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  • #16
    Marshall Allen Hunt

    Born: December 1, 1895, Indianapolis, IN
    Died: September 17, 1974, Olympia, WA, age 78

    New York sports writer;
    Enlisted WWI, 1917 - 1918
    New York Daily News, sports editor, 1918 - 1939
    Left New York City, 1939 for Olympia, WA
    Olympia Daily (WA) Olympian sports editor, 1939 - 1961
    Was always considered the closest scribe pal of Babe Ruth.

    Sporting News' obituary, October 12, 1974, pp. 38.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-19-2013, 03:10 PM.


    • #17
      James Lawrence Kilgallen---AKA Jim Kilgallen

      Born: July 11, 1888, Pittston, PA
      Died: December 21, 1982, New York City, NY, age 94

      New York sports writer;
      Started as telegrapher for Chicago Daily Farmers & Drovers Journal, when he was 15.
      Worked for Chicago Tribune on the side.
      Associated Press,
      United Press,
      Daily Bommerang (Laramie, Wyo.) just before WWI.
      International News Service, 1920 - 1958
      Hearst Headline Service, 1958 - 1980, NY

      One of his daughters, Dorothy Kilgallen, was a well-known newpaper columnist who died November 8, 1965. One of her main claims to fame was she became a regular panelist on the TV game show, What's My Line in 1950 and stayed on the show until her death.

      New York Times' obituary, December 23, 1982, pp. D15.-----------------------------------------------------------1928

      June 7, 1944, Rome, Italy: James Kilgallen receives rosary and photo from Pope Pius 12, after
      Rome is liberated by the Allies from the Germans / Italians Axis' forces.
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-09-2012, 02:05 PM.


      • #18
        Raymond John Kelly

        Born: February 18, 1898, New York City, NY
        Died: January 8, 1967, Bronxville, NY, age 68,---d. heart attack at home.

        New York sports writer / sports editor;
        Graduated Fordham University (Bronx, NY),
        New York Tribune, sports dept., 1920 - 1921
        New York Times Assistant sports editor, 1923 - 1937, sports editor, February 26, 1937 - April, 1957

        ---New York Times' obituary, January 9, 1967, pp. 39, column 3.---Sporting News' obituary, January 21, 1967, pp. 34.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-09-2012, 02:47 PM.


        • #19
          Albert William Keane---AKA Bert Keane

          Born: January 22, 1888, Danielson, Conn.
          Died: July 11, 1939, Hartford, Conn., age 51

          New Bedford Times, city news reporter, sports editor, 1907 - 1919
          Waterbury Republican
          Los Angeles Herald, copy desk, 1 year
          Springfield Union, night city editor, 1920-22, sports editor, 1921-26,
          Hartford Courant, sports editor, 1926 - 1939.

          Wife: Elizabeth Mae Burt;

          Hartford Courant obituary, July 12, 1939, pp. 1.

          --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, July 20, 1939, pp. 5.
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-19-2013, 10:42 AM.


          • #20
            Samuel Harold Lacy---AKA Sam Lacy

            Born: October 23, 1903, Mystic, CT
            Died: May 8, 2003, Washington, DC, age 99

            Washington/Baltimore sports writer;
            His mother was Shinnecock Indian;
            Grew up Washington DC, 5 blocks from Griffith stadium,
            Graduated Howard University (Washington, DC), bachelor's in physical education, 1923
            Devoted his early life to lobbying for integration of major league baseball & society.
            Washington Tribune: part-time sports writer, reporter, 1918 - 1920, 1923- 1930), managing editor, sports writer, 1930-1934), sports editor, columnist, 1934-1939.
            Baltimore Afro-American sports writer, columnist, 1939-1940, sports editor, columnist, 1943 - ?,
            Chicago Defender associate national editor, 1940-1943
            1st Black in the Baseball Writers Association, 1948,
            Taylor Spink Award (Baseball Hall of Fame, 1997),
            Personally knew many black stars, (Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Arthur Ashe), but never shirked from criticizing them if he felt warranted. Mentor: father
            Sam Lacy, recognized as a pioneer in baseball journalism in becoming one of the first African-American members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, was the 1997 recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. Lacy's career in print journalism began in the 1920s, working as a sportswriter at the Washington Tribune under the tutelage of editor Lewis Lautier. He was both managing editor and sports editor of the paper from 1934-39, before moving to Chicago to become assistant national editor for the Chicago Defender from 1940-43. He then returned to his roots in Baltimore to become a columnist and sports editor for the weekly Baltimore Afro-American, where he remained for well over half a century. He authored the widely popular column "A to Z" for many years.

