-----------------------April 1, 1964, pp. 30.--------------October 24, 1979, pp. A29.

    ---------------------------1951----------------------------------------------------April 17, 1951-------------1939

    August, 1940: Joe DiMaggio accepts his 1939 MVP Award from NY Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and John Drebinger.-----------------------1947-49: Joe DiMaggio, Joe Page, Drebinger, Specs Shea.
    Bill Dickey is in the background wearing his catcher's shin guards.

    March 4, 1959: New York sports writers in St. Petersburg, FL.
    Top Row, L-R: Stan Isaacs, Dan Daniel, Tommy Holmes, Bill Dougerty, Len Schecter, Jim Ogle.

    Bottom Row, L-R: John Drebinger, Jack Lang, Casey Stengel, Joe Trimble, Ken Smith, Til Ferdenzi.

    1970: John Drebinger, Mike Burke, Bob Fishel.

    February 3, 1952: John Drebinger, Eddie Brannick (Giants' executive), Allie Reynolds, Joe Trimble (New York sports writer).

    March, 1964: Til Ferdenzi / John Drebinger.

    February, 1937: L-R: Burleigh Grimes, Eddie Murphy (New York Sun sports writer), John Drebinger, Dan Daniel (New York World-Telegraph sports writer).
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    James Arnot Crusinberry

    Born: December 11, 1878, Cascade, Iowa
    Died: July 1, 1960, Phoenix, AZ, age 81,---d. cerebral hemorrhage

    Chicago sports writer;
    Chicago Chronicle, 1903 - 1905
    Chicago Examiner, 1906
    Chicago American, 1907
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1908 - 1910
    Chicago Tribune, 1911 - 1920
    New York Daily News sports editor, 1921 - 1924, 3 years in NY
    Chicago Tribune, 1924 - 1927
    Chicago Journal, 1927
    Chicago Daily News, 1928 - 1932
    Fan & Family (sports publication), July, 1935
    Columbia Broadcasting System's (CBS) news, January, 1937
    Station WBBM, sports editor, (supervised all sports commentaries/reviews, May, 1937 - 1948
    Moved to Phoenix, AZ before 1954. Was wintering there as early as 1951.

    President of the BWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America, 1929 - 1930.
    Crusinberry broke in with the Chicago Chronicle in 1903 and worked for newspapers in Chicago, St. Louis, and New York before a long stay with the Chicago Daily News. While working for the Chicago Tribune in 1920, he played a considerable part in bringing to light the facts about the fixed World Series of 1919. A charter member of the BBWAA, he was its president in 1929-30. He was later a radio sports commentator for Columbia Broadcasting System's news operations in Chicago until his retirement in 1948. (NLM) He specialized in baseball & golf.

    New York Times' obituary-----------------------------------James' entry/photo in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
    July 2, 1960, pp. 17.----------------------------------------- edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 499.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------James Crusinberry (left) chats with Gabby Hartnett, 1928

    James, left, chats with Donie Bush, White Sox manager, 1929.

    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------James chats with Donie Bush, 1929, Chicago.

    Chicago Daily Tribune obituary, July 2, 1960, pp. B2.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------October 15, 1958: Warren Giles/ Jim Crusinberry.
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    Joseph S. Cashman

    Born: December 28, 1900, South Boston, MA
    Died: February 12, 1993, Cambridge, MA, age 92,---d. Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA

    Boston sports writer;
    Boston American, 1917 - 1933
    Boston Evening American/Suday Advertiser, June, 1936 - ?
    Boston Telegram
    Boston Daily Record, April, 1939 - November 4, 1959
    Boston American, November 18, 1959
    Boston Record-American, March 2, 1960 - April 4, 1964
    Boston Record-American/Sunday Advertiser, 1965 - June, 1970, retired.

    Father: John T.; Mother: Ellen Sullivan; Wife: Rose (Dolly), born around 1904, died July 19, 1965, at Cambridge, MA; Son: Joseph, Jr., born around 1929; Son: John, born around 1931.

    Joe's entry/photo in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
    ----edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 405.------------------------------------------Boston Globe, February 16, 1993.

    June 22, 1947: Ted Williams/Joe Cashman. Ted Accepts the AL 1946 MVP at Fenway Park.

