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  • #16
    Ringgold Wilmer Lardner---AKA Ring Lardner

    Born: March 6, 1885, Niles, MI
    Died: September 25, 1933, East Hampton, NY, age 48

    Chicago, New York, Boston sports writer, 1907-1919
    Chicago Inter Ocean, 1907-10
    Chicago Examiner, 1910
    Chicago Tribune, 1910
    Sporting News managing editor, 1910
    Boston American, sports writer, February, 1911 - October, 1911
    Chicago Tribune, June, 1913 - June 20, 1919, (Wake of the News column)
    Chicago American, copy reader,
    Chicago Examiner, sports writer
    Equally fluent at baseball and football.

    Chicago Tribune, June, 1912-19), Conducted The Wake of the News for the Chicago Tribune from June, 1913 to June, 1919, when he left for NYC. Oldest, continuous sports column in US. NY Bell Syndicate of John N. Wheeler 1919-27.

    When he went to work for the Bell Syndicate of John Neville Wheeler, he wrote a weekly column, moved his family from Chicago to NYC, traveled the US covering major sporting events, continued his fiction for magazines. In 1932, he published a series of autobiographical articles for Saturday Evening Post. Ring was diagnosed with TB. He died following a heart attack. He became extremely disillusioned with baseball after 1920, due to the live ball style of live ball HRs, and the sudden feeling that his former work of "AL" felt dated. His former work was the basis of his income/prestige.

    Wikipedia article
    Ring Lardner was the recipient of the 1963 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

    Born in Niles, Michigan, in 1885, Ring Lardner's fame as sportswriter, humorist and satirist transcended the sporting world. Lardner was a columnist for The Sporting News in 1911 and also wrote for newspapers in Chicago and Boston. But it was the famed "You Know Me Al" series in the Saturday Evening Post that elevated Lardner to his status as an American classic.

    Along with fellow reporter and close friend Hugh Fullerton, Lardner was suspicious about the goings-on of the 1919 World Series from the very start. Though the Black Sox scandal may have dampened his feelings for the game he so loved, Lardner never forgot that his roots were in baseball. Long after his daily baseball reporting career had ended, Lardner appeared at a meeting of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Given the cold shoulder by some of the attendees, Lardner remarked: "What's the matter with you boys? I belong here. I am still a baseball writer and always will be."

    Fred Lieb reminisced that Lardner was "taller than most baseball writers, and towering above all in his genius for writing and expression. He won acclaim not only from the ordinary fan and reader but from the eggheads and top literati of the nation."
    Article: Ring Lardner, Sr.

    Ringgold Wilmer Lardner was born in Niles, Michigan on March 6, 1885. He was one of six children. The older group includes William, Henry, Jr. and Lena. The younger group, born within a period of three and a half years, consisted of Reginald (Rex), Anna (Anne) and Ringgold (Ring). His parents were Henry and Lena Lardner. After courting Ellis Abbott for four years - mostly through correspondence - they married in 1911.

    His first journalistic job he, in a sense, took from his brother Rex. After a brief attempt at higher education and years of bouncing from one job to the next he was hired as a baseball reporter and general handy man on the South Bend Times. There are several stories as to the actual account of how he came into his first job, but Jonathan Yardley does a nice job piecing it together.

    According to Yardley, his brother Rex was writing for the South Bend Tribune and the Times had noticed his writing. They were interested. "Sometime in the late fall of 1905 Stoll made a trip to Niles especially to see Rex, in the hope of hiring him away as a full-time staffer" (Yardley, p. 62). Stoll was the editor and had found Ring to ask where his brother was. Ring told him Rex was contracted to someone, which was the truth, and then proceeded to ask about the job. When asked if Ring had ever done any newspaper work, he lied and said that he helped his brother often. As a result, Ring was offered the job of society reporter, court-house man, dramatic critic and sporting editor.

    He moved to Chicago in 1907 and began writing for the Inter-Ocean, which was the worst of the four newspapers in Chicago. He quickly moved to writing for the Chicago Examiner where he was assigned to travel on the spring tour with the Chicago White Sox. By 1908 he was baseball reporter for the Chicago Tribune (Topping, online).

    Ring at the Chicago Tribune.
    In 1910 he left the Tribune to try his hand at being a managing editor for the St. Louis Sporting News. Here, he was encouraged by Taylor Spink to try his hand at writing a column about major league baseball. This turned into a humorous column called "Pullman Pastimes." These articles turned into the beginnings of his most famous work, You Know Me, Al (Sporting News, online). After staying there only three months, he went to Boston to write for American.

    By 1913 he began writing "In the Wake of the News" at the Chicago Tribune which made him an instant household name. Not only were his "Wake" columns becoming very popular, but also his short stories were well received in magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post and Esquire. Lardner wrote more than 4,500 columns and articles, and at the height of his popularity his work was syndicated in more than 115 newspapers.

    What made him so popular was his use a slang and the vernacular of the baseball players. This is why characters like Jack Keefe and Alibi Ike were so popular with the people - they spoke like the real baseball players of the time (Cosmic, online).

    In 1919 something happened that changed his way of reporting about sports and changed his love for baseball. This was the Black Sox scandal when the Chicago White Sox sold out the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. Ring was exceptionally close to the White Sox and felt he was betrayed by the team (National, online). After the scandal, Ring always wrote about sports as if there were some kink to the outcome.

    Through his entire life, Ring tried to be a great songwriter and playwright. Unfortunately, few producers thought his works were worth noting. The only play of his that gained any real popularity was June Moon, which is still performed today. Many of his songs were flops as well, but you can listen to his song "Gee, It's a Wonderful Game" still. The song was written about the same time as "Take me out to the Ball Game," but obviously didn't become as popular.

    Ring died in 1933 at the age of 48. He had been struggling with alcoholism and tuberculosis for five years before he suffered from a heart attack. He went into a coma and never came out of it.
    Biography Resource Center:
    Source: Dictionary of American Biography, Supplements 1-2: To 1940. American Council of Learned Societies, 1944-1958.

    Lardner, Ringgold Wilmer (Mar. 6, 1885 - Sept. 25, 1933), journalist and author, known generally as Ring Lardner was born in Niles, Mich., the son of Henry and Lena Bogardus (Phillips) Lardner. He graduated from the Niles high school in 1901, and because his parents wished him to be a mechanical engineer, he attended for a time the Armour Institute of Technology in Chicago. Finding himself unsuited to the engineering profession, he returned to Niles to take a job as a freight agent and later as bookkeeper. In 1905 he went to Indiana, where he began his journalistic career as a reporter on the South Bend Times. Here much of his work consisted in reporting baseball news. His success on this paper led in 1907 to his appointment as sporting writer on the Chicago Inter Ocean. The following year, he accepted a similar position on the Chicago Examiner, and, a little later, on the Chicago Daily Tribune, where he remained until 1910. For a short time in 1910-11 he edited the St. Louis Sporting News. On June 28, 1911, he married Ellis Abbott of Goshen, Ind. From 1911 to 1913 he worked successively on the Boston American, the Chicago American, and the Chicago Examiner. Finally, he returned in 1913 to the Chicago Tribune, where until 1919 he conducted a sporting column called "In the Wake of the News." A brief trip abroad during the war is humorously recorded in My Four Weeks in France (1918). In 1919, moving to Great Neck, Long Island, he became a writer for the Bell Syndicate.

    In the meantime, the success of his sporting column in the Tribune had led him to experiment with fiction. In 1914 he started contributing to the Saturday Evening Post his Jack Keefe letters, which at once became popular. The first of these, published in book form as You Know Me Al (1916), consisted of letters which Keefe, a league ball player, purports to have written home to his friend, Al. Always impatient with the glory which the public bestowed on its professional sportsmen, Lardner humorously portrayed young Keefe as an ignorant and conceited "busher." In Treat 'Em Rough (1918) Keefe's experiences in an army camp are described, and in The Real Dope (1919) he is seen as a soldier in France. In much the same vein of broad humor, only dealing with different characters, are such productions as Own Your Own Home (1919), The Big Town (1921), and Symptoms of Being 35 (1921). Loose in form, and adapted mainly to serial reading, these sketches frequently grow tenuous and monotonous when perused in book form. Yet they contain much that is typical of Lardner's style and method, especially his humorous exposure of dullness and sham through the character's self-revelation. The same realistic humor, now grown mordant, is more sharply focussed on crassness and stupidity in How to Write Short Stories (With Samples), published in 1924, The Love Nest and Other Stories (1926), and Round Up (1929). His use of the vernacular plays a significant part in all his stories. H. L. Mencken especially commends the accuracy with which he has reported the "common speech" of the people, and William McFee asserts his stories to be "fundamentally American."

