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  • James Slavin Carolan

    Born: July 23, 1891, Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada
    Died: November 16, 1943, New York City, age 52

    Philadelphia, New York sports writer;
    Philadelphia Press, sports writer, 1918
    Philadelphia Public Ledger, sports writer
    Philadelphia Inquirer, sports writer
    New York Times, sports copy desk, 1922 - 1929
    Chicago, (Brunswick - Balke - Collender Company, Insurance, PR director, 1920 - 1934
    New York Daily, copy editor, 1934
    New York Times, city editor, 1934, city desk obits, 1935 - 1943
    Blue eyes, dark brown hair.

    Sporting News' obituary---------------------------New York Herald-Tribune obituary------New York Times' obituary
    November 25, 1943, pp. 16.----------------------------November 17, 1943----------------November 17, 1943, pp. 25.

    Chicago Daily Tribune obituary----------------Philadelphia Inquirer obituary
    November 17, 1943------------------------------November 18, 1943, pp. 12
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 05-20-2010, 08:54 PM.


    • Elijah William Cunningham---AKA Bill Cunningham

      Born: February 11, 1896, Pattonville, TX
      Died: April 17, 1960, Newton, MA, age 64,---d. throat cancer

      Boston sports writer;
      Graduated Dartmouth (Hanover, NH), AB, 1920
      Dallas News, (TX) reporter, 1921 - 1922
      Boston Post sports writer & general columnist, 1922 - 1941
      Boston Herald, March, 1941 - 1960
      One of best-known sports writers while at Boston Herald.
      In September, 1958, his cancerous larynx was removed, rendering him mute, ending his radio career.

      Sporting News' Obituary, April 27, 1960, pp. 36.---New York Times' Obituary, April 18, 1960, pp. 29.-----------Editor & Publisher, April 23, 1960

      ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Who Was Who in America

      ---------------------------with his daughters----------------------------- in his office typing.--------------------------------------------with his boss, Robert Choate, on left, 1941.

      -------------March 16, 1941.
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-07-2012, 04:08 PM.


      • Robert Bernard Considine---AKA Bob Considine

        Born: November 4, 1906, Washington, DC
        Died: September 25, 1975, New York City, NY, age 68

        Washington / New York sports writer:
        Washington Post sports writer, 1930 - 1933
        Washington Herald sports editor, 1933 -1936
        New York American, 1936 - ?
        New York Daily Mirror
        International News Service, 1942 - ?,
        Wrote 25 books.

        Father: James William, born District of Columbia June, 1855; Mother: Sophie Considine, born Maryland around 1871, died June 19, 1957 in Washington, DC.

        --------Biographical Dictionary of American Sports,----------------------------Biographical Dictionary of Literary Journalism,
        -----------Communications: 1992-1995, suppliment-----------------------------Writers and editors, edited by Ed Applegate, 1996

        Sporting News' obituary,
        October 11, 1975, pp. 50.-------October 17, 1954

        June 19, 1953

        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-07-2012, 04:43 PM.


        • James Thomas Cannon---AKA Jimmy Cannon

          Born: April 10, 1909, Brooklyn, NY
          Died: December 5, 1973, New York City, age 64

          New York sports writer;
          New York Daily News, 1929 - 1930
          New York World-Telegram, columnist, 1930 - 1934
          International News Service features, 1935 - 1936
          New York American, 1936 - 1939
          PM correspondent, 1941 - 1942
          Stars & Stripes, 1942 - 1945
          New York Post, sports writer, 1945 - 1959 1972 - 1973
          New York Journal-American, 1959 - 1967
          Hearst, 1967 - 1972

          Cannon Article

          Jimmy Cannon (Sportswriter. Born, Brooklyn, Apr. 10, 1909; died, New York, Dec. 5, 1973.) James Cannon’s father was a clerk for the City of New York and a minor Tammany Hall politician, but his son grew to be one of the first iconoclastic sportswriters in the field. Jimmy Cannon started with the Daily News as a copy boy in 1924, beginning a career that spanned nearly a half-century. He became a cityside reporter for the News in 1926, but then moved to the Evening Journal. Cannon later switched to the Journal’s morning companion, the New York American, but when the two papers merged into the Journal-American in 1937, Cannon left to join the New York Post. He eventually went back to the Journal-American but once again returned the Post in 1967. During his career, he wrote a radio column, was a Washington correspondent, and also served as a combat correspondent during World War II. Sports, however, remained his first love. From 1940-60, Cannon built a loyal following amongst readers who enjoyed his unique, aggressive style. He became noted for items at the end of his columns that came under the heading, “Nobody Asked Me, but . . .." (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

          Biographical Dictionary of American Sports,----------------------Sporting News' Obituary
          1992-95, suppliment: Communications--------------------------December 22, 1973, pp. 28.

