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  • Morris Siegel

    Born: October 13, 1915, Atlanta, GA
    Died: June 2, 1994, Washington, DC, age 78---d. cancer at George Washington University Hospital (Washington, DC).

    Washington sports writer;
    Atlanta, GA, 4-year old, (January 7, 1920 census)
    Atlanta, GA, 14-year old, (April 4, 1930 census)
    Atlanta, GA, service station attendant, (April 3, 1940 census)(listed Seigel)
    Attended Emory University (Atlanta, GA), (3 years)
    Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, GA), (1930's)
    Richmond Times-Dispatch
    US Navy,
    Washington Post, sports writer, 1946 - ?
    Washington Daily News, sports columnist
    Washington Star, sports writer, 1962 - 1981
    Washington Times, sports writer, October, 1986 - May 18, 1994

    Father: Max, born Poland, 1889?; Mother: Rachael, born Poland, 1889?; Wife: Myra MacPherson, married 1964, divorced, 1985.

    Morrie was inducted into the Emory Sports Hall of Fame posthumously. He was a three-time winner of the Washington, D.C., Newspaper Guild's sports writing award.

    Washington Star obituary,
    Morris (Mo) Siegel; Veteran Sportswriter Dies at 78 - June 2, 1994

    Morris Siegel, 78, a sports writer and columnist for four Washington newspapers whose sense of humor and quick wit also made him a popular speaker and master of ceremonies, died of cancer yesterday at George Washington University Hospital. Most recently a sports columnist for the Washington Times, he also worked at several Washington television and radio stations during a career in the nation's capital dating from 1946. Known as Morrie or Mo, Mr. Siegel was a raconteur who could keep friends and acquaintances entertained long into the night.

    Everyone in town knew Mo and Mo knew almost everyone, too.

    He kept us laughing with his antics on television and at four different newspapers. Mo's favorite paper, he proudly insisted was The Washington Star.

    An amusing rascal, Mo carried on almost nightly at Duke Ziebert's Restaurant after testing all his routines first with his sportswriting pals at old Griffith Stadium or RFK.

    One of his early pals at the Washington Post was a young fellow named Ben Bradlee, who in his wonderful biography A Good Life told of how Siegel gave him a list of Washington's Top 10 bookies. "Mo," Bradley said, "was great company, funny, disrespectful and warm."

    Having worked with Mo for 20 years - first at the Washington Daily News and then the Star, I agree.
    I owe Mo and Dick Victory the opportunity they gave me to come to the Star in 1970. They were in charge of a little magazine named Sportsweek. Victory did the editing (best editor I ever knew) and Siegel - well, Mo provided me with encouragment and trust.

    Wanting a solid piece or reporting and writing on renegade outfielder Curt Flood, who was recuited by the Washington Senators, Mo dispatched me to St. Petersburg, Fl. to send a couple days with Flood.
    "Rent the finest car (Lincoln Continental) you can find," Mo said. "Take Flood to Berns Steakhouse, and anywhere else he wants to go. We'll take care of it."

    Mo also nudged me with his constant reminder: "Remember, don't let any g-d facts get in the way of a good story."

    I loved being part of Mo's Merry-Go-Round. He put on two powerful Washington Baseball Writer's Dinners, one of which I helped emcee. Mo was the emcee of emcees, of course. A highly-paid guest speaker and he even did a comedy duet with pitcher Denny McLain at Shoreham Hotel's Marquee Lounge.

    I was last with Mo in 1993. He was in Florida and working then for the Washington Times. We ate outdoors at St. Petersburg Beach. We had a couple of after-dinner beverages and watched a magnificent sunset. I still recall the orange glow.

    That night I confessed to Mo how I had tricked a hotel operator years ago when he had gone to the Star and I was at the News.

    We'd both left messages for Bill Veeck late that night. When the operator told me this, I told her to scratch Mr. Siegel's call.

    That's how I got a Veeck interview that Mo missed.

    "Knew all about that,'' Mo said. "That's why I got you to the Star."

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Washington Post obituary, June 3, 1994.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-26-2014, 01:14 PM.


