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  • Wilbur Wittler Wood---AKA Woodie

    Born: January 1, 1892, Kansas City, MO
    Died: March 18, 1968, Hollywood, FL, age 77,---d. stroke at home

    St. Louis / New York sports writer;
    St. Louis Republic, 1913 - 1919
    St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 1919 - ?
    Cleveland News,
    Wisconsin News, (Milwauke, WI)
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
    New York Herald, 1920 - 1924
    New York Sun, 1924 - 1950, sports editor, 1934 - 1950
    Primarily boxing writer.

    served 11 mo. in naval aviation unit in France, (WWI)
    Lived in Florida since retirement, 1950)
    In 1926, when the Boxing Writers Association formed, they elected Wood President. When Joe Vila died in 1934, Wood replaced him as sports editor of New York Sun until 1950.

    Wilbur Wood (Sports editor. Born, Kansas City, KS, Jan. 1, 1892; died, Hollywood, FL, Mar. 18, 1968.) Among the most important boxing writers of his era, Wilbur Wood became the last sports editor of the original Sun. Wood became a reporter in 1913 when he joined the old St. Louis Republic. He later became a sportswriter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after tours with newspapers in Akron (O.), Cleveland (O.), and Milwaukee (Wisc.).

    In 1920, Wood came to New York with the Herald, but few of its staffers were retained when the Herald was merged into the Tribune in March 1924, and Wood went to The Sun. He focused on boxing with the afternoon paper and was one of the leaders in organizing the Boxing Writers Association. He served as its first president (1926). In 1934, The Sun’s sports editor, Joe Vila (q.v.), died. Wood was promoted to sports editor, giving up his boxing column, although he continued to write events, including boxing. A traditional combination was broken when managing editor Keats Speed decided to give the daily column (previously written by the sports editor) to Frank Graham (q.v.) instead. Wood continued at The Sun until the paper was sold to the World-Telegram Jan. 4, 1950.

    Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball ,-----------------New York Times' Obituary, March 20, 1968, pp. 47.-----Sporting News' Obituary,
    edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 503.------------------------------------------------------------------------------April 6, 1968, pp. 38, column 2.

    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-11-2011, 11:32 PM.


    • William Mellors Henry---AKA Bill Henry

      Born: August 21, 1890, San Francisco, CA
      Died: April 13, 1970, Northridge, CA, age 79,

      Los Angeles sports writer;
      Los Angeles Times, 1911 - 1970
      Graduated Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA) in 1921. LA Times political columnist for 30 years, made editor by 1917. Began his "By the Way" column in 1939. TV & radio commentator for many years. Joined LA Times after graduation & covered movies, autos, aeronautics. He began radio in 1922.

      Associated with LA Times from 1911-1970. Was their war correspondent in France & South Pacific during WWII. NBC Network news analyst.

      New York Times' obituary, April 15, 1970, pp. 46.

      Los Angeles Times' obituary, April 14, 1970, pp. 3.

      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-06-2012, 10:28 AM.


      • Hyman C. Turkin---AKA Hy Turkin

        Born: May 9, 1915, New York City, NY
        Died: June 24, 1955, Forrest Hills (Queens), NY, age 40---d. At University Hospital, after 6 months of liver disease.

        New York sports writer; Jewish
        Graduated Cooper Union (NYC), 1936, degree in electircal engineering,
        New York Daily News, 1936 - ?
        One of the founders of the National Foundation for Muscular Dystrophy. Collaborated on The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball with S.C. Thompson.

        Father: Moisehe; Mother: Esther;

        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
        Hy Turkin (May 9, 1915 in New York, New York – June 24, 1955) was a sportswriter best known for co-editing the first 1952 baseball encyclopedia. Turkin was born in New York, one of six children. He joined the staff of the New York Daily News after graduating from Cooper Union in 1936 with a degree in electrical engineering. Turkin covered baseball, basketball, and track for the paper.

        A chance meeting with baseball researcher S.C. Thompson in 1944 led the two to colloborate on what would become the first true baseball encyclopedia. Published by A.S. Barnes in 1951, the book contained a complete listing of every man who had played Major League Baseball, along with the years they had played, the teams they had played for, and some basic statistics. It was a remarkable contribution to the field of baseball history. The book earned the endorsement of Commissioner A.B. "Happy" Chandler, and nine revised editions were published after Turkin's death (the last in 1979).

