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  • Harley Ryan Bodley---AKA Hal Bodley

    Born: November 24, 1936, Smyrna/Dover, DE
    Died: Still Alive

    sports writer;
    Clayton, DE, 3-year old, (April 19, 1940 census)
    University of Delaware (Newark DE), B.A., 1959; graduate study at American University (Washington, DC), 1960.
    Delaware State News, Dover, sports editor, 1959-60;
    News- Journal Papers, Wilmington, Del., sports writer, 1960-63, night sports editor, 1963-67, assistant sports editor, 1967-71, sports editor, 1971-82;
    US Today, Washington, D.C., baseball editor, 1982-present.
    Sports director of WDOV-Radio, Dover, 1958-62;
    daily broadcaster of "USA Today Radio Report"; commentator for "NBC Sports., senior correspondent, (baseball columns / TV)
    married Patricia Jean Hall (a secretary to a mayor), December 4, 1981

    Father: Harley B. Bodley, born Delawar, 1906?; Mother: Mildred C., born Delaware, 1909?;

    Covered baseball since 1958, the last 25 for USA Today. Has attended nearly every major event in the sport, including 43 World Series and 41 All-Star Games, has worked more than 4,000 games, has seen more than 36,000 innings played and has interviewed thousands of baseball personnel and six sitting Presidents of the United States. He has also written two best-selling baseball books: The Team That Wouldn't Die, an account of the Philadelphia Phillies 1980 championship year, and Countdown to Cobb, a chronicle of Pete Rose's 1985 pursuit of Ty Cobb's career hits record.

    Prior to joining, January 17, 2008, Bodley served as baseball editor-columnist for USA Today since prior to the national newspaper's startup on Sept. 1, 1982. He was with Gannett Company, Inc., for 47 years and prior to his work with USA Today was sports editor-columnist of the Wilmington News Journal newspapers for 22 years. Bodley was also a founder and former president of the Associated Press Editors Association. In addition, Bodley has served as a broadcast analyst for baseball with CBS Sports, NBC Sports, CNN and the Philadelphia Phillies television network.

    A native of Smyrna, Del., Bodley graduated from the University of Delaware and has become the most honored sports writer in the state's history. He's won 30 regional and national writing awards and was elected to the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Delaware Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. (SOURCE

    The Team That Wouldn't Die: The Philadelphia Phillies, World Champions, 1980; 1981
    Countdown to Cobb: My Diary of the Record Breaking 1985 Season, 1985
    Forgotten plays led to famous conclusions, 2006

    1997, Shea Stadium, Queens, NYC: Chatting baseball with President Bill Clinton.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-04-2014, 04:17 PM.


    • Joseph Sterling Goddard, Jr. ---AKA Joe Goddard

      Born: November 9, 1937, Chicago, IL
      Died: Still Alive

      Chicago sports writer;
      Riverside, IL, 2-year old, (Apirl 4, 1940 census)
      Graduated Depauw University (Greencastle, IN), 1960 (BA degree in speech and media.)
      Indianapolis Times, cityside reporter, 1961 - 1964
      Chicago Sun-Times, (copy desk (1965 - 1973; sports writer, 1974 - 2006; Sunday Column, What's Up With, 2000 - 2006, June)
      3 decades for the Chicago Sun Times, covered the Cubs/White Sox in alternating seasons.

      Father: Joseph S., Sr., born Illinois, 1912?; Mother: Edith P., born Illinois, 1914?;

      March 23, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - For the Chicago Sun-Times' Joe Goddard, "It was a circuitous route, 14 years, before he arrived at his goal and began his sportswriting career," notes a story on, Major League Baseball's official Web site. "A fraternity brother at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, knew of his love of sports and heard there was an opening in Dodgertown, the Dodgers' complex in Vero Beach, Florida. He got the job: coach and counselor for the minor leaguers. Four years later he was a cityside reporter for the Indianapolis Times, covering everything from the police beat to spelling bees. The Sun-Times was the next stop, nine years on the main copy desk before he was transferred to sports. A year later he finally was in his element -- a traveling baseball writer covering both the Cubs and White Sox."

      Joe Goddard is a two-time runner-up for the Baseball Hall of Fame’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award for outstanding baseball journalism, having served as the Chicago Sun-Times’ beat reporter of the Cubs and White Sox for 27 straight seasons (1974-2000).

      His Sunday column "What’s Up With’’ was a popular feature for five years before his retirement in 2006 and included such early Chicago icons as Johnny Lattner, Ed Sprinkle, George Connor, Johnny Lujack, Charley Trippi, Elmer Angsman, Marshall Goldberg, Phil Cavarretta, Glenn Hall and Johnny." Red’’ Kerr.

      Goddard’s first assignments as a cub reporter for the now-defunct Indianapolis Times (1961-64) were with Joe Louis, Harry Stuhldherer, last of the famed "Four Horsemen of Notre Dame," pro wrestler "Dick the Bruiser," up-and-coming young golfer Jack Nicklaus and auto racer Eddie Sachs, who was killed in the 1964 Indy 500 a week after the interview.

      Joe then served eight years on the Sun-Times copy desk before succeeding Baseball Hall of Fame writer Jerome Holtzman on the baseball beat. He prepared for the opportunity by writing occasional features on such icons as George Halas, Red Grange and Hinsdale’s own Jay Berwanger, the first Heisman Trophy winner who gave the heavy statue to an aunt to be used as a door-stop.

      Goddard grew up in Riverside, graduated from Palatine High School as a Class of 1956 commencement speaker and got his college degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., where he was president of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, treasurer of the school’s athletic council and had his own radio show. He also worked four college summers for the then-Brooklyn Dodgers at their spring-training base in Vero Beach, Fla. where he was a counselor and coach at a camp for boys.

      Goddard considers the late Chicago Sun-Times columnist and Chicagoland Hall of Fame member Bill Gleason to be his mentor. Bill gave me the best advice: "A reporter’s best friend is the telephone. Use it."

      In 2009, Goddard was honored with an induction into the Hinsdale Central High School Hall of Fame as a journalist/friend for 40 years of chronicling Hinsdale Central athletics. Joe has written over 2,000 "Time Out With Goddard" columns for the weekly Hinsdale (Il.) Doings newspaper with an emphasis on Hinsdale Central’s renown athletic department that Harvey Dickinson built after World War II and has been perpetuated by AD’s Gene Strode, Ken Schreiner, Tom Schweer and now Paul Moretta.

      Joe is married to Carol Goddard (nee Zetek). Has two daughters Laura Goddard (Rob Amann), Leslie Goddard (Bruce Allardice) and four grandchildren, Elizabeth, Caroline, Anna and Robbie (Amann).

