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  • Francis Marion Smith---AKA Frank Smith

    Born: November 31, 1878, St. Louis, MO
    Died: November 3, 1933, Boston, MA, age 54,---d. angina pectons, buried Aurora, IL---(He died while on a trip to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was manager of wrestler, Jim Browning, who was fighting.)

    Chicago sports editor;
    Bloomington, Il, 2-year old, (June 1, 1880 census)
    Chicago, IL, copy-reader, newspaper, (April 21, 1910 census)
    Chicago, IL, copy-reader, Chicago Tribune, (January 16, 1920 census)
    Chicago, IL, reporter, newspaper, (April 9, 1930 census)

    Father: Frank M., born Missouri, 1854?; Mother: Elizabeth C., born Pennsylvania, 1857?; Martha A., born England, 1886?; Wife: Katherine G., born Pennsylvania, 1875?;

    He began as a copy reader in the editorial department in 1912, and stayed until the start of WWI.
    WWI veteran.
    Received commission as 2nd lieutenant, seved more than year overseas with the 165th infantry.
    After WWI, then 1st. lieutenant, returned to Chicago Tribune, made sports editor in 1921, left in 1925.
    He then moved east and got into wrestling promotion.
    He managed Jim Browning, heavyweight wrestling champ.

    Chicago Daily Tribune obituary,
    November 3, 1933, pp. 27.-----------------------New York Times' obituary, November 3, 1933, pp. 19.--------Chicago Daily Tribune, November 4, 1933, pp. 23.

    ------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, November 9, 1933, pp. 7.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-30-2014, 01:47 PM.


    • Edward Wallace Smith

      Born: May, 1869, Milwaukee, WI
      Died: February 23, 1936, Hollywood, CA, age 67,----d. In Hollywood Hospital, CA, from a paralytic stroke.

      Chicago sports editor;
      Milwaukee, WI, 1-year old, (June 18, 1870 census)
      Milwaukee, WI, 9-year old, (June 1, 1880 census)
      Chicago, IL, newspaper reporter, (June 8, 1900 census)
      Chicago, IL, newspaper editor, (April 23, 1910 census)
      Chicago, IL, newspaper manager, newspaper, (January 2, 1920 census)(listed Edw W. Smith)
      Los Angeles, CA, newspaper writer, (April 3, 1930 census)
      Chicago Times, sports editor in the early 1890's
      Chicago Chronicle, sports editor,
      Chicago American, sports editor, 1900 - 1926
      Los Angeles Examiner, sports editor
      Moved to California around 1927 for his health. Had been a well-known boxing/wrestling referee.
      Refereed many memorable fights. As a writer, he specialized in boxing/wrestling with occasional incursions into racing. Refereed Jack Johnson/Jim Flynn, Arthur Pelkey/Luther McCarthy, both Gotch/Hackenschmidt wrestling matches, Benny Leonard/Charley White.

      James G. Smith, born Montreal, Canada, 1834?; Mother: Mary E., born New York, 1842?; Wife: Sedan Kerting: born Chicago, IL, September, 1870; Daughter: Viola: born Illinois February, 1890; Son: Lester: born Illinois August, 1892; Daughter: Lillian: born Illiniois November, 1896. Daughter: Virginia, born Illinois, 1910?; Daughter: Lorraine, born Illinois, 1919?; Ed married Sedan on September 29, 1889 in Kenosha, WI.

      Chicago Daily Tribune obituary, Febuary 24, 1936, pp. 18.------------------------Los Angeles Times' obituary, February 24, 1936, pp. A11.

      ---------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, February 27, 1936, pp. 2.

      ----2 photos from 1908.

      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-30-2014, 11:24 AM.


      • John Sanburn Phillips

        Born: July 2, 1861, Council Bluffs, Iowa
        Died: February 28, 1949, Goshen, NY, age 87

        New York sports writer / editor;
        Galesburg, IL, 9-year old, (July 15, 1870 census)
        Galesburg, IL, 18-year, (June 7, 1880 census)
        Duxbury, MA, none, (June 7, 1900 census)
        Goshen, NY, editor, magazine, (April 23, 1910 census)
        Goshen, NY, editor, Magazine, (January 17, 1920 census)
        Goshen, NY, editor, Publisher, (April 21, 1930 census)
        Goshen, NY, none, (April 10, 1940 census)
        Graduated Knox College (Galesburg, IL), Bachelor of Arts, 1882
        Recieved A. B. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard, 1885
        Attended University of Leipzig, 1885-86
        Editor of The American Magazine; at least as early as 1908;
        Co-founder / editor of Samuel S. McClure of McClure's Magazine, 1893.
        After 24 years of partnership with McClure, he withdrew & founded the Phillips Publishing Compay.