            His illustrious career as a sports journalist has spanned 17 presidential elections, but it was as a crusader in the 1930s and 1940s, when Lacy's columns were devoted to desegregating baseball in the major leagues, that he made his greatest impact as a journalist.
            Sam Lacy is a sports columnist for the Baltimore Afro-American. He grew up in Washington only a few blocks from Griffith Stadium. As a youngster, he shagged fly balls for Washington Senator players and ran errands for them. Lacy was a semi-pro pitcher who dreamed of playing in the Negro Leagues and played against many of the great black players of the 1920s and 1930s. Not good enough to play in the Negro Leagues, Lacy became a sportswriter with the local black newspaper, the Washington Tribune. In 1933, he began a 14-year crusade to integrate major league baseball. In December 1937, Lacy landed a groundbreaking interview with Senators owner Clark Griffith, who declared that the "time was not far off" when black players would play in the major leagues. Lacy, along with Pittsburgh Courier sports columnist Wendell Smith, made Griffith's Senators one of the focal points of their integration efforts. Ultimately, however, Lacy and Smith had more success in Brooklyn, where they became Jackie Robinson's friends and confidantes. Lacy, who is in his late 90s, still lives in Northeast Washington
            May 27, 1984: L-R: NAACP Executive Director Benjamin L. Hooks, Sam Lacy, former
            NBA star Sam Jones, Hank Aaron, NBA Oscar Robertson, NAACP headquarters, after naming
            them to a sports advisory committee formed to improve minority hiring practices among
            major sports franchises.

            New York Times obituary, May 12, 2003, pp. B7.

            Sporting News' obituary, May 26, 2003, pp. 62.

            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-11-2011, 08:54 PM.


            • #21
              Albert Gillis Laney---AKA Al Laney

              Born: January 11, 1896, Pensacola, FL
              Died: January 31, 1988, Spring Valley, NY, age 92

              New York sports writer;
              Pensacola Journal (Pensacola, FL),
              Dallas Dispatch reporter,
              Minneapolis News reporter,
              New York Evening Mail, 1920 - 1925
              Paris Herald (European edition of New York Herald-Tribune, 1925 - 1934
              New York Herald-Tribune reporter and columnist, 1934 - 1966

              International Tennis Hall of Fame ยท Home to the Legends of Tennis - Newport, RI
              A fine writer who made his name covering sports, Albert Gillis Laney was usually associated with tennis and golf, but he covered everything on the menu, from big league baseball to football to championship fights, with his usual understanding of what was at foot, and a keen reportorial touch. Laconic, mustachioed, usually beneath a gray fedora, he settled in Paris for a time after World War I, worked for James Joyce as secretary, and joined the staff of the renowned "Paris Herald" (now the "International Herald Tribune").

              He had an eye for compelling features, and his coverage of the epic 1926 showdown of Suzanne Lenglen and Helen Wills at Cannes graces several anthologies. He spanned the generations, having observed another epic, the Maurice McLoughlin-Norman Brookes Davis Cup duel at Forest Hills in 1914, and worked as a reporter until his last newspaper, the "New York Herald Tribune", folded in 1966. That paper had a legendary sports staff headed by Stanley Woodward, who felt Laney's story on blind, down-and-out Sam Langford, onetime great boxer, was an American masterpiece.