        Turkin was one of the founders of the National Foundation for Muscular Dystrophy. He was married to the former Florence Kerr, and the couple had a daughter named Margery. Turkin died at the age of 40, following a six-month battle with liver disease. New York Times writer Arthur Daley described him as "a bustling little dynamo with an inquisitive turn of mind." Following Turkin's death, the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association named a new annual award after him. The Hy Turkin Memorial Award is given annually to professional basketball's rookie of the year.
        Hy Turkin, a New York Daily News reporter, and S.C. Thompson, a part-time statistician at the Elias Baseball Bureau, began collaborating in 1944. They both had an interest in expanding on Ernest Lanigan’s work, The Baseball Cyclopedia, by including birth and death information, as well as statistics.

        The two teamed up and spent the next seven years preparing the first edition of The Official Encyclopedia of Baseball, which was published in hardcover in 1951 by A.S. Barnes & Co., in conjunction with Baseball’s Diamond Jubilee – the 75th anniversary of the National League. Lanigan was among those who helped, and 50,000 copies were sold.

        So well received was the book that it was updated in 1956 and again in 1959, after which both Turkin and Thompson passed on. Roger Treat did the fourth edition in 1962, and upon his death, his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Peter Rowe Treat did edition five in 1970 and edition six in 1972. (Two competitors, the Roland Encyclopedia of Baseball, and Nelson’s 20th Century Encyclopedia of Baseball failed to pull readers from Turkin & Thompson). Eventually, Pete Palmer took it through its tenth and final edition in 1979, by which time its importance had been far exceeded by the MacMillan Baseball Encyclopedia.

        New York Times' obituary, June 25, 1955, pp. 15.

        April 27, 1947: Babe Ruth Day at Yankee Stadium.
        Background: L-R: MC Mel Allen, Francis Cardinal Spellman, Commissioner Happy Chandler, Emory C. Perry (long time Babe Ruth friend), William Harridge (AL President), sports writer Hy Turkin on the right in the bowtie.

        1947: Babe Ruth, signing to do the Babe Ruth Story.
        Benson Ford is standing with the light-colored suit and striped tie. Sports writer Hy Turkin on the right with the bowtie.

        Hy with his daughter.

        Leo Durocher/Hy Turkin: 1944-47

        Satchel Paige. Hy Turkin on the right.

        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-03-2013, 01:42 PM.


        • Manila Grant Shaver---AKA Bud Shaver

          Born: April 7, 1899, Zanesville, OH
          Died: February 21, 1947, Detroit, MI, age 47

          Detroit sports writer;
          WWI, Attended Detroit College of Law,
          WWII (enlisted Army Air Forces), 1942, Pacific theater, was major
          Vice President of Detroit Lions, National FB club
          Detroit Times sports writer, 1925 - 1929, sports editor, 1929 - ?
          PR director of radio station WWJ (Detroit)

          New York Times' obituary, February 23, 1947, pp. 53.

          ------------------------------------------------------Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
          ------------------------------------------------------edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 504.

          -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------L-R: Bud Shaver, Judge Ned. H. Smith, Mrs. David Zuhlke.
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-06-2012, 11:57 AM.


          • Volney P. Walsh

            Born: September 9, 1903, Cleveland, OH
            Died: March 29, 1937, Denver, CO, age 33

            Denver / Pittsburgh sports writer;
            In 1930, he was a reporter for Denver newspaper.
            Pittsburgh Press sports writer, 1932 - May, 1936
            After spring training with the Pirates in 1936, he had to return to Denver, CO to regain his health, which suffered from the cold in Pittsburgh, PA.


            -----------------------------------------------------------------------Los Angles Times' obituary, May 30, 1937, pp. A10.

            Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,-------------------------------------------Sporting News' news item, May 7, 1936, pp. 5, column 6.
            edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 504.

            Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-06-2011, 07:25 PM.