      Joe’s hobby is Civil War history and enjoys not only reading about it, but traveling to the battlefields for detailed walking tours with local historians. Joe gives lectures to grade and high schools using his collection of artifacts from the war.
      EMail: [email protected]
      The beautiful, young girl isn't his daughter, but his wife, Carol! Lucky Joe!

      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-04-2014, 04:13 PM.


      • Ross R. Newhan

        Born: April 5, 1937, Los Angeles, CA
        Died: Still Alive

        Long Beach sports writer;
        Los Angeles, CA, 2-year old, (April 13, 1940 census)

        Father: Leonard, born Pennsylvania, 1903?; Mother: Berthe L., born New York, 1907?;

        Long Beach Press-Telegram, 1961, covering Los Angeles Angels.
        Los Angeles Times, 1967, where he served as a traveling beat writer, covering Angels & Dodgers. LA Times beat writer, 1985, producing three to four columns weekly. Retired in 2004.

        Mother: maiden name, Gersten

        Longtime southern California baseball writer Ross Newhan was named the 2000 recipient of the Hall of Fame's J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

        Newhan has devoted over four decades of his life to covering baseball. He began his career in 1961 with the Long Beach Press-Telegram, covering the Los Angeles Angels. In 1967, he was hired by the Los Angeles Times, where he served as a traveling beat writer, covering the Angels and Dodgers. He took over as the national baseball writer for the Times in 1985, producing three to four columns weekly. Over his 40-year career, Newhan has won numerous writing awards, including several from the Orange County and Los Angeles press clubs.

        He won the Associated Press Sports Editors Award for the top news story of 1997, relating to the sale of the Dodgers. Newhan is also a past winner of the Bob Hunter Award, presented by the Los Angeles/Anaheim chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in memory of the 1988 Spink Award winner.

        California Angels, 1982
        ANGELS SOAR: A Celebration of the 1985 California Angels, 1985
        Anaheim Angels: A Complete History, 2000
        Coaching Baseball Successfully, 2007
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-04-2014, 04:07 PM.


        • Ira Harvey Berkow

          Born: January 7, 1940, Chicago, IL
          Died: Still Alive

          New York sports writer:
          Chicago, IL, (April 5, 1940 census)(listed Ira Harry Berkow)
          Minneapolis Tribune, 1965 - 1967
          Newspaper Interprise Association, sports columnist/editor, 1967 - 1976
          freelance writer, 1976 - 1981
          New York Times, March, 1981 - November 8, 2006, retired

          Father: Harold, born Illinois, 1914?; Mother: Shirley, born Illinois, 1917?;

          Berkow has touched many bases in his fine career, By STAN ISAACS of

          At the time of the Watergate hearings in Washington, Ira Berkow was writing stories for the Newspaper Enterpirise Association (NEA) on five people involved in Watergate developments. One of his assignments was the hard-to-get-to Judge John Siricca, the Washington District Court Judge who avoided the press.

          Berkow, a sports and feature writer for NEA at the time, dogged Siricca. When he accosted him one day, Siricca was ready to brush him off until Berkow said, “Judge, I have one question: How did it come about that Jack Dempsey was at your wedding?”

          Siricca stopped. He invited Berkow into his office. “I was there almost two hours,” Berkow said. “We didn’t talk about the case, but about himself, his immigrant parents, what America meant to him. This was insight about his motivations, about how he was handling the case.”

          Berkow had once read an item about Jack Dempsey, the legendary heavyeweight champion, that mentioned he and Siricca were together during the second world war. Berkow filed the note away in memory and used that tidbit to gain access to the hard-to-get judge. It was typical of the intelligence and resourcefulness of Berkow, one of the outstanding people in the newspaper business once he put behind him a job selling religious pictures to prostitutes in whore houses.

          The reason for this column is that Berkow recently retired from The New York Times after a distinguished 25-year career. He has been one of the best sports reporters, one of the best newspaper writers whose byline invariably guaranteed an interesting, well-done story at The Minneapolis Tribune, where he first started, at NEA and at the Times, from March 1, 1981 until he wrote his last story, Nov. 8, last year.

          Berkow, born in Chicago, Jan. 7, 1940 (“the same date as Millard Fillmore” he informs) bounced around a few colleges for a time before he settled down at Northwestern’s school of journalism. In the process of finding himself, he had odd jobs that included the hawking of religious pictures to prostitutes. He worked on a garbage truck and as a social worker.

          “I worked in poor neighborhoods. That was really an eye opener. You talk about welfare queens. What a crock. These were really needy people who couldn’t help themselves. I recall one woman whose refrigerator went out; she didn’t know how to keep the milk cold so she kept it under running water.”

          Berkow as a youth admired and started a correspondence with the legendary sports columnist, Red Smith. When Smith was asked to write a blurb for Berkow’s first collection of columns, “Beyond the Dream,” he volunteered an introduction instead. Smith wrote, “It can be stated as a law that the sports writer whose horizons are no wider than the outfield fences is a bad sports writer because he has no sense of proportion or awareness of the world around him. Ira knows that what is important about the game is not the score, but the people who play it. He gets inside people.”

          Berkow said, “All our life experiences affect us, so I think this helped me in my approach to people, in writing about them.”

          Smith is regarded as the consummate writer among sports writers, yet Berkow, no slouch as a stylist himself, brought a social conscience to his work that in a sense transcended Smith, who only began to go beyond literary stylishness and wit in the latter days of his wonderful career.

          In his earliest days at The Minneapolis Tribune, he had to cotend with sports writer Sid Hartman, who once told him, “Ira, you are a bright young man, but I think you picked the wrong profession.” Hartman’s writing skill was such that his book of memoirs was written with a collaborator. When Berkow likened the struggling Minnesota University football team to Sisyphus, Hartman asked, “Who did he play for?”

          I have been a fan of Berkow, perhaps since we first met covering Martin Luther King showing up the week of the 19th Kentucky Derby in support of striking Louisville garbage workers. Berkow wrote strike stories that appeared on page one and horse racing stories for the sports section.

          At The Times, he has written columns and specialized in long "takeout" pieces. Among a long list of outstanding pieces by Berkow are these:

          * He shared a Pulitzer Prize for contributing to a Times series,”How Race is Lived in America.” He wrote about a white quarterback, Marcus Jacobi, at black Southern U.. “I worked for 10 months,” he said, “and the piece ran 8200 words.”

          * He wrote a profile of Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League, that was a catalyst for helping Doby get voted into the baseball Hall of Fame.