    November 18, 1941: Joe Cashman / Coach Dick Harlow of Harvard.--------------January 27, 1960, Enos Slaughter, Joe Cashman, Mickey Vernon. Boston sports writers' dinner.

    1957: Joe Cashman presents award to umpire, Artie Gorman.-------------------------May 2, 1962: Joe Cashman / Don Schwall

    1953: Joe Cashman / Paul Kerr of Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.-----December 8, 1951: Horace Stoneham (Giants' owner), Joe Cashman, Joe Cronin.
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    John C. Hoffman

    Born: July 9, 1903, Chicago, IL
    Died: October 26, 1964, Scottsdale, AZ, age 61,---d. at a Scottsdale, AZ, hospital of cancer.

    Chicago sports writer;
    Chicago Daily New, 1924 - 1936
    Wisconsin News (Milwaukee)
    International News service (Chicago office)
    Chicago Times, 1936 - 1947
    Chicago Sun-Times, 1947 - 57
    Left the Sun-Times in 1957 and became a real estate agent in Scottsdale, AZ. Moved Phoenix, AZ, June, 1958.

    Father: Abraham; Mother: Fannie; Wife: Irma Marie Fontana; John married Irma June 24, 1924.

    John's photo/entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
    edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 407.----------------------------Sporting News' obituary--------Chicago Tribune obituary,
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------November 7, 1964, pp. 26, col. 3-------October 27, 1964

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Jerome Holtzman/John C. Hoffman

    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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    Charles Michael Segar

    Born: October 29, 1903, Liverpool, England
    Died: June 1, 2001, Sun City West, AZ, age 97,---d. natural causes, cremated, buried: Pinelawn Cemetery, Long Island, NY

    Brooklyn / New York sports writer / baseball executive;
    Brooklyn Citizen, 1919 - 1926
    New York Mirror, 1926 - 1946
    Manager of National League Service Bureau, January 2, 1946 - October 8, 1951
    Secretary-Treasurer in Commissioner's office, October 8, 1951 - February, 1971
    Administrator of players' benefit plan,
    Chairman of Players' Rules Committee, 1962 - July 23, 1971
    Blue Book revision committee. Loved golf, movies, TV

    Wife: Elizabeth, born New York around 1906, died May 23, 1971, Saybrooke, Long Island, NY. Charles and Elizabeth married February, 1926. Daughter: Mrs. Joan Barrett. Second Wife: Evelyn.

    Charlie Segar (Sportswriter. Born, Liverpool, England, Oct. 29, 1903; died, Sun City West, Ariz., June 2, 2001.) As the youngest member of the B.B.W.A.A. ever, Charles M. Segar later became its national president and then a long-time baseball executive. Segar emigrated to the U.S. as a youngster, becoming an active semipro baseball player before joining the staff of the Brooklyn Citizen May 1, 1920. He was 16 years, six months also when he began covering Dodgers home games. In 1926, Segar moved to the Hearst tabloid Daily Mirror and in 1937 was elected president of the B.B.W.A.A. national organization. He also covered boxing, soccer, and tennis, among other sports. Segar served as chairman of the B.B.W.A.A. New York chapter in 1941-42, but left the Mirror in 1945 to become director of the N.L. Service Bureau, handling publicity for the league. When N.L. president Ford Frick (q.v.) became baseball commissioner in 1951, Segar moved with him into the new New York office as secretary-treasurer. He retired in 1971 but headed the Hall of Fame Veterans’ Committee for many years thereafter. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

    The Official History of the National League, 1951

    Charles' photo/entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
    edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 500
    .---Arizonia Republic obituary, June 3, 2001.

    Sun City West (AZ) Daily News-Sun obituary, June 5, 2001.
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    Alan Jenks Gould

    Born: January 30, 1898, Philadelphia, PA
    Died: June 21, 1993, Vero Beach, FL, age 95---d. heart attack

    New York sports writer;
    Worked for papers in Elmira, Ithaca & Binghamton, NY;
    Ithaca Journal reporter, 1917
    Associated Press, New York sports editor, Executive editor, 1922 - 1963.
    Moved Florida, 1975

    New York Times' obit, June 22, 1993, pp. B6.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------October 7, 1937: L-R: Alan Gould (AP sports editor), Jake
    July 15, 1936: on board the SS Manhattan, with photographer Joe Caneva, on way to Olympics in Berlin, Germany.---Babe Ruth, Alan Gould, Joe McCarthy, 193.2-------------Wade (Charleston Observer), Harry Salsinger (Detroit News).