            • Ivan Hugh Peterman---AKA Cy Peterman

              Born: February 21, 1899, Cecil, WI (near Green Bay)
              Died: January 26, 1978, Upper Darby, PA, age 78

              Philadelphia sports writer;
              Enlisted Aviation corps for WWI, discharged December 15, 1918, without overseas service.
              Graduated University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI) journalistic course, 1922
              Buffalo Courier,
              Duluth News-Tribune,
              Superior Telegram,
              Port Huron Times Herald,
              Chicago American,
              Milwaukee (Wisconsin) News,
              Philadelphia North American
              Philadelphia Bulletin sports writer / columnist, 1924 - 1938
              Philadelphia Inquirer, 1938 - 1954
              WWII correspondent & international correspondent
              Founded Philadelphia Ins. Information Corporation, lecturer, Radio Ins. Q&A program.

              Mr. Peterman's reputation was based on his Philadelphia Inquirer days from 1938 - 1958. He wrote that America wasn't getting its value from the Marshal Plan. Covered UN, Nato, peace conferences & assorted world events.

              Photo/Entry Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 504.---Philadelphia Inquirer obituary, January 28, 1978, pp. 6-C.----------------------------Obituary, January 28, 1978.

              December 23, 1941: Connie Mack (right)/Philadelphia sports writers:---------------------October 7, 1937: L-R: Alan Gould (AP sports editor), Jake Wade (Charleston Observer),
              Al Horwitz (top, 2nd fr. L.), Ed Pollock (bottom, 2nd fr. L.), Cy Peterman (bottom, 3rd fr. L.)--Harry Salsinger (Detroit News), Cy Peterman (Philadelphia Bulletin), James O'Leary (Boston Post)
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-03-2011, 10:00 AM.


              • Herbert Frederick Simons

                Born: November 29, 1907, Chicago, IL
                Died: September 14, 1968, Highland, IL, age 60

                Chicago sports writer;
                Attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL);
                Member Tau Delta Phi national college fraternity, served on its National Executive Concil for 2 yrs.
                Chicago Journal,
                Chicago Daily Times,
                Covered both White Sox / Cubs.
                Baseball Digest editor & publisher, August, 1942-63.

                Father: David Louis; Mother: Amelia Smith

                Baseball Digest is a baseball magazine resource, published in Evanston, Illinois by Lakeside Publishing Company. It is the oldest baseball magazine in the United States. It was created by Herbert F. Simons, a sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Times, in 1942. Simons first published the magazine in August, 1942, and served as its editor-in-chief until 1963.

                It is published 8 times a year (Jan./Feb., Mar./Apr., May, June, July, August, September, and Oct./Nov.) – with National and American League schedules, directories, and pre-season rosters – the magazine provides insights on Major League Baseball history and on current stars, often from one-on-one interviews. Other features include batting, pitching and fielding statistics, a "fans speak out" letters section, a "Baseball Profile" of one player, trivia questions in a Quick Quiz, previews, rules review, a crossword puzzle, and analysis of upcoming prospects. In addition, Baseball Digest provides season-ending features on its All-Star rookie team along with player and pitcher of the year ratings.

                Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,---------------Sporting News' obituary,
                edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 507.-------------September 28, 1968, pp. 32, column 5.

                ----------------------------------------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary
                ----------------------------------------------------------------------------September 14, 1968, pp. 31.

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

                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.
                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-31-2013, 08:06 AM.


                • Ralph Hardin Cannon

                  Born: October 26, 1897, Illinois
                  Died: May 11, 1979, Chicago, IL, age 81,---d. cardio-respiratory arrest

                  Chicago sports writer;
                  Graduated University of Chicago, 1920
                  Chicago Evening Journal, 1920 - 1929
                  Chicago Daily News, 1929 - at least October 14, 1937
                  Esquire sports editor, at least 1944 - July 5, 1945
                  Chicago Herald-American, sports writer, at least, May 2, 1946 - at least April 16, 1947.

                  Father: William Hardin Cannon, born August 1, 1862, died March 13, 1952; Mother: Clara Belle Roberts, born 1862, died 1942; William married Clara March 18, 1885; On August 2, 1923, he married Lillian Eichelberger, a US bio-chemist (b. March 2, 1897, Macon, MI).

                  Esquire Magazine sports editor; wrote Out of Bounds, (1937), football stories from the 1930's. Wrote at least until 1947. Retired by 1956.
                  Online genealogical page

                  Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 507.

