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  • Robert Richard Addie---AKA Bob Addie

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

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

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

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

    Profiles & Caviar, 1974

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

    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-27-2013, 04:20 PM.


    • John Abbott Lardner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-13-2012, 07:37 PM.


      • Rodger Hamill Pippen

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

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

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

        Sporting News' obituary, June 17, 1959, pp. 36. ---New York Times' obituary, June 9, 1959, pp. 37.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 12-12-2010, 05:00 PM.


        • Paul Adlai Rickart

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

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

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

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

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


          -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------May 16, 1959: Taylor Spink, Paul Rickart, Johnson Spink.
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-05-2012, 04:08 PM.


          • Lawton H. Carver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            New York Times' obituary,----------Sporting News' obituary,
            January 23, 1973, pp. 42.------------February 3, 1973, pp. 44.
            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-24-2013, 05:00 PM.


            • Leo Albert MacDonnell

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

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

              Sporting News' obituary, October 16, 1957, pp. 37, column 4.
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 05-21-2010, 03:06 PM.


              • William James MacBeth---AKA Bill MacBeth---AKA Bunk MacBeth

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

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

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

                New York Times' obituary, August 6, 1937, pp. 17.
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                  • Mark James Roth:

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

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

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

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

                    ----------------------------------------1944-----------------------------------------------------------1947: With the Mrs.
                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-16-2012, 01:43 PM.


                    • Paul Hale Bruske

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

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

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

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

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

                      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, October, 10, 1956, pp. 28.
                      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-30-2011, 07:55 PM.


                      • Purves Turner Knox

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

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

                        His middle name, 'Turner' was his mother's maiden name.
                        Father: James J. Knox, born PA; Mother: Anna Turner, born PA, October, 1870;
                        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-23-2012, 01:35 PM.


                        • Carl W. Lundquist

                          Born: October 24, 1913, Kansas City, Kansas
                          Died: August 26, 2000, Daytona Beach, FL, age 86,---d. Saturday night at hospice in Port Orange, FL.

                          United Press International sports writer;
                          Kansas City Journal-Post, 1929 (covered HS sports)
                          Kansas City Grovers' Telegram, 1931 -11937
                          UP office (Kansas City), 1937 - 1943
                          UP office (New York), 1943 - 1956
                          Public Relations Director of National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, (Columbus, OH office), 1956
                          Yankees/Mets advertising/PR promotions, 1963
                          New York Generals (Soccer League), Publicist, 1967 - 1968
                          New York State Games for the Physically Challenged, 1985 - 1992

                          Carl Lundquist (Sportswriter. Born, Kansas City, Kans., Oct. 24, 1913; died, Port Orange, Fla., Aug. 26, 2000.) During the days when three wire services competed to supply news to American newspapers, Carl Wesley Lundquist was the lead writer on the World Series for the United Press. Lundquist covered the first of his 14 World Series in 1942. His competition during most of this period was Jack Hand (A.P.) and Bob Considine (I.N.S.). In 1929, he became a high school sports reporter for the Kansas City (Mo.) Journal-Post and moved in 1931 to the Daily Drovers’ Journal, a trade paper in Kansas City, Mo. He joined the U.P. in Kansas City in 1937 and switched to sports full-time four years later. Lundquist was transferred to U.P. headquarters in New York in 1945 as baseball and football editor under sports editor Leo H. Peterson. In 1956, he left U.P. to become the public relations director of the National Association (minor league baseball) in Columbus, O., but returned in 1962 to join the public relations firm of Grey & Davis. Lundquist handled several sports accounts for the firm, including the Generals of the N.P.S.L. in 1967. He was an active freelance writer for a decade before retiring to Florida in October 1992. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                          Associated Press Archive obituary, August 30, 2000.--------------------April 15, 1952, Polo Grounds: L-R: Bobby Thomson, Sal Maglie, United Press Reporter Carl Lundquist.