        Father: Edgar L., born New York, 1827? (doctor); Mother: Mary L., born Illinois, 1833?; Wife: Jennie B., Massachusetts, September, 1867; Daughter: Ruth B., born Massachusetts, July, 1891; Daughter: Dorothy S., born New York, January, 1893; Daughter: Margaret E., born New York, March, 18978; Daughter: Elizabeth P., born Massachusetts, July, 1899; Son: John P., born New York, 1901?;

        He started The American Magazine, serving as editor until 1915, when he became advisory editor, until 1938, when he retired.
        While editor of American Magazine, he published stories by Lincoln Steffens, Ida Tarbell, Ray Baker, Finlay Dunne and William White.

        New York Times obituary, March 2, 1949, pp. 25
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-29-2014, 11:44 PM.


        • Joseph Akin Murphy---AKA Judge

          Born: September 7, 1866, St. Louis, MO
          Died: March 28, 1951, Coral Gables, FL, age 84,---d. at home.

          St. Louis /Chicago sports editor;
          St. Louis, MO, 14-year old, (June 8, 1880 census)
          St. Louis, MO, promoter, Stock Co., (January 14, 1920 census)
          Wichita, KS, none, (April 13, 1940 census)

          St. Louis Globe-Democrat, sports editor, (1880's)
          Chicago Tribune, sports editor, ? - 1936
          Lived Florida, 1940 - 1951

          Father: Michael J., born New York, 1835?; Mother: Anna L., born Virginia, 1843?; Wife: Emma, born Missouri, 1874?; Wife: Elizabeth, born Missouri, 1872?;

          Called Judge due to his officiating at many race tracks in the US & Canada. Wife: Elizabeth; Daughter: Lucille; Daughter: Dorothy. Was actually a ML pitcher, 1886-87.

          ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1923-------------------------------May 2, 1950, Detroit Fairgrounds: Judge Joe Murphy, Jack Young, Doc Copland.
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-29-2014, 11:04 PM.


          • -------------------Three Men who gained fame as American Humorists, wrote sports early in their careers.

            George M. Ade (1866-1944), Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936) and Franklin Pierce Adams (1881-1960) were 3 of America's great humorists, in the same vein as Mark Twain (1835-1910), Henry L. Mencken (1880-1956), Will Rogers (1879-1935) and Garrison Keiler (1942-still alive). But few remember today that they covered sporting events in their early stages, among their many other writings.

            George M. Ade

            Born: February 9, 1866, Kentland, IN
            Died: May 16, 1944, Brooke, IN, age 78,---d. cerebral hemorrhage

            Chicago sports writer / humorist / American writer /newspaper columnist / playwright;
            Jefferson, IN, 4-year, (June 1, 1870 census)(listed Aid)
            Kentland, IN, 14-year old, at school, (June 1, 1880 census)
            Chicago, IL, reporter, newspaper, Chicago Record, (June 11, 1900 census)
            Brook, IN, none, (April 23, 1930 census)
            Miami Beach, FL, author & writer, literary articles, (April 2, 1940 census)
            Graduated Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), 1887
            Chicago Record, 1890 - 1900, covered many sporting events.
            5'11 1/2, blue eyes

            Father: John, born England, 1831?, (banker); Mother: Adeline W., born Ohio, 1846?;

            George's Wikipedia article
            Ade was born in Kentland, Indiana, one of seven children raised by John and Adaline (Bush) Ade. While attending Purdue University, he became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He also met and started a lifelong friendship with fellow cartoonist and Sigma Chi brother John T. McCutcheon and worked as a reporter for the Lafayette Call. He graduated in 1887.

            In 1890 Ade joined the Chicago Morning News, which later became the Chicago Record, where McCutcheon was working. He wrote the column, Stories of the Streets and of the Town. In the column, which McCutcheon illustrated, George Ade illustrated Chicago-life. It featured characters like Artie, an office boy; Doc Horne, a gentlemanly liar; and Pink Marsh, a black shoeshine boy. Ade's well-known "fables in slang" also made their first appearance in this popular column.