    September 17, 1933, Cincinnati, OH
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    Frank Graham, Sr.

    Born: November 12, 1893, Harlem, NYC
    Died: March 9, 1965, New Rochelle, NY, age 71---d. At Nathan B. Etten Hospital, Bronx, NY. Fractured skull in bathroom fall at home on February 28, 1965.

    New York sports writer;
    New York Sun, sports writer, 1915 - 1934, sports columnist, 1934 - 1943
    Look magazine, sports editor, 1943 - 1945
    New York Journal-American, sports columnist, 'Graham's Corner', 1945 - 1965
    Wrote 6 sports books. Boxing authority.
    Covered New York Giants 1915 - 1926; Yankees, 1927 - 1933.

    Father: David; Mother: Frances Sullivan; Wife Gertrude Lillian Whipp; married Gertrude, October 17, 1923. His mother died giving birth to him.
    Frank Graham was the recipient of the 1971 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

    A gentle craftsman, who gave a new dimension to the daily sports column, Frank Graham covered the Giants for the New York Sun as early as 1916. When he succeeded Joe Vila as the paper's columnist more than 15 years later, he still saw himself as a reporter rather than an authority. Instead of adding his voice to the volume of opinion that filled most columns then, he escorted the reader down to the field, the dugout or the clubhouse to see and hear the intimate details that escape the fan in grandstand or bleachers.

    Graham set the pattern for the reportorial column, as distinguished from the editorial essay. His absolute ear for dialogue, his extraordinary memory, and unfailing taste put his "conversation pieces" in a class by themselves. Though his style was widely copied, the simple declarative sentence never served his imitators the way it obeyed him.

    Frank left the Sun for a turn as Look magazine's sports editor, retired from that position to write books (biographies of Lou Gehrig, John McGraw, and Al Smith, as well as informal histories of the Giants, Yankees, and Dodgers) and worked his last years as columnist for the New York Journal-American.
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    Frank Graham was a New York-based sportswriter who covered a variety of sports for newspapers and magazines and who wrote a number of books, including several for younger readers. He wrote his columns from memory, without notes, and was widely recognized as one of the finest reporters of his time.

    Graham was born in East Harlem in New York City and was raised by a grandmother and sister after his mother died giving birth to him. As a young boy, he lost the sight in his right eye after suffering from a form of spinal meningitis. He dropped out of high school and spent the next six years as a messenger for the telephone company. Although very small in stature, Graham played sandlot ball and won his six amateur boxing matches. While working in his messenger job, he wrote and sold freelance pieces about boxing, which led to a spot on the staff of the New York Sun, first on the crime beat. Graham was transferred to the sports department after he covered the spring training season of the New York Giants for an ill reporter. His work was praised to Joe Vila, his editor, by journalist Damon Runyon, who was then working for the New York American. The Sun carried the syndicated column of top sportswriter Grantland Rice, and Graham occasionally wrote the column for Rice when his workload was heavy. Graham become close to Rice, and also to colleague Red Smith, who spoke about Graham with affection in his book To Absent Friends.

    Through 1926, Graham covered the Giants, whose manager John McGraw he admired, and Graham formed friendships with him and many of the players. From 1927 until 1933, Graham covered the New York Yankees. When Vila died in 1934, Graham took over his sports column at the Sun, and wrote "Setting the Pace" six days a week until 1943. His first column was an interview with heavyweight boxing challenger, Max Baer, and his manager, Ancil Hoffman, shortly before Baer's championship fight with title holder Primo Carnera. Frank Graham, Jr. wrote in A Farewell to Heroes that "the column was, and remained, all that he ever really wanted out of his professional life. He had almost total freedom to make up his mind about what he wanted to do every day and how he wanted to treat what he saw."

    During the Great Depression, Graham supplemented his income with freelance writing. He wrote the children's books Andy Blue and Davy Lane and articles for magazines such as Baseball. He later wrote a well-received biography of baseball great Lou Gehrig. The following year, Graham quit the Sun, which had never paid him what he was worth, and joined Look as the magazine's sports editor. The job lasted only one year, however, as editorial decisions at a higher level thwarted his ability to write as freely as he wished. He then worked as a freelancer until he was asked to write the sports column for the New York Journal, an offer that was brought about due to the efforts of Runyon.