    Toward the close of his life, Lardner became much interested in the theatre. His first play, Elmer the Great, done in collaboration with George M. Cohan, was produced in 1928, but never published. The following year his June Moon, written with George S. Kaufman, was produced. He also contributed to a number of musical shows and revues. His magazine writing during the last few years had been chiefly confined to stories for the American Magazine, Collier's, and the Saturday Evening Post, and to radio reviews for the New Yorker. In failing health since 1931, he died of heart disease at East Hampton, Long Island, survived by his wife and four sons--John A., Ring W., James Phillips, and David Ellis.

    -- Nelson F. Adkins

    Ring Lardner, left with Gene Buck
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-23-2011, 06:35 PM.


    • #17
      Ferdinand Cole Lane---AKA F. C. Lane

      Born: October 25, 1885, nr. Moorehead, MN
      Died: April 20, 1984, Hyannis, Cape Cod, MA, age 98

      Editor-in-Chief Baseball Magazine (1910-12, Boston), (1912-38, NYC). Wrote probably close to 1,000 excellent detailed articles on baseball's technical side as well as interviews w/stars at home in winter. Hall of Fame must. After retiring in 1937 from the editor's chair, he returned to Cape Cod for his long life. Headed Piedmont College's History Dept. (1941-43) at Demorest, GA. Established journalism program there. He traveled extensively with wife Emma, whom he married in June, 1914. Together they made many overseas voyages, circling globe 6 times. Wrote several books on geography & nature for adults & youths, 1940's-50's. Published his poems in 1958 (On Old Cape Cod). Lived their final years in Cape Cod nursing home, she died 10 months after him.
      Biography Resource Center
      Ferdinand Cole Lane was an editor with Baseball magazine for nearly three decades. Because the magazine was a monthly, Lane was able to publish in-depth articles about various aspects of the national pastime that dailies or weeklies were prevented from covering by reason of time constraints. Baseball published biographies and essays, some of which were discussions of the politics and business end of baseball, and Lane conducted many of the interviews and wrote the stories himself. He is credited with more than 800 articles and probably wrote many more anonymously.

      Lane was born in Minnesota, and the family moved several times before settling in Massachusetts, near Truro on Cape Cod. He received a B.A. from Boston University and stayed on there to attend law school for three years. Lane also took graduate courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked as a biologist for the State of Massachusetts. He later applied his training in scientific observation to his observations of the game of baseball. He wrote annual articles in which he evaluated the teams as the season wound down to the World Series, and he picked both American League and National League all-star teams, as well as an all-American team comprised of players from each. In 1927 Lane began choosing the most valuable offensive player of the year. He was uncomfortable with the tendency of extolling the virtues of sluggers like Babe Ruth over players who displayed overall high performance in not only batting, but in pitching, fielding, and base running. For this reason, he supported the development of vital statistics as a means of documenting players' performances. As a scientist, he found statistics and averages fascinating.

      Lane's editorship carried him through some of the most turbulent times in baseball, including the Black Sox scandal, the reign of controversial baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, and the effect on the sport of the Great Depression. In 1933, he wrote extensively on the escalating salaries being paid to players as owners sought to retain star athletes, a practice Lane found to be a serious mistake. He deplored the obsession with winning that was exhibited by both fans and owners with each year's race for the pennant. Lane was in favor of a third "Federal League," feeling there was plenty of financing available and enough fans to support expansion, and later, when attendance at games fell off, he felt that interleague play between the American and National Leagues would inject needed enthusiasm at the end of the season.

      Lane's only book about baseball, Batting: One Thousand Expert Opinions on Every Conceivable Angle of Batting Science, sold for one dollar and reflected years of interviews with hitters and experts on batting practices and styles. Feeling that the statistics that were being collected were not adequately determining player worth, Lane came up with comprehensive guidelines for rating pitchers in 1926. In 1927, he did the same for batters, including twelve categories of offensive play and a point system with which to evaluate players. In the first year, Ruth was the top point winner in the American League, and Hack Wilson of the National League won, even though he was not one of the top five batters in the league. But Lane also emphasized that hits were but one of the deciding factors in scoring runs, which was a team's actual goal.

      Leverett T. Smith, Jr. wrote in the Dictionary of Literary Biography that "having focused his readers on scoring runs as the meaningful dimension of batting, Lane turned his attention to the relation of batting average to 'batting ability.' 'A hit is a fraction of a run, but there are other fractions just as important, just as expressive of true batting ability.' Lane proceeded to list the others--the walk, the sacrifice, the hit by pitch, the infield out or fly ball--that advance baserunners and wondered 'are they . . . expressed in the batting averages which are supposed to disclose a batter's ability?' The answer is no--for Lane one fundamental weakness of the batting average as a baseball statistic." Smith noted that Lane considered a second weakness the fact that batting averages "'exaggerate the importance of one particular feature of batting skill. They minimize or ignore or penalize other factors which also have their place. They are one-sided and therefore inaccurate. They are inaccurate and therefore unjust.'"

      Lane continued to write about evaluating batting ability, what he considered an excessive number of home runs, home run and stolen-base figures, and changes in the offensive style of play. The December 1937 issue of Baseball was his last as editor, and for the next ten years, he served as editor of the annual The Little Red Book of Major League Baseball, published by his friend Al Munro Elias. The last years of Lane's life were spent teaching and writing nature books. He was ninety-eight when he died at his home on Cape Cod.

      PERSONAL INFORMATION: Born October 25, 1885, in Morehead, MN; died April 20, 1984, in Cape Cod, MA; son of Alpheus Ferdinand and Mary (Cole) Lane; married June 30, 1914; wife's name Emma (died, 1985). Education: Boston University, B.A., 1907, attended law school; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduate studies.

      AWARDS: Piedmont College, Ph.D. (honorary).

      CAREER: Sportswriter. Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, assistant biologist; Baseball (magazine), 1910-38, coeditor, 1911-12, editor, 1912-37; The Little Red Book of Major League Baseball, editor, 1938-48; Piedmont College, GA, professor.

      His photo/entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 503.---Wikipedia write-up
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-10-2011, 01:54 PM.


      • #18
        Daniel Margowitz---AKA Dan Daniel

        Born: June 6, 1890, New York City
        Died: July 1, 1981, Pomano Beach, FL, age 91, buried: Forrest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Pompano Beach, FL

        Dropped his Jewish birth name, Margowitz, because he felt it was too Jewish for professional use in 1910 and feared it might make him vulnerable to anti-Semetic discrimination.

        New York sports writer; Jewish
        Graduated City College (NYC),
        National correspondent for The Sporting News, mainly covered Yankees, was as much an authority in boxing as baseball.
        New York Press, ? - 1916
        New York Sun, 1916 - ?
        New York Evening Mail,
        New York World-Telegram
        New York World-Telegram & Sun, 1910 -1959
        Helped found Ring Magazine in 1922, Could also handle Football.
        President of BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America), Baseball Rules committee,
        Won Spink Award in 1972, Baseball's Hall of Fame Veterans committee,
        Chairman of New York chapter of BWAA, more honors/awards than can be listed.

        Contributed more articles to Sporting News than any other writer.

        The Real Babe Ruth, with anecdotes - I Remember Ruth, 1948

        Dan Daniel Wikipedia article
        Dan Daniel, Fred Lieb, and J. Roy Stockton were the recipients of the 1972 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

        Born in New York City, June 6, 1890, Daniel Markowitz (he chose to use the redundant "Dan Daniel" for his byline in The Sporting News) left medical school to pursue a career in sports journalism that lasted some 50 years. Though he wrote columns for the New York World Telegram and Sun, he is best known for his work in The Sporting News under the byline "By Daniel." Indeed, it is probable that no one wrote more stories for The Sporting News than Daniel.

        Daniel was recognized as an authority on the history of the Yankees as he covered the club from the pre-Babe Ruth era through the days of Mickey Mantle. A former president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, the versatile Daniel was also chairman of the Football Writers' Association and the Boxing Writers' Association. He was a member of baseball's rules committee and served for many years on the Hall of Fame Committee on Baseball Veterans.