    • Edward Peyton Sainsbury

      Born: March 31, 1914, Minneapolis, MN
      Died: December 15, 1982, Park Forrest, IL, age 68,---d. South Suburban Hospital, Hazel Crest, after long illness.

      Chicago sports writer;
      Minneapolis, MN, 5-year old, (January 8, 1920 census)
      Minneapolis, MN, 16-year old, (April 5, 1930 census)
      Indianapolis, IN, journalist, newspaper, (1940 census)
      Graduated from Minnesota University (Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN), with a journalism degree
      United Press (Indianapolis), 1938
      United Press (St. Louis)
      WWII, army, 1942
      United Press (Chicago bureau), (Midwest sports eidtor), 1946 - 1979

      Father: Edward Justin, born Minnesota, March, 1888; Mother: Francis Catherine Degnan, born Minnesota, February, 1885; Wife: Virginia G., born December 15, 1918, died December 18, 2008, Mokena, IL; Daughter: Janice Mary, born around 1948, died 1975 in Park Forest, IL.

      January 10, 1965, Chicago, IL: Ed Sainsbury/Bill Skowron----------------------January 22, 1964, Chicago, IL: Dick Stuart/Ed Sainsbury.
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-26-2014, 12:27 PM.


      • Ernest Frederich Mehl

        Born: December 1, 1900, St. Louis, MO
        Died: November 11, 1986, Kansas City, MO, age 85,---d. died in Sun City, AZ

        Kansas City sports writer;
        Kansas City, MO, 9-year old, (April 19, 1910 census)
        Kansas City, MO, reporter, newspaper, (January 3, 1920 census)
        Kansas City, MO, Assistant sport editor, newspaper, (April 29, 1930 census)
        Haines City, FL, reporter, newspaper, (April 8, 1940 census)
        Kansas City Star, sports writer, 1931 - ?; asistant sports editor, 1937? - ?; sports editor, 1950 - 1965
        Kansas City, MO, newspaper reporter, (January 3, 1920 census)
        Kansas City, KS, Newspaper, assistant sports editor, (April 29, 1930 census)
        Naines City, FL, newspaper reporter, (April 8, 1940 census)

        Father: William Frederick, born Missouri, February 22, 1860; Mother: Minnie Lambader, born Missouri, December, 1879; Wife 1: Nancy Cary, born Missouri, around 1902; Wife 2: Hulda D. Fett; Daughter: Alice; Daughter: Clara; Son: Lloyd; Wife 3: Blanche M., born Kansas, around 1902

        Considered the father of ML baseball in Kansas City, Mehl went to work for the Kansas City Star in 1920 and was sports editor from 1950 until he retired in 1965. He worked for years to bring a ML franchise to the city, finally achieving success with the A 's in 1955. When A's owner Arnold Johnson died in 1960, Mehl was part of the group that tried to buy the team, and when the A's moved to Oakland in 1968, he started the fight for an expansion team, ultimately the Royals. Mehl was an ordained minister who appeared in many pulpits on Sunday mornings while traveling as a baseball writer. (NLM)

        The Kansas City Athletics, 1956

        Official Baseball Guide, 1987.-----------May, 1955: Yankee Stadium; Yankee announcer, Red Barber interviewing Ernie.

        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-26-2014, 12:13 PM.


        • Vernon David Grieve---AKA Curley Grieve

          Born: April 2, 1902, Bellevile, IL
          Died: December 8, 1966, San Francisco, CA, age 64,---d. at home of heart attack.

          San Francisco sports writer;
          Belleville, IL, 7-year old, (April 20, 1910 census)(listed Harold)
          Belleville, IL, 17-year old, (January 6, 1920 census)
          Denver, CO, reporter, newspaper, (April 9, 1930 census)(listed Vernon D. Tricoe)
          San Francisco, CA, sport editor, newspaper, (April 11, 1940 census)
          Salt Lake Tribune general assignment reporter,
          Denver Rocky Mountain News, sports editor
          Denver Evening News,
          San Francisco Examiner, sports editor, 1931 - 1966

          Father: David, born Missouri, 1953?; Mother: Mary, born England, 1858?; Wife: Louise, born Kansas, 1905?;