                  Sportsman's Race Track: L-R: Bill Johnson, Ednyfed H. Williams, Ralph Cannon, Gene Kessler, Dick Hackenberg, George Swift.
                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-06-2012, 12:20 PM.


                  • Arthur Richard Harcourt Morrow, Jr.---Art Morrow

                    Born: June 21, 1910, Philadelphia, PA
                    Died: June 1, 1986, Havertown, PA, age 76

                    Philadelphia sports writer;
                    Philadelphia Record, 1925 - 1929
                    Philadelphia Inquirer, 1929 - 1972
                    Sporting News' Philadelphia correspondent, 1945-72.

                    Philadelphia Inquirer article, June 2, 1986.

                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-03-2011, 02:13 PM.


                    • Martene Windsor Corum---AKA Bill Corum

                      Born: July 29, 1895, Speed, MO
                      Died: December 16, 1958, New York City, NY, age 63,---d. lung cancer at St. Luke's Hospital (NYC),

                      New York sports writer;
                      Boonville, MO High School, University of Missouri (St. Louis, MO), 1917 (AB degree)
                      Enlisted WWI, army, France, 1917 - 1918 (came home a major)
                      Columbia University's Pulitzer School of Journalism (NYC)
                      New York Times, May, 1921 - 1925
                      New York Journal-American, July, 1925 - 1958
                      Specialized in baseball, horse racing, boxing; Supervised one of his favorite things, Kentucky Derby, 1949 - 1958.
                      He dubbed the Kentucky Derby, 'The Run for the Roses'.

                      Bill Corum (Sportswriter. Born, Speed, Mo., July 20, 1895; died, New York, Dec. 16, 1958.) Columnist, sportscaster, and racetrack executive, Martene Windsor Corum was a name in the sports field that spread far beyond his New York base. Bill Corum was, for his time, a rare journalism graduate in the sports field when he started on the copy desk at The New York Times in May 1921. He graduated from both Missouri and Columbia with a hitch in the Army during World War I in between. Corum was the youngest major in France during the war, attaining the rank at age 23. In 1924, he started on the baseball beat covering the Dodgers. In July 1925, he switched to the Evening Journal (at triple his former salary) to cover the Giants when Sam Crane (q.v.) was taken ill. Corum was on the beat for just about a year when the Journal made him its lead columnist. His first column appeared July 28, 1926, and continued until shortly before his death. Starting with the first Louis-Conn fight June 18, 1941, Corum was the ringside color commentator for announcer Don Dunphy on radio. When the association ended in June 1953, they had done almost 500 major fights. In 1949, Corum succeeded the late Matt Winn as the president of Churchill Downs and became the man in charge of the Kentucky Derby. He handled most of the job by taking an unpaid month leave of absence as well as his month’s vacation every year, but otherwise continued to write his daily column, nearly 10,000 in all. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                      Authored: Off and Running, 1959 (As told to Arthur Mann)

                      --------------------------------------------Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 508.

                      -----------------October, 1949-------------------------------------------June 19, 1938, with Joe Louis

                      ------------------October, 1949--------------L-R: Babe Ruth, Babe Didrikson, Bill Corum, Sylvia Annenberg, John Montague, November 14, 1937.

                      New York Times' obituary, December 17, 1958, pp. F2.---------------------------------January 24, 1938 NYC banquet: Babe Ruth, Corum, DiMaggio.

                      October 25, 1949.

                      December 26, 1956: Taylor Spink / Bill Corum.
                      Attached Files
                      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-29-2012, 06:09 PM.


                      • John Hopkins Fenton

                        Born: September 26, 1906, Boston, MA
                        Died: April 11, 1973, Winthrop, MA, age 66,---d. heart attack at Lawrence General Hospital (Lawrence, MA).

                        Boston sports writer;
                        Studied Boston University & University of Massachusetts;
                        Boston State College (Boston, MA),
                        Boston Herald news staff, 1927 - 1929, 1929 - 1947, reporter, baseball & political writer, rewrite manager, associate city editor, sports copyreader;
                        Boston correspondent of New York Times, 1947 - 1970, substitute for regular correspondent, 1944 - 1947.

