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  • Tracy Louis Ringolsby, Jr.

    Born: April 30, 1951, Cheyenne, WY
    Died: Still Alive

    Denver sports writer;
    United Press International wire service covering games, 1976 - 1977,
    Long Beach Press to cover the Angels
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1980 - 1983
    Kansas City Star, 1983 - 1986
    Dallas Morning News, 1986 - 1991
    Rocky Mountain News, 1992 - present; has covered Rockies games since the club's inception in 1993.

    Tracy's wikipedia page From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Tracy Ringolsby is a sports columnist for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado. His specialty is covering baseball, and has been doing so since 1976. He is the former president of the Baseball Writers Association of America and has been a member since 1976. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.

    He was the 2000 recipient of the Shining Star Award for journalistic excellence, presented by the Colorado Press Association, becoming the first sports writer nominated for the award. Ringolsby is the 2005 recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award and was inducted into the writers wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., on July 30, 2006.[1]

    A native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ringolsby is a graduate of Cheyenne East High School. He began his writing career as one-man sports staff for the Wyoming State Tribune, the afternoon newspaper in Cheyene, the day after he turned 17. He later worked for United Press International before beginning a career of covering Major League Baseball.

    Ringolsby has been the major beat writer for the Colorado Rockies for the Rocky Mountain News since 1991. Ringolsby previously worked for the Long Beach Independent, Press-Telegram (California Angels, March 1977-July 1980), the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (Seattle Mariners, July 1980-July 1983), the Kansas City Star-Times (Kansas City Royals, August 1983-February 1986), and the Dallas Morning News (Texas Rangers, March 1986-1989.[2]

    Other activities
    Ringolsby is a co-founder of Baseball America, and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research since 1979.

    Ringolsby is a member of the executive committee of the National Western Stock Show, and is a member at the benefactor level of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

    Rocky Mountain News
    Rich Lederer, "Baseball Beat Q&A: Tracy Ringolsby on the BBWAA," Baseball Analysts, December 26, 2007.

    July 30, 2006, Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-13-2011, 12:53 PM.


    • Richard Lowell Hummel---AKA Rick Hummel

      Born: February 25, 1946, Quincy, IL
      Died: Still Alive

      St. Louis sports writer:
      Graduated University of Missouri, 1968
      Attended Quincy College (Quincy, MA), 2 years
      US Military, 3 years
      St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1971-present
      Started covering St. Louis Cardinals, 1973

      Rick Hummel, who has covered baseball and the Cardinals for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for 24 years as a beat writer and five as a columnist, was named the recipient of the 2006 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

      Hired by the Post-Dispatch in 1971, Hummel becomes the second writer from the paper to be so honored, joining Bob Broeg.

      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-13-2012, 10:34 AM.


      • Lawrence W. Whiteside---AKA Larry Whiteside

        Born: September 19, 1937, Chicago, IL
        Died: June 15, 2007, Newtonville, MA, age 69---d. complications related to Parkinson's disease.

        Milwaukee / Boston sports writer;
        Graduated Drake University, 1959 (Bachelor of Arts degree)
        Chicago, IL, 2-year old, (April 20, 1940 census)
        Kansas City Kansan, 1959 - 1963
        Milwaukee Journal, 1963 - 1973, covered the Braves/Brewers
        Boston Globe, 1973 - 2004

        Father: Alonzo, born Arkansas, 1912?; Mother: Murthis, born Mississippi, 1914?;

        Wikipedia article below:
        Lawrence W. Whiteside, nicknamed "Sides," was a pioneering African American journalist known for his coverage of baseball for a number of American newspapers, most notably The Boston Globe.

        Early life and career
        Whiteside was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1937. He graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1959.

        Whiteside started with the Kansas City Kansan in 1959. He moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he covered the Milwaukee Braves as well as civil rights issues. Team owner Bud Selig offered Whiteside a job with the Milwaukee Brewers when the franchise relocated from Seattle in 1970, but he preferred to continue working in journalism. In 1971, Whiteside started The Black List to help sports editors find qualified black journalists to hire. Initially The Black List only had nine names, but by 1983 it had expanded to more than 90.

