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  • James Patrick Dawson---AKA Jim Dawson---his Sporting News' oibt lists his middle name as Parnell.

    Born: March 27, 1895, New York City, NY
    Died: March 6, 1953, New York City, NY, age 57,---d. St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL, of heart ailment.

    New York sports writer;
    New York Times boxing editor, 1915 - 1953, helped found the New York
    Boxing Writers Association in 1936 and served as its 1st Vice President.
    Top baseball writer, and also specialized in boxing writing.

    Dawson began a 45-year career with the New York Times as a copy boy in 1908. Eight years later, he became boxing editor and covered boxing and baseball until his death during spring training in 1953. The annual award presented to the top rookie in the Yankees ' training camp is named in his honor.
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    Jimmy Dawson (Sportswriter. Born, New York, Mar. 27, 1895; died, St. Petersburg, Fla., Mar. 6, 1953.) Boxing editor of The New York Times for 38 years (1915-53), James P. Dawson was also distinguished as a baseball writer. Dawson was hired at age 13 in 1908 as an office boy for sports editor Henry P. Burchell (q.v.) and graduated to the sports desk five years later. He began covering baseball in 1918. Dawson covered every heavyweight champion from Jack Dempsey to Rocky Marciano, and was close enough to most of them to have a personal as well as professional relationship. Dempsey once presented him with a watch inscribed, “To my pal, Jimmy Dawson.” He was an organizer of the New York Boxing Writers Association (1936) and served as chapter chairman of the New York Baseball Writers Association (1936-37). Dawson, a six-footer who looked like one of the heavyweight fighters he covered, was an active participant in the writers’ shows at the annual dinners of both groups. He performed the feat of expanding his round-by-round summary of the 1921 Dempsey-Georges Carpentier fight at Jersey City from three paragraphs to three full columns from memory after returning to The Times office on the night of the fight. Dawson was a regular at Friday Night Fights at the Garden (he covered his last Feb. 20, 1953), was distinguished to television viewers as the man at ringside in the cap, and was honored by a moment of silence before the main event the night he died. Dawson passed away while covering Yankees spring training and the best Yankees spring training rookie award selected annually is named for him. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)


    Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 500.


    -------------Hartford Courant obituary, March 7, 1953, pp. 11.---------------------------Sporting News' obituary, March 18, 1953, pp. 22.

    October, 1936: Casey Stengel, James Dawson, Joe McCarthy -----September 27, 1938, Yankee Stadium: (L-R) Bill Dickey, Red Ruffing, and Joe DiMaggio, were presented with Buick
    ----------------------------------------------------------------, automobiles for being elected to the Kellogg All-American Baseball Popularity Team. James Dawson (R), presented them.




    ------------------------1953----------------------------May 12, 1937, Jim Dawson, Carl Hubbell, Ford Frick. Giving Hubbell the 1936 NL MVP, Polo Grounds.


    January 12, 1940: L-R: NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker, Jim Dawson, Billy Conn.-------January 18, 1939: Jim Dawson presents retired Boxing Champion, Jack Dempey with an award.
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    • James Timothy Gallagher---AKA Jim Gallagher

      Born: June 9, 1904, Lorain, OH
      Died: April 9, 2002, Port Republic, VA 24471, age 92

      Chicago / New York sports writer;
      Graduated Notre Dame University (South Bend, IN), 1929
      Lorain Times-Herald
      Mansfield News, (OH)
      Cleveland Times
      South Bend News-Times
      Chicago American, November, 1928 - January, 1941
      Cubs' General Manager, November 14, 1940 - October, 1956
      Cleveland Indians executive (Press bureau VP), 1956 - 1958
      Ad/PR agency, 1957,
      Phillies' farm teams' director, 1958 - 1962
      Commissioner's Office, 1962 - 1974
      Helped developed baseball pension plan & free agency rules.

      Father: James, born Ohio, June, 1869; Mother: Mary, born Ohio around 1868.
      Wife 1: Eva Chittick, born around 1908, married 1933, died February 12, 1966; Wife 2: Mary Elizabeth Cleary, born February 21, 1920, married 1968, died Port Republic, VA, December 23, 1996; Son: James Timothy Gallagher, born around 1942, died August 17, 1960.

      Daily News-Record obituary, (Harrisonburg, VA), April 11, 2002.


      Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 500.------Sporting News' obituary, February 26, 1966.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Port Republic Cemetery, Port Republic, VA


      1950: Cubs' executives; Jim Gallagher (sitting), Charlie Grimm, Frankie Frisch.


      1950: Cubs' executives; Jim Gallagher, Charlie Grimm, Frankie Frisch.-------------------------------------------November 14, 1940: James Gallagher, Philip Wrigley, Bill Veeck. Appointing Mr. Gallagher the Cubs' GM.


      March 18, 1953, NL Executives' meeting: L-R: Jim Gallagher (Cubs), Horace Stoneham (Giants), Bob Carpenter (Phillies), Gabe Paul (Reds),
      Lou Perini (Braves), John Wilson (Cardinals), Walter O'Malley (Dodgers), Branch Rickey (Pirates). Seated: Warren Giles (NL President), Fred Fleig (NL Secretary)
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      • Paul Herbert Shannon

        Born: September 1, 1876, Boston, MA
        Died: January 19, 1939, Pass-A-Grille Bay, FL, age 62
        d. accidentally drowned, after he became ill and fell from the seawall, his head striking the sharp rocks.

        Boston sports writer;
        Graduated Boston College, 1898.
        Graduated Harvard (Cambridge, MA), 1906.
        Boston Post, started as college correspondent while still at Harvard. Sports editor, 1907 - 1939.

        Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 500.

        ------------------------------------------------------------------------Baseball Guide, 1940.

        Sporting News' Obituary, January 26, 1939, pp. 10.

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        • James Coffey O'Leary---AKA Uncle Jim

          Born: September 14, 1861, Charleston, NH
          Died: March 17, 1948, Boston, MA, age 86

          Boston sports writer; Started as a telegrapher in Boston (1882), Pittsburgh, Buffalo.
          Boston Globe telegrapher (1890-92), copy desk ('92-13), sports writer (1913-38).

          Father: Patrick; Mother: Elizabeth Coffey; His middle name was his mother's last name.

          His entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 493.-----------------------Sporting News' obituary, March 24, 1948, pp. 6, column 4.


          1939: AL President Will Harridge, Jim O'Leary, Ted Williams.------October 7, 1937: L-R: Alan Gould (AP sports editor), Jake Wade (Charleston Observer),
          -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Harry Salsinger (Detroit News), Cy Peterman (Philadelphia Bulletin), James O'Leary (Boston Post)
          .

          --------------------------------1933----------------------------------------same picture enlarged

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          • Henry Lawrence Farrell, Sr.

            Born: September 8, 1894, Xenia, OH
            Died: April 9, 1954, Dayton, OH, age 59,---d. at Veterans Administration hospital. Had been a patient there since June, 1948 for various periods.

            New York / Cleveland sports writer;
            Started on editorial staffs Xenia Gazette & Columbus Dispatch (OH),
            US Army, 37th Division, (June 2, 1917)
            United Press, sports editorial staff, (New York)
            Newspaper Enterprises Alliance, (Cleveland)
            Became ill, left NEA.
            Dayton Daily News & papers in Chicago & Detroit.

            New York Times' obituary-------Sporting News' obituary
            April 10, 1954, pp. 15.-----------April 21, 1954, pp. 28, column 4.-Henry's July 13, 1920 passport photo.

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            • Dr. William Earl Brandt---AKA Bill Brandt

              Born: October 30, 1891, Philadelphia, PA
              Died: November 18, 1963, Conshohocken, PA, age 72

              Philadelphia / New York sports writer;
              Graduated Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA), 1911
              Philadelphia Evening Star, September, 1911
              Philadelphia Bulletin
              Philadelphia Record, 1912 - ?
              Philadelphia Public Ledger, ? - February 20, 1929
              New York Times, February, 1929 - October 9, 1932
              Philadelphia Public Ledger, October 9, 1932 - November, 1934
              Philadelphia Phillies' Publicity Director, 1934
              PR director of NL Service Bureau, November, 1934 - 1945

              Sporting News' Obituary
              November 30, 1963, pp. 28, column 3.-------------New York Times' Obituary, November 20, 1963. pp. 43.

              ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 501.
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              • Clare Rutherford Rennie---AKA Rud Rennie

                Born: August 8, 1894, Toronto, Canada
                Died: October 6, 1956, Huntington, NY, age 59---d. Huntington Hospital, heart ailment

                New York sports writer;
                Came to US at early age. 2 Years at Columbia School of Journalism, all he did. Discharged from US Army,
                New York Morning Sun, 1919 - 1920
                New York Tribune, 1920 (started writing sports in June, 1925.)
                New York Herald-Tribune general assignment reporter, 1920 - 1925 (ship news, courts, crime, politics, labor, food, rewrites, managing assistant night city editor, assistant day city editor.
                Started writing sports in June, 1925, assigned to NY Yankees.
                New York Herald-Tribune, 1925 - 1956
                When his health started to fail a year and a half before he died, Rud switched to horse racing, to avoid out-of-town trips of baseball.

                Rud Rennie (Sportswriter. Born, Toronto, Ont., Aug. 8, 1894; died, Huntington, L.I., Oct. 6, 1956.) Coming to the U.S. as a young man, Clare Rutherford Rennie worked many odd jobs (including stevedore), but turned to newspaper reporting after service in the U.S. Army during World War I. Rennie began his career with the morning Sun in 1919 and moved to the New York Tribune the following year. In March 1924, the Tribune absorbed the Herald, forming the Herald Tribune. A year later, Rennie became a sportswriter and began covering the Yankees. In his 27 years on the beat (1925-52), he covered 17 A.L. pennant winners and some two dozen World Series. Rennie mainly covered thoroughbred racing during his final four years on the Herald Tribune, taking over the beat after the death of Joe H. Palmer. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                Sporting News' Obituary----------New York Times' Obituary
                October 17, 1956, pp. 30, column 3.-----------October 7, 1956, pp. 86.---------------July, 1922 passport

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                -----------------------------------------------------------------------------edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 501.
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                • Garrett D. Waters---AKA Muddy Waters

                  Born: October 3, 1907, Washington, DC
                  Died: June 23, 1980, Gaithersburg, MD, age 72,---d. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (Gaithersburg, MD), following a heart attack.

                  Washington sports writer;
                  Washington Post, sports writer, July 4, 1927 - 1930
                  Washington Times, sports writer, May, 1930
                  Philadelphia Inquirer, 1939
                  Washington Daily News
                  International News Service, 1943
                  Takoma Journal, 1948 - 1950
                  Washington Post, copy editor sports desk, 1950
                  Washington Times-Herald
                  Washington Daily News, feature writer, drama critic until 1972.
                  Montgomery Journal, part time copy editor, theater critic.

                  Father: Robert L.; Mother: Susan H.; Wife: Leary Lewis Waters; Son: Garrett D., Jr.; Son: Robert Colin;

                  Washington Post Obituary,----------------------------------------Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
                  Tuesday, June 24, 1980. ------------------------------------------edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 501.

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                  • Floyd F. Walter---AKA Bucky Walter

                    Born: July 23, 1917, Los Angeles, California
                    Died: January 19, 2003, Millbrae, CA, age 85,---d. died Sunday at a board-and-care facility in South San Francisco, where he had lived since being injured in a car accident in the mid-1990s.

                    San Francisco sports writer;
                    San Francisco News
                    Enlisted WWII (as a second lieutenant was assigned to the China-India-Burma theater, where he was editor of the area's Army newspaper. He reached the rank of major before the end of the war.)
                    San Francisco News Call-Bulletin
                    San Francisco Examiner, ? - 1987

                    Mother's Maiden name: Majeska

                    San Francisco Chronicle obituary, January 23, 2003, pp. C2.
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                    • Roscoe Emmett McGowen

                      Born: July 16, 1886, Alta, IA
                      Died: November 5, 1966, Middletown, CT, age 80,---d. at North Woodstock, Ct, his grand-daughter's home.)

                      New York sports writer;
                      New York Daily News, 1922 - 1929
                      New York Times, 1929 - 1959

                      Wife: Maxine, born Kansas around 1886, died November 12, 1963, North Woodstock, CT; Son Deane; Daughter: Dorothy (McGowen) Farrows.

                      At 11 he became a reporter and a printer's devil with an Iowa weekly. Later, moved to Walnut Grove Banner (Illinois) for $15. a month, & later became a railroad telegrapher & wire reporter for Associated Press.