          No Cheering In The Press Box,
          by Jerome Holtzman, 1973, pp. 273.------------------------------November, 1948, Army/Navy game.

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            • James Frances Leonard---AKA Jim Leonard

              Born: November 12, 1912, Suffolk, MA
              Died: September 17, 1962, Boston, MA, age 49,---d. Massachusetts General Hospital, after a brief illness.

              Boston sports writer;
              International News Service (New York Office), 1933 -
              International News Service (Philadelphia Office),
              International News Service (Chicago Office),
              Boston American, sports writer / general news, 1936
              Boston Post, 1939 - 1956
              Boston Department of Public Works, PR Director
              Boston, MA, newspaper rewrite man, (April 13, 1940 census)
              Boston Official Publication, February, 1962 - September, 1962

              Father: Francis V. Leonard; Mother: Anna C. Mcalarney, born Massachusetts; Wife: Eleanor Hulse, born New York, around 1915; Son: Terence J.; Son: John E.: Son: James F., Jr.; Daughter: Mrs. Patricia Fountaine, born New York, around 1936; Daughter: Mrs. Beverly Ann Prudente, born Massachusetts, around 1937; Daughter: Mrs. Constance Byron, born Massachusetts, around 1938; Daughter: Priscilla J. Leonard.

              (chapter on Eddie Collins) in Baseball's Greatest Lineup, compiled and edited by Christy Walsh, 1952,
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-03-2013, 10:56 AM.


              • Edwin Jonathan Pollock---AKA Ed Pollock

                Born: January 12, 1895, South Philadelphia, PA
                Died: November 1, 1976, Byrn Mawr, PA, age 81

                Philadelphia sports writer;
                Graduated University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA),
                Philadelphia North American Star, 1916 - 1918
                Philadelphia Press reporter, 1917
                Philladelphia Public Evening Ledger, sports editor, 1918 - 1942
                Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 1942 - 1963

                Philadelphia Evening Bulletin obituary, November 2, 1976, pp. 32.

                Philadelphia Inquirer obituary, November 3, 1976, pp. 6-D.

                -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, December 4, 1976, pp. 71.

                ---------------1952---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------October 12, 1954

                ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------January 31, 1955: Jim Wilson, Braves pitcher, receives Courageous Athlete Award from Ed Pollock.
                -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia sports writers banquet.
                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-07-2012, 07:22 PM.


                • Vincent X. Flaherty

                  Born: December 27, 1906, Washington, D.C.
                  Died: September 6, 1977, Los Angeles, age 70,---d. heart ailment

                  Washington, DC / Los Angeles - sports writer / screenwriter;
                  Washington Times-Herald, sports writer, 1932 - 1945
                  Los Angeles Examiner, sports writer, 1945 - 1957; discontinued his sports column around 1957, but continued his general interest column.

                  Father: Michael Joseph, born St. Louis, MO, October, 1869, died in Washington, DC in 1956; Mother: Marie Rose Ella Lacey Wilson (Mary), born Washington, DC, March 21, 1870, died in Washington, DC on February 25, 1944; Michael married Mary June 7, 1894; Wife: Katherine Regina O'Higgins (Kitty), died November, 1994; Son: Vincent, Jr.; Son: Vincent II;

                  Lots of photos of Vince with lots of Hollywood celebrities.

                  Vincent's father worked for the Federal government in the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Vincent wrote an adapted screenplay for "Jim Thorpe--All American" and wrote the screenplay of "PT-109."

                  Flaherty, who had been a standout football and baseball player in high school and college, became one of America's premier sports writers. Walter F. O'Malley, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, credited Flaherty's sports columns that appeared in the Los Angeles Examiner for generating the fan support needed to bring major league baseball to the West Coast.

                  Flaherty's fame was such that he frequently could be seen socializing with the Hollywood A-List of the 1940s and 50s.

                  Vincent X. Flaherty died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on 6 September, 1977. At the time of his death he had been retired for twenty years and was working on a biography of General John J. Pershing. He was survived by his wife, the former Katherine Higgins and two sons, Vincent Jr. and Vincent, II.