          Chicago Tribune obituary, December 9, 1966, pp. G4.-------------------------------------------------Curley and his son, 1953.
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          • Oliver E. Kuechle

            Born: January 19, 1902, Milwaukee, WI
            Died: October 5, 1980, Milwaukee, WI, age 78---d. at Milwaukee hospital

            Milwaukee sports writer;
            Milwaukee, WI, 8-year old, (April 20, 1910 census)
            Milwaukee, WI, 17-year old, (January 7, 1920 census)
            Milwaukee, WI, sport writer, newspaper, (April 8, 1930 census)
            Milwaukee, WI, newspaper reporter, publishing Co., (April 5, 1940 census)
            Graduated Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI)
            Milwaukee Sentinel, sports writer, (while still in college)
            Milwaukee Journal, sports writer, 1924 - 1956, became sports editor, 1956 - ?.

            Father: Charles L., born Wisconsin, 1876?; Mother: Anna E., born Wisconsin, 1873?; Wife: Ellouise, born Wisconsin, 1908?;

            On Wisconsin: Badger Football, 1977 (with Jim Mott)

            Washington Post obituary, October 6, 1980, pp. C10.
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            • Walter P. Judge

              Born: April 15, 1904, Davenport, Iowa
              Died: May 7, 1961, San Francisco, CA, age 56, d.--cancer

              San Francisco sports writer;
              De Witt, IA, 6-year old, (1910 census)
              De Witt, IA, 15-year old, (January 17, 1920 census)
              Denver, CO, sport writer, newspaper, (April 11, 1930 census)
              San Francisco, CA, newspaper man, Sports Dept., (April 3, 1940 census)
              Denver Post
              San Francisco Examiner, sports writer, 1936 - 1961

              Father: Patrick H., born Iowa, 1854?; Mother: Tressa T., born Iowa, 1872?;

              Chicago Daily Defender obituary, May 10, 1961, pp. 23.
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              • Richard Alden O'Connor---AKA Dick O'Connor

                Born: November 14, 1930, Utica, NY
                Died: December 18, 2003, Redwood City, CA, age 73---d. Sequoia Hospital (Redwood City, CA) during a 12-hour operation.

                Palo Alto sports writer;
                Palo Alto Times (Palo Alto, CA), sports writer, 1956 - ?
                Peninsula Times-Tribune (Palo Alto, CA), sports writer, ? - 1983

                San Jose Mercury News obituary, by David Kiefer
                While sitting courtside at a recent Santa Clara University basketball game, Dick O'Connor told friend Art Santo Domingo that he expected to recover from scheduled heart surgery in time for the school's Cable Car Classic men's tournament, which begins Dec. 29.

                Mr. O'Connor, a longtime local sports writer, had created an award for the tournament's most inspirational player in memory of his son, Kevin, who died in 1982 from complications of juvenile diabetes.

                But Mr. O'Connor's heart-valve replacement procedure grew more serious by the discovery of calcification. He died Thursday at Sequoia Hospital during a 12-hour operation. He was 73.

                ``He took a lot of pride in that award,'' said Santo Domingo, the Cable Car Classic's (founder and) tournament director. ``We're going to continue it, but it will really be in memory of both of them.''

                Mr. O'Connor's involvement in the tournament was only a small part of his life in sports. He was a sportswriter for the Palo Alto Times and its successor, the Peninsula Times Tribune, from 1956 through 1983, covering the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Raiders.

                Upon retirement, he often worked as the official scorer for the Oakland A's and the Giants, including the recent National League playoff series against Florida.

                ``Worked'' is a relative term.

                ``A day watching baseball was the best day for my dad,'' said his daughter, Kerry O'Connor. ``Baseball, next to his family, was his absolute love -- the beauty of the game, the rules, the intricacy. If anybody said baseball is slow, that would set him off. He would score a game even when he was watching TV.''

                Mr. O'Connor had attended every Giants home opener since the team moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958. After he retired from writing, he and his wife, Joyce, who was the women's page editor at the Times when they met, continued to visit Arizona every year for spring training.

                During his career, Mr. O'Connor befriended many Giants greats, including Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Bobby Bonds. All participated in Mr. O'Connor's annual golf tournament at Aptos Seascape.