        As Bob Broeg recalled, "Daniel wrote so voluminously that he rarely showed the quality of prose of which he was capable. But when a story moved him to take the time-or when he rose to speak in his rasping voice-the old baseball writer best demonstrated the wit and warmth he kept covered under a gruff exterior."
        Dan Daniel (Sportswriter. Born, New York, June 6, 1890; died, Pompano Beach, Fla., July 1, 1981.) One of the most prolific and respected sportswriters in baseball and boxing, Dan Daniel got sidetracked on his way to becoming a doctor. Born Daniel Margovitz, his name became a byline that said simply “By Daniel.” While a college student, Daniel worked part-time at the New York Herald. After graduation from City College, he worked on a succession of papers in the then newspaper-rich environment of New York, including the New York Press, and the Evening Mail. At the Press, he worked for two influential sports editors: Jim Price and Nat Fleischer (q.v.). His association with Fleischer was to last well over half a century. After the Press was sold in 1916, Daniel moved to The Sun and then the Mail. In 1924, Daniel wound up working again for Fleischer, who by this time was sports editor of the Telegram. In 1927, Fleischer was fired as sports editor and devoted the rest of his working life to his Ring Magazine (which he founded in 1922). Daniel stayed at the Telegram through various mergers, including the absorbing of The World and, in 1950, The Sun. But he developed a busy sideline writing boxing (and, sometimes wrestling) for Fleischer’s popular magazine. One of the most facile writers in the industry during his heydey, Daniel also wrote millions of words for The Sporting News, including all of the editorials and columns signed by publisher J.G. Taylor Spink. He covered the Yankees almost steadily from 1911 into the 1960s, becoming the dean of baseball writers. His “Ask Daniel” column was a regular feature in the World-Telegram. Daniel was chairman of the B.B.W.A.A. New York chapter from 1931-35 and the B.B.W.A.A. president in 1957. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

        Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 492.----------------------------Sporting News' obituary

        ------------------------------------------------------------------Biographical Dictionary of American Sports Writers, 1989-92,
        ------------------No Cheering in the Press Box, 1973, pp. 1-2.,---------------------Suppliment of Baseball and Football, edited by David L. Porter, 1992.--------Dan Daniel/Miller Huggins, spring training, 1928

        ---------------------------------1952---------------------------------------------same shot enlarged-------------------------------------1932

        ----------1953.---------------------------------------------Presenting announcer Mel Allen with Sporting News' 'Best Announcer of AL Games' Award, 1946-1951.

        March 4, 1959: New York sports writers in St. Petersburg, FL.
        Top Row, L-R: Stan Isaacs, Dan Daniel, Tommy Holmes, Bill Dougerty, Len Schecter, Jim Ogle.

        Bottom Row, L-R: John Drebinger, Jack Lang, Casey Stengel, Joe Trimble, Ken Smith, Til Ferdenzi.

        --------------------------------------------1952-----------------------------------------------------------Presenting announcer Mel Allen with Sporting News' 'Best Announcer of AL Games' Award, 1946-1951.

        1954: Russ Ford / Dan Daniel.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-30-2013, 07:54 AM.


        • #19
          Henry Pierrepoint Edwards

          Born: December 11, 1871, Dunkirk, NY
          Died: August 1, 1948, Wilmette, IL, age 76

          Cleveland sports writer, AL service bureau;
          Cleveland Recorder, sports editor, 1898 - April, 1901,
          Cleveland Plain Dealer, sports editor, July 29, 1901 - February 1, 1928,
          American League service bureau (Chicago office), February 1, 1928 - February 1, 1942.

          His entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
          edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 502.--------------------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary, August 3, 1948, pp. 25.


          ---------------Sporting News' obituary, August 11, 1948, pp. 14
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-18-2010, 07:11 PM.


          • #20
            Oliver Perry Caylor---AKA O. P. Caylor

            Born: December 17, 1849, Dayton, OH
            Died: October 19, 1897, Cincinnati, OH, age 47,---d. developed tubercular tumors in his throat, resigned his post at the Herald, NY in September, 1897, went to Winona, MN to recuperate 6 weeks before his death, where they burst & killed him by asphyxia (suffocation).

            Cincinnati / New York sports writer;
            Cincinnati Enquirer, sports editor, November, 1874 - 1881,
            Helped found American Association & secured a Cincinnati franchise in it, November, 1881
            Cincinnati Commercial Gazette, 1881 - 1887
            New York Daily, 1887,
            served as Reds Secretary / business manager through 1886.
            Carthage, MO newspaper 1888,
            The Sporting News (New York, editor - 1889-1890,
            New York Herald, Baseball editor 1892 - 1897, death.
            Official scorer for NY Giants.
            Also managed Cincinnati (AA, 1885 - 86) & NY Metropolitans, (AA, 1887).
            Accepted administrative job with NY Metropolitans, 1886.
            Accepted job as on-field manager of team, June, 1886 - end of season.Team was in 7th & he couldn't improve team's standing by season's end.

            Famed for caustic, sarcastic humor & wit.

            Sporting Life obituary, October 30, 1897, pp. 3.
            How He Battled Courageously With His Fatal Disease, Determined to Live For Those Who Loved Him and Depended Upon Him For Support,
            The announcement in the last issue of "Sporting Life" of the death, of O. P. Caylor for many years one of the leading base ball writers of the country, was read with deep sorrow by those who knew him, and with universal regret by the great base ball fraternity of the land. The deceased's intimates will not easily forget him. They respected his loyalty, admired his courage and marveled at his hopefulness. When a physical wreck, due to the inroads of his fatal disease, he cheerfully assured his friends that in a few days he would again be in perfect health. The remains arrived in New York last Thursday and were temporarily placed in a vault in Woodlawn cemetery. The interment will take place on a date yet to be selected, at which time the funeral services will be held.

            Caylor's Heroic Struggle.
            The New York "Herald," in whose employ the late Mr. Caylor was last, paid a line tribute to his memory and thus recounted his great struggle for life:

            "Mr. Caylor was never rugged, but his blows for the welfare of the national game were those of a giant. Delinquent players were never given any quarter. Pitiless sarcasm in the face of abuse and threats of bodily harm were showered upon them, and reformation alone caused its suspension. He deemed it criminal to disappoint the public, arid when the lapse of a player was due to his own folly his pointed allusions to the offending cut as a two-edged sword. Master of humor, he made giants appear as pygmies,
            but was quite as ready with words of praise and encouragement as he found them deserved.

            "Mr. Caylor's light for life was pathetic in its boldness. There were those dear to him, a wife and a child, who needed his assistance, and for these he determined to live. The struggle was one sided, but on his part it was heroic. Before he left the city for the West and hoped for recovery he went to the ball grounds in this city in a carriage, accompanied by his wife, and though scarcely able to reach his old seat in the stand, his courage never faltered. He did this for days, even weeks, and politely and persistently declined assistance in his work. His voice had then left him, and though it seemed physically impossible for him to even trace his familiar signature, he wrote column after column in his old-time forcible style, clearly defined, and then smiled at his friends who were astonished with the determination shown and the strength he displayed.

            "Recalling these exhibitions of vitality and their accompanying cheerfulness, many believed there might still be a chance for him, and so did not strenuously expostulate with him when he decided to make his long Western journey. He reached his destination as he predicted be would, and light hearted letters were returned. He advised that he had gained in both strength and flesh, and so, after all, his friends were forced to believe they may have been in error. The sad sequel proves they were not, the only mistake being made by the deceased himself, buoyed with the hope as he was that his fight for life might after all be successful.

            "A few weeks ago he informed his friends here that his throat was not any better, but, in fact, was worse. He was not alarmed, but that he might get over the trouble quickly he had gone to a sanitarium and was under the care of a specialist. Coupled with this information, he still predicted his ultimate recovery, and was sure that the base ball world would see him in the spring, "a rejuvenated Caylor," who would give the great sport all the aid it were possible for him to do. The hopefulness expressed in the letter was characteristic of the courageous writer, but his friends here were not so easily deceived. To them it seemed that they had heard the death knell of their old friend by his own hand, and they were right.

            "They were not surprised to hear of his passing away, and, under all circumstances, are as astonished that he lived so long. He had fought desperately, but had been compelled to succumb. Though a mere shadow of his former self, he never gave up hope to the end. In his last letter to his wife, written by other hands the day before he died, he caused it to be said that he had not written himself because of a temporary weakness that morning, but that next week he would be strong enough to write a long letter and make amends for all shortcomings on his part. Courageous soul! Thoughtful husband! There will be faltering voices when your heroic fight for life is recalled by those who knew you well!"
            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-20-2011, 07:08 PM.


            • #21
              Walter Wellesley Smith---AKA Red Smith

              Born: September 25, 1905, Green Bay, WI
              Died: January 15, 1982, Stamford, CT, age 76

              Milwaukee Sentinel, 1927 - 28
              St. Louis Star sports writer & copy editor, 1928 - 33
              St. Louis Star-Times re-write man, 1933 - 36
              Philadelphia Record sports reporter & columnist, 1936 - 45
              New York Herald-Tribune sports columnist, 1945 - 67
              Publishers-Hall Syndicate, 1967 - 71
              New York Times, 1971 - 82
              Was very loved for his gentle, civilized writing style, like his best friend, Grantland Rice.

              Father: Walter Philip Smith, born September 15, 1877, died October 8, 1964, Avon Park, Fl.; Mother: Ida Richardson; Wife: Catherine C., born around 1909, died February 18, 1967, NYC; Son: Terence; Daughter: Mrs. J. David Halloran.
              Red Smith and Harold Kaese were the recipients of the 1976 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

              A graduate of Notre Dame, Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith began his career in journalism as a news reporter with the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1927. After turning to sportswriting, Smith's legendary career made stops at the St. Louis Star and Philadelphia Record, before settling in New York City in 1945. There he wrote for the Herald-Tribune, World Journal Tribune, and the New York Times.