    Baseball dugouts, racetrack clubhouses, and boxing clubs were the places where Graham always felt comfortable and enjoyed his many friendships. Following World War II, the role of the traditional sportswriter and broadcaster changed with the popularity of radio and television coverage of sports. In order to hold readers' attention, the new wave of sports journalists had to provide more colorful asides, controversy, and other attention-getting content that was unrelated to the actual coverage of games. Graham retained his own style and often wrote about his old heroes and memories of games past, yet some of his articles of the 1950s and 1960s were among the finest he ever penned. He wrote for Baseball Digest for nearly twenty-five years and contributed to other national magazines, including Collier's, and Saturday Evening Post.

    Edward J. Tassinari wrote in Dictionary of Literary Biography that "although Graham was universally considered a gentle man with a gentle writing style, he could be blunt when he saw fit. In a June 1956 piece for Sport, 'Say, Isn't That Willie Pep in There?'--on the ring wanderings of the broke, embattled former featherweight champion, reduced to fighting nonentities for meager purses before sparse crowds--Graham flatly asserts that Pep had thrown his controversial 1954 fight against Lulu Perez. Throughout his career Graham admonished once-great veterans to quit the ring when their skills had clearly eroded." Tassinari noted that "many of Graham's pieces reflect the New York ambiance of the 1920s and the influences of Runyon and Hemingway in terms of characterization, atmosphere, and dialogue. Graham loved the offbeat, shadowy figures and rogues that dwelt on the fringes of his favorite sports--the gamblers, bookies, struggling horse trainers, and injury-riddled jockeys, and fight managers and promoters hustling for a buck or demonstrating the resiliency to continue in search of that elusive big payday."

    In addition to his biography of Gehrig, Graham wrote another of Giants manager McGraw, and histories of the Yankees, the Giants, and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Tassinari called the team books "Graham's finest." Baseball historian Peter C. Bjarkman wrote in the Cooperstown Review that "in the genre of baseball team histories, the best of them emphasize plot structure akin to well-crafted novels, a wealth of memorable characters, and a clearly defined team personality. Graham's trilogy consistently adheres to those standards. They combine his flawless narrative skills, firsthand knowledge of the principles, fringe characters, and long-forgotten lore, and a striking sense for the dramatic moments. The books have remained fresh, wonderfully informative, and lively, and their factual errors are relatively few and generally minor."

    After he left Look in 1944, Graham wrote a biography of Al Smith, the recently deceased governor of New York who had made an unsuccessful bid to be the Democratic Party's candidate for the presidency in 1928. Smith's family interfered with his writing of Al Smith, American: An Informal Biography, and he finished the book but never even reviewed the final galleys before it went to print.

    Baseball Extra is a collection of twenty of Graham's Sport articles. Third Man in the Ring is the life story of boxing referee Ruby Goldstein, as told to Graham. Goldstein had been unsuccessful as a lightweight contender and chose to become a referee while serving with the army during World War II as a physical training instructor. During the period in the 1950s when boxing was a popular television event, Goldstein became a recognized sports figure as he presided over nationally broadcast bouts. Baseball Wit and Wisdom: Folklore of a National Pastime, written with Dick Hyman, is Graham's collection of baseball-related anecdotes, drawings, and cartoons.

    Beginning in 1960, Graham's health began to fail. He cut back his number of columns, many of which were memorials to his old friends. Dying of cancer, he wrote in one column of his desire to be buried at the Saratoga Racetrack. Ironically, Graham suffered a skull fracture from a fall in his home in the spring of 1965 and died shortly thereafter.

    Among the tributes written after his passing was one by Jimmy Cannon which said, "A gentle man who seemed to walk on the tips of his toes as if he intended to pass through the world without disturbing anyone. He was, this shy and noble man, exactly as he wrote. The copy was pure and so was he. He typed it quickly on the toy machine with the dainty tapping of polite fingers. He frisked the characters of even the rogues for their good traits and cherished them for that. He was an original, this embarrassed poet, who changed sports writing, and brought to it the dignity of folk literature."

    PERSONAL INFORMATION: Family: Born November 12, 1893, in East Harlem, NY; died of a skull fracture, March 9, 1965; son of David and Frances (Sullivan) Graham; married Gertrude Lillian Whipp, October 17, 1923; children: four.