                An avid golfer, he took frequent trips to play some of the world's best courses, including St. Andrews in Scotland. The day before he was admitted to the hospital, Mr. O'Connor played a round at Monterey Peninsula Country Club.

                Survived by: Wife, Joyce P. O'Connor of Aptos; daughters, Kerry O'Connor of Redwood City and Erin O'Connor of Van Nuys.

                American Olympic Stars
                Foul Play
                Play Off (Sportellers)
                Reggie Jackson: Yankee Superstar
                G-men at Work : The Story of America's Fight Against Crime and Corruption
                Rick Barry: Basketball Ace
                The Little Red Book Of Major League Baseball, . 46th Annual Edition, 1971

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                • James Edward Enright---AKA Jim Enright

                  Born: April 3, 1910, Benton Harbor, MI
                  Died: December 20, 1981, Chicago, IL, age 71,---d. Michael Reese Hospital (Chicago, IL), kidney failure

                  Chicago sports writer;
                  Chicago, IL, 4-month old, (April 16, 1910 census)
                  Sodus, MI, 9-year old, (January 30, 1920 census)
                  Sodus, MI, sport editor, newspaper, (April, 1930 census)
                  Chicago, IL, news reporter, daily paper, (April 4, 1940 census)
                  New York American
                  Chicago Herald-American, 1938 -
                  Chicago American
                  Chicago Today, ? - 1974
                  basketball referee, 1930 - 1964 (progressively graduated from HS to AAU, to NCAA, to NBA.
                  Wrigley Field Public address announcer, 1974 - 1981

                  Father: James J., born Canada, 1882?; Mother: Grace N., born Illinois, 1882?; Wife: Ellen, born Indiana, 1911?;

                  James Enright (April 3, 1910 – December 20, 1981) was a college and professional basketball referee and sportswriter. He was born in Sodus, Michigan and began officiating at 20 years old.

                  After retiring in 1964 from a refereeing career that saw him officiate the 1954 NCAA tournament Final Four and the 1948 and 1952 Olympic basketball qualifying tournaments, Enright resumed a career he had abandoned for refereeing in 1930 and covered basketball and baseball for such publications as The Sporting News and the Chicago Evening American.

                  In 1968, Enright became president of the United States Basketball Writers’ Association and, in 1978, in view of his contributions to the game of basketball as a referee, Enright was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame.

                  He covered sports for The Chicago American for 36 years before his retirement in 1974. He also wrote several books on sports.
                  There is no short supply of New York Depression-era memoirs that, gleaming-eyed, recount a child’s love of the Yankees, the Dodgers, or the Giants. These are the stories in which every kid has a dusty sandlot ballpark, worships Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio, and can spit out player statistics like a personal computer 50 years before its time. Reading these, one would think that throughout 1930’s America, baseball was the only game in town.

                  But in the Midwest, as is often the case, things were just a bit different. Legions of basketball aficionados were braving bitter cold nights to crowd into the bleachers of area gymnasiums and watch their local hoopsters tear up and down the court. In summer, they too loved their sluggers, but in winter, newspapers were giving more column inches to basketball than all other sports combined. It was on one such winter evening that twenty-year-old James Enright, future Naismith Hall Of Fame referee, would step out of the press section and onto the court, little knowing that a simple substitution would cement his place in the story of basketball.

                  A Lucky Blizzard

                  Enright never intended to officiate basketball. He was a sportswriter. But in 1930, he was in St. Joseph, Michigan, covering a game between two Lutheran prep school teams for nearby Benton Harbor’s “News Palladium.” A snow storm raged outside, and trapped one of the game’s officials at home. Enright – just a few years senior of the contestants – was asked to step in.

                  He was a natural. Enright enjoyed the game so much, that he turned his one-time substitution into a full-fledged occupation. He began officiating high school games in southwestern Michigan, while retaining his job as a journalist with the News Palladium.

                  As refereeing held Enright in its thrall, so did basketball tighten its grip on the Midwest. A 1932 “Saturday Evening Post” article discussing the rise of the sport around the world likened it to germination, “…and in the Middle West the plant appears to have attained its most vigorous growth. Ignorance of basketball in that section is unforgivable.”