              Gifted with a startling memory and an unparalleled storytelling ability, Red Smith was, according to Ernest Hemingway, "the most important force in American sportswriting." A Pulitzer Prize winner in journalism for "distinguished commentary," Smith had a fine sense of the absurd in human conduct and a penetrating perception of detail for accuracy.

              Shirley Povich recalled: "Those, of all persuasions, who had an appreciation for the written word were attracted to him and his facility for using the language. He raised the sportswriting trade to a literacy and elegance it had not known before."
              Biography Resource Center, by Jeff Merron
              Born to Ida Richardson Smith and Walter Philip Smith, a grocer, Walter Smith grew up in Green Bay with an older brother and a younger sister. Walter, nicknamed "Brick" for his shock of red hair, began reading at age five and developed an interest in sports as a youth, following especially the Green Bay minor league baseball team in the Class C Wisconsin-Illinois league. Smith attended East High School in Green Bay, graduating with a B average. One year later, in 1923, he entered Notre Dame University. While at Notre Dame he first displayed his talent in journalism, writing for the Notre Dame Daily and editing the college yearbook, The Dome, in his junior year.

              After graduating from Notre Dame on 5 June 1927, Smith began a journalism career that spanned fifty-five years. His first job, as a general-assignment cub reporter for the Milwaukee Sentinel, brought in $24 per week. He worked there for ten months before landing a $40-a-week copy editor position with the St. Louis Star, composing headlines and rewriting stories hastily compiled by other reporters. After a few months he was offered a job as a sportswriter--a position that he did not seek but took because he wanted to be out reporting. He covered boxing, basketball, and track for a few months before taking an assignment in 1929 to report on the St. Louis Browns baseball team full-time. Two years later, in 1930, Smith was promoted to covering the St. Louis Cardinals, a team he reported on for three seasons.

              During the early years of his career, Smith worked hard and developed a rich personal life. He socialized often with ballplayers and reporters (he became famously linked with fellow sportswriters Frank Graham and Grantland Rice, with whom he was close friends), and successfully courted Catherine ("Kay") M. Cody, whom he married on 11 February 1933. Smith was a dutiful husband and father. Throughout the Great Depression, he often worried about money; after gaining some experience he made about $50 a week at the Star, but he felt that this salary was far from enough to raise a family. Still, he turned down a public relations position with Southwest Bell Telephone Company that would have paid $10 a week more. "I only wanted to be a newspaperman," he said later. "I was attached to the newspaper like an undernourished barnacle."

              In 1936 Smith moved to the Philadelphia Record, attracted by a higher salary. He covered the Philadelphia Phillies for the Record, and in 1936 he was first identified in a byline as "Red" Smith, a moniker that stuck for the remainder of his career. At the Record, as at the newspapers that followed, Smith kept himself very busy: a typical autumn weekend had him covering college football on Friday night and again on Saturday afternoon, professional football on Sunday, and then writing a weekend wrap-up about the local high school championships. Near the end of his life, Smith estimated that he had written about 10,000 columns.

              The key to Smith's success was his ability to write well and get to the heart of a story while avoiding the usual excesses and clichés of sportswriting. He wrote to an aspiring journalist in 1937: "About the only requisites I could name for a sportswriter are those of any ordinary reporter--intelligence, common sense, and an impersonal viewpoint. By the latter I mean the ability to stand a little apart, take no sides, and merely report what happens. The good sportswriter needs one thing more--a degree of writing ability, the capacity to put a little freshness and originality into his stories." To that end, Smith said in one of his most famous quotes, "Writing is easy. I just open a vein and bleed."

              Smith did not take sides--except for those of the athletes when they came in conflict with the owners--until the late 1960s, when he became increasingly aware of the political aspects of sports. During the last fifteen years of his career he wrote about baseball's reserve clause, the hypocrisy of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games (which were not halted even after eleven Israelis, five terrorists, and a policeman were killed during a terrorist incident), and other issues.

              Amplifying his feeling that sports "are just little games that little boys can play, and it really isn't important to the future of civilization whether the Athletics or the Browns win," Smith criticized the IOC during the 1972 Olympics: "Walled off in their dream world, appallingly unaware of the realities of life and death, the aging playground directors who conduct this quadrennial muscle dance ruled that a little bloodshed must not be permitted to interrupt play.... The men who run the Olympics are not evil men. Their shocking lack of awareness can't be due to callousness. It has to be stupidity."

              Although Smith was on the road almost constantly throughout his career, he was a family man, the father of two children, one of whom, Terence ("Terry") Fitzgerald, went on to become a reporter for the New York Times. Smith, who often frequented bars with friends, players, and fellow reporters, led a balanced lifestyle marked mostly by devotion to his family, work, and fishing, in that order; a Roman Catholic, Smith attended church on a regular basis.

              Smith was serious about his work, but he found plenty of time for his favorite pastime, fishing. Conveniently, fishing could also be fodder for a sports column, and he seemed to enjoy writing about fishing as much as about the major sports. (In 1963 a collection of his columns entitled Red Smith on Fishing was published.)

              In September 1939 Smith became a full-time sports columnist due to his skill at covering baseball and a range of other events, and his popularity with readers. In 1944 he published his first magazine article, "Don't Send My Boy to Halas," for the Saturday Evening Post. He would also write for Collier's, Liberty, and Holiday, and in 1945 he published his first book, Terry and Bunky Play Football, aimed at the juvenile market.

              In September 1945 Smith joined the staff of the New York Herald Tribune, attaining a goal he had been working for since the beginning of his career--writing for a New York daily. He began writing a regular column for the Herald Tribune on 5 December 1945 and was an immediate success, winning the National Headliners Club Award for excellence in newspaper writing the following year. In 1946 his column went into syndication, and in 1954, after the death of Grantland Rice, it became the most widely circulated sports column in the country. Smith's last column, on 11 January 1982, appeared in 275 U.S. newspapers and 225 newspapers abroad.

              By the late 1940s Smith was an institution, widely considered to be one of the best sportswriters in the country. His columns were considered worthy of study at major universities. One of his stories, about a heavyweight fight between Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano, was the only sports story and the only piece of journalism anthologized in the college textbook A Quarto of Modern Literature.

              Smith wrote for the Herald Tribune, with his column "Views of Sport" appearing six times weekly until the paper folded, publishing its last issue on 17 August 1965. He continued writing for the Tribune's syndicate, and then the newly created New York World Journal Tribune. Less than two years later--in May 1967--that paper also folded, and he was again relegated to writing for the Publishers-Hall Syndicate. Finally, in 1971, Smith accepted an offer to write a column for the New York Times, where he would continue to write his column, "Sports of the Times," four times weekly until just before his death.

              Throughout the late 1960s Smith's personal life went through changes as well. In 1967 his wife Kay died of liver cancer. They had been married for thirty-four years. On 2 November 1968, Smith married an artist, Phyllis Warner Weiss, a widow with five children.

              Smith's columns and magazine articles were collected in nine separate anthologies; the first, entitled Out of the Red, was published in 1950. The Red Smith Reader and To Absent Friends were released in 1982. Smith also edited a collection entitled Sports Stories in 1949.

              Red Smith died of congestive heart failure and kidney failure on Friday, 15 January 1982, at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut. His ashes were buried at the Long Ridge Cemetery, also in Stamford.

              Smith's greatness as a writer was recognized during his lifetime, not just by prize-givers like the Pulitzer committee. "Red Smith was, quite simply, the best sportswriter. Put the emphasis on writer," began a story by fellow New York Times columnist Dave Anderson the day after Smith died. "Virtually all of today's sportswriters grew up reading Red Smith's column. He was their idol and their inspiration. And their friend."

              Smith's importance extended beyond the world of sports and journalism; in awarding only the second Pulitzer Prize ever to a sportswriter, the Pulitzer committee called his work "unique in the erudition, the literary quality, the vitality and the freshness of viewpoint." This high quality brought non-sports fans to read his column, and some thought it more than a coincidence that shortly after he called for a boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan, the United States followed suit.

              -----------------------------------------------------March, 1951

              1981 World Series, in the Pressroom at Yankee Stadium;-------------L-R: Frank Graham, Granny Rice, Red Smith.

              May 4, 1976, the day after he received his Pulitzer Prize.-------October 18, 1951, testifying before the House Judiciary Subcommittee baseball probe in Washington, D.C.