    AWARDS: J. G. Spink Award and inclusion into the Writers Wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Baseball Writers Association of America, 1971; A. J. Liebling Award (posthumous), Boxing Writers Association, 1997, for outstanding boxing writing.

    CAREER: Sportswriter and author. Worked as a telephone company messenger; New York Sun, New York, NY, reporter, sports columnist, 1914-43; Look, New York, NY, sports editor, 1943-44; New York Journal American, New York, NY, sports columnist, 1945-64.
    Frank Graham (Sportswriting. Born, New York, Nov. 13, 1893; died, New York, Mar. 9, 1965.) There is little doubt that Frank Graham was one of the major forces in the evolution of sportswriting in New York. His keen ear for dialogue and incredible memory enabled him to recreate dugout and lockerroom conversation verbatim without the benefit of notes but to the great benefit of his readers. Graham began as a sportswriter on The Sun, one of the best newspapers of that time, in 1915 and remained on the staff for 28 years, covering most of the major sports but concentrating primarily on baseball. While he was perhaps a somewhat better beat writer than most of his confreres, a major change in his career came on April 27, 1934, when Joe Vila (q.v.), The Sun’s sports editor, died. The publisher and managing editor decided to divide the jobs of sports editor and lead sports columnist. Graham got the column. Red Smith (q.v.), among others, later observed that this single event changed forever the nature of sports columns in New York and moved it to a higher plane. Graham, who also began turning out books with a biography of Lou Gehrig in 1942, tired of the daily column grind in 1943 and accepted the job as sports editor of LOOK Magazine. However, by 1945, he was back in harness as a columnist, this time at the New York Journal-American, where he stayed for the next 20 years, until shortly before his death. He also wrote books on the history of all three New York baseball teams of the day, the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Giants and the Yankees. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

    Lou Gehrig: A Quiet Hero: 1942
    The New York Yankees, 1943
    McGraw of the Giants: An Informal Biography, 1944
    The Brooklyn Dodgers: An Informal History, 1945
    The New York Giants, 1952
    Baseball Wit and Wisdom, 1952 (with Dick Hyman)
    Al Smith, American: An Informal Biography, Putnam (New York, NY), 1945.
    The New York Giants: An Informal History of a Great Baseball Team, Putnam (New York, NY), 1952.
    Baseball Extra, Barnes (New York, NY), 1954.
    (With Ruby Goldstein), Third Man in the Ring, Funk and Wagnalls (New York, NY), 1959.
    (With Dick Hyman), Baseball Wit and Wisdom: Folklore of a National Pastime, McKay (New York, NY), 1962.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Frank's photo/entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 505.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, March 20, 1965, pp. 28, col. 1.

    ----------------1933---------------------------------------------------------------L-R: Frank Graham, Granny Rice, Red Smith

    New York Times' obituary, March 10, 1965, pp. 41.

    --------------------------------------------------------------November, 1948, covering Army/Navy game.
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    James Joseph Aloysius Powers---AKA Jimmy Powers

    Born: February 9, 1903, Cleveland, OH
    Died: February 11, 1995, Bal Harbour, FL, age 92-----d. in his sleep at home

    New York sports writer;
    Marquettte University (Milwaukee, WI)
    Cleveland Press, 1925 - 1926
    New York sports editor NEA syndicate, 1927 - 1928
    New York News, 1929 - 1933
    New York Daily News, 1936 - 1959

    Baseball Personalities: Vivid Stories Of More Than 50 Of The Most Colorful Ball Players Of All Time, 1949
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    James Joseph Aloysius "Jimmy" Powers worked in the sports department of the New York Daily News for thirty-five years and was sports editor there for more than twenty years. His staff included such sportswriting greats as Dick Young, Joe Trimble, Jim McCulley, and Gene Ward, and cartoonists Bill Gallo and Leo "the Lion" O'Mealia. He rose to become the paper's top sports columnist with his popular six-days-a-week column, "The Powerhouse," which he continued writing after his retirement. During his decades as a sports journalist, Powers exerted considerable influence, not only in the printed page but also through the new medium of television. He was the announcer for the longest-running boxing broadcast, the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, from 1948 to 1960. The live matches originated from Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the show was popularly called the "Friday Night Fights."