          * Off a package of 10 columns submitted by the Times, he was a finalist for the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for commentary along with Molly Ivins and Michael Kinsley. He said, “None of us got it. The board went beyond the finalists and picked Dave Barry”

          * My favorite is the role he had in helping restore former Yankee infielder Gil McDougald’s hearing. When Berkow read that the onetime Yankee infielder was almost deaf, he put him together with a doctor who performed a cochlear implant operation that restored McDougald’s hearing. The post-operation scene describing McDougald realizing he could hear again is a classic.

          He has written several notable books, among them “Maxwell Street,” the story of the pushcart shopping street in Chicago; a biography of Red Smith; some collections of his pieces; the autobiography of Hank Greenberg; the story of Bobby Comfort, the man who robbed the Pierre Hotel, the biggest hotel ronbery ever; and a nutball memoir of Ira as a fanatic street basketball player who will travel the country to play in a challenging schoolyard game.

          Berkow, 67, has been married for 30 years to Dolly Case. He is a good storyteller, quick to break into a distinctive high-pitched laugh even about operations on both knees and hips.

          It is fitting that Berkow’s resourcefulness surfaced in the last piece he wrote for the Times, Nov. 8, 2006. He set up an interview with Mustapha Farrakhan Jr, the grandson of the controversial Nation of Islam leader, when he read that the youth was an outstanding basketball player at a suburban Chicago high school who was being courted by colleges. In the course of the interview when Berkow broached the violence and anti-white statement attributed to his grandfather, the atmosphere in the room that included the boy’s father, Mustapha Farrakhan Sr., became tense.

          Berkow recalled having read that the grandfather had played the violin. He asked the youth about his violin playing and that cleared the atmosphere.

          Newspaper writers become almost non-existent when they leave a paper. There was no mention, fuss, no farewell for Berkow in the pages of the Times at the time of his official retirement this month, only a short tribute by the sports editor on the Times’ website. He deserved more.

          The next sightings of Berkow will be with be with magazine articles and a book he plans on the life of Lou Brissie, a pitcher who came to the big leagues after being seriously wounded in Wrold War II.

          ©2007 by Stan Isaacs. The Stan Isaacs caricature is ©2001 by Jim Hummel. This column first posted March 5, 2007.
          He became a sports writer for The New York Times in March 1981.

          Previously, from 1965 to 1967, he was a sports writer with the Minneapolis Tribune and from 1967 to 1976 he was a sports columnist and sports editor for Newspaper Enterprise Association, a feature syndicate in New York. He had been a freelance writer since 1976.

          A collection of his articles and columns for The Times was published in 1988 under the title, "Pitchers Do Get Lonely, and Other Sports Stories." Since joining The Times he has written two other books, the best-selling "Red: A Biography of Red Smith," the noted sports columnist, and "The Man Who Robbed the Pierre," a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best True Crime Book of 1988. Among his earlier books, "Rockin' Steady: A Guide to Basketball and Cool," with Walt Frazier, was chosen in 1974 by the American Library Association as one of the best books published for young adults in the previous 15 years. He also wrote "Carew," with Rod Carew; "Beyond the Dream," a collection of sports columns, "Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar," and "The DuSable Panthers: The Greatest, Blackest, Saddest Team from the Meanest Street in Chicago."

          Ira Berkow was a runner-up for the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary.

          In addition to his publishing credits, Mr. Berkow wrote the HBO documentary film, "Champions of American Sports," which was a finalist for the cable ACE Award for Best Sports Documentary in 1983.

          Beyond the Dream: Occasional Heroes of Sports
          Court Vision: Unexpected Views on the Lure of Basketball
          Red Smith on Baseball: The Game's Greatest Writer on the Game's Greatest Years
          The Corporal Was a Pitcher: The Courage of Lou Brissie
          Full Swing: Hits, Runs and Errors in a Writer's Life
          Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life
          Summers In The Bronx: Attila The Hun And Other Yankee Stories
          To the Hoop: The Seasons of a Basketball Life
          Rockin' Steady: A Guide to Basketball and Cool
          The Minority Quarterback: And Other Lives in Sports
          The Dusable Panthers: The Greatest- Blackest- Saddest Team from the Meanest Street in Chicago
          Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar
          Pitchers Do Get Lonely
          The Man Who Robbed the Pierre: The Story of Bobby Comfort
          Oscar Robertson: The Golden Year, 1964
          The Gospel According to Casey: Casey Stengel's Inimitable, Instructional, Historical Baseball Book
          How to Talk Jewish

          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-02-2014, 03:37 PM.


          • Charles J. Feeney---AKA Charley Feeney

            Born: November 26, 1924, Queens, NY
            Died: Still Alive

            New York sports writer;
            Queens, NY, 5-year old, (April 5, 1930 census)
            Queens, NY, 15-year old, (April 9, 1940 census)
            US Navy, 1942 - 1946
            Long Island Star Journal, 1946-63
            Long Island Press,
            New York Journal American, 1963-66
            Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1966 - December, 1986

            Father: Charles, born New York, 1899? (newspaper reporter); Mother: Grace V., born New York, 1902?;

            Charley Feeney was the 1996 recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. Feeney reported major league baseball for newspapers in New York and Pittsburgh for 41 years.

            He began his illustrious career in 1946 as the New York Giants' beat writer for the Long Island Star Journal, covering the team until 1963. He then followed the Yankees and Mets as a swing-man for the New York Journal American until the paper closed its doors. From 1966 through 1986, he covered the Pirates as the traveling correspondent for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

            Highly respected for his integrity, knowledge of the game and journalistic skills, Feeney thrived under the pressure of A.M. deadlines. He had a unique ability to satisfy readers and please editors while simultaneously maintaining a positive relationship with ballplayers and front office personnel, earning their confidence and trust.

            The Queens, New York, native calls everyone "Pally," thus eliminating the need to remember names. In turn, everyone calls him one of the truly "nice guys" in the business.
            Charley Feeney (Sportswriter. Born, Brooklyn, Nov. 26, 1924.) Although unrelated to the team’s vice president (Charles S. Feeney), Charles V. Feeney covered two Giants pennant-winning teams for the Long Island Star-Journal and the Long Island Press. Feeney broke in as a 16-year-old messenger at The Sun in 1940 and joined the Star-Journal after service with the U.S. Navy (1942-46) during World War II. He covered the Giants from 1951 to 1957 (when the club moved to San Francisco), and then followed the Yankees on a semi-regular basis until 1964, when he shifted to the New York Journal-American. After that paper folded in 1966, Feeney went to Pittsburgh, covering the Pirates for 21 seasons before he retired in Dec. 1986. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)
            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-02-2014, 03:28 PM.