            Ade's literary reputation rests upon his achievements as a great humorist of American character during an important era in American history: the first large wave of migration from the countryside to burgeoning cities like Chicago, where, in fact, Ade produced his best fiction. He was a practicing realist during the Age of (William Dean) Howells and a local colorist of Chicago and the Midwest. His work constitutes a vast comedy of Midwestern manners and, indeed, a comedy of late 19th century American manners.

            Ade's fiction dealt consistently with the "little man," the common, undistinguished, average American, usually a farmer or lower middle class citizen. (He sometimes skewered women, too, especially women with laughable social pretensions.)

            Ade's followed in the footsteps of his idol Mark Twain by making expert use of the American language. In his unique "Fables in Slang," which purveyed not so much slang as the American colloquial vernacular, Ade pursued an effectively genial satire notable for its scrupulous objectivity. Ade's regular practice in the best fables is to present a little drama incorporating concrete, specific evidence with which he implicitly indicts the object of his satire—always a type (e.g., the social climber). The fable's actual moral is nearly always implicit, though he liked to tack on a mock, often ironic moral (e.g., "Industry and perseverance bring a sure reward").

            As a moralist who does not overtly moralize, who is all too aware of the ironies of what in his day was the modern world, George Ade was perhaps our first modern American humorist. Through the values implicit in the fables, Ade manifests an ambivalence between the traditional rural virtues in which he was raised (the virtues of Horatio Alger and the McGuffey Readers) and the craftiness he saw all around him in booming Chicago.

            The United States, in Ade's lifetime, underwent a great population shift and transfer from an agricultural to an industrial economy. Many felt the nation suffered the even more agonizing process of shifting values toward philistinism, greed, and dishonesty. Ade's prevalent practice is to record the pragmatic efforts of the little man to get along in such a world.

            Ade propounds a golden mean, satirizing both hidebound adherence to obsolete standards and too-easy adjustment to new ones. His view is often an ambiguous, ambivalent, pragmatic reaction to the changing scene, but it remains an invaluable literary reflection of the conflicting moral tensions resident in our national culture at the turn of the century.

            Ade was a playwright as well as an author, penning such stage works as Artie, The Sultan of Sulu (a musical comedy with composer Nathaniel D. Mann and lyricist Alfred George Whathall ), The College Widow, The Fair Co-ed, and "The County Chairman". He wrote the first American play about football.

            After twelve years in Chicago, he built a home near the town of Brook, Indiana (Newton County). It soon became known for hosting a campaign stop in 1908 by William Howard Taft, a rally for Theodore Roosevelt's Bull Moose Party in 1912, and a homecoming for soldiers and sailors in 1919.

            George Ade is one of the American writers whose publications made him rich. When land values were inflated about the time of World War I, Ade was a millionaire. The Ross-Ade football stadium at Purdue University was built with his (and David E. Ross's) financial support. He also generously supported his college fraternity, Sigma Chi, leading a fund-raising campaign to endow the Sigma Chi mother house at the site of the fraternity's original establishment at Miami University. Ade is also famous among Sigma Chis as the author of The Sigma Chi Creed, written in 1929, one of the central documents of the fraternity's philosophies. George Ade died in Brook, Indiana, aged 78. He is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery in Kentland.

            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-29-2014, 05:01 PM.


            • -------------------Three Men who gained fame as American Humorists, wrote sports early in their careers.

              George M. Ade (1866-1944), Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936) and Franklin Pierce Adams (1881-1960) were 3 of America's great humorists, in the same vein as Mark Twain (1835-1910), Henry L. Mencken (1880-1956), Will Rogers (1879-1935) and Garrison Keiler (1942-still alive). But few remember today that they covered sporting events in their early stages, among their many other writings.

              Finley Peter Dunne

              Born: July 10, 1867, Chicago, IL
              Died: April 24, 1936, New York, NY, age 69---d. throat cancer hemorrhaging after long battle.