    The eldest of ten children, Powers was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but raised in Enid, Oklahoma. He was an athlete who lettered in football, baseball, and track while attending Marquette University and was also a golfer, sailor, tennis player, deep-sea fisherman, and horseback rider. Before signing on with the Daily News, Powers wrote for newspapers in Cleveland, Muskogee, Oklahoma and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Once he settled in New York, the only break in his career with the Daily News came when he served four years in the U.S. Navy.

    His peak years as a sports journalist were from the Depression through the years immediate following World War II. Rob Edelman wrote in Dictionary of Literary Biography that it was during these years that Powers "was at his pithiest, most combative, and most confrontational." In 1940 Powers called baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis a hypocrite for criticizing player Joe DiMaggio's friendships with gamblers. Powers also pointed out the owners and team executives who were connected with gambling and other shady practices. He was a colorful writer, and his story about the final game of the 1945 World Series was selected by publisher E. P. Dutton as the year's best sports story and was included in its annual collection.

    Because of the number of batters who suffered fractured skulls from wild pitches, Powers was a proponent of batting helmets. Such crusades were popular with his readers, who numbered more than two million every day. At the height of Powers's career there were seven other competing papers, but he received more than 30,000 letters from his readers each year. Powers was also one of the first to speak out in favor of the integration of the major leagues. In 1938 he lobbied the New York Giants to sign pitcher Ray Brown of the Homestead Grays. The Negro League player had a perfect record of ten wins, no losses. When integration of the leagues became a reality with the signing of Jackie Robinson by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Powers was less supportive, saying that "Robinson will not make the major leagues. He is a thousand-to-one shot at best." In I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography, Robinson said Powers "wrote that I would not make the grade in the big leagues 'next year or the next.'" Sports historian Harvey Frommer, in New York City Baseball: The Last Golden Age, 1947-1957, quoted Powers as saying, "we would like to see him make good, but it is unfair to build high hopes and then dash them down. . . . he is a thousand to one shot to make the grade."

    Between 1943 and 1949 Powers did all he could to destroy the career of Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey. Rickey was the focal point of at least eighty columns, and Powers made references to Rickey in nearly as many more. He accused the executive of underpaying and manipulating his players, and his smear campaign effectively disrupted the club's operations and turned away fans and potential players. The attacks stopped suddenly when an anonymous correspondent sent Rickey a copy of a letter written by Powers, a letter that had anti-Semitic overtones. If Rickey had released the copy to the press, Powers's career would probably have been destroyed. Instead, a Dodgers representative called Powers and told him Rickey was in possession of the letter. Powers stopping writing critically about Rickey almost immediately.

    Powers was embroiled in other controversies. According to Daily News reporter Dave Kaplan, in a memorial piece published in that paper after Powers's death, Powers angered the boxing world in 1938 when he called promoter Mike Jacobs and the New York boxing commission "Snow Mike and the Seven Dwarfs." The following year, when an ill Lou Gehrig did not appear in the lineup, Powers wrote under his fictitious byline, "Jack Smith," that the Yankees slump was being caused by Gehrig's "contagious" disease and said the team was suffering from a "mass polio epidemic." Gehrig sued, and Powers issued a public apology. A long-running feud developed between Powers and Dan Parker of the rival New York Mirror. Parker said Powers was taking credit for pieces written by young staff members. Bill Gallo backed up this allegation but noted that in one instance Powers saw talent in the young man from another department whose article Powers had run, an opinion reenforced when readers praised the story, and then brought him into the sports department.

    Another Daily News columnist, Ed Sullivan, had made the jump to television in 1948 with his Toast of the Town, later renamed the Ed Sullivan Show. In 1949 Powers moved to television as well, becoming the announcer of Bowling Headliners, broadcast live on ABC from the Rego Park Lanes in Queens. That same year he began announcing the Friday-night fights from Madison Square Garden on Gillette Cavalcade of Sports. Powers sat in the mezzanine with boxing expert Arthur Susskind, seventy-five feet from ringside, sometimes using opera glasses to observe the fight. Susskind provided his expertise and trivia about the boxers, which he gave to Powers on index cards as Powers commented on the action.

    Powers's last column appeared just before the long New York newspaper strike that began in 1963. After he retired to Florida, he never wrote again but spent his time relaxing and pursuing his favorite pastimes. His wife predeceased him, and in his later years he developed a friendship with former Olympic swimmer Eleanor Holm. In writing Powers's New York Daily News obituary, Gallo said that "they got old together, kind of, playing tennis. All he did was just go to Mexico, go deep-sea fishing. He believed in living a full kind of life, but without doing anything. The only thing he wrote was letters."