            • Murray Avrum Chass

              Born: October 12, 1938, Pittsburgh, PA
              Died: Still alive

              New York sports writer;
              Pittsburgh, PA, 1-year old, (April 11, 1940 census)(listed Marray A. Chass)
              Graduated University of Pittsburgh, 1960
              New York Times, July, 1969 - May, 2008

              Father: Ben P., born Russia, 1906?; Mother: Rose, born Poland, 1909?;

              Murray Chass was the recipient of the 2003 J.G. Taylor Spink Award, presented annually "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing."

              Chass, a pioneer in the coverage of business and labor issues within baseball and a former New York Yankees beat writer who helped set the standard in print journalism for the position of national baseball writer, has covered baseball for more than 43 years.

              Covering the Yankees for the Times from 1970 through 1986, Chass was one of the first beat writers in the country to cover the organization as a whole, not just report the games. His Times colleague, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Dave Anderson, described Chass thusly: "He and Dick Young were the two best reporters I've been around in 50 years. I'd hate to be the President of the United States if Murray were covering the White House."

              Chass becomes the sixth member of the New York Times to be honored, joining John Drebinger (1973), John F. Kieran (1973), Red Smith (1976), Leonard Koppett (1992) and Joseph Durso (1995).

              Murray's wikipedia page below From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
              Murray Chass is a New York sports journalist for The New York Times. In 2003 the Baseball Writers Association of America honored him with the J. G. Taylor Spink Award. He is a pioneer in the coverage of business and labor issues within baseball.

              Chass graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1960. He joined the Baseball Writers Association of America in 1962, when he worked for the Associated Press in Pittsburgh. He joined the New York Times in 1969, and started covering the New York Yankees the following year. In 1986, he was made the paper's national baseball writer.

              Chass is a noted baseball traditionalist who laments the shift in baseball news coverage from daily beat-report biographies (the common purview of columnists like Chass) to more statistics-driven analysis (sometimes called sabermetrics), exemplified by Baseball Prospectus and used by both fantasy baseball leagues and, increasingly, Major League Baseball team management. In 2007, Chass asserted that, among "certain topics that should be off-limits," are "statistics mongers promoting VORP and other new-age baseball statistics." Chass particularly believes that in "their attempt to introduce these new-age statistics into the game," these "statistics mongers" threaten "to undermine most fans’ enjoyment of baseball and the human factor therein."

              "BASEBALL; Chass to Enter Hall of Fame," New York Times (December 15, 2003).
              Murray Chass, "As Season Approaches, Some Topics Should Be Off Limits," The New York Times (February 27, 2007).
              Murray Chass (Sportswriter. Born, Pittsburgh, Penna., Oct. 12, 1938.) After more than 150 years, redefining baseball coverage was not a simple task, yet it was one accomplished by Murray Chass after he joined The New York Times in 1969. Chass’ arrival at The Times was nearly coincident with the energizing of the Players Association and his writing on labor-management aspects of the sport had a dramatic effect. With Marvin Miller as its leader, the M.L.B.P.A. began a series of job actions and employed legal tactics that culminated in the free agency agreement announced during the 1976 All-Star break. Chass not only covered these events but also provided significant insight about them. At the same time, he was the beat writer for the Yankees for 17 seasons (1970-86), covering the sale of the club to the consortium led by George Steinbrenner (q.v.) and the return of the Yankees to their former championship status. Chass brought a thoroughness and breadth to these turbulent years. In 1987, he became the first New York baseball writer to become a full-time national reporter on the sport. His work was so extensive that his byline appeared over more Times stories than that of any other sportswriter in the paper’s history (and second-most ever for any Times reporter). His coverage of the business and labor aspects of baseball bred many imitators. Chass joined The Associated Press in Pittsburgh, Penna., in 1960 and came to the A.P.’s New York sports desk in 1963. He served as chairman of the B.B.W.A.A. New York chapter in 1979-80. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

              Power football, 1973
              Pittsburgh's Steelers; The Long Climb, 1973
              Scoring the Big Money: Do Pro Athletes Deserve So Many Millions?, 2002 (article in New York Times)
              The Athlete as Activist: 2003 (article in New York Times)
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-02-2014, 03:05 PM.


              • Harold Stanley McCoy---AKA Hal McCoy

                Born: October 18, 1940, Akron, OH
                Died: Still Alive

                Dayton sports writer;
                Graduated Kent State University School of Journalism (Kent, OH).
                BBWAA President, 1997
                Cincinnati BBWAA chapter chair 22 times, instrumental in Pete Rose investigation
                Dayton Daily News sports writer, covered Reds from 1970 on.

                Wrote gutsy, courageous stories on Cincy owner, Marge Schott, got himself exiled from her media room 4 times. Didn't deter his typewriter. Kept writing them straight.
                Won Taylor Spink Award in 2002, Baseball's Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
                Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News was named the winner of the 2002 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

                An honors graduate from Kent State University School of Journalism, where he also played baseball on a partial baseball scholarship, McCoy has won 43 Ohio and national writing awards and was the first non-Cincinnati newsperson elected to the Cincinnati Journalists Hall of Fame. Hal has been the Cincinnati BBWAA Chapter Chair 22 times and was the BBWAA national president in 1997. He is the third writer from the Dayton Daily News honored, joining Si Burick (1982) and Ritter Collett (1991).

                McCoy has covered the Cincinnati Reds for 32 years, the longest tenure of any current beat writer on one team. He has averaged 155 games covered per year over three decades, in addition to six weeks of spring training and full post-season coverage. McCoy has covered more than 5,560 games, 900 spring training games and 500 post-season games, missing only one assigned game due to illness. He also writes a daily notebook, a column three times a week, a Sunday notebook year round and a weekly "Ask Hal" column that answers reader questions.

                McCoy was in the forefront of the Pete Rose investigation, breaking many stories during the 1989 season while also covering the Reds on a daily basis.

                The Relentless Reds, 1976
                The Royal Reds: Baseball's New Dynasty, 1977
                Pete Rose, with Hal McCoy,
                The Official Pete Rose Scrapbook, 1985

                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-02-2014, 02:49 PM.


                • Peter Warren Gammons

                  Born: April 9, 1945, Boston,MA
                  Died: Still Alive

                  Boston sports writer;
                  Boston Globe columnist, 1969 - 1986
                  Sports Illustrated senior writer, 1982 - 1990
                  ML baseball studio analyst,
                  ESPN, 1988 - ?, columnist, 1990 - 2010
                  In 2004, Peter was selected by his fellow sports writers to receive the prestigious lifetime achievement award, The Spink Award.