                      Roscoe McGowen (Sportswriter. Born, Alta, Iowa, July 16, 1886; died, North Woodstock, Conn., Nov. 5, 1966.) A former telegraph operator with a baso profundo voice, Roscoe Emmitt McGowen lent his considerable skills to baseball writing at The New York Times for 30 years (1929-59) and to the B.B.W.A.A. New York chapter annual dinner for even longer. McGowen began a newspaper career in the Midwest, worked as a railroad telegrapher, wire operator for both the A.P. and U.P., and wrote editorials for the Rock Island (Ill.) Argus. The latter employment brought him to the attention of the Chicago Tribune and, in 1922, he began writing editorials for the Tribune’s sister paper, the New York Daily News. In 1928, McGowen moved to the Brooklyn Standard Union as a sportswriter and joined The Times the following year. He covered the Dodgers principally until they moved out of Brooklyn after the 1957 season. McGowen was considered a top-notch official scorer and chaired the 1949-50 committee that recodified the scoring rules. He was national president of the B.B.W.A.A. in 1949. As part of the New York chapter B.B.W.A.A. dinner, he wrote barbed poetry for the program and performed in the writers’ show that was the highlight (by some standards) of the affair. He was the father of Deane McGowen. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                      Photo/Entry for 1933 Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
                      edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 502.---------------Sporting News' Obituary, November 19, 1966, pp. 42, column 3.


                      New York Times' Obituary, November 6, 1966, pp. 88.


                      April 17, 1956: Johnny Podres, Walt Alston (Dodgers' Mgr.), Roscoe McGowan.------------------February 2, 1947: Stan Musial/Roscoe McGowan; Presenting Player of the Year Award at NY writers' yearly dinner.


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


                      Sid Mercer, Roscoe McGowen, Lou Fanseca.

                      L-R: February 7, 1943, Hotel Commodore, NYC: New York sports writers' 20th annual dinner: Red Patterson, Sid Mercer, NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker, Roscoe McGowen.
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                      • William Joseph Slocum---AKA Bill Slocum

                        Born: December 17, 1883, Winsted, CT
                        Died: May 6, 1943, New York, NY, age 59,---d. St. Elizabeth Hospital (NYC) after a heart attack.

                        New York sports writer;
                        Graduated St. Thomas Preparatory Seminary, Hartford, Conn., 1903. He initially contemplated becoming a priest. He was nephew of Monsignor William J. Slocum.
                        Waterbury Republican, February, 1907
                        Waterbury American, 1908
                        New York Times, September, 1910 - 1914,
                        New York Evening Sun, 1914 - 1919,
                        New York Times, 1919 - 1922,
                        New York Herald-Tribune, 1922 - 1925,
                        New York American, June, 1925 - 1938.
                        Mostly covered the New York Yankees, until 1936, when he shifted to the New York Giants.
                        Took over from Ford Frick as Babe Ruth's ghost writer. Since 1938, employed by General Mills in spreading baseball by radio.
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                        Bill Slocum, Sr. (Sportswriter. Born, Winsted, Conn., Dec. 17, 1883; died, New York, May 6, 1943.) Among the most prominent baseball writers and sports editors of his era, William Joseph Slocum started his rise with the Waterbury (Conn.) American in 1906. Slocum became sports editor of the American, that city’s afternoon paper, in 1908, but came to The New York Times a year later. He then moved to The Sun before returning to The Times as assistant sports editor. On Feb. 23, 1922, Slocum became sports editor of the New York Tribune and carried on in that role after the 1924 merger with the Herald. In June 1925, Slocum became sports editor of the New York American and remained with the Hearst paper for the next 12 years. Slocum returned to sportswriting when Ed Frayne (q.v.) became the American sports editor in November 1926. After the American was merged with the Evening Journal in 1937, he left the business and became a public relations executive with General Mills. Slocum was influential in giving the cereal maker a high-profile sports image. He was national president of the B.B.W.A.A. in 1931. The New York chapter of the B.B.W.A.A. honors him annually with the presentation of the Bill Slocum Award for long and meritorious service. His son, William Joseph, Jr. (1912-1974) was also a sportswriter at the American (1935-37), Journal-American (1937-40) and World-Telegram before becoming a general columnist with the Daily Mirror (1948-63). (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' article------------------Sporting News' Obituary
                        May 7, 1943, pp. 19.--------------March 10, 1938, pp. 9, column 5.---------May 13, 1943, pp. 5, column 2.