                  As his dual careers took off, Enright moved to Chicago in 1937. This was the same year that the Great Lakes-based National Basketball League (NBL) was born. Though college ball would remain king through most of the NBL’s lifespan, the financial and popular support of professional league teams like the Akron Firestone Non-Skids, the Oshkosh All-Stars, and the Minneapolis Lakers by small Midwestern markets was further evidence that the game at all levels was gaining force.

                  Enright saw this rise from inside and out. As a sportswriter for the Evening American (which later became Chicago Today) he often covered basketball, chronicling its progress. Enright’s first years in Chicago were a pivotal era for college basketball too – the first National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s College Basketball Championship tournament was held in 1939 in Evanston, Illinois, and the first televised college game between Pittsburgh and Fordham at Madison Square Garden was shown in 1940. Many credit this and subsequent televised events with nationalizing the game.

                  By this time, Enright had moved to officiating college games, and was regularly working in the Big Ten, Big Eight and the Missouri Valley Conference. His solid calls and general presence on the court earned him respect and popularity with fans, players and coaches alike.

                  UCLA’s legendary coach, John Wooden, said of Enright, “Jim is such a right-down-the-middle-of-the-road official, I’d always like to have him officiating any road game for me.”

                  These attributes led Enright to be chosen as a referee for the professional circuit, in which he worked one season each for the NBL and its successor, the NBA. In 1948 he got a shot at sporting’s pinnacle: the Olympics. He refereed the Olympic basketball playoffs in London – which was only the second appearance of basketball as an official medal event. Four years later he reprised his role and worked the 1952 games in Helsinki.

                  Enright officiated prestigious post-season collegiate games as well, including the 1952 and 1953 NCAA regional tournaments and the 1954 Final Four. He was so sought after on the college circuit that once, when it looked like a triple tie was possible in the Big Eight, he was called away from reporting on the Chicago Cubs spring training camp in Arizona to referee a season-ending game in Columbia, Missouri, between Kansas and Missouri.

                  Lasting Influence

                  James Enright retired from officiating in 1964. In his 34 years as a referee – thanks in large part to television and professional league mergers – basketball had transformed from a regional pastime into a viable national sport. But Enright was far from done with the game.

                  He continued working for the Evening American until 1974, covering both basketball and baseball. Enright wrote for The Sporting News and the NCAA and Dell Publications, and served as editor of the “Official Read-Easy Basketball Rules.” He became the National President of the United States Basketball Writers Association from 1967 to 1968.

                  In 1977, Enright was commissioned by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) to pen its official history. It is there he introduced ‘March Madness’ into popular vocabulary. The term was originally coined in a poem by former IHSA assistant manager Henry Porter, referring to the excitement of the Illinois high school basketball state finals. Following is the final stanza of “Basketball Ides of March”:

                  With war nerves tense, the final defense
                  Is the courage, strength and will
                  In a million lives where freedom thrives
                  And liberty lingers still.
                  Now eagles fly and heroes die
                  Beneath some foreign arch
                  Let their sons tread where hate is dead
                  In a happy Madness of March.

                  – Henry Porter, 1942

                  Enright’s book, “March Madness, The Story of High School Basketball in Illinois,” made the term so nationally recognizable that it was eventually affixed to the popular NCAA tournament.

                  The next year, Enright was inducted as a referee into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He had already received a number of accolades, having been named “Referee of the Year” by the Knute Rockne Club of America, and received the Old Timers Official Association Award for loyal service and dedication to basketball officiating. He died just a few years later in December of 1981, after a rich life spent advancing the game that as Henry Porter reminds us, was for corn-fed Midwestern kids in times of poverty and war, just as crucial to their lives as anyone else’s lucky Babe Ruth cards and the greatest of sandlot dreams.

                  Chicago Tribune obituary, December 21, 1981, pp. G3.
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                  • Albert Edward Abrams---AKA Al Abrams

                    Born: February 29, 1904, Pennsylvania (some list his date of birth as March 1)
                    Died: March 3, 1977, Pittsburgh, PA, age 73---heart attack in his apartment at the Carlton House Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA. Died at the hospital.