              His "Courting the Game", a tennis memoir, remains one of the splendid tennis books. Laney was born January 11, 1895, in Pensacola, FL, retained a Southern lilt in his speech, and died January 31, 1988, in Spring Valley, NY. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1979.
              Al Laney (Sportswriter. Born, Pensacola, Fla., Jan. 11, 1896; died, Spring Valley, N.Y., Jan. 31, 1988.) Starting with the Pensacola Journal in his birthplace, Albert Gillies Laney moved to newspapers in Dallas, Tex., amd Minneapolis, Minn., before joining the U.S. Army during World War I. After two years in the service, Laney mustered out in 1919 and went to New York. He started with the Evening Mail in 1920, switched into sports, and, when his paper was sold to the Telegram in 1925, went to Paris for the new Herald Tribune. Writing for both the European and New York editions, he covered tennis, golf, and other sports. Laney was to cover every Wimbledon championship from 1925 to 1939. With the onset of World War II in Europe, he returned to New York. For 25 years (1940-65), Laney was a fixture at Forest Hills for the U.S. national tennis championships. He also became a regular on the hockey beat, covering at first the Americans and then the Rangers at the Garden. After the Herald Tribune closed in April 1966, Laney was with the World Journal Tribune until it, too, folded May 5, 1967. He was a versatile writer who not only covered tennis, golf, and hockey but also baseball and college football, all of which he wrote with elan. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel. )

              No Cheering In The Pressbox, by Jerome Holtzman, 1974, pp. 81-82.--New York Times' obituary, February 3, 1988, pp. B6.
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-12-2011, 06:21 PM.


              • #22
                Havey Joseph Boyle

                Born: December 12, 1892, Pittsburgh, PA
                Died: March 18, 1947, Pittsburgh, PA, age 54,---d. heart ailment and asthma at St. Joseph's Hospital in Pittsburgh.

                Pittsburgh sports writer;
                Pittsburgh Hill Top Record, 1913 - ?
                Pittsburgh Tri-State News Service,
                Pittsburgh Chronicle Telegraph, 1916 - 27
                Pittsburgh Sun Telegraph, 1927 - 29
                Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, sports editor, 1929 - 47, death.
                His writing style was scholarly blended with Irish wit.

                Wife: May Williams Boyle, born around 1893, died August 29, 1960.

                Sporting News' obituary, March 26, 1947.----------------------------------New York Times' obituary, March 19, 1947, pp. 25.

                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-17-2011, 12:22 PM.


                • #23
                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-28-2009, 02:25 PM.


                  • #24
                    William Sylvestor Hennigan---AKA Willie Hennigan

                    Born: February 5, 1890, Brooklyn, NY
                    Died: July 5, 1942, Richmond Hills, NY, age 52,---d. apoplexy

                    New York sports writer;
                    New York World, office boy, 1905 - 1910; made editor by 1910, sporting staff, 1912 - 1918
                    New York World, reporter, June 5, 1917 (WWI Civilian Draft Registration) - 1928? at least
                    New York American, 1918 - 1920
                    New York World, 1920 - 1931
                    New York Graphic, 1931 - 1939
                    New York Yankees' PR manager, 1939 - 1942, death.
                    New York Mirror composing room, 1941 - 1942, death.

                    Wife: Mary T., born New York around 1895, died February 18, 1962, Elmhurst, NY.

                    New York Times' obituary, July 6, 1942, pp. 15.
                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 05-10-2012, 06:45 PM.


                    • #25
                      William John Hennigan, Sr.---AKA Jack Hennigan

                      Born: September 28, 1918, Brooklyn, NY
                      Died: September 5, 1971, Rosedale (Queens), NY, age 53,---d. Sunday in Jamaica Hospital (NY) after a short illness.