              Finley's Wikipedia article

              Chicago writer / humorist / author;
              New York, NY, editor, American Magazine, (April 2, 1910 census)

              Wife: Margaret, born Illinois, 1882?; Son: Finley P., Jr., born New Hampshire, 1904?; Son: Phillip, born New York, 1908?;

              Political cartoonist created Mr. Dooley, saloon owner, wry observations on issues entertained readers for 30 yrs. His cartoons are collected in book forms.
              Chicago Daily News editorials & sports, 1884 - 1888
              Chicago Times, 1888 - 1889, as political reporter, editorial writer, city editor
              Chicago Tribune reporter, edited Sunday edition
              Chicago Herald reporter, 1890
              Chicago Evening Post editor page, 1892
              Chicago Journal managing editor, 1897 - 1900
              NYC Harper's Weekly/Collier's Weekly, 1900 - 1902
              New York Morning Telegraph, 1902 - 1904
              American Magazine wrote dialect essays & monthly ed. In the Interpreter's House, 1906 - 1913
              Collier's Weekly political commentary, 1913 - 1915, editor-in-chief, 1917 - 1919

              When Payne Whitney died in 1924, he bequeathed $500,000. to Dunne, far more than enough to enable Dunne to live the rest of his life in high lavish fashion without need of further work.

              Some examples of his witticisms.
              "An appeal is when you ask one court to show its contempt for another court."
              "There is one thing to be said in favor of drink, and that is that it has caused many a lady to be loved that otherwise might have died single."
              "Swearing was invented as a compromise between running away and fighting."
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-29-2014, 04:26 PM.


              • -------------------Three Men who gained fame as American Humorists, wrote sports early in their careers.

                George M. Ade (1866-1944), Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936) and Franklin Pierce Adams (1881-1960) were 3 of America's great humorists, in the same vein as Mark Twain (1835-1910), Henry L. Mencken (1880-1956), Will Rogers (1879-1935) and Garrison Keiler (1942-still alive). But few remember today that they covered sporting events in their early stages, among their many other writings.

                Franklin Pierce Adams

                Born: November 24, 1881, Chicago, IL
                Died: March 23, 1960, New York, NY, age 78

                Chicago / New York sports writer;
                New York, NY, writer, newspaper, (April 30, 1910 census)
                New York, NY, journalist, newspaper, (January 17, 1920 census)
                Weston, CT, writer, newspaper, (April 23, 1930 census)
                Chicago Journal, 1903 - 1904
                New York Evening Mail, 1904 - 1914
                New York Tribune, 1914 - 1922
                New York World, 1922 - 1931
                New York Herald-Tribune, 1931 - March, 1937
                New York Post, 1938 - 1941

                Father: Moses; Mother: Clara Schlossberg; Wife 1: Minna S., born Wyoming, 1881?; Wife2 : Esther R., born New Jersey, 1894?; Son: Anthony, born New York, 1927?; Son: Timothy, born New York, 1928?;

                Arrived NYC, 1903, His column "The Conning Tower" appeared in many papers, his radio program "Information Please", 1938-48) was on TV for 13 weeks in 1952. Franklin also wrote, 'Baseball's Saddest Lexicon', in which his famous phrase, ""Tinkers to Evers to Chance", lauded the Chicago Cubs' double play trio. It was one of his most famous ditties.

                Franklin's Wikipedia page
                Franklin Pierce Adams (November 15, 1881, Chicago, Illinois – March 23, 1960, New York City, New York) was an American columnist (under the pen name FPA) and wit, best known for his newspaper column, "The Conning Tower," and his appearances as a regular panelist on radio's Information Please. He was a member of the Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s and 1930s.

                New York newspaper columnist
                The son of Moses and Clara Schlossberg Adams, he graduated from the Armour Scientific Academy in 1899 and attended the University of Michigan for one year. He first worked for the Chicago Journal in 1903. The following year he moved to the New York Evening Mail, where he worked from 1904 to 1913 and began his famed column. In 1913, when he moved his column to the New York Tribune, where it was given the title, "The Conning Tower."

                During his time on the Evening Mail he wrote what remains his best known work, 'Baseball's Sad Lexicon', a tribute to the Chicago Cubs double play combination of "Tinker to Evers to Chance."

                During World War I, Adams was in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Stars and Stripes, where he worked with Harold Ross, Alexander Woollcott and other literary lights of the 1920s. After the war, Adams returned to New York. He went to the New York World, in 1921, writing there until that paper closed in 1931. He returned to his old paper, renamed the New York Herald Tribune, staying until 1937 when he went to the New York Post. He ended his column in September 1941.

                During its long run, "The Conning Tower" publicized the work of such writers as Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart, Edna Ferber and Deems Taylor. Having one's work published in "The Conning Tower" was enough to launch a career, as in the case of Dorothy Parker and James Thurber. Parker quipped, "He raised me from a couplet."