                  Wrote the screenplay for "Jim Thorpe--All American", 1951.
                  Wrote the screenplay of "PT-109."

                  Washington Post obituary, September 8, 1977, pp. C12.

                  Los Angeles Times' obituary, September 13, 1977, Business and Finance, Part III, by Jim Murray.-----------------------Vincent's mother's obituary.

                  Vincent X, son Vince, Washington Post sports writer Shirley Povich.---------------------------------Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Vincent X., Bob Hope, 1951.

                  Vincent X., Bob Addie, Toots Shor, Shirley Povich, Bob Considine. Washington sports writers gather for drinks. Toots owned a restaurant.

                  L-R: Casey Stengel and wife Edna, Joe DiMaggio and wife Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope and wife, Dolores. Vincent X's head is in Marilyn's lap.
                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 04-06-2012, 07:59 AM.


                  • Ralph Stuart Davis

                    Born: November 1, 1882, Blairsville, PA
                    Died: October 18, 1939, Pittsburgh, PA, age 57---d. Shadeside Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA)

                    Pittsburgh sports editor;
                    Blairsville grade school/HS; Jefferson Academy at Canonsburg, PA
                    Blairsville Courier, reporter/city editor, 1899
                    Pittsburgh Press, started as reporter, 1900, promoted to sporting editor, November 1, 1903 - 1931.
                    Sporting News staff, 1931
                    Davis replaced William Locke in 1903 as sports editor of the Pittsburgh Press
                    & also as Sporting News' Pittsburgh correspondent on his 21st birthday.
                    Was also 33rd degree Mason, taught Bible class, original member Baseball Writers Association, 1909

                    Sporting News' obituary, October 26, 1939, pp. 2.
                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-13-2010, 07:31 PM.


                    • Edgar Vincent Durling---AKA EV Durling

                      Born: July 24, 1888, New York City, NY
                      Died: September 13, 1957, New York City, NY, age 64---d. brain tumor at Doctor's Hospital (Staten Island, NY)

                      New York / Los Angeles sports writer;
                      Family moved to Brooklyn at age of 7.
                      Phillips Andover Academy (Andover, MA),
                      Graduated Wesleyan University (Middleton, CT), 1913
                      Started newspaper work while still a student at Springfield (MA) Republican.
                      New York Morning Telegraph, 1915 - 1918
                      New York Globe
                      New York Herald
                      Went to Hollywood in 1924 to head comedy motion picture studio.
                      His column was "On the Side".
                      Los Angeles Express, 1931
                      Los Angeles Daily News
                      Los Angeles Times
                      King Features Syndicate, 1939-57.

                      New York Times' obituary, September 14, 1957, pp. 19.
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                        • C. William Duncan---AKA Bill Duncan

                          Born: November 4, 1897
                          Died: April 27, 1967, Pennsauken, NJ

                          Philadelphia / Camden sports writer;
                          Graduated Gettsburg College (PA), 1917
                          Philadelphia Public Ledger, 1921 - 1934
                          Philadelphia Inquirer, 1945 - 1957
                          US Navy, 1942 - 1945
                          Camden Courier-Post, 1957 - April, 1967

                          Phil. Inquirer obituary
                          April 28, 1967.------New York Times' obituary, April 29, 1967, pp. 35.
                          -----------------------------Sporting News' obituary, May 13, 1967, pp. 40.
                          ------Camden Courier-Post obituary, April 28, 1967, pp. 45.

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                            • Arthur John Daley

                              Born: July 31, 1904, New York City
                              Died: January 3, 1974, Old Greenwich, CT, age 75,---d. heart attack

                              New York sports writer;
                              Graduated Fordham University (Bronx, NY), 1926 with B.A.
                              New York Times sports writer, 1926 - 1942 & sports columnist, 1942 - 1974

                              Authored 8 sports books. Authored numerous articles for sports magazines & publications.
                              Won a Pulitzer prize in 1956 for "outstanding commentary on the world of sports."

                              In 1942, he replaced John Kieran as writer of Sports of the Times. His favorite sport was baseball with football a close second.
                              Biography Resource Center:
                              Source: Dictionary of American Biography, Supplement 9: 1971-1975.

                              Daley, Arthur John (July 31, 1904 - Jan. 3, 1974), sportswriter and author, was born in New York City, one of two children born to Daniel M. Daley, a sales executive, and Mary Greene. He attended Fordham Preparatory School, and in 1922 he entered Fordham University, where he participated in baseball, basketball, football, track, and swimming. After breaking his left arm in a football pileup, he joined the student newspaper and eventually became its sports editor.