                      New York sports writer;
                      New York Mirror, sports writer/reporter, copy editor, rewrite man,
                      Long Island Star, sports writer
                      New York Morning Telegraph (a horse racing publication), copy editor

                      Wife: Florence, born April 12, 1922, Brooklyn, NY, died December 13, 1995, Jamaica, NY; Son: William John, Jr., born Brooklyn, NY, April 8, 1950; Son: John, born Queens, August 12, 1957; Daughter: Joan Marie, born Queens, May 23, 1959.

                      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary ---------------------------Sporting News' obituary,
                      -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------September 7, 1971, pp. 42.----------------------October 9, 1971, pp. 35
                      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 05-11-2012, 08:07 AM.


                      • #26
                        Arthur William Mann

                        Born: September 11, 1901, Stamford, CT
                        Died: January 3, 1963, New York City, NY, age 61

                        New York sports writer;
                        Attended NYC public school And graduated Friends Seminary there.
                        New York World artist, later sports writer, 1921 - 1922
                        New York Herald-Tribune, sports writer, 1923 - 1931
                        New York Mirror
                        New York Evening World
                        Covered Yankees, Dodgers, and Giants. From 1935 - 1946, he lived on a 200-acre farm with his wife and 2 daughters/son.
                        Contracted with pulp magazines for 600,000 words/yr.

                        Free lance writer, radio writer, broadcaster.
                        Assistant to President of the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1946 -1949.
                        Assisted in Negro integration in organized Baseball, 1945 & ML BB, 1947.
                        Assistant to President Branch Rickey Continental League, 1959 - 1960,
                        Wrote Jackie Robinson, 1950,
                        Baseball Confidential, 1951,
                        Branch Rickey biography, 1957,
                        Editor & collaborator: The Real McGraw, 1953, (by Mrs. John McGraw),
                        Off and Running (by Bill Corum) 1959. (As told to Arthur Mann)

                        ------Sporting News' article-----------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary-----New York Times' Obituary
                        ------November 13, 1946, pp. 11.-----------------------------------------January 19, 1963, pp. 34.---January 5, 1963, pp. 8.

                        1946-49: L-R: Garry Schumacher (Giants' PR), Ken Smith (New York Mirror), Arthur Mann (Dodgers).
                        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-09-2012, 04:10 PM.


                        • #27
                          Richard N. Westcott---AKA Rich Westcott

                          Born: September 3, 1937, Philadelphia, PA
                          Died: Still Alive

                          The Advertiser, sports writer
                          Germantown Courier, sports editor
                          Delaware County Times, sports reporter
                          official scorer of Phillies games

                          Rich Westcott is a writer and sports historian and a veteran of more than 40 years as a working journalist. He is a leading authority on the Phillies, and for 14 years was editor and publisher of Phillies Report. A native Philadelphian, he is the author of 18 other books, including Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia's Old Ballparks, The Phillies Encyclopedia (with Frank Bilovsky), and A Century of Philadelphia Sports. Westcott has seen or covered all the major teams in Philadelphia, including the Warriors and 76ers.

                          Diamond Greats, 1988
                          The Phillies Encyclopedia, co-authored with Bilovsky, 1984
                          Phillies '93, An Incredible Season, 1994;
                          Masters of the Diamond, 1994, a collection of interviews with 18 former major league players who broke in 50 or more years ago;
                          Mike Schmidt, 1995;
                          Old Ballparks of Philadelphia, 1996;
                          No-Hitters (with Allen Lewis), 2000, a review of every major league no-hit game pitched between 1893 and 1999;
                          Splendor on the Diamond, 2000, a collection of interviews with 35 former major league baseball players;
                          Great Home Runs of the 20th Century, 2001, detailed reviews of baseball's 30 mostg memorable home runs, plus other famous home runs;
                          A Century of Philadelphia Sports, 2001, a history of all sports in Philadelphia during the 20th Century;
                          Winningest Pitchers: Baseball's 300 Game Winners, 2002;
                          Tales from the Phillies Dugout, 2003;
                          Native Sons - Philadelphia Baseball Players Who Made the Big Leagues, 2003.