                  Peter's wikipedia page

                  Baseball Hall of Fame summary.
                  In many ways, Peter Gammons has defined baseball coverage both in print and on the airwaves for 35 years, as a newspaper journalist (Boston Globe), magazine writer (Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine), author (Beyond the Sixth Game) and broadcaster (ESPN). After joining the Globe in 1969, the Groton, Mass., native quickly developed a reputation as a tireless worker, always the first to arrive at the ballpark and last to leave. Gammons' work habits and ability to find connections with even the most difficult players earned him boundless respect and allowed him to develop a vast network of sources.

                  Gammons was voted the National Sportswriter of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 1993, by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and was awarded an honorary Pointer Fellow from Yale University. He was an early advocate of the developed the "Sunday notes column," which has become a staple in sports sections across the country. Writing with skill and flair in a style filled with allusions to cultural icons from Robert Frost to Warren Zevon, his effortless transition from print reporter to TV analyst helped open the door for many baseball writers at various electronic media outlets across the continent. While later generations grew to know him best as an electronic journalist, the hallmark of Gammons' career remained his service as a print reporter. Gammons maintained that he was a newspaper reporter who happened to make a living on television.

                  At his 2004 Hall of Fame induction speech.

                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-19-2013, 07:06 AM.


                  • George William James---AKA Bill James

                    Born: October 5, 1949, Holton, Kansas
                    Died: Still Alive

                    Free-lance baseball author/statistician and hugely influential writer. Since the 1970's, possibly the most popular, most commercially-successful baseball writer in the world.

                    Bill graduated from the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS), with degrees in English, economics and education. He lived in both Lawrence and Winchester, Kansas with his wife, Susan McCarthy and children, Rachel, Isaac and Reuben.

                    Bill was hired by the Boston Red Sox in November, 2002, and might reasonably be credited with their success since. Bill moved to Boston in 2006.

                    Bill's Wikipedia page
                    George William “Bill” James (born October 5, 1949, in Holton, Kansas) is a baseball writer, historian, and statistician whose work has been widely influential. Since 1977, James has written more than two dozen books devoted to baseball history and statistics. His approach, which he termed sabermetrics in reference to the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), scientifically analyzes and studies baseball, often through the use of statistical data, in an attempt to determine why teams win and lose. In 2006, Time named him in the Time 100 as one of the most influential people in the world. He is currently a Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox.

                    After four years at the University of Kansas residing at Stephenson Scholarship hall, and one course short of graduating, James joined the Army in 1971. James was the last person in Kansas to be drafted for the Vietnam war, although he never saw action there. Instead, he spent two years stationed in South Korea, during which time he wrote to KU about taking his final class. He was told he actually had met all his graduation requirements, so he returned to Lawrence in 1973 with degrees in English and economics. He also finished an Education degree in 1975, likewise from the University of Kansas

                    James began writing baseball articles after leaving the United States Army in his mid-twenties. Many of his first baseball writings came while he was doing nightshifts as a security guard. Unlike most writers, his pieces didn't recount games in epic terms or offer insights gleaned from interviews with players. A typical James piece posed a question (e.g., "Which pitchers and catchers allow runners to steal the most bases?") he then presented data and statistics that answered the question.

                    Editors considered his pieces so unusual that few believed them suitable for their readers. In an effort to reach a wider audience, James self-published an annual book titled The Bill James Baseball Abstract beginning in 1977. The first edition of the book presented 80 pages of in-depth statistics compiled from James' study of box scores from the preceding season.

                    Over the next three years, his work began to win respect. New editions added essays on teams and players. By 1982, sales had increased tenfold, and a media conglomerate agreed to publish and distribute future editions.

                    In 1988, James ceased writing the Abstract, citing workload-related burnout and concern about the volume of statistics on the market. He has continued to publish hardcover books about baseball history; these books include two editions of The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract.

                    On a few occasions, James has published a series of books. The Baseball Book (1990-1992) was a loosely-organized collection of commentary, profiles, historical articles and occasional pieces of research. The Player Ratings Book (1993-1995) offered statistics and 50-word profiles aimed at the fantasy baseball enthusiast.

                    The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, 1985, 1988
                    The Great American Baseball Stat Book, 1987
                    This Time Let's Not Eat the Bones: Bill James Without the Numbers, 1989
                    The Politics of Glory: How Baseball's Hall of Fame Really Works, 1994
                    The BILL JAMES GUIDE TO BASEBALL MANAGERS: From 1870 to Today, 1997
                    Bill James Presents Stats All-Time Baseball Sourcebook, 1998
                    The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, The Classic--Completely Revised, 2001
                    Win Shares, 2002 (with Jim Henzler)
                    The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: A Definitive Guide to Baseball's 1,887 Most Memorable Pitchers, 2004 (with Rob Neyer)

                    SHRINE OF THE ETERNALS, 2007 INDUCTION DAY: Sunday, July 22, 2007, Pasadena, California
                    On a pleasant summer afternoon in Pasadena, California (with the previous year's record-setting 112 degree temperature only a lingering memory), a standing-room-only crowd of nearly 200 people attended the 2007 Induction Day ceremony for the ninth class of electees to the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals on Sunday, July 22, 2007. The setting was the Pasadena Central Library's Donald R. Wright Auditorium, and the attendees were there to celebrate the inductions of Yogi Berra, Jim Brosnan, and Bill James, who were elected by the membership of the Baseball Reliquary in voting conducted in April 2007. The inductees received the highest number of votes from a ballot consisting of fifty candidates.

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                    • Tracy Louis Ringolsby, Jr.

                      Born: April 30, 1951, Cheyenne, WY
                      Died: Still Alive

                      Denver sports writer;
                      United Press International wire service covering games, 1976 - 1977,
                      Long Beach Press to cover the Angels
                      Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1980 - 1983
                      Kansas City Star, 1983 - 1986
                      Dallas Morning News, 1986 - 1991
                      Rocky Mountain News, 1992 - present; has covered Rockies games since the club's inception in 1993.

                      Tracy's wikipedia page From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

                      Tracy Ringolsby is a sports columnist for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado. His specialty is covering baseball, and has been doing so since 1976. He is the former president of the Baseball Writers Association of America and has been a member since 1976. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.

                      He was the 2000 recipient of the Shining Star Award for journalistic excellence, presented by the Colorado Press Association, becoming the first sports writer nominated for the award. Ringolsby is the 2005 recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award and was inducted into the writers wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 30, 2006.[1]

                      A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ringolsby is a graduate of Cheyenne East High School. He began his writing career as one-man sports staff for the Wyoming State Tribune, the afternoon newspaper in Cheyene, the day after he turned 17. He later worked for United Press International before beginning a career of covering Major League Baseball.