                        -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Photo/Entry 1933 Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 502.
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                        • Lester Rodney---AKA Red Rodney

                          Born: April 17, 1911, NYC
                          Died: December 20, 2009, Walnut Creek, CA, age 98

                          Outside the popular press, there was a writer for the Communist Party's Daily Worker. His name is Lester "Red" Rodney. (This is going back to the days when you'd call people by some descriptive, and often derogatory, nickname - like "Dago" DiMaggio.)

                          As the first Communist American sportswriter of any significance, he brought an unique and often controversial perspective on sports. There's an excellent interview of him in the April 3, 2004 "Counterpunch", which can be found at www.counterpunch.org/zirin04032004.html. I think you'll find it fascinating, particularly as its relates to Rodney's first-hand accounts and insights respecting Paige, Gibson, Robinson & Campanella.

                          Before Rodney, sports apparently were not covered by Communist papers, because they were considered to be a tool of the ruling class. Opium of the People and all that. Rodney ran track in college and was able to become a sports writer for the Daily Worker, using Joe Louis's fight against Schmeling and Baseball's prohibition against Black ballplayers as a way of getting around the paper's normal rules against such coverage.

                          Photo on right: Lester Rodney, 94, accepts his induction into the Shrine of the Eternals. In 1936, newly hired as the first sports editor of the Daily Worker, the house organ of the American Communist Party, Rodney immediately used his position with the paper to launch an attack on the continued hypocrisy of the color line in baseball, and he would play a pivotal role in the campaign to integrate baseball that culminated with Branch Rickey’s signing of Jackie Robinson.
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                          Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
                          Lester (Red) Rodney (born April 17, 1911) is an American journalist who helped break down the color barrier in baseball as sports writer for the Daily Worker.

                          Early life
                          Rodney was born in Manhattan, New York, the third of four children of Isabel Cotton and Max Rodney. The Rodneys moved from the Bronx to Brooklyn when Lester was 6, where his lifelong love of the Dodgers developed. Rodney’s father lost his business, and then the family home, in the 1929 stock market crash that began the Great Depression, an era in which Communism and other radical social philosophies captured the attention of the intelligentsia. Rodney earned a partial track scholarship to Syracuse University, but his family could not afford the other half of his tuition so he did not complete his formal education. To supplement the family income, he took odd jobs, including helping his attorney brother-in-law and chauffeuring rich children to school.[1]

                          Sports writer for the Daily Worker
                          Rodney's favorite jobs though involved sports, and in 1936 he parlayed his high school background in sports writing into a job with the Daily Worker and its Sunday edition, the Sunday Worker, the party organ of the Communist Party USA, or CPUSA. There Rodney was able to combine sports journalism with his developing sense of social justice, to champion social issues, most notably the desegregation of major league baseball. Many American Jews felt as persecuted as African Americans, and it was not a stretch for a young Jewish intellectual to see the contradiction of the fight against Hitler's bigotry and the continued oppression of black people in the United States. Rodney was given wide discretion in his sports writing, permitted to criticize baseball, America, and Hitler in order to prove his point that some African American ballplayers were equal to white major leaguers. He leveled much of this criticism at Branch Rickey, the general manager of his beloved Dodgers

                          Rodney served in the South Pacific in World War II, and it was during his service that Branch Rickey announced the signing of Los Angeles native and war veteran Jackie Robinson to a minor league contract. Rodney's paper had touted Robinson’s abilities for nine long years leading up to this event, and Daily Worker editor Mike Gold wrote an editorial praising Rodney’s efforts as bringing desegregation to fruition. Rodney was one of the few white sports writers of his time to devote a great deal of space and praise to black athletes. His sports page often carried more stories about Joe Louis and Kenny Washington than on those white athletes whose prowess was the subject of the mainstream papers. Rodney's outspoken commentary often publicly pitted him against other sportswriters, but they would often offer information for Rodney to publish that they could not themselves use.[4] Soon after returning from the war, Rodney met the woman who would become his second wife, Clare, a lifelong educator, and they were married on April 21, 1946. Rodney stayed with the Daily Worker until the mid-1950s, keeping on top of racial issues in sports.