                A quote of his service in World War I, "I didn't fight & I didn't shoot, but, General, how I did salute."

                Information Please panel: L-R: Oscar Levant, John Kieran, Cedric Hardwicke, Franklin P. Adams.

                January 12, 1943: L-R: Seated at piano, Oscar Levant and John Kieran; Standing, L-R: Dan Golenpaul, Clifton Fadiman, Franklin P. Adams.

                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-29-2014, 03:44 PM.


                • Paul Webster Eaton

                  Born: December 27, 1861, Maine
                  Died: June 25, 1943, Washington DC, age 81

                  Washington sports writer;
                  Washington, DC, 8-year old, Attending school, (June 2, 1870 census)
                  Marietta, OH, 18-year old, at college, (June 3, 1880 census)
                  Washington, DC, clerk, government, (June 1, 1900 census)(listed Paul W. Easton)
                  Washington, DC, clerk, State Department, (1910 census)
                  Washington, DC, civil service, (January 6, 1920 census)
                  Washington, DC, correspondent, US government, (April 3, 1930 census)
                  Washington, DC, patient, St. Elizabeth Hospital, (April 5, 1940 census)(listed Paul W. Easton

                  Father: Daniel L., born Maine 1826?; Mother: Frances W., born Maine, 1829?; Wife: Elinore A., born Michigan, 1877?; Son: John A., born Washington, DC, 1903?;

                  Sporting Life;
                  Around 1910 - 1920, at least Sporting News until 1931;
                  Towards the end of his life, he did government work as a correspondent for the State Department.
                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-29-2014, 02:59 PM.


                  • Dr. Alfred Reed Cratty

                    Born: September 8, 1862, Saxonburg, PA
                    Died: April 30, 1954, Overbrook, PA, age 90

                    Pittsburgh sports writer;
                    Pittsburgh, PA, 7-year old, (June 27, 1870 census)
                    Pittsburgh, PA, 15-year old, (June 8, 1880 census)
                    Baldwin, PA, physician, general practice, (1910 census)
                    Overbrook, PA, doctor, own home, (January 5, 1920 census)
                    Pittsburgh, PA, physician, general practice, (April 4, 1930 census)
                    Raised in Pittsburgh in his early youth.
                    Commercial Gazette, office boy, became reporter in 1878
                    Pittsburgh Times,
                    Pittsburgh Chronicle Telegraph, baseball reporter, 1883 - September, 1906 (originated sports/baseball dept.) Left to study medicine.
                    Sporting Life, Pittsburgh correspondent sports writer, 1886
                    Pittsburgh Press, sports writer, 1907 - 1911
                    Also covered boxing under pen name Jim Jab.
                    Began medical studies 1906, at the age of 52, at the University of Pittsburgh, 1910 medical degree. Practiced medicine into his 80's.
                    Had worked in newspapers for 50 years.

                    Father: John H. Cratty, born Pennsylvania, 1834?; Mother: Clara: born Pennsylvania, 1840?; Wife: Ida May, born Pennsylvania, 1864?, died 1935.

                    ------------------------------------------------------------------1910 Photo (from The Owl - Pittsburgh University's yearbook)-------------------------Sporting News' obituary, May 12, 1954, pp. 36.

                    ----------------------appeared in 1889 book.
                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-29-2014, 10:06 AM.


                    • Lloyd Downs Lewis

                      Born: May 2, 1891, Pendleton, IN
                      Died: April 21, 1949, Libertyville, IL, age 57,---d. heart attack at his home near suburban Libertyville.

                      Chicago sports writer;
                      Fall Creek, IN, 9-year old, (June 18, 1900 census)(listed Loyd D.)
                      Fall Creek, IN, 18-year old, (April 27, 1910 census)
                      Chicago, IL, feature writer, newspaper, (January, 1920 census)
                      Chicago, IL, writer, advertising, (December 9, 1930 census)
                      Graduated Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA), 1913,
                      Philadelphia North American, reporter, 1913
                      Chicago Record-Herald, reporter, 1914
                      Advertising, 1920-30
                      Chicago Daily News, drama editor, sports editor, amusement editor, picture editor 1930 - 1943, managing editor, 1943 - 1946
                      Chicago Sun-Times, columnist, 1946 - 1949
                      Lloyd was also a Civil War historian.