                        New York Times' obituary, April 12, 1973, pp. 48.------------Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
                        -------------------------------------------------------------edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 508.

                        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-13-2010, 05:08 PM.


                        • William Gerard Dooly---AKA Bill Dooly

                          Born: May 30, 1894, Philadelphia, PA
                          Died: June 24, 1968, Glenside, PA, age 74; Buried: Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA.

                          Philadelphia sports writer;
                          Served in WWI, 1917 - returned home August, 1919, 4th Motor Supply Train,
                          Attended Temple University (Philadelphia, PA),
                          Sporting Life, editorial staff (Philadelphia),
                          Philadelphia Record, (covered both the Phillies & Athletics), (spring, 1924 - 1947).
                          Phillies' PR staff, (in charge of press & radio service), 1947 - 1956

                          Photo/Entry in Who's Who In Major League Baseball, -----------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' Obituary,
                          edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 508.---------------------------------------------------------------July 6, 1968, pp. 38, column 5.

                          (the following photos below have been graciously supplied by the Dooly family. A sincere, heart-felt thank you to them!!!)

                          The photo below, left, appears to have been taken as
                          the one above, which appeared in a 1933 publication.--------------------------------talking with Connie Mack, probably in the early 1940's
                          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-24-2011, 05:49 PM.


                          • William Marvin McCarthy

                            Born: September 14, 1902, Nashville, TN
                            Died: September 13, 1983, Near North Side, Chicago, IL, age 81

                            Chicago sports writer;
                            Howard College (Big Srping, TX), 1921 - 1924
                            Birmingham Age-Herald, copy boy, 1917 - 1925
                            Tampa Tribune (FL), city editor, 1925 - ?
                            Chicago Times, 1929 - 1974) reporter 1929, sports Columnist, sports editor 1941
                            WWII, enlisted Navy, chief of Navy press in Washington, DC
                            Chicago Sun-Times, managing editor, 1949-74
                            Lerner Newspapers, managing editor and later executive editor.
                            Wrote several history books.

                            Chicago Tribune Obituary,----------------Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
                            September 14, 1983, Section 2, pp. 14.----edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 509.

                            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-24-2011, 05:50 PM.


                            • Nathaniel Mortimer Gerstenzang

                              Born: October 10, 1907, Brooklyn, NY
                              Died: August 11, 1995, Wilmette, IL, age 87---d. Evanston Hospital (Evanston, IL).

                              New York sports writer; Jewish
                              New York University (NYC), BS; NYU law School (NYC), J.D.;
                              New York Globe,
                              New York Evening World,
                              New York Associated Press
                              New York Evening Post - Yachting, basketball writer & night sports editor;
                              Began writing baseball, 1933
                              New York Times, sports department copy editor, 1934; became an assistant to the foreign editor in 1948 and the assistant foreign editor in 1954. He retired in 1970.
                              Columbia University journalism professor, 1950's - 1960's.

                              Nathaniel M. Gerstenzang, 87, a longtime editor on the New York Times foreign desk, died on August 11 in Evanston Hospital in Illinois. He leaves his wife, Miriam; a daughter, Nina (Anthony) Chaitin of Glencoe; a son, James (Genie Wetstein) Gerstenzang of Bethesda, Md.; his sister, Elsie Gussow; six grandchildren, Lisa Chaitin Jaffe, Katherine Chaitin Pinea, Eric and Stephen Chaitin, and Megan and Betsy Gerstenzang; and a great-granddaughter, Madeleine Hope Jaffe.
                              Nathaniel M. Gerstenzang, a former assistant foreign editor of The New York Times, died yesterday at Evanston Hospital in Illinois. He was 87 and had moved to Wilmette, Ill., in November from Maplewood, N.J.
                              During his tenure, Mr. Gerstenzang helped oversee foreign coverage of two Middle East wars, most of the Vietnam War, the 1956 Hungarian uprising and Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev's tour of the United States in 1959, a first for a Soviet leader.