    PERSONAL INFORMATION: Family: Born February 9, 1903, in Cleveland, OH; died February 11, 1995, in Bal Harbour, FL; married Winona Smyser; children: Patricia, Michael, Mary Ann. Education: Attended Marquette University.

    AWARDS: Best sports story of the year award, E. P. Dutton, 1945, for "Tiger Triumph."

    CAREER: Sportswriter. New York Daily News, New York, NY, 1928-63, sportswriter, columnist, sports editor, 1935-59, contributing columnist, 1959-63; radio show host; announcer for television programs, including Bowling Headliners, ABC, 1949, Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, NBC, 1949-60, Sports Newsreel, NBC, 1951-60, and Famous Fights, DuMont Network, 1952; interviewer for WPIX; host of syndicated shows Big Playback and Grantland Rice Story. Also worked for newspapers in Muskogee, OK, Milwaukee, WI, and Cleveland, OH. Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY, instructor, 1950s. Military service: U.S. Navy, served four years; become commander.
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------New York Times' Obituary, February 15, 1995, pp. D22.

    1948: L-R: Jimmy Powers, Jimmy Jemail, George Zaharias, Babe Didrickson, Gen. John Reed Kilpatrick.

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    Edward Hugh Prell

    Born: November 25, 1904, Pittsburg, Kansas
    Died: September 1, 1981, Kansas City, MO, age 76

    Chicago sports writer;
    HS senior at Pittsburgh HS in Kansas in 1921,
    Attended Kansas State Teachers College (now Pittsburg State University) 4 years. Enjoyed wrestling.
    Pittsburgh Sun (Kansas) sports editor till 1927;
    Ponca City (Okla.) News late in 1927 as sports editor, telegraph editor and police reporter.
    Wichita Beacon (Kansas) (1928)
    Omaha Bee-News, night sports editor;
    Chicago American, 1929 - January 23, 1936) & started writing ML baseball in 1932.
    Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, sports editor, ? - September 10, 1937
    Toledo News-Bee sports editor, September 10, 1937 - ?
    Chicago Tribune (copy-reader, November 16, 1939 - 1941), Football editor (June 21, 1941-1955), Baseball writer (September, 1955 - around 1970)
    Sporting News correspondent, 1966 - March 3, 1979

    Father: George, born Germany, July 10, 1875, died Joplin, MO, September 1, 1951; Mother: Mamie, born Missouri around 1880; Wife: Callie Lucille Taylor, born June 11, 1907 in Croweburg, KS, Died: July 10, 1980, Kansas City. Married around 1928, in Woodson, Kansas;

    Authored: Jolly Cholly's Story: Baseball, I Love You!, (as told to Ed Prell), 1968.

    Ed's photo/entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
    edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 501.---------------------------Sporting News' obituary, September 19, 1981, pp. 70, column 3.


    Chicago Tribune obituary, September 2, 1981, pp. C15.

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    Harold Francis Parrott

    Born: January 10, 1909, Brooklyn, NY
    Died: July 30, 1987, Palm Desert, CA, age 78

    Brooklyn sports writer / Dodgers' Traveling Secretary / Ticket Director for Dodgers, Angels, Pilots, Padres
    Graduated St. John's University (Queens, NY), 1927
    Brooklyn Eagle, 1931-43
    Brooklyn Dodgers' traveling secretary, January 1, 1944 - 1958
    Director of Dodgers' ticket sales, 1958 - 1963
    Director of California Angels' ticket sales, February, 1964 - 1968
    Director of Seattle Pilots' ticket sales, 1968 - April 16, 1969
    Director of San Diego Padres' ticket sales, July 19, 1969 - December, 1969.
    Executive Manager of Pacific Northwest Tennis Association, 1976

    Someone once wrote that after Walter O'Malley fired him from the Dodgers' ticket sales position in 1963, Harold spent the rest of his career and life bad-mouthing him, finally writing his book as a final, farewell slam on O'Malley. That may very well have been true, but that doesn't mean his criticisms of O'Malley were not true, relevant or well-founded. O'Malley gave many people good reasons to criticize him. Parrott simply had the inside track on him and his many corruptions. For example, O'Malley would fine anyone who said Branch Rickey's name out loud around the Dodgers' offices.