                    Pittsburgh sports writer;
                    Jeannette Ward 1, PA, 4-year old, (April 25, 1910 census)
                    Pittsburgh, PA, 14-year old, (January 8, 1920 census)
                    Pittsburgh, PA, sports writer, newspaper, (April 17, 1930 census)
                    Pittsburgh, PA, sports writer, newspaper, (April 18, 1940 census)(listed Abrama)
                    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, (sports writer 1926 - 1947, sports editor, (1947 - 1974). Although he 'officially' retired in 1974, he continued to write his column, 'Sidelights on Sports', until his death.

                    Father: Thomas Abraham, born Syria, August 20, 1883, died February 28, 1972, Pittsburgh, PA; Mother: Asma, born Syria around 1881. They married around 1905. Wife: Ruth, born Pennsylvania, 1908?; Son: Albert, born Pennsylvania, 1932?;

                    As sports editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he founded The Dapper Dan Club in 1936. Through the years Dapper Dan promoted various athletic events and raised thousands of dollars as the charitable arm of the newspaper.

                    New York Times' obituary, March 5, 1977, pp. 17.-----------Sporting News' obituary, March 19, 1977, pp. 46.------------Hartford Courant obituary, March 4, 1977, pp. 60.

                    February 19, 1950, Pittsburgh, PA: Ralph Kiner / Al Abrams.---------------------------------------------------February, 1964: Johnson Spink, Eddie Elias, Al Abrams.
                    Ralph is accepting Award as best athlete of 1949 from the Dapper Dan Club President.
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                    • John Lawrence Hernon, Jr.---AKA Jack Hernon

                      Born: March 1, 1918, Pennsylvania
                      Died: August 19, 1966, Pittsburgh, PA, age 48,---d. cancer at Allegheny General Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA)

                      Pittsburgh sports writer;
                      Sharpsburg, PA, 1-year old, (January 24, 1920 census)
                      Aspinwall, PA, 12-year old, (March 28, 1930 census)(listed John J.)
                      Aspinwall, PA, new worker, (April 16, 1940 census)
                      US Navy, WWII (south Pacific)
                      Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1946 - 1966

                      Father: John Lawrence Hernon, born December 13, 1891, Lucinda, PA, died October 17, 1954, Pittsburgh; Wife: Mary Helen Gratz, born July 22, 1924, died October, 1982, Pittsburgh, PA; he married her in 1946.

                      Hartford Courant obituary, August 21, 1966, pp. 10C.

                      John Lawrence Hernon, Sr.

                      Born: December 13, 1891, Lucinda, PA
                      Died: October 17, 1954, Pittsburgh, PA, age 62,---d. Mercy Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA) of a malignant liver condition.

                      Pittsburgh sports writer;
                      Sharpsburg, PA, office clerk, newspaper, (January 24, 1920 census)
                      Aspinwall, PA, general manager, (March 28, 1930 census)
                      Aspinwall, PA, Election Dept., chief clerk, Allegheny County, (April 16, 1940 census)
                      Tri-State News Service, (eventually became business manager), 1917 -
                      Sharpsburg, PA, newspaper office clerk, (January 24, 1920 census)
                      Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, sports writer, 1920's
                      Aspinwall Borough (Allegheny County), general manager, (March 28, 1930 census)
                      Allegheny County employee, rental agent in the County Elections Department, 1932 - 1942?
                      Allegheny County Fair, director, 1937 - 1954
                      Motor Square Gardens, manager, (East End entertainment spot)

                      Wife: Cecille A., born Pennsylvania around 1894.

                      Sporting News' obituary, October 27, 1954, pp. 24.

                      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------February 3, 1952: Jack Hernon, Sr., Harry Keck, Buddy Overend.
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                      • Daniel Thomas Desmond---AKA Dan Desmond

                        Born: August 10, 1907, Sioux City, IA
                        Died: August 4, 1975, Chicago, IL, age 68,---d. heart attack

                        New York sports writer;
                        Sioux City, IA, 2-year old, (1910 census)
                        Sioux City, IA, 12-year old, (January 7, 1920 census)
                        Sioux City, IA, sports editor, local newspaper, (April 12, 1940 census)(listed Daniel J.)
                        Sioux City Journal (Iowa), sports editor
                        Chicago American, sports editor
                        New York American
                        Public Relations Director of the Chicago Bears (National Football League), 1957 - January, 1975.