                              Khrushchev touched down in Disneyland and Coon Rapids, Iowa, generating reams of copy at every turn. For channeling the flow, Mr. Gerstenzang won a Polk Memorial Award.
                              Mr. Gerstenzang started at The Times as a copy editor in the sports department in 1934, became an assistant to the foreign editor in 1948 and the assistant foreign editor in 1954. He retired in 1970.
                              Born in Brooklyn, he graduated from New York University and its law school. While working his way through law school he covered sports for The Evening Post.
                              He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Miriam; a daughter, Nina Chaitin of Glencoe, Ill.; a son, James of Bethesda, Md.; six grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

                              Wilmette Life (IL) obituary, August 24, 1995, pp. 24.---Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 509.
                              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-13-2010, 05:18 PM.


                              • Jacquin Leonard Lait---AKA Jack Lait

                                Born: March 13, 1882, NYC
                                Died: April 1, 1954, Beverly Hills, CA, age 72
                                Buried: Hollywood Forever, Hollywood, CA,---d. circulatory ailment.

                                Chicago/New York sports writer:
                                Graduated Lewis Institute (Chicago, IL),
                                Editor, writer, Hearst Syndicates
                                Chicago American reporter, editor, 1903 - 1913, dramatic critic, 1914 - 1916
                                Chicago Herald feature writer
                                Chicago Tribune, 1920 - ?
                                Newspaper Feature Service
                                New York American managing editor
                                New York Mirror, feature editor, 1924 - 1925, managing editor, 1947 - ?
                                Variety associate editor, 1918 - ?
                                Authored: "Help Wanted," "Broadway Melody" and "Our Will Rogers,"

                                Son: Jack Lait, Jr., born around 1909, died August 18, 1961, Burbank, CA.

                                Conducted the 'Wake of the News' for Chicago Tribune from June, 1919, after Ring Lardner left for NYC, until Harvey Woodruff took it over in November, 1919. Oldest, continuous sports column in the US. Second in prestige only to the Sports of the Times (New York Times). Editor-in-Chief New York Daily Mirror, 1936 - 1952.

                                Jack Lait (March 13, 1883—April 1, 1954) was a celebrated American journalist.
                                Born Jacquin Leonard Lait in New York City, he became renowned during his fifty-year career in journalism as one of the leading newspapermen of the first half of the 20th century. He wrote a syndicated column called All in the Family for two decades, was the editor of the New York Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror and ended his career working for the Hearst newspapers. During his tenure as editor, the Mirror gained the second-highest circulation of any U.S. newspaper. In 1963, nine years after Lait's death, it ceased publication, following a strike and was absorbed into the then-top selling paper The Daily News.

                                With Lee Mortimer, he wrote New York Confidential, Chicago Confidential and Washington Confidential in 1951 which became a bestseller.

                                Lait and Mortimer's books inspired the movies; New York Confidential (1955), Challenge Productions / Warner Brothers Directed by Russell Rouse - From the book New York Confidential by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer; Script Credits: Clarence Greene & Russell Rouse and "Chicago Confidential ([1957]), Robert E. Kent Productions/ United Artists Directed by Sidney Salkow - From the book Chicago Confidential by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer; Script Credits: Clarence Greene & Russell Rouse, Bernard Gordon.

                                Jack Lait died of a circulatory ailment in Beverly Hills, California at the age of 71.

                                Sporting News' obituary, April 14, 1954, pp. 34, column 1.--------------------------Who's Who in Journalism, 1925, pp. 148.

                                Flemington, NJ, 1935?:
                                Jack Lait interviews Mrs. Anna Hauptmann, wife of Bruno Hauptmann, the Lindbergh baby murder suspect. The Lindbergh baby, only 19 months old, was kidnapped from its crib on the second floor on his parents home in Hopewell, NJ. April 1, 1932. Mr. Lindbergh paid a $50,000. ranson but the baby was not returned. The baby's body was found May 12, 1932, only 5 miles from their home. After a 2.5 yr. search, Bruno Hauptmann, a Bronx carpenter, was arrested for the crime, September 21, 1934. After a dramatic trial, he was found found guilty of murder in the first degree. After many appeals to higher courts, he was executed in the electric chair, in Trenton, NJ, April 3, 1936.

                                Mrs. Hauptmann pleaded that judgment on her husband be withheld until his "story has been told," and expressed belief that her husband "will receive a fair trial."

                                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-03-2011, 03:36 PM.


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