                              After graduation in 1926, Daley joined the New York Times as a sports reporter. One year later he reported on the heavyweight boxing match between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney. In 1932 he was sent to Los Angeles for his first Olympic games, and four years later he covered the games in Berlin. In 1942, he succeeded John Kieran in producing the daily column "Sports of the Times." He wrote thousands of columns on all sports, but baseball remained his favorite. Daley's writing was characterized by fairness, intelligence, and wit; he soon became one of the most noted and quoted columnists in the United States. He was the recipient of the Grantland Rice award in 1961; the Sportswriter of the Year award in 1963; and the Professional Football Writers' Distinguished Writing award in 1970. On May 8, 1956, he won the Pulitzer prize "for local reporting under conditions not usually subject to a deadline." The awarding of this prize to a sports reporter was very rare. The columns cited by the Pulitzer committee were on boxing, baseball, horse racing, and track.

                              One of Arthur Daley's columns concerned a talented baseball player's betrayal of his principles and was turned into a book, The Natural, by Bernard Malamud. Daley himself authored and coauthored several books, including Times at Bat: A Half Century of Baseball (1950), considered at the time of its publication "the most comprehensive book on baseball ever published." He collaborated with his New York Times colleague, John Kieran, on The Story of the Olympic Games, an authoritative history of the games from the first Olympiad held in Greece in 776 B.C. through modern times.

                              Daley was a modest and diffident man who won the respect and confidence of those he covered. Joe DiMaggio once said, "I knew I could trust him from the first day I met him." Daley married Betty Blake on Nov. 28, 1928. Their home was in suburban Greenwich, Conn., and they had four children. Daley never retired, and he died while on his way to the office to write his column.

                              -- Kevin J. O'Keefe

                              Sporting News' obituary
                              January 19, 1974, pp. 26.----------------New York Times' obituary, January 4, 1974, pp. 35.

                              -------------------------------------------------------------1955: Ty Cobb/Arthur Daley

                              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-08-2012, 11:50 AM.


                              • Paul William Gallico

                                Born: July 26, 1897, New York City, NY
                                Died: July 15, 1976, Monte Carlo, Monaco, age 78

                                New York / Europe sports writer;
                                De Witt Clinton HS
                                New York Columbia University, BA, 1921
                                WWI, US Navy, (1.5 years)
                                New York Daily News, movie critic, 1922, sports writer, 1923 - 1924, sports editor, columnist, associate managing editor, 1924 - 1936
                                Cosmopolitan, war correspondent, 1944
                                After 1936 Berlin Olympics, left Daily News for freelance fiction writing.
                                New York Illustrated New, 1923-?, sports editor

                                Bought home in South Devon, England, 1936, & began living overseas but didn't move abroad permanently until 1950.
                                Paul Gallico (Sports editor. Born, New York, July 26, 1897; died, Monte Carlo, Monaco, July 15, 1976.) Among the most renowned sportswriters of the “Golden Age of Sports” was Paul William Gallico, sports editor and columnist of the Daily News from 1924 to 1936. Gallico joined the News in 1922 as a movie critic but was a sportswriter (1923-24) before becoming sports editor. He created many of his own best works by competing against the great athletes of the day. Gallico, a Columbia man who should have known better, boxed heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey and was knocked out in less than two minutes. He swam against Johnny Weismuller and golfed with Bobby Jones (less hazardous pursuits). Gallico also was a promotional mind who helped create the Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament and the Silver Skates for amateur skaters, both major Daily News promotions with finals at the Garden. He left the paper to become an author. One of Gallico’s first major works was Farewell to Sports (1938), but the title was something of a misnomer since he later turned out a biography of Lou Gehrig. Gallico moved to Europe in 1950 and there produced his most noted work, including The Snow Goose, Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris, and The Poseidon Adventure. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                                Farewell to Sports, 1938,
                                Lou Gehrig, Pride of the Yankees, 1942
                                The Golden People, 1965

                                No Cheering In The Press Box, by Jerome Holtzman, 1973, pp. 61.-------Biographical Dictionary of American Sports, Outdoors, Communications: Media, 1988.

                                ----------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' Obituary
                                ------------May 19, 1941--------------------------------------------------July 31, 1976, pp. 39.


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