                      Ringolsby has been the major beat writer for the Colorado Rockies for the Rocky Mountain News since 1991. Ringolsby previously worked for the Long Beach Independent, Press-Telegram (California Angels, March 1977-July 1980), the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Seattle Mariners, July 1980-July 1983), the Kansas City Star-Times (Kansas City Royals, August 1983-February 1986), and the Dallas Morning News (Texas Rangers, March 1986-1989.[2]

                      Other activities
                      Ringolsby is a co-founder of Baseball America, and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research since 1979.

                      Ringolsby is a member of the executive committee of the National Western Stock Show, and is a member at the benefactor level of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

                      Rocky Mountain News
                      Rich Lederer, "Baseball Beat Q&A: Tracy Ringolsby on the BBWAA," Baseball Analysts, December 26, 2007.

                      July 30, 2006, Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies.
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                      • Richard Lowell Hummel---AKA Rick Hummel

                        Born: February 25, 1946, Quincy, IL
                        Died: Still Alive

                        St. Louis sports writer:
                        Graduated University of Missouri, 1968
                        Attended Quincy College (Quincy, MA), 2 years
                        US Military, 3 years
                        St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1971-present
                        Started covering St. Louis Cardinals, 1973

                        Rick Hummel, who has covered baseball and the Cardinals for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 24 years as a beat writer and five as a columnist, was named the recipient of the 2006 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

                        Hired by the Post-Dispatch in 1971, Hummel becomes the second writer from the paper to be so honored, joining Bob Broeg.

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                        • Lawrence W. Whiteside---AKA Larry Whiteside

                          Born: September 19, 1937, Chicago, IL
                          Died: June 15, 2007, Newtonville, MA, age 69---d. complications related to Parkinson's disease.

                          Milwaukee / Boston sports writer;
                          Graduated Drake University, 1959 (Bachelor of Arts degree)
                          Chicago, IL, 2-year old, (April 20, 1940 census)
                          Kansas City Kansan, 1959 - 1963
                          Milwaukee Journal, 1963 - 1973, covered the Braves/Brewers
                          Boston Globe, 1973 - 2004

                          Father: Alonzo, born Arkansas, 1912?; Mother: Murthis, born Mississippi, 1914?;

                          Wikipedia article below:
                          Lawrence W. Whiteside, nicknamed "Sides," was a pioneering African American journalist known for his coverage of baseball for a number of American newspapers, most notably The Boston Globe.

                          Early life and career
                          Whiteside was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1937. He graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959.

                          Whiteside started with the Kansas City Kansan in 1959. He moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he covered the Milwaukee Braves as well as civil rights issues. Team owner Bud Selig offered Whiteside a job with the Milwaukee Brewers when the franchise relocated from Seattle in 1970, but he preferred to continue working in journalism. In 1971, Whiteside started The Black List to help sports editors find qualified black journalists to hire. Initially The Black List only had nine names, but by 1983 it had expanded to more than 90.

                          Career in Boston
                          He moved to Boston in 1973 where he worked for most of his career. At that stage, he was the only black journalist covering Major League Baseball on a daily basis for a major paper.

                          Whiteside covered many of the most notable events in Boston baseball history, ranging from Bucky Dent's home run to defeat the Boston Red Sox in the 1978 American League East playoff, to the Red Sox losing the 1986 World Series to the New York Mets, to Roger Clemens' second 20-strikeout game.

                          Whiteside was an expert on Negro league baseball, and was one of the first American journalists to follow baseball in other countries.

                          The National Association of Black Journalists gave Whiteside a lifetime achievement award in 1999. He was part of the panel that chose the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

                          Whiteside developed Parkinson's disease early in the 21st century, which led to the end of his career with The Boston Globe in 2004. After his death, the Red Sox observed a minute's silence in his honor prior to a game against the San Francisco Giants.

                          Posthumous award
                          In July 2007, Whiteside was selected by a Baseball Writers Association of America committee as one of three finalists for the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, and he was announced as the winner on December 5 following a vote by the BBWAA membership; he will be honored in July 2008 with inclusion in the writers' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Whiteside is the first African-American beat writer to receive the Spink Award.
                          Larry Whiteside, a pioneer among African-American sports journalists, was elected the 2008 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. His memory will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing" during the 2008 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum induction ceremony July 27 at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y.

                          Whiteside, who died June 15 of complications from Parkinson's disease, received 203 votes from the 415 ballots cast by BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years' service in becoming the 59th winner of the award since its inception in 1962 and named for the first recipient. Spink was the driving force of The Sporting News, known during his lifetime as the "Baseball Bible."

                          Nick Peters, who retired this year from the Sacramento Bee after having been a traveling beat writer for three decades covering the San Francisco Giants, received 119 votes. Dave Van Dyck, a Chicago baseball writer for 25 years and an active member of numerous BBWAA committees, got 89. Four blank ballots were among those submitted.

                          The candidates were selected by a three-member, BBWAA-appointed committee and announced at the All-Star Game meeting July 10 at San Francisco. Voting was conducted in November through a mail ballot, a process that began in 2002.

                          Whiteside became the third African-American winner of the Spink Award. The others were Wendell Smith in 1993 and Sam Lacy in 1997. But while they were primarily columnists and feature writers, Whiteside spent a lengthy portion of his 30-year career as a beat writer.

                          After writing for the Kansas City Kansan (1959-63), Whiteside went to the Milwaukee Journal (1963-1973) where he was a beat writer covering the Braves in the 1960s and the Brewers in the 1970s before he joined the staff of the Boston Globe in 1973. In 1980, "Sides" became the first African-American Hall of Fame voter.

                          "Larry was a pioneer," Commissioner Bud Selig said. "In 1972 I offered him a position in public relations for the Brewers, but Larry made the decision to remain a journalist and was hired at the Boston Globe a year later. He was one of the finest reporters and one of the finest people I ever encountered. He promoted baseball with his fine, fair and objective reporting for many years."

                          In 1971, Whiteside created "The Black List" of African-American reporters and copy editors designed to aid sports editors in helping hire black journalists. By 1983, the list had expanded from nine to 90 names. "Sides" not only covered the Red Sox and was a national baseball writer for the Globe but also made four trips to Japan and two to Australia covering the sport.

                          A three-time chairman of the Boston Chapter, Larry was a recipient of the Dave O'Hara Award for long and meritorious service to the chapter. The National Association of Black Journalists honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.