              1942: Sports writers, L-R: Red Smith (Philadelphia Record), Irving Lisager (Chicago News), Howard Roberts (Chicago News),
              Al Horowitz (Philadelphia Record), Frank Yeutter (Philadelphia Bulletin), Samuel Goldwyn (MGM movie studio),
              Herb Simons (Chicago Times), Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper (actor), Stan Baumgartner (Philadelphia Inquirer), Christy Walsh.
              Kneeling: Herb Schulte (Chicago News), Jimmy Corcoran (Chicago Herald American).
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              • #22
                Richard Young---AKA Dick Young

                Born: October 17, 1917, NYC
                Died: August 31, 1987, NYC, age 70

                New York sports wrier;
                New York Daily News sports writer, columnist, sports editor (1942-82)
                New York Post sports writer / sports editor (1982-87)

                Dick Young and Tim Murnane were the recipients of the 1978 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

                Occasionally abusive, often abrasive, but always honest, Dick Young was one of the most influential sportswriters in the country. Young was respected for his knowledge of the game and for his crisp, breezy reportorial style.

                Young began his career in journalism as the New York Daily News messenger boy. He would eventually become the sports editor and a syndicated columnist. He distinguished himself with the ability to give a second-day touch to a first-day game story, and with his hard-hitting, "tell it like it is" treatment of friend or foe alike.

                Young was a leader in his field who constantly fought to improve working conditions for baseball writers in press boxes and clubhouses throughout the major leagues while keeping up to date on the latest trends in baseball writing and reporting. Fellow writer and J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Jerome Holtzman stated that Young "made considerably larger contributions to the sports communications business than anyone else with the possible exception of Red Smith."
                Biography Resource Center:
                Dick Young, longtime sports journalist for the New York Daily News and the New York Post, was dubbed "the world's most controversial sportswriter" by Douglas A. Noverr in the Biographical Dictionary of American Sports. In his 1987 book about the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950s, The Boys of Summer, Roger Kahn called Young "spiky, self-educated, and New York." His column in the Daily News, "Young Ideas," delighted and enraged readers for more than forty-five years. Young spent nearly his entire career at the Daily News, eventually becoming sports editor, until he left that newspaper for the Post in 1982, just five years before his death.

                According to Jack Ziegler in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Young was a "key transitional figure" between the "gentlemanly" sports reporting of old-time writers like Grantland Rice and Arthur Daley. Young had a longtime feud with Red Smith of the New York Times, whom Young considered an old-fashioned sentimentalist. Young's style was streetwise, often abrasive, and direct. Ziegler said that "he wrote authentic, accurate accounts of games and players."

                Young was unhesitatingly frank in his opinions of sports figures, managers, and other sports commentators. He called sportscaster Howard Cosell "Howie the Shill." He was never politically correct, telling Harry Waters in a 1973 Newsweek article that many African-American athletes "believe that everything bad that is happening to them is happening because of their blackness. It's a terrible crutch."

                Ziegler noted that Young never let go of the values he developed in the 1930s and 1940s--a high level of patriotism, conservative political and social views, a no-nonsense attitude toward hard work and achievement, a loathing for drug abuse among players, and a disdain for the younger players who did not meet his high standards. For many years, for example, he was unsympathetic toward the draft-resisting of Muhammad Ali, whom he persistently called by his pre-Islamic name, Cassius Clay. In 1971, in an article called "The Joe Namath System," he all but called the New York Jets quarterback a spoiled brat who made unreasonable demands on his managers. Instead, Young reserved his respect for older athletes, like Roy Campanella, the longtime catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers who was paralyzed in an accident. Young wrote a biography of Campanella in 1952.

                Young may have developed his crusty attitudes from his hardscrabble childhood. Born in the Bronx, he was farmed out to an Italian Catholic family in the Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan from the ages of six to twelve. Poor but ambitious, he went with his father to California after high school, then worked for thirty dollars a month at Civilian Conservation Corps projects in upstate New York during the Great Depression. He hitchhiked to New York City, landing a job at the Daily News as a messenger boy. There he stayed, working as a tabulator, a beat reporter, a columnist, and finally sports editor, until he moved to the Post. At his peak he earned around $150,000, probably the highest salary earned by any sportswriter during his time.

                By 1944 Young was already approaching legendary status in the sportswriting field. With what Ziegler called his "superb sense of narration," he riveted readers with his stories of subjects like illegal betting in the sports arena, Jackie Robinson's entry into the major leagues, and Happy Chandler's suspension of Dodger manager Leo Durocher in 1947. He disliked the abrasive Durocher personally but defended him as the victim of a hypocritical owner. Young had few kind words for Durocher's mild-mannered successor, calling him "Kindly Old Burt Shotton," often shortened to "KOBS." Young deeply regretted the departure of the New York Giants and the Dodgers and began to campaign fiercely for a new National League franchise. Suffering with the fans through the early, somnolent days of the New York Mets, he praised them for their comeback when they won the National League East championship in 1969. Yet he castigated fans for the poor sportsmanship they exhibited toward the rival Montreal Expos.

                Mellowing somewhat in his latter years, Young often lionized older sports figures like Babe Ruth in his columns. Minimizing Ruth's known alcoholism, he still saw him as a hero, compared to a young star like Namath, whom he frequently castigated. Young also admired baseball commissioner Ford Frick, who had a major role in desegregating the game. Young's longstanding dislike for Muhammad Ali came to an end when he reconciled with the fighter around 1986. According to Ziegler, "[He] realized that beneath his slick surface, Ali was a decent man, devoted to his family and possessed of courage and athletic skill."
                Young was a complicated mixture of bravado, coarseness, sensitivity, belligerence, practicality, intelligence, and idealism. Other writers praised the breezy style which often masked profound thinking. In an Esquire article, Randall Poe found Young's writing style "coarse and simpleminded, like a cave painting. But it is superbly crafted." Young often applied higher moral standards to others than he adopted in his own life; he was known for womanizing and heavy drinking. At the same time, he had an extremely demanding work ethic. He wrote as many as seven "Young Ideas" columns in a week and routinely covered a baseball team six days a week. Revealing some of his writing secrets to Kahn in The Boys of Summer, he said, "Now you're gonna write the game most of the time. Nothing you can do about that and it ain't bad. But anytime you ...can get your story off the game you got to do it. Because that's unusual and people read unusual things. Fights. Bean Balls. Whatever. Write them, not the games." In the end, Young succeeded in becoming the kind of sportswriter he dreamed of being. As he told Ross Wetzsteon in an article published in Best Sports Stories: 1986, "I wanted to be a stop-the-presses guy, competing with the other paper for the scoop and for the girl."

                PERSONAL INFORMATION: Family: Born in 1917 (some sources say 1918), in New York, NY; died August 31, 1987, in New York, NY; married; wife's name Jay; children: seven daughters, one son. Education: Attended George Washington High School, New York City. Politics: Conservative. Religion: Catholic.

                AWARDS: Inductee, National Baseball Hall of Fame, 1978; J.G. Taylor Spink Award, National Baseball Hall of Fame, 1979; President, Baseball Writers' Association of America; James J. Walker Award, Boxing Writers Association of America, 1987.

                CAREER: Sportswriter, sports editor, New York Daily News, 1936-81; New York Post, 1982-87; columnist, The Sporting News, late 1950s to 1985.

                Roy Campanella, 1952


                October 1, 1968, Chase-Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO: Young named President of BBWAA.
                L-R: Watson Spoelstra, William D. Eckert, Dick Young, Jack Lang.------------------------------------------------------1974.

                ---------------------------1959--------------------------------------------------------------------1967: Joe Trimble / Dick Young.
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                • #23
                  William Blythe Hanna---AKA William B. Hanna

                  Born: January 5, 1866, Plattsmouth, Cass County, Nebraska [1900 census confirms January, 1866 DOB (; Lafayette College confirms his January 5, 1866 DOB.]
                  Died: November 20, 1930, Newfoundland, NJ, age 64,---d. was stricken with apoplexy May 24, 1930.
                  Buried: Mount Washington Cemetery, Independence, (Jackson County), MO, Plot: Kansas City Heritage

                  Kansas City, MO / New York sports writer;
                  Graduated Lafayette College, Easton, PA, 1878
                  Kansas City Star (MO),
                  Arrived NYC, 1892,
                  New York Herald, 1892
                  New York Press, 1893
                  New York Sun, 1900 - 1916
                  New York Herald, 1916 - 1924
                  New York Herald-Tribune, 1924 - May, 1930, death.
                  Acknowledged expert on baseball, football & billiards.
                  5'6 1/2, grey eyes

                  Father: Thomas King Hanna (born Shelby Ct., Kentucky, February 8, 1829, Dry goods store; Mother: Judith Joyce Venable, born Shelbyville, KY, 1836; They were married Setptember 25, 1955, St. Joseph, Buchanan Co., MO. Bill was born in Nebraska, but family had relocated to Kansas City, MO by 1870. Was 6th child. Mother: Eva A. Baker on December 25, 1884 in Maryville, Nodaway, MO;

                  d. Stricken with stroke (apoplexy) May 24, 1930, was taken to Army cadet hospital for 3 weeks, and transferred to Idylease sanitarium, Newfoundland, NJ at his wishes to be near his brother, Thomas K. Hanna.