                          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-31-2013, 11:41 AM.


                          • #28
                            William J. O'Connor

                            Born: August 7, 1888, Long Run, WV
                            Died: July 26, 1957, New Cannan, CT, age 68

                            St. Louis sports writer;
                            St. Louis University
                            St. Louis Times, 1908 - 1909
                            St. Louis Post-Dispatch baseball editor, 1909 - 1917
                            Southwest Bell Telephone Co. PR dept., 1917, associate Vice-President of PR for AT&T, 1927), associate to Walter S. Gifford, the President, 1930. Retired (1950).

                            Father: John O'Conner; Mother: Mary Shaughnessy; Married: Edna Chenier

                            ----------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary Wednesday,
                            ----------New York Times' obituary, Tuesday, July 30, 1957, pp. 23---------------August 7, 1957, pp. 24, column 1-2.

                            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-19-2013, 11:04 AM.


                            • #29
                              Edward Winthrop Cochrane

                              Born: July 22, 1894, Grand Rapids, MI
                              Died: August 8, 1954, Carmel, CA, age 60---d. heart ailment

                              Chicago / Kansas City sports writer:
                              Graduated Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, MI), 1913
                              Mexico City Herald
                              Denver Post
                              Kansas City Journal, sports editor, fall, 1913 - 1936
                              Chicago Herald-American, sports editor, 1937 - 1942
                              Hearst sports director, 1942 - 1944
                              Enjoyed golf, hunting, fishing.
                              Specialized in football, baseball & golf.

                              His entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
                              edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 517.-------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary, August 9, 1954, pp. 17, column 1.

                              1942, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NYC: L-R: Steve Owen (NY Giants' coach); Dan Parker (sports columnist); Lt. Col. Lawrence 'Biff' Jones;-----Sporting News' obituary, August 18, 1954, pp. 42.
                              Edward Cochrane; Arthur 'Bugs' Baer (humorist). Gridiron luncheon given by the Banshees' Club.

                              September 14, 1937: The National Manufacturing Team of Cleveland, Ohio, won the girl's championship at the
                              National Softball Tournament held at Soldier's Field in Chicago on 9/4, by defeating the Rayles of Detroit, MI,
                              in the final game of the Nationals. Dorothy Underwood, manager of the Nationals, is shown receiving the
                              championship trophy from Edward Cochrane, official of the tournament. The Nationals thus retained the title for a third year.
                              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-10-2012, 04:42 PM.


                              • #30
                                Daniel Francis Parker---AKA Dan Parker

                                Born: July 1, 1893, Waterbury, CT
                                Died: May 20, 1967, Waterbury, CT, age 73,---d. of cancer in St. Mary's Hospital (Waterbury, CT).

                                New York sports writer;
                                Waterbury Republican (CT) reporter, 1912 - 1913
                                Waterbury American (CT), reporter, city editor, sports writer, 1913 - 1924
                                New York Mirror, 1924 - 1963
                                New York Journal-American, 1963 - 1967
                                Was 6'4, 250

                                1942, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NYC: L-R: Steve Owen (NY Giants' coach); Dan Parker (sports columnist); Lt. Col. Lawrence 'Biff' Jones; Edward Cochrane; Arthur 'Bugs' Baer (humorist).
                                Gridiron luncheon given by the Banshees' Club..---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------July 10, 1953

                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1950-Pompton Lakes, NJ: Sugar Ray Robinson, welterweight champion, who defends his title against
                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Fusari Aug. 9, talks to Dan Parker, President of Runyon Cancer Fund, and Humbert Fugazy, one of the
                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------fight promoters. Robinson is fighting for #1 and donating purse to cancer fund.

                                -------------Sporting News' obituary, June 3, 1967, pp. 40.

                                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-10-2012, 06:39 PM.


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