                          The BBWAA this year changed the year designation for the Spink Award to coincide with that of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

                          September 24, 2003, first pitch.
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                          • John Edward Bayless, Jr.---AKA Skip Bayless

                            Born: December 4, 1951, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
                            Died: Still Alive

                            Sports writer:
                            Skip's Wikipedia page
                            Skip Bayless is a sports commentator on ESPN2's ESPN First Take and its afternoon show 1st and 10. Bayless also wrote regular columns for and its Page 2 section.

                            Bayless graduated from Northwest Classen High School, where he lettered for three years in baseball and for two in basketball and ranked second in grade-point average in a class of 681. In 1970, he made the all-area American Legion all-star team as a catcher.

                            Bayless went directly from Vanderbilt to the Miami Herald, where he wrote sports features for two years before being hired away by the Los Angeles Times. There, he was best known for investigative stories on the Dodgers' clubhouse resentment of "golden boy" Steve Garvey and his celebrity wife Cyndy and on Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom's behind-the-scenes decisions to start different quarterbacks each week (James Harris, Pat Haden or Ron Jaworski). Bayless also won the Eclipse Award for his coverage of Seattle Slew's Triple Crown.

                            At 25, Bayless was hired by the Dallas Morning News to write its lead sports column, and two years later, the rival Dallas Times Herald hired him away by making him one of the country's highest paid sports columnists — prompting the Wall Street Journal to do a story on the development. Bayless was voted Texas sportswriter of the year three times.

                            In 1989, Bayless wrote the critically acclaimed God's Coach, about the rise and fall of Tom Landry's Dallas Cowboys. Following the Cowboys' Super Bowl victory in 1993, Bayless wrote The Boys, which broke the story that coach Jimmy Johnson and owner Jerry Jones weren't "best friends" and correctly predicted that Jones would fire Johnson no matter how much success the team had. (Jones fired Johnson after the Cowboys won another Super Bowl the following year.)

                            Following a third Cowboys' Super Bowl win in four seasons, Bayless wrote the third and final book of his Cowboys' trilogy, Hell-Bent: The Crazy Truth About the "Win or Else" Dallas Cowboys. He created a controversy when he wrote about the suspicions of many Cowboys and of coach Barry Switzer that quarterback Troy Aikman was gay. Aikman spoke at length to Bayless for the book, insisting he was not gay and refuting a claim (from Switzer) that the quarterback used a racial slur in criticizing receiver Kevin Williams during a game and that the quarterback was trying to get Switzer fired and Norv Turner hired as Cowboys coach. The book is about the season-long clash between Aikman (and his supporters in the Dallas media) and Switzer (and his supporters among the players). Bayless reported that Aikman refused to speak to Switzer from Dec. 4 of that 1995 season through the Super Bowl, which the Cowboys won.

                            After covering the Cowboys through the 1996 season, Bayless chose to leave Dallas after 17 years and become the lead sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune. (His brother Rick, a well-known chef, owns and operates Frontera Grill, one of Chicago's most popular restaurants for the last 20 years.) In his first year in Chicago, Bayless won the Lisagor Award for excellence in sports column writing and was voted Illinois sportswriter of the year.

                            Bayless eventually had a highly publicized dispute with the Tribune's executive editor, Ann Marie Lipinski, over limiting all Tribune columns to just 650 or so words. Bayless quit over the policy and was immediately hired by Knight Ridder Corporation to write for its flagship newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News. While in San Jose, Bayless became a fixture on ESPN's Rome is Burning and in a weekly Sunday Morning SportsCenter debate with Stephen A. Smith, "Old School/Nu Skool." ESPN hired Bayless full-time in 2004 to team with Woody Paige on ESPN2's Cold Pizza and to write columns for In 2007, Bayless stopped writing columns to concentrate on what is now called First Take (formerly Cold Pizza) and on ESPN's afternoon show, First and 10, as well as increased presence on ESPN's 6 p.m. SportsCenter with segments such as "The Budweiser Hotseat."

                            Radio and television
                            Skip Bayless is a highly contentious analyst who has been despised and praised continuously. Bayless' views garner minimal respect from his many detractors, many of whom are fellow pundits. These critics accuse Bayless of purposely igniting controversy in order to make a name for himself. On the other hand, a substantial number of fans praise Bayless for his eloquent analysis, willingness to espouse viewpoints not commonly considered by others, and the professional manner by which he conducts himself. He has occasionally substituted as host for syndicated radio program The Jim Rome Show. He has also previously contributed to ESPN as a recurring panelist on The Sports Reporters, NFL Prime Monday (now ESPN Monday Night Countdown) in the 1990s, and Jim Rome is Burning. For three years (1998-2001), Bayless was a contributor at major championships for the Golf Channel.

                            KTCK Sports Radio 1310 "The Ticket"
                            In 1994 Bayless left his show at KLIF in Dallas to help start the city's first sports talk radio station, KTCK Sports Radio 1310, "the Ticket." For two years Bayless was the solo host on the 6-9 a.m. morning show as "the Ticket" became was on the country's most successful sports stations. Bayless also was an original investor and when the ownership decided to accept a lucrative offer to sell the station, the new owners bought out Bayless' contract.

                            He immediately became a regular on ESPN Radio's first national show, The Fabulous Sports Babe, and later co-hosted a weekend show on ESPN Radio with Larry Beil. He was also a regular on Chet Coppock's show on Sporting News Radio. For three years he was the primary guest host on The Jim Rome Show and became known for drinking Diet Mountain Dew and sparring with the Ohio State "Luckeye" fans who tried to defend the late interference call against Miami that helped win them a national championship.

                            Cold Pizza/ESPN First Take
                            Bayless is featured in debate segments on what is now known as First Take and the segments are re-aired as First and 10 in the afternoons. Bayless debates the day's 10 hottest sports topics with a rotation of sportswriters and ex-athletes including Stephen A. Smith, Greg Anthony, Jalen Rose, Marcellus Wiley, Shaun King and 2 Live Stews (Ryan and Doug Stewart). Donovan McNabb and actor Donnie Wahlberg also have taken on Bayless.

                            Bayless, who has called himself "the conscience" of the show, is known for taking unpopular stances on issues discussed on the show. For example, he has extensively criticized Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James for his inability to make clutch shots or live up to his reputation as one of the league's preeminent stars. This typically draws strong disagreement from Crawford, an Ohio native and Cavaliers fan. Bayless mockingly refers to the player as "Prince James" (a derivation of his actual nickname "King James") and derides the star constantly on the show. His criticism of James reached its peak in the 2007 NBA Finals, as the San Antonio Spurs swept James' Cavaliers. James has not responded to Bayless' criticism as yet.