                  His style was noted for his eschewing of slang such as "swat, pill, horsehide", etc. His choice of words were those less chosen, terse, precise, kind. His style was succinct, his knowledge encyclopedic. He always signed his copy, William B. Hanna, and became upset if anyone changed it.

                  Sporting News' Death Notice-------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' Obituary
                  November 27, 1930, pp. 4, column 2-----------------------------------------------------------November 27, 1930, pp. 6, column 7.

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                  • #24
                    Walter Saunders Barnes, Jr.

                    Born: November 26, 1860, Boston, MA
                    Died: February 13, 1940, Brookline, MA, age 79

                    Boston Post reporter, 1889-1891
                    Boston Journal sports editor, 1891 - October, 1906
                    Boston Herald sports editor, 1906-11
                    Boston Globe sports writer, 1911-33, sports editor, 1914-1933, Emeritus, 1933-40.

                    New York Times' obituary, February 14, 1940, pp. 26.--------------------------------------------------1908
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                    • #25
                      John Christian Kofoed, Sr.---AKA Jack Kofoed

                      Born: December 17, 1894, Philadelphia, PA
                      Died: December 27, 1979, Miami, FL, age 85

                      Philadelphia / New York / Florida sports writer;
                      Philadelphia Public Ledger, 1912-17
                      Philadelphia Record, 1917-23
                      New York Telegram, 1923-24, 6 months
                      New York Post, 1924-32
                      New York Journal-American, 1933-35
                      Miami Daily News, 1938-42
                      Journalist for Evening Newspaper, (April 23, 1930 census)
                      in the military, assistant intelligence officer (captain), with 3rd Bomber Command.
                      Miami Herald, November, 1944 - May 31, 1979
                      Served in WWI (France, non-commissioned) & WWII (London, PR officer, 8th Air Force).
                      Columbia Pictures, New York, NY, and Hollywood, CA, short subjects producer, 1935-38;
                      Miami News, Miami, FL, columnist, 1938-42;
                      Miami Herald, Miami, FL, columnist, 1945
                      Radio commentator, WHN (New York, NY), WIOD, WQAM, WKAT (all Miami, FL).

                      Father: Lenius Kofoed, born Denmark, September, 1857; Wife: Marie Ackerman, born in Baltimore, MD, September 30, 1904: Son: John Christian, Jr.: born August 11, 1925; died April 15, 1945. He died in WWII as a US Marine Corps corporal, won the Purple Heart. Son: William C., born Pennsylvania, 1934?;

                      Education: Graduated from Northeast High School, Philadelphia, PA, 1912. Military/Wartime Service: U.S. Army, served in France, 1917-19, became sergeant; U.S. Army Air Forces, 1942-44, became lieutenant colonel. Memberships: National Press Club, Racquet Club, Palm Bay Club, Miami Shores Country Club, Country Club of Miami.
                      Jack Kofoed (Sportswriter. Born, Philadelphia, Penna., Dec. 17, 1894; died, Miami, Fla., Dec. 27, 1979.) Starting in his native Philadelphia with the Public Ledger at age 17, John Kofoed came to New York in 1923 to join the Evening Telegram. Kofoed became a sports columnist at the Evening Post (1924-33), where he built a substantial reputation. He moved to the Journal-American briefly, but became more of a magazine writer for the next decade. A prolific writer, Kofoed wrote for some 200 different publications, did over a dozen books, and turned out screenplays. For the last 35 years of his life, he was a noted columnist for the Miami Herald (1944-79), covering a wide range of topics. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                      Authored: The Best of Jack Kofoed: Collection of articles and columns which were previously published in the Miami Herald, 1970.

                      His entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 493.----New York Times' obituary, December 29, 1979, pp. 19.

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                      • #26
                        Mark Irving Vaughan

                        Born: December 14, 1888, Racine, WI
                        Died: November 22, 1963, Waukegan, IL, age 74,---d. after a long illness.

                        Chicago sports writer;
                        Milwaukee Sentinel, 1909-10
                        Chicago Record-Herald, January 2, 1910 - 1914
                        Chicago Examiner, October, 1914 - 1919
                        Chicago Tribune, June, 1919 - November 1, 1957

                        Wife: Loretto (Peggy) Lalor; Sister: Mrs. Herb Graffis (Libertyville, IL; Brother: Manning.

                        Although baseball was his year-around beat, he also covered college football each fall. Covered 7,000 games, World Series (1911- 1957). He lived in Lake Villa, IL for 22 years before moving to Waukegan 4 months before he died.

                        Sporting News' write-up--------------Sporting News' obituary
                        October 28, 1937, pp. 2, column 4----December 7, 1963, pp. 46, column 1

                        Mark's photo/entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, ----Sporting News' article,
                        edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 508.---------------November 13, 1957, pp. 25, column 4.

                        Chicago Tribune obituary, November 23, 1963, pp. B1.

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                        • #27
                          Thomas William Meany---AKA Tom Meany

                          Born: September 21, 1903, Brooklyn, NY
                          Died: September 11, 1964, NYC, age 60

                          New York sports writer;
                          Brooklyn-Manhattan subway system, timekeeper;
                          New York Journal, sports reporter, 1922 - 1923
                          Brooklyn Daily Times, 1923 - January, 1929
                          Ebbets Field, official scorer, 1926, 1928;
                          New York World Telegram, January, 1929 - 1940, sports writer covering the Giants, from 1929;
                          New York PM, 1940 - 1948
                          New York Star, sports editor, 1948 - 1949
                          New York Morning Telegraph, sports editor, 1948 - 1949
                          New York, Collier, sports editor, 1950 - 1956
                          New York Yankees, publicity director, 1958-62;
                          New York Mets, publicity director, from 1962;
                          freelance writer for a number of publications, including the Saturday Evening Post, Look, and Sport.
                          Tom Meany and Shirley Povich were the recipients of the 1975 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

                          A teenager fresh out of St. John's Prep in Brooklyn, Tom Meany was recruited to write for the new Brooklyn edition of the New York Journal in 1922. The following year he earned a byline in the Brooklyn Daily Times as he covered the Dodgers. Over the years, Meany's sportswriting career saw stops at numerous papers including the New York Telegram (later the World-Telegram), New York Star, Morning Telegraph, as well as magazines such as PM and Collier's.

                          A gifted writer with a thick Brooklyn accent, Meany's most famous scoop was the discovery of manager John McGraw's resignation from the Giants in 1932. Following his sportswriting career, Meany joined the Yankees in 1958. In 1961 he joined the expansion Mets as publicity director and later served as promotions director before his untimely death in 1964 at the age of 60.

                          Meany was the author of 14 books on sports. Bob Broeg recalled Meany as "the strength … of any literary team of which he was an important part.… He was a joy to whomever had the pleasure to read his best lines or just to hear them."
                          Biography Resource Center:
                          Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1903, Tom Meany's first writing job was as a sports reporter covering the high school teams of his native borough for the New York Journal. His work for this paper was a success, reprinted in other newspapers and leading to a full time job in a year's time covering the Brooklyn Dodger games for the Brooklyn Daily Times.

                          Next, Meany took a job at the New York Telegram covering the Giants. By this time, he was earning a reputation in the city as a sports reporter and had his first coup when he broke a story about the Giant's new manager, Bill Terry, 1932. His writing style was unique and appealing, often sounding more like descriptive fiction than sports writing. He became known for lead-ins to sports stories that made little or no reference to sports, like one he wrote for a May 11, 1934 article about a Giants game: "Dimly through the dust cloud, which has swept southeastward from Nebraska and the Dakotas to envelop this town in a murky haze, the Giants today found themselves sharing third place with the Cardinals."

                          Among Meany's contributions to sports writing was to help create the legend of Babe Ruth. He reported on the 1932 World Series in which Ruth supposedly called his home-run hit. Meany's first book, published in 1947, was a biography of this baseball hero entitled Babe Ruth: The Big Moments of the Big Fellow. Meany's skill for thorough research is revealed in this detailed and accurate account of Ruth's career, as well as his other books about baseball players, like one he wrote for Joe DiMaggio. Baseball for Everyone: A Treasury of Baseball Lore and Instruction for Fans and Players appeared in 1948 and was ghostwritten by Meany (although it was credited to DiMaggio).