                        Father: Paul John, born Wisconsin, 1857?; Mother: Mary, born Ireland, 1870?; Wife: Gail H., born Iowa, 1913?; Son: Allen M., born Iowa, 1935?;

                        Chicago Tribune obituary, August 5, 1975, pp. C4.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hartford Courant obituary, August 5, 1975, pp. 45.

                        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.
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                        • William R. Roeder---AKA Bill Roeder

                          Born: February 11, 1923, New York
                          Died: August 15, 1982, Millerton, NY, age 59,---d. Sharon Hospital (Sharon, Conn.) heart attack.

                          New York sports writer;
                          Queens, NY, 8-year old, (April 16, 1930 census)
                          Queens, NY, writer & reporter, school paper, (April 19, 1940 census)
                          Graduated University of Vermont (Burlington, VT)
                          New York World-Telegram & Sun, 1944
                          New York Journal-American
                          Newsweek, 1960 - 1982

                          Father: Alexander E., born Connecticut, 1894?; Mother: Anne C., born New Jersey, 1898?; Son: William A., born New York, 1922?; Son: Alan T., born New York, 1923?

                          Jackie Robinson, 1950

                          New York Times' obituary, August 18, 1982, pp. B5.----------------------------------------------------------------------------1950: When he came out with his Jackie Robinson biography.
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                          • Michael Francis Gaven---AKA Mike Gaven

                            Born: May 7, 1902, Essex, NJ
                            Died: March 12, 1958, Maplewood, NJ, age 55,---d. in Miami, FL, at Jackson Memorial Hospital, after suffering a stroke on Sunday while watching an exhibition game between the Dodgers/Phillies.

                            New York sports writer;
                            Newark, NJ, printer, newspaper, (May 6, 1930 census)
                            Newark, NJ, publicity, ball outfit, (April 3, 1940 census)
                            New York Journal-American, sports writer, 1943 - 1958

                            Father: Thomas, born New Jersey, around 1875; Mother: Anna, born New Jersey, around 1876; Wife: Hazxel A., born New Jersey, 1905?; Daughter: Betty J., born New Jersey, 1939?;

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                            • Edwin J. Delaney---AKA Ed Delaney

                              Born: September 27, 1910, Philadelphia, PA
                              Died October 22, 1966, Manoa, PA, age 56,---d. heart attack at home.

                              Philadelphia sports writer;
                              Philadelphia, PA, 9-year old, (January 7, 1920 census)
                              Philadelphia, PA, sports writer, newspaper, (April 16, 1930 census)
                              Philadelphia, PA, reporter, newspaper, (April 5, 1940 census)(listed Edward)
                              Philadelphia Daily News, May 31, 1925 - 1956. Ended as sports editor.
                              Philadelphia Bulletin, sports writer, 1959 - 1966.

                              Father: John T., born Pennsylvania, around 1877; Mother: Mary E., born Pennsylvania, around 1880; Wife: Mary, born Pennsylvania, 1934?; Son: Edwin, born Pennsylvania, 1936?;

                              Sporting News' obituary, November 5, 1966.
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                              • Hugh Harris Trader, Jr.

                                Born: August 1, 1911, Baltimore, MD
                                Died: November 26, 1967, Baltimore, MD, age 55---d. at VA hospital near Fort Howard.

                                Baltimore sports writer;
                                Baltimore, MD, 8-year old, (1920 census)(listed Homer)
                                Windber, PA, 18-year old, (April 14, 1930 census)(listed Homer)
                                Baltimore, MD, sports writer, newspaper, (April 11, 1940 census)
                                Baltimore News-Post, sports writer, 1933 - 1958

                                Father: Hugh Harris Trader, Sr., born Maryland, 1884?; Mother: Margaret Melvin, born Delaware, 1885?; Wife: Jessica I., born Missouri, 1912?; Wife: Frances Fina;

                                New York Times' obituary, November 28, 1967, pp. 47.
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