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  • 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.
            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-12-2011, 07:17 PM.


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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.


                            • Frank York Grayson

                              Born: August 10, 1872, New Haven, OH
                              Died: February 9, 1955, Terrace, OH, age 82,---d. Heart attack

                              Cincinnati sports writer;
                              Started on Cincinnati Enquirer, 1897 - 1908, as police reporter, then assessment clerk on city pay roll.
                              Cincinnati Times-Star feature writer, 1912 - 1925, succeeded Bill Phelon as Baseball writer in August, 1925 until retirement, September, 1953.
                              Retired from baseball writing 2 years before that.

                              Sporting News' Obituary-------------------Hartford Courant obituary
                              February 16, 1955, pp. 26.----------------February 10, 1955, pp. 13.

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

                              -----------------------------------------Greenlawn Cemetery, Milford (Clermont County), Ohio
                              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-02-2011, 06:32 PM.


                              • Wilfred Russell Smith

                                Born: April 7, 1899, Milroy, Indiana
                                Died: August 3, 1976, Park Ridge, IL, age 77

                                Chicago sports writer;
                                Graduated DePauw University (Greencastle, IN), 1921
                                1 year old, lived Center Township, IN, (June 18, 1900 census)
                                11 year old, lived Connersville, IN, (April 16, 1910)
                                Student at DePauw University, (Greencastle, IN) (September 12, 1918 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                                Chicago newspaper reporter, (April 28, 1930 census)
                                NFL player, and later an official;
                                1st President of College Football Writers Association
                                Chicago Tribune, sports writer, 1925 - 1955; sports editor, July 12, 1955 - 1966
                                Wrote on many sports.

                                Father: William R., born Indiana, October, 1872; Mother: Catherine, born Indiana, August, 1872; Wife: Lillian M. born Illinois, around 1908. Wilfred married Lillian around 1928.

                                Sporting News' tribute article, July 20, 1955, pp. 40.---------Sporting News' obituary, August 28, 1976, pp. 37.
                                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-22-2011, 06:49 PM.


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