                      Father: Jay J., born Indiana, February, 1857; Mother: Josephine B., born Ohio, April, 1862;

                      Authored biographies:
                      Abraham Lincoln (Myths After Lincoln, 1929)
                      General Sherman (Sherman, Fighting Prophet, 1932)
                      almost finished a biography on Grant, (Captain Sam Grant, 1949)
                      Co-authored a history of Chicago. Lectured history at Chicago University, 1937 - 1938

                      Lloyd, on left, conferring with Henry J. Smith, Chicago Daily News editor, 1929.

                      Chicago Daily Tribune obituary, April 23, 1949, pp. 12.---------------------------------Washington Post obituary, April 22, 1949, pp. B2.

                      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-29-2014, 09:42 AM.


                      • Horace Michael Weldon---AKA Harry Weldon

                        Born: December 4, 1855, Circleville, OH
                        Died: January 27, 1902, Circleville, OH, age 45,---d. Devastating stroke on February 26, 1900, at 290 lbs., ended his work. Burial: Forest Cemetery, Circleville, OH

                        Cincinnati sports editor;
                        Circleville, OH, 4-year old, (June 4, 1860 census)
                        Circleville, OH, local editor, (June 4, 1880 census)
                        Circleville, OH, sports editor, (June 2, 1900 census)
                        Cincinnati Enquirer, reporter, 1881 - 1886, sports editor 1886 - February 26, 1900.
                        Trained many of the early 19th century sports writers while a sports editor at Enquirer.
                        Heavily into boxing/racing. When Harry suffered his stroke in 1900, he was replaced by Ren Mulford.

                        Father: Christopher Anklin Weldon, born 1827?, Cambridge, Ohio; Mother: Adeline Ankalin, born 1837?, London, Ohio; Wife: Fannie R. Rodgers, born 1860, Circleville, Ohio; Daughter: Frances Lucile, born August 26, 1884, Cicleville, Ohio, died 1963.

                        Was Chris Von Ahe's secretary until October 22, 1886, then became secretary of the Cincinnati baseball team under Mr. Stern.

                        Sporting Life obituary, February 8, 1902, pp. 27.

                        Washington Post notice, February 26, 1900, pp. 1.

                        Washington Post obituary, January 28, 1902, pp. 8.----------------------------------------------------------appeared in 1889 book.
                        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-29-2014, 09:12 AM.


                        • Gerhard Otto H. Tidden---George Tidden

                          Born: August 29, 1855, south Brooklyn, NY
                          Died: June 30, 1913, New York City, NY, age 57,---d. at Prospect Heights Hospital in Brooklyn, complications involving both lungs and heart, occasioned by a chill he contracted early in baseball season.

                          New York sports writer;
                          Brooklyn, NY, salesman, (June 8, 1880 census)
                          Brooklyn, NY, reporter, (June 11, 1900 census)(listed Gerard)
                          Brooklyn, NY, journalist, (May 7, 1910 census)(listed Gerhardt O.)
                          New York Daily American, general sports writer
                          New York Morning World,
                          New York World, 1895 - 1913

                          Father: Johanna, born Germany, 1832?; Mother: born Germany;

                          George Tidden (Sportswriting. Born, Brooklyn, 1856; died, Brooklyn, June 30, 1913.) Born Gerhard Otto Tidden to immigrant German parents in South Brooklyn, George Tidden became a leading baseball authority. Tidden began his sportswriting career in the late 1870s with the short-lived Daily America and worked as a general sports reporter for several New York and Brooklyn papers. But he became increasingly drawn to baseball and, before the 1895 season, joined Joseph Pulitzer’s dominant daily, The World, as baseball editor. At first, Tidden focused mainly on the Manhattan-based Giants but gradually gave more coverage to the Brooklyn club as well. In 1903, he was among the first important writers to accord equal coverage to the fledgling American League team at Hilltop Park that later became known as the Yankees. It was his devotion to the A.L. team that led to his demise at age 57. Tidden attended the first game at Ebbets Field, an exhibition between the Highlanders and Brooklyn on April 5, 1913, a cold and windy day. When writers discovered that the new ballpark had no press facilities, they worked outside, and Tidden caught a severe cold that turned to pneumonia. In 1946, on its 10th anniversary, the Baseball Hall of Fame selected an honor roll of 11 important baseball writers, six of them from New York and eight overall still living. Tidden was honored 33 years after his death as a formative figure in baseball coverage. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                          Sporting Life obituary, July 12, 1913, pp. 8.