                          Meany also wrote a series of books about the baseball "greats." His first volume of this kind was Baseball's Greatest Teams, published in 1949. In it he assimilated stories he had been told about teams by older sports writers who had witnessed them, like the 1909 Pirates who were featured in this book in an essay called "The Flying Dutchman." In the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Richard Orodenker wrote, "Meany was at his best writing these short pieces about ancient teams or old players." His other books of essays on the "greats" include Baseball's Greatest Hitters (1950), Baseball's Greatest Pitchers (1951), and Baseball's Greatest Players (1953). In deciding whom to include in these books, Meany often consulted statistics. In an essay on Lou Gehrig, for example, that appeared in Baseball's Greatest Players, he points out the staggering number of runs-batted-in that this hitter had totaled--1,991. For Meany, statistics was a true measure of the player's worth to his team.

                          While writing these books in the 1950s, Meany also took a job as sports editor for Collier's. Concentrating on articles about baseball, these pieces, along with some of his earlier freelance work from the Saturday Evening Post and Sport, were collected in Mostly Baseball: A Twenty-Year Collection of the Best Magazine Articles of a Nationally Known Sportswriter, published in 1958. Library Journal reviewer R. W. Henderson called this collection "good reading for armchair sportsmen," and it also included articles about basketball, horse racing, football, and hockey. Even though Meany knew very little about some of these other sports, they still make for interesting reading because of his fluid and easy style and his background research.

                          Meany also contributed to a series of books about sports team histories. In the 1950s Meany coauthored The Magnificent Yankees, The Artful Dodgers, Milwaukee's Miracle Braves, and The Boston Red Sox. Meany contributed the bulk of the essays that make up The Incredible Giants (1955), about this team he had covered early on in his career as a reporter for the New York Telegram. In an anecdotal style, Meany describes the players, coaches, and members of management associated with each of these teams.

                          In 1958, the Yankees hired Meany to do promotions for their team. During his time with the ball club, he wrote a follow-up book about the history of the team. The Yankee Story, published in 1960, tries to account for the team's success from the 1920s through the time of the book's writing. In exploring this question, Meany profiles a number of personalities who helped make the Yankees great, including players, management, and officials. Among those to whom he devotes chapters are Babe Ruth and Lawrence "Yogi" Berra. The work was generally well received by critics, including Phil Elderkin, who wrote in the Christian Science Monitor, "The Yankee Story has wit and it has drama and it is chock full of little-known incidents culled mostly from the corners of Meany's enormous memory. It is obvious that the author has a soft spot for the Yankees, but it is equally obvious that nowhere in his book does he contrive to suppress, embellish or otherwise distort the facts."

                          Meany's last book of note, There've Been Some Changes in the World of Sports, published in 1962, is an autobiography of his career as a sports writer. It covers not only the development in sports that he witnessed during his time, but also the development of sports writing. One chapter called "Odd Ball Sports" is dedicated to sportswriters of the past, like Lloyd Lewis, Ben Epstein, and Dan Parker.

                          Meany used the life and death of Ebbets Field as a metaphor for the changes he had experienced in sports during his lifetime. In the early years he reported on Notre Dame and Army football games there as well as Dodger games (he was even an official scorer at this field when he was in his twenties). But its demolition in 1960 roughly coincided with the end of his own career. During his day, he met, wrote about, and promoted some of the game's best and most colorful players. Meany himself once humbly wrote of his own work, "It wasn't the quality of the writing that got the piece past the doorman, it was the subject matter."

                          PERSONAL INFORMATION: Family: Born September 21, 1903, in Brooklyn, NY; died of an internal hemorrhage, September 11, 1964; married Clara M. Maxwell, December 26, 1932.

                          AWARDS: J.G. Taylor Spink Award, 1975.

                          Authored books:
                          The Magnificent Yankees, 1952
                          The Mets
                          Baseball's Best, 1953
                          Babe Ruth: The Big Moments of the Big Fellow, 1947
                          Baseball's Greatest Hitters, 1950
                          Baseball's Greatest Players, 1953
                          The Artful Dodgers, 1953
                          The Incredible Giants, 1955
                          Milwaukee's Miracle Braves, 1954
                          Baseball's est: The all-time major league baseball team (With Tommy Holmes), 1964
                          Baseball's Greatest Teams, Inside Stories About the Players Who Set the Records, 1949
                          Collier's Greatest Sports Stories, 1955
                          Joseph Paul DiMaggio: The Yankee Clipper, 1951
                          Mostly baseball;: A twenty-year collection of the best magazine articles of a nationally known sportswriter, 1958
                          Ralph Kiner: The Heir Apparent, 1951
                          Stan Musial: the Man, 1951
                          The Best of Red Smith, 1963
                          The Boston Red Sox, 1956
                          Theodore Samuel Williams;: Hitting unlimited (The Barnes all-star library), 1951
                          There've Been Some Changes in the World of Sports. Book Club Edition. 1962
                          Kings of the Diamond, by Lee Allen and Tom Meany, 1965
                          January 30, 1938: Judge Ken Landis, Tom Meany, Joe DiMaggio.

                          New York Times' obituary, September 12, 1964, pp. 25.

                          1945-1951: Tom Meany, Roscoe McGowen, Bill Bloome, Jim Kahn, Fred Weatherly.
                          5 famous sports writers in a skit about Happy Chandler.

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                          • #28
                            Kenneth Danforth Smith---AKA Ken Smith

                            Born: January 8, 1902, Danbury, CT
                            Died: March 1, 1991, Palatine Bridge, NY, age 89,---d. at a nursing home in Palatine Bridge, NY.

                            New York sports writer;
                            New York Evening Mail,
                            Graduated Trinity College
                            New York Evening Mail, copy boy and cub reporter, 1920 - 1922
                            Danbury News (CT)
                            Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, reporter of state news and sports, 1922 - 1925
                            New York Graphic, City / baseball writer, 1925 - 1930
                            New York Mirror, City / baseball writer, 1931 - 1963
                            National Baseball Hall of Fame/Museum, Cooperstown, NY, Director, 1964-76, public relations director, 1977-78, director emeritus, beginning 1979.

                            Baseball's Hall of Fame, A. S. Barnes, 1947, revised edition, with foreword by Ford Frick, 1952, 9th edition, Grosset, 1979.
                            The Willie Mays Story, with foreword by Leo Durocher, Greenberg, 1954.
                            Ken Smith was the 1983 recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

                            Born in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1902, Smith started in baseball as a batboy for Danbury in the New York-New Jersey League in 1913. He began covering major league baseball for the New York Graphic in 1925, and switched to the New York Mirror two years later. He covered the New York Giants for 30 years before the team left for San Francisco.

                            Short of stature but long on friends, Smith's gentle disposition, gracious personality and knowledge of the game won him the admiration of his readers and the respect of his peers. He was secretary-treasurer of the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) for 19 years and was the director of the legendary annual dinner extravaganza on 15 occasions.

                            Upon the Mirror's demise in 1963, Smith became the director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. He was the museum's public relations director from 1976 until his retirement in 1979 and was the author of Baseball's Hall of Fame, a baseball classic that saw numerous editions.
                            Biography Resource Center:
                            Ken Smith began writing in high school where he published and circulated his own newspaper; he notes that he was "even granted space for bulletins on the home room blackboard." Three months after graduation, he was working on a New York paper with such notable personalities as Ed Sullivan, Mary Margaret McBride, and Rube Goldberg. He told CA that he went on to develop "lifetime associations with Damon Runyon, Grantland Rice, Jack Lait, Bob Considine, Heywood Broun, Dan Parker, and Emile Gauvreau." During his career as a sports writer Smith covered thirty-eight World Series and covered Eastern League baseball during the time Lou Gehrig and Leo Durocher played for Hartford. From 1927 to 1963 he traveled with the New York Giants and New York Yankees.

                            Born January 8, 1902, in Danbury, CT; died in 1991; son of William Clark (a factory executive) and Marion Grace (Quien) Smith; married Emilie Idell Bolen, February 11, 1932. Education: Attended Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1922- 25. Memberships: Baseball Writers Association of America (secretary- treasurer, 1939-57), Professional Football Writers Association of America (president, 1940), Phi Delta Gamma.

                            AWARDS: Gold Key Award from Connecticut Sports Alliance, 1947; citation for sports writing from Trinity College, 1955.

                            CAREER: New York Evening Mail, New York City, copy boy and cub reporter, 1920-22; Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT, reporter of state news and sports, 1922-25; New York Graphic , New York City, baseball writer, 1925-30; New York Mirror, New York City, baseball writer, 1931-63; National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY, director, 1964-76, public relations director, 1977-78, director emeritus, beginning 1979.

                            Ken's photo/entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,----------------------Sporting News' obituary, March 25, 1991, pp. 53.
                            edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 497.

                            ---------------------------1951------------------------------October 3, 1968: Bob Gibson/Ken Smith. Gibson presents his record-breaking pitching glove---------------------------------------------------------1933
                            --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------to Hall of Fame director. He struck out 17 Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of World Series.