                            He is also known to be relatively critical of Boston Celtics star power forward Kevin Garnett, referring to him as Kevin 'Garnot'. He bolsters his argument by pointing out Garnett's lack of NBA Championships. On August 3, 2007, on 1st and 10, he went as far as to say that Garnett is not even among the top fifteen players in the league, much to the chagrin of fellow analyst Stephen A. Smith.

                            Bayless once had an on-air argument with Donovan McNabb as to whether or not a particular ankle injury would affect the play of a Quarterback, despite the fact that Bayless has never played professional football, and McNabb is a Pro-Bowl quarterback.

                            Similar to his critique of James, Bayless also used to heavily condemn Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning due to his never winning any "big games" in his career. However, after Manning led the Colts to the Super Bowl championship in the 2006 season Bayless backed off his criticism of the quarterback, admitting that the star had proven him wrong. He has similarly criticized baseball players Frank Thomas and Mike Piazza due to their not coming through in big, "clutch" situations. He has stated that Piazza is not a Hall of Fame player. Bayless is also outspoken in his belief that Tiger Woods is not the greatest golfer of all-time. Bayless cites his lack of competition on the PGA Tour and inabilty to come from behind on Sundays (Woods has never won a major when trailing after 54 holes) as the basis of this opinion. Among Bayless' other controversial views are his contention that the NBA regular season is more exciting than March Madness, and his opinion that all professional athletes should be contractually barred from attending nightclubs. Skip raised eyebrows again on May 7, 2007 when he stated that the much hyped Oscar De la Hoya/Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight should have been a draw, despite public opinion veering slightly in Mayweather's favor.

                            Bayless has repeatedly stated that field goals and extra point attempts (PATs) should be done away in the National Football League, which often caused an argument with rival Woody Paige on Cold Pizza. This argument once went so far that former New York Giants kicker Jay Feely was invited onto the show to guest host for the absent Paige and debate against Skip Bayless and his anti-kicking stance. After the Giants made the playoffs Bayless had to wear Feely's jersey on Cold Pizza on January 2nd, 2007, a comedic gesture to which Bayless heartily agreed.

                            Following Tom Coughlin's decision to play his starters during the final game of the 2008 regular season, after the Giants had already clinched a playoff spot, Skip called the decision the worst single-game decision ever made. Even after the Giants won Super Bowl XLII by beating the New England Patriots, Bayless refused to admit that Coughlin made the right move, calling the decision the worst preplayoff decision ever made. He cited that no other coach would have done it and that three starters were hurt. He also admitted that it worked for no good reason.

                            Bayless also has focused his criticism on the Dallas Cowboys, now that they have his most frequent target, Terrell Owens, whom he calls "Team Obliterator." He also has blasted quarterback Tony Romo ("Tony Romeo") for participating in highly-publicized romances with Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson before proving himself as an NFL quarterback.

                            Allen Iverson controversy
                            On Cold Pizza, Bayless made comments about NBA All-Star Allen Iverson, stating that his recent trade to the Denver Nuggets was flawed, and continued to criticize Iverson. Iverson then responded with an interview with ESPN where he asked, "Why he hate me?" This was an actual interview and not a skit. Later Bayless stated that the only players in the NBA that he hates are LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

                            Bayless has written about his belief in God and pros and cons of religion in sports for The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He attends a Methodist church in Manhattan.

                            Because of his relatively brash claims and stances, Bayless has been publicly criticized by some high-profile sources. Le Anne Schreiber, the ESPN Ombudsman, criticized him for being so "absolute" in his arguments and for yelling too much on TV [1]; ESPN columnist Bill Simmons has taken multiple shots at him in his columns. According to sources at ESPN, criticism of Mr. Bayless far exceeds that of any other anchorperson or ESPN personality[1]. Bayless was criticized multiple times during the 2005-06 college football season due to his perceived bias against the Texas Longhorns. Many television personalities who observed this believed it to be because of Bayless' Oklahoma roots, where the University of Oklahoma (who lost to Texas that year) resides. Skip Bayless also receives criticism for calling LeBron James "Prince James" and has also referred to Kevin Garnett as Kevin "GarNOT". He also calls Allen Iverson "Me, Myself, and Iverson". While guest hosting "The Jim Rome Show" before the BCS National Championship Game between Ohio State and Miami, Bayless was adament that Miami would crush Ohio State. After Ohio State won the game, Bayless called into the show when Rome was hosting and said that Miami only lost because of a controversial pass interference call in overtime. In future guest hosting gigs, Bayless repeated this theme, even going so far as to call Ohio State players and fans "The Luckeyes", parodying the Ohio State Buckeyes mascot, and receiving vitrol from Ohio State callers and emailers to the Rome show.

                            Skip Bayless is an American sportswriter and member of the ESPN show "Cold Pizza." He also writes columns for's Page 2 and occasionally substitutes as host for the syndicated radio program "The Jim Rome Show." He has also previously contributed to ESPN as a recurring panelist on The Sports Reporters and NFL Prime Monday in the 1990s, and more recently "Jim Rome is Burning." Bayless has written for The Miami Herald, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald, Chicago Tribune, and most recently the San Jose Mercury News. He has also written several books regarding the Dallas Cowboys. Bayless is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. His brother is Rick Bayless, a well known chef who specializes in traditional Mexican food.

                            God's Coach: The Hymns, Hype, and Hypocrisy of Tom Landry's Cowboys
                            Hell-Bent: The Crazy Truth About the "Win or Else" Dallas Cowboys
                            Sammy's Season
                            The Boys- Jones Vs. Johnson

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                            • Lawrence Walter Stone---AKA Larry Stone

                              Born: September 28, 1955
                              Died: Still Alive

                              Seattle sports writer;
                              Seattle Times,
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                              • George David Lederer---(Born: Gert Dagelbert)

                                Born: June 19, 1928, Offenburg, Germany
                                Died: August 14, 1978, Long Beach, CA, age 50

                                Los Angeles sports writer;
                                Long Beach, CA, 11-year old, (April 6, 1940 census)(listed George Laderer)
                                Arrived in US at New York, May, 1939, fleeing Nazis
                                Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram, sports writer, ? - 1969
                                Los Angeles Angels, Publicity staff, 1969 - 1978, death.

                                Father: Julius, born Germany, 1888?; Mother: Irlene, born Germany, 1898?;

                                Vin Scully/George Lederer----------------------------------------------------------------February, 1958

                                W/Sandy Koufax.

                                ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, September 2, 1978, pp. 61.
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