                          Fresh start in California
                          Following Nikita Khrushchev's 1956 Secret Speech detailing the crimes of the Stalin era, Rodney joined Daily Worker editor John Gates in an attempt to open the pages of the paper to debate. CPUSA leaders suppressed this staff revolt, and suspended publication of the paper as a daily. After 22 years as the Daily Worker's sports writer, Rodney resigned from the CPUSA and the paper in January 1958 to seek a new life in California. The Rodneys moved from New York to Torrance, California, in 1958, where they lived for 31 years. Rodney continued to work as a journalist, most notably as the Religion editor of the Long-Beach Press Telegram.[5] The Rodneys had two children, Amy and Ray, and later a granddaughter, Jessie. Rodney kept active all his life playing sports, and in his 60s saw success in his senior amateur tennis career, ranking as the #1 or #2 player in his age group in California until retiring from competition in 1998. In 1990, the Rodneys moved again, this time to Walnut Creek, California, where Lester still lives as of 2007. Clare died in May 2004.
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                          Lester Rodney (Sports Editor. Born, New York, Apr. 17, 1911.) For two terms interrupted by service in the U.S. Army, Lester Rodney was sports editor of the Daily Worker, the Communist Party daily newspaper in New York. A graduate of New Utrecht H.S., Rodney attended N.Y.U. for two years before turning to writing. He became sports editor of the Worker in 1936, left in 1942, and returned after the war for almost eleven years (1946-57) before leaving what was reduced by then to a weekly. Rodney worked for newspapers in California and as an advertising agency copywriter before retiring. In later years, he became a nationally-ranked U.S.T.A. senior tennis player. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                          Rodney celebrated his 96th birthday on April 17, 2007 in Walnut Creek, California with his partner, Mary Reynolds Harvey.

                          Great post on these writers who were so influential, Bill. Thanks.
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                          • James Campbell Isaminger---AKA Jimmy Isaminger

                            Born: December 6, 1880, Hamilton, OH
                            Died: June 17, 1946, Mead, PA, age 66,---d. at home.

                            Philadelphia sports writer:
                            Cincinnati Times-Star assistant to Charles Zuber, 1895 - 1905.
                            Philadelphia North American sports writer, 1905-25,
                            Philadelphia Inquirer, baseball editor & sports editor until his stroke, 1925 - September 17, 1940.
                            Helped break the 1919 'Black Sox' scandal.

                            Edited: The Reach Official American League Base Ball Guide for 1931-1933
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                            James Isaminger and John Carmichael were the recipients of the 1974 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

                            Born in Hamilton, Ohio, James Isaminger, began his career in journalism with the Cincinnati Times-Star. Recommended by American League founder and president Ban Johnson, Isaminger joined the staff of the Philadelphia North American in 1905. When the paper folded in 1925, Isaminger moved to the Philadelphia Inquirer where he penned his well-known columns "Tips from the Sporting Ticker" and "Under the Spotlight."

                            The longtime editor and co-author of the Reach annual baseball guides, Isaminger was a Philadelphia institution. His investigative efforts, along with those of Ring Lardner and Hugh Fullerton, were instrumental in exposing the truth behind the "Black Sox" scandal of 1919.

                            A former president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Isaminger died in 1946 at the age of 65.
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                            His entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,----------------New York Times' obituary, June 18, 1946, pp. 25.
                            edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 492.


                            --------------1932------------------------------Young Pup, 1912------------------1938

                            Jimmy Isaminger with Connie Mack; February 22, 1940


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                            • Bertram Joseph Gumpert---AKA Bert Gumpert

                              Born: October 8, 1899, New York
                              Died: December 22, 1979, Miami, FL, age 80

                              New York sports writer; German Jewish
                              NYC clerk, (September 12, 1918 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                              NYC clerk for cotton firm, (January 7, 1920 census)
                              Bronx Home News, at least by 1930 - April 18, 1948?
                              New York Post, October 5, 1949? - January 1, 1956?
                              Father: Max M, born Connecticutt, October, 1869; Mother: Emma, born New York, April, 1872
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                              • Algernon Clifford Bloodgood---AKA Cliff Bloodgood

                                Born: March 6, 1894, New York City, NY
                                Died: October 8, 1957, Bronx, NY, age 63

                                New York sports writer;
                                Attended Morris HS, Attended New York School of Fine & Applied Arts (NYC),
                                Attended National Academy of Design (NYC) for 1 year.
                                Served 2 years in US Navy, (World War I)
                                Baseball Magazine, art director & associate editor, 1919 - 1937, Editor-in-Chief / art director, 1937 - 1954.

                                -----------------Sporting News' Obituary----------------New York Times' Obituary,
                                ----------------October 23, 1957, pp. 24.---------------October 10, 1957, pp. 33.

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