    The Lords of Baseball: A Wry Look at a Side of the Game the Fans Seldom See-the Front Office, 1976

    Sporting News' obituary
    August 17, 1987, pp. 53, column 2.

    -----------------------------------1988 Baseball Guide obituary-----------New York Times' obituary, July 31, 1987, pp. B14.


    ----------Around 1932: Inset photo, around 1976.

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    Harry Waid Neily---AKA Senor

    Born: March 7, 1881, Spartanburg, PA
    Died: August 26, 1948, Holgate, OH, age 67---buried on August 29, 1948 in Holgate, OH.

    Sports writer;
    Worked for 17 newspapers in his career, starting in 1898.
    Warren (PA) Democrat, 1899 - ?
    Warren (PA) Times,
    Warren (PA) Mirror, ? - 1902;
    Philadelphia North American,
    McKeesport Herald, 1902;
    Kane (PA) Courier,
    Warren (PA), linotype operator,
    Pittsburgh Post, lineotype
    Pittsburgh Post, News, 1902;
    Youngstown Vindicator (Ohio), 1902 - 1906, sports editor
    Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1907 - 1909;
    Penton Pub Co, 1909;
    Detroit Times, 1910; sports editor
    St. Louis Times, sports editor, 1910 - 1913;
    St. Louis Federals business manager, (Federal League, 1914),
    Denver Rocky Mountains News, 1914 - 1915;
    Denver Times, sports editor
    Chicago Herald, assistant sports editor, 1916
    Chicago Evening American, 1916 - 1933,
    Henry County Review, owner/editor, 1944 - 1948

    early member of BBWAA,; Father: Harry Neily Mother: Jennie W. Koehler; Wife: Thello Wertz, born Bryan, OH; Married Thello June 9, 1908 in Cuyahoga, OH

    Article talking about Harry.---(The Bryan Times, Wednesday, April 23, 1969, pp. 11.)
    Professional baseball is observing its centennial year. . . . The state of Ohio has contributed much toward the century-long development of baseball, furnishing many of the outstanding players and managers, umpires, sports scribes, announcers and teams.

    One of the well known baseball writers was the late Harry Neily, of Bryan, and his name is likely to be mentioned whenever there is a discussion of the great players, personalities and characters who have helped make up Organized Baseball, particularly those who participated since the turn of the century.

    Neily traveled for many years with the Chicago teams, the Cubs and White Sox, covering games for the Chicago American.

    Upon his retirement from that work, he settled down in Bryan, occasionally helping a little with the news work at the the old Bryan Democrat. He also was active in organizing the local industrial basketball and baseball leagues in the 1930's, and added some color by umpiring at the old Twilight League games.

    Later he moved over to Holgate and became a country editor as publisher of the weekly Review. He was among the group of area scribes who in 1947 formed the Press Box Club of Northwestern Ohio. He was 67 years old when he died Aug. 26, 1948.

    In an article in The Sporting News saluting the centennial of professional baseball, Frederick G. Lieb gave a colorful account of scores of he great sports writers. Of course, he mentioned Neily, giving him the following paragraph:

    "Baseball writers distinctly have been characters and haven't been afraid to be different. Harry Neily, of Chicago, sported a goatee and went around wearing a big sombrero, Mexican attire and boots with spurs attached. You could hear his spurs rattled against the concrete aisles."

    A former Napoleon sports writer, Judd Arnett, likes to recall Neily's days as a weekly editor at Holgate, and observes that "they just don't make country editors like him anymore."

    Arnett, now a columnist with the Detroit Free Press, once wrote the following description of Neily, who he said was one of the last of the old breed with color.

    "He was constructed, for example, along the general lines of Santa Claus, with a goatee instead of a beard, and his garb consisted of a blue pin-striped suit, cowboy boots and a ten-gallon hat. Early in his tenure, when he walked the streets of Holgate, the natives collapsed with laughter. But later, they came to understand and love him."

    Arnett also declared that Neily was a better writer than the famed Westbrook Pegler, but said he was not mean or vindictive. (The Bryan Times, Wednesday, April 23, 1969, pp. 11.)

    Harry's photo/entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 14.
    Harry was the Assistant Editor on the Project.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, September 1, 1948, pp. 7.

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