                          Brooklyn Eagle obituary, July 2, 1913---New York Times' obituary, July 1, 1913, pp. 9.

                          AL Reach Guide, 1914.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Boston Daily Globe obituary, July 1, 1913, pp. 6.
                          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-28-2014, 10:05 AM.


                          • Malcolm Appleton MacLean

                            Born: April 1, 1880, Aurora, IN
                            Died: March 4, 1927, Pasadena, CA, age 46,---d. at home

                            Chicago sports writer;
                            Janesville, WI, 2-months old, (June 4, 1880 census)
                            Hartford, CT, 21-year old, student, (June 11, 1900 census)
                            Chicago, IL, journalist, newspaper,(April 10, 1910 census)
                            Western Spings, IL, sports editorial, newspaper, (January 7, 1920 census)
                            Trinity College (Hartford, CT), 1899-90
                            University of Minnesota (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN);
                            Following a year of ranching in California and Oregon in 1904 (widow notes one year 1904-1905)
                            Chicago Tribune, 1905 - ?
                            Chicago Inter-Ocean, 1905 -
                            Chicago Chronicle, 1906 - 1907
                            Chicago Record-Herald, 1907 - 1912, 1914?
                            Chicago Herald-Examiner
                            Chicago Evening Post, September, 1910 - 1923 (column On the Sport Trail With Malcolm MacLean)
                            Chicago Herald Examiner, 1922 - 1924
                            Chicago Journal, 1924 - 1925
                            Chicago Sunday Tribune, 1925 - 1926, Assistant Sunday editor

                            Father: Thomas, born England, 1852?; Mother: Louis, born California, 1863?; Wife: Louise, born Michigan, 1882?; Son: Donald, born Michigan, 1912?; Daughter: Jean, born Michigan, 1919?;

                            The data we have on MacLean which is drawn from two alumni information forms, one of which was filled out by MacLean (ca. May 1926) and the other by his widow (ca. November 1927). The only significant difference in data appears in the years of his affiliation with Chicago newspapers given by the widow as opposed to his own recollection. When returning a completed alumni form, the alumnus or family member was requested to enclose a photograph, which appears below.

                            MacLean became a newspaperman in Chicago beginning in 1905 (widow 1906). In his own words he served "mostly as a ball writer and column conductor" and was affiliated with the Chicago Inter Ocean: 1905 (widow 1906); the Chicago Chronicle: 1906-07 (widow 1906-07); the Chicago Record Herald: 1907-1910 (widow 1907-09); the Chicago Evening Post: 1910-22 (widow 1909-1923); the Chicago Herald Examiner: 1922-24 (widow 1923-24); the Journal: 1924-25 (widow does not report this); and the Chicago Sunday Tribune: 1925-1926 (widow no dates) as assistant Sunday editor.

                            He traveled with the Cubs & Sox for years. Represented Chicago for 5 years in baseball writers association Sunday edition of Chicago Tribune.
                            Ill health prompted him to leave his home in Western Springs, for California last spring. At time of death, was with Los Angeles Evening Express staff.

                            Malcolm Appleton MacLean was born in Aurora, Indiana on April 1, 1880, and was the son of the Rev. Thomas William MacLean, an 1871 graduate of Racine College and an Episcopal clergyman, and Frances Elizabeth Appleton. MacLean prepared for Trinity at the Racine (Wisconsin) Grammar School and entered the College in September 1899 with the Class of 1903. He left at the end of his freshman year and apparently transferred to the University of Minnesota where he received his BA (Classical Course) in 1903. He was a Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity brother, and at Minnesota was a staff member of various undergraduate publications, including a stint as associate editor of the Minnesota Daily. He was also interested in hockey and bowling, but it does not appear that he was a team member. He married Louise Bell Agrell of Chicago on November 3, 1909 and they had two children, Donald Rowe, b. June 2, 1911, and Jean Constance, b. June 30, 1919. He then went on a leave of absence to Pasadena because of ill health and was there associated with the Los Angeles Evening Express for which he edited a column. Mrs. MacLean also notes that her husband had written monthly travel stories which he illustrated with his own pictures for a period of 10 years (unspecified) for Cherry Circle, the Chicago Athletic Association magazine. MacLean was a member of the Chicago Athletic Association and the Baseball Writers Association of America for which he was Chicago representative for five years. For many years he made his home in Western Springs, Illinois. He died in Pasadena on March 4, 1927. Appleton was his mother's maiden name.