                          1949: Leo MacDonnell, Leo Peterson, William G. Evans (Detroit Tigers' GM), Sam Greene, Carl Lundquist, Dean Miller, Lyall Smith.

                          1960: Minor League Convention, Louisville, KY: Ken Nicolson / Carl Lundquist.
                          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-14-2012, 09:52 AM.


                          • Louis H. Fischer---AKA Leo Fischer

                            Born: September 20, 1897, Chicago, IL
                            Died: August 27, 1970, Chicago, IL, age 72---d. heart attack while attending a Shriners' convention dinner in Atlanta.

                            Chicago sports writer;
                            Attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), 1921-1923
                            Chicago Examiner, sports writer,
                            Chicago Herald-Examiner,
                            Chicago Journal,
                            Chicago Herald-American, sports writer/editor, December 17, 1943 - 1969
                            Chicago Today, sports editor, 1969
                            Founder/President Amateur softball Association, 1930 - 1938;
                            President National Professional Basketball League, 1940 - 1944.

                            Father: Abraham, born September, 1870 in Russia; Mother: Anna Silverberg, born September, 1873 in Russia; Wife: Margaret McLean, born around 1902, died January 18, 1969, Chicago, IL. Leo married wife Margaret June 20, 1926; Daughter: Barbara (Mrs. William Swisher); Daughter: Nancy (Mrs. John W. Gwynne, Jr.)

                            This sports writer for the Chicago Herald American had a vision that the sport of softball was going to be important to people of all ages if promoted. His local tournament organizing efforts in the 30's eventually developed into the City Championship and the finals were held at Wrigley Field. Backed by William Randolph Hearst, his publication allowed him to organize the first national softball tournament during the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago's Grant Park. Even though the 55 teams played with different size balls and rules he compromised on a 14' ball. The games began and were seen by over 100,000 people. Note the team entry fee was only $2.50. He kept the nationals going until WWII. Eventually he would found/organize the ASA, Amateur Softball Association and served as its first president.

                            ---------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, September 12, 1970, pp. 37.

                            Chicago Tribune obituary, August 29, 1970, pp. B3.------------------------------------------------------------------March 23, 1944: Studs Terkel / Leo Fischer.
                            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-14-2012, 09:41 AM.


                            • John Carroll Berchmans Gillooly

                              Born: May 28, 1908, Massachusetts
                              Died: May 17, 1968, age 59, ---d. heart attack at Faulker Hospital in Boston, MA

                              Boston sports writer;
                              Boston Record-American sports writer/columnist, 1930 - 1968, became columnist in 1958, covered baseball, football and hockey.
                              Boston, MA, sports writer, newspaper, (1930 census)

                              Father: John Berchmans Gillooly, born Massachusetts, October, 1879; Mother: Anna G. Carroll, born New York around 1880; Wife: Gertrude M. McLaughlin;
                              His middle names were his father's middle name and his mother's last name.

                              January 31, 1952: Lou Boudreau of the Red Sox / John Gillooly.--------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, June 1, 1968, pp. 37.
                              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-26-2013, 04:11 PM.


                              • Frank Forrester O'Neill---AKA Buck O'Neill

                                Born: October 20, 1886, New York City, NY
                                Died: May 11, 1962, New York City, NY, age 75

                                New York sports writer;
                                New York Tribune, reporter, 1913
                                enlisted WWI
                                New York World
                                New York Evening Sun (7 yrs.)
                                New York Evening Journal, 1925 - ?
                                New York American
                                New York Journal American
                                Washington Times Herald, (April 27, 1942, WWII Draft Registration)
                                Also worked for papers in Wash, DC & Syracuse, NY
                                New York Daily News, 1950 - June, 1959.
                                Wrote Baseball, Football, Boxing, Rowing.

                                Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
                                edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 502.------------------------------1923.

                                Sporting News' obituary,----------------Dan Daniel's tribute to Buck O'Neil, Sporting News, May 23, 1962, pp. 12.
                                May 23, 1962, pp. 40, column 4.
                                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-06-2012, 12:59 AM.


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