                            March 4, 1959: New York sports writers in St. Petersburg, FL.
                            Top Row, L-R: Stan Isaacs, Dan Daniel, Tommy Holmes, Bill Dougerty, Len Schecter, Jim Ogle.

                            Bottom Row, L-R: John Drebinger, Jack Lang, Casey Stengel, Joe Trimble, Ken Smith, Til Ferdenzi.

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                            • #29
                              John Peerless Carmichael

                              Born: October 16, 1902, Madison, Wis.
                              Died: June 6, 1986, Chicago, IL, age 83

                              Chicago sports writer;
                              Attended Campion College (Prairie de Chien, WI)
                              Attended University of Wisconsin (Madison, Wi)
                              Milwaukee Journal reporter night police,
                              Milwaukee Leader, reporter, columnist
                              Chicago Herald-Examiner, sports writer, 1927 - 1932
                              Chicago Daily News, (sports writer, 1932 -1943, sports editor, 1943 - 1972; column: 'Barber Shop'.
                              Loved baseball, passionate about horse racing.
                              Won Spink Award, 1975

                              Father: George J.; Mother: Margaret Mooney; Wife: Marie Bannon, born around 1901, married John in January, 1929, died June 10, 1953; Son: John Peerless, Jr. (first marriage; Daughter: Joan Marie (first marriage); Second Wife: Kay Haughton, married her December 27, 1956;
                              John Carmichael and James Isaminger were the recipients of the 1974 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

                              John Carmichael, a native of Madison, Wisconsin, began his journalistic career in 1924 as a police reporter at the Milwaukee Journal. Following a three-year stint with the Milwaukee Leader, Carmichael joined the Chicago Herald-Examiner as a sportswriter and, in 1932, moved to the Chicago Daily News. It was with the Daily News that Carmichael wrote his famed column, "The Barber Shop," from 1934 until his semi-retirement in 1972. For the last 29 years of his tenure at the Daily News Carmichael served as the paper's sports editor.

                              Carmichael covered every spring training and World Series from 1929 through his retirement. His career covering Chicago baseball stretched from the days of Ted Lyons and Hack Wilson through Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams. More than just a baseball writer, Carmichael also covered football, wrestling, hockey, was present for Sonny Liston's first-round knockout of Floyd Patterson at Comiskey Park in 1962 and was a great lover of thoroughbred racing.

                              Bill Veeck viewed Carmichael as "one of the all-time greats. He knows more athletes by name—and more athletes know him by name—than any other sportswriter in the country." And Ted Williams called Carmichael "the home-run champion of sportswriters."
                              Biography Resource Center:
                              Born October 16, 1902, in Madison, Wis.; died after a long illness, June 6, 1986, in Chicago, Ill. Journalist. Carmichael, who joined the now defunct Chicago Daily News in 1932, became known for his nationally syndicated column "The Barber Shop." Described as one of the most respected sports columnists in the country, he served the Daily News for nearly forty years, becoming sports editor in 1943. On the occasion of his retirement in 1972, Carmichael was honored at a testimonial organized by the sports editors of Chicago's four daily newspapers--the News, the Tribune, the Sun-Times, and Chicago Today. Three years later he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, and in 1980 the retired sportswriter was named to the Chicago Press Club's new Journalism Hall of Fame.

                              My Greatest Day in Baseball, 1948
                              Edited many Who's Who in the Major Leagues,

                              Biographical Dictionary of American Sports,
                              1992-1995, suppliment: Communications---------------------------Who's Who in the Midwest, 6th edition, 1958.

                              ---------------------------------------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary, June 8, 1986, pp. 44.---January 13, 1963: Presenting Stan Musial with Comeback of the Year Award,
                              -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------by Chicago sports writers at their annual dinner

                              John's entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
                              edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 506.-----------------------------------------------1987 Baseball Guide death notice


                              Chicago Tribune obituary, June 7, 1986, pp. 8.

                              Participants at the head table of the annual University of Wisconsin football banquet in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union.
                              L-R: Robert "Red" Wilson, junior center who was named the most valuable player for the second straight year;
                              Charles Fenske, general chairman of the banquet; John Carmichael, sports editor of the Chicago Daily News;
                              Lloyd Larson, sports editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel; Harry Stuhldreher, athletic director and head football coach;
                              Professor William B. Sarles, chairman of the athletic board; and Walter Dreyer, senior halfback who was elected team captain.

                              December 23, 1946: Chicago sports writers: L-R: John Hoffman, Dan Desmond, Herb Simons, John Carmichael, Jack Ryan, Earl Hilligan, Howard Roberts, Edgar Munzel, Chuck Chamberlain.

                              Almost looks like a young actor, Robert De Niro. "You talkin' to me?"
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                              • #30
                                John Winterbottom Drebinger, Jr.

                                Born: March 23, 1891, Staten Island, NY
                                Died: October 22, 1979, Greenboro, NC, age 88, d. cremated

                                New York sports writer;
                                Staten Island Advance reporter (NY), 1915 - 1923
                                New York Times, May 28, 1923 - April 4, 1964
                                Sporting News' correspondent, specialized in baseball most of his career.
                                Was an accomplished pianist. Won Spink Award, 1974
                                John Drebinger, John F. Kieran, and Warren Brown were the recipients of the 1973 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

                                The son of a Metropolitan Opera orchestra violinist, John Drebinger was a former boyhood pianist and Staten Island high school track sprinter. After a 12-year stint with the Staten Island Advance, Drebinger joined The New York Times. For the next 41 years, Drebby (as his colleagues called him) lived the "hobo" life of a baseball writer, covering the Giants, Dodgers, and Yankees.

                                A newspaperman's newspaperman, Drebinger estimated that he traveled about 1,230,000 miles in 49 years as a sportswriter. He saw nearly 6,000 major league games and, from 1929 through 1963, wrote the lead story for The Times on 203 consecutive World Series games.

                                Drebinger brought to the typewriter his wit, insight, reportorial thoroughness and durability. He was best remembered by his colleagues for his quips and cast-iron constitution. Fellow baseball reporter Til Ferdenzi stated that Drebinger "wrote the purest and most intelligent baseball stories in the country."
                                John Drebinger (Sportswriter. Born, Staten Island, N.Y., Mar. 23, 1891; died, Greensboro, N.C., Oct. 22, 1979.) A series of mishaps shaped the life of John Drebinger but did not prevent him from becoming one of New York’s longest-serving baseball writers. Drebinger had planned a career as a concert pianist but seriously injured his thumb while sharpening his skates. He instead began a newspaper career with the Staten Island Advance that lasted eight years (1916-24). In the early part of that work, Drebinger sustained severe hearing loss after becoming infected during the influenza pandemic of 1918-19. He used a hearing aid for the remainder of his years. In 1924, Drebinger was hired by The New York Times and became a sportswriter. The move by Bill Corum (q.v.) to the Journal opened up the Brooklyn Dodgers beat in 1925 and Jim Harrison’s move to the Morning Telegraph sent Drebinger to the Yankees in 1929. Over the years, he covered all three local teams (including the Giants) and by his own estimates saw over 6,000 games, travelling some 1.230 million miles. As part of The Times team, Drebinger covered 203 straight World Series games from 1929 to his retirement after the 1963 season. His hearing deficiency led to a myriad of incidents and stories, including one in which Yankees manager Casey Stengel (q.v.) conducted a post-game press conference in pantomime while Drebinger frantically fiddled with his hearing aid, believing it had malfunctioned. (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------------------------------Sporting News' obituary,------------New York Times' Retirement article
                                November 10, 1979, pp. 53, col. 5.-----------------------April 1, 1964, pp. 30.--------------October 24, 1979, pp. A29.

                                ---------------------------1951----------------------------------------------------April 17, 1951-------------1939

                                August, 1940: Joe DiMaggio accepts his 1939 MVP Award from NY Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and John Drebinger.-----------------------1947-49: Joe DiMaggio, Joe Page, Drebinger, Specs Shea.
                                Bill Dickey is in the background wearing his catcher's shin guards.

                                March 4, 1959: New York sports writers in St. Petersburg, FL.
                                Top Row, L-R: Stan Isaacs, Dan Daniel, Tommy Holmes, Bill Dougerty, Len Schecter, Jim Ogle.

                                Bottom Row, L-R: John Drebinger, Jack Lang, Casey Stengel, Joe Trimble, Ken Smith, Til Ferdenzi.

                                1970: John Drebinger, Mike Burke, Bob Fishel.

                                February 3, 1952: John Drebinger, Eddie Brannick (Giants' executive), Allie Reynolds, Joe Trimble (New York sports writer).

                                March, 1964: Til Ferdenzi / John Drebinger.

                                February, 1937: L-R: Burleigh Grimes, Eddie Murphy (New York Sun sports writer), John Drebinger, Dan Daniel (New York World-Telegraph sports writer).
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