                            ---------------------------------------------------------------------------Chicago Daily Tribune obituary, March 6, 1927, pp. 12.
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                            • Joseph S. Smith

                              Born: April 27, 1873, Detroit, MI
                              Died: June 21, 1932, Forest Hills, (Queens), NY, age 60---d. heart disease in a private hospital after a month's illness

                              Detroit sports writer;
                              Flint, MI, 6-year old, (June 26, 1880 census)
                              Detroit Free Press, assistant sports editor, 1902 - 1903
                              Detroit Journal, sports editor, 1903 - 1912
                              Milwaukee Sentinel, Managing editor, 1913 - 1916
                              Pontiac, Michigan: Olympic Motor Car Co. (April 12, 1918 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                              Detroit auto trade papers.
                              Original founding member of BWAA.

                              Father: Joseph F., born New York, 1838?; Mother: Jennette, born New York, 1835?; Brother: Anton Smith; Wife: Etta

                              -------------1910 book

                              New York Times' obituary, June 22, 1932, pp. 21.
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                              • Henry Harrison Diddlebock---AKA Harry Diddlebock

                                Born: June 27, 1854, Philadelphia, PA
                                Died: February 5, 1900, Philadelphia, PA, age 45,---d. at his home.

                                Philadelphia sports writer / editor;
                                (Philadelphia, PA, reporter, (June 8, 1880 census)
                                Philadelphia Item, 1876;
                                Philadelphia Press, 1887;
                                Philadelphia Times, 1880;
                                Philadelphia Inquirer, sports editor, March, 1889 - February, 1900; (He was briefly manager of St. Louis Browns in 1896.)

                                Father: Henry Diddlebock: born August 9, 1830; Mother: Matilda Neal, born January 1, 1837; Wife: Emma E., born Pennsylvania, 1875?; Son: George M., born Pennsylvania, 1876?; Son: Henry Harrison, born Philadelphia, PA, March 2, 1878;

                                Helped organize the Eastern League in the winter of 1883-84, and was elected its president and secretary, which positions he held for several years. Managed the St. Louis Browns in 1896, but for only 17 games. Was fired for drunkenness.

                                His son, Henry Harrison Diddlebock, Jr. was born March 2, 1878 and also was a newspaper reporter with the Detroit Journal. His other son was George and his wife was Emma. He married his wife, Emma A. Rotherham, on June 28, 1875 in Philadelphia, PA.

                                Harry Diddlebock was a baseball executive and sportswriter who managed the St. Louis Browns in 1896 for 17 games before being fired for drunkenness.

                                Diddlebock had been an executive with the Eastern League in earlier years, serving as secretary, treasurer and president of the league. In 1886 he was considered for the presidency of the American Association.

                                He was fired by the 1896 St. Louis Browns for being intoxicated.

                                His obituary in the Washington Post stated that he had worked in "local newspaper offices" and that his first connection with sports was as manager of the Athletics (not specified whether the amateur or professional team).

                                Sporting Life obituary, February 10, 1900, pp. 6.

                                ----------------------appeared in 1889 book.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Washington Post obituary, February 6, 1900, pp. 8.

                                Henry Harrison Diddlebock, Jr.

                                Born: March 2, 1878, Philadelphia, PA
                                Died: Still alive as of 1942

                                Detroit sports writer;
                                Philadelphia PA, 2-year old, (June 8, 1880 census)
                                Philadelphia, PA, insurance agent, (June 8, 1900 census)
                                New York, NY, publisher, publishing, (April 28, 1910 census)
                                Detroit Journal newspaper reporter, (April, 1918 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                                Detroit, MI, newspaper reporter, (January 8, 1920 census)
                                Toledo, OH, coordinator, City Relief Office, (April 21, 1940 census)
                                Toledo News-Bee, November 11, 1922

                                Wife: Ida M., born Massachusetts, 1882?; Wife: Phobe H., born Michigan, 1890?; Son: Henry Harrison (Harry) Diddlebock, Jr., born Philadelphia, PA, May 16, 1900 - died July 2, 1977, Philadelphia, PA.
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