        Career in Boston
        He moved to Boston in 1973 where he worked for most of his career. At that stage, he was the only black journalist covering Major League Baseball on a daily basis for a major paper.

        Whiteside covered many of the most notable events in Boston baseball history, ranging from Bucky Dent's home run to defeat the Boston Red Sox in the 1978 American League East playoff, to the Red Sox losing the 1986 World Series to the New York Mets, to Roger Clemens' second 20-strikeout game.

        Whiteside was an expert on Negro league baseball, and was one of the first American journalists to follow baseball in other countries.

        The National Association of Black Journalists gave Whiteside a lifetime achievement award in 1999. He was part of the panel that chose the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

        Whiteside developed Parkinson's disease early in the 21st century, which led to the end of his career with The Boston Globe in 2004. After his death, the Red Sox observed a minute's silence in his honor prior to a game against the San Francisco Giants.

        Posthumous award
        In July 2007, Whiteside was selected by a Baseball Writers Association of America committee as one of three finalists for the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, and he was announced as the winner on December 5 following a vote by the BBWAA membership; he will be honored in July 2008 with inclusion in the writers' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Whiteside is the first African-American beat writer to receive the Spink Award.
        Larry Whiteside, a pioneer among African-American sports journalists, was elected the 2008 winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. His memory will be honored with the award that is presented annually to a sportswriter "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing" during the 2008 National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum induction ceremony July 27 at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown, N.Y.

        Whiteside, who died June 15 of complications from Parkinson's disease, received 203 votes from the 415 ballots cast by BBWAA members with 10 or more consecutive years' service in becoming the 59th winner of the award since its inception in 1962 and named for the first recipient. Spink was the driving force of The Sporting News, known during his lifetime as the "Baseball Bible."

        Nick Peters, who retired this year from the Sacramento Bee after having been a traveling beat writer for three decades covering the San Francisco Giants, received 119 votes. Dave Van Dyck, a Chicago baseball writer for 25 years and an active member of numerous BBWAA committees, got 89. Four blank ballots were among those submitted.

        The candidates were selected by a three-member, BBWAA-appointed committee and announced at the All-Star Game meeting July 10 at San Francisco. Voting was conducted in November through a mail ballot, a process that began in 2002.

        Whiteside became the third African-American winner of the Spink Award. The others were Wendell Smith in 1993 and Sam Lacy in 1997. But while they were primarily columnists and feature writers, Whiteside spent a lengthy portion of his 30-year career as a beat writer.

        After writing for the Kansas City Kansan (1959-63), Whiteside went to the Milwaukee Journal (1963-1973) where he was a beat writer covering the Braves in the 1960s and the Brewers in the 1970s before he joined the staff of the Boston Globe in 1973. In 1980, "Sides" became the first African-American Hall of Fame voter.

        "Larry was a pioneer," Commissioner Bud Selig said. "In 1972 I offered him a position in public relations for the Brewers, but Larry made the decision to remain a journalist and was hired at the Boston Globe a year later. He was one of the finest reporters and one of the finest people I ever encountered. He promoted baseball with his fine, fair and objective reporting for many years."

        In 1971, Whiteside created "The Black List" of African-American reporters and copy editors designed to aid sports editors in helping hire black journalists. By 1983, the list had expanded from nine to 90 names. "Sides" not only covered the Red Sox and was a national baseball writer for the Globe but also made four trips to Japan and two to Australia covering the sport.

        A three-time chairman of the Boston Chapter, Larry was a recipient of the Dave O'Hara Award for long and meritorious service to the chapter. The National Association of Black Journalists honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999.

        The BBWAA this year changed the year designation for the Spink Award to coincide with that of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

        September 24, 2003, first pitch.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-02-2014, 03:41 PM.


        • John Edward Bayless, Jr.---AKA Skip Bayless

          Born: December 4, 1951, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
          Died: Still Alive

          Sports writer:
          Skip's Wikipedia page
          Skip Bayless is a sports commentator on ESPN2's ESPN First Take and its afternoon show 1st and 10. Bayless also wrote regular columns for and its Page 2 section.

          Bayless graduated from Northwest Classen High School, where he lettered for three years in baseball and for two in basketball and ranked second in grade-point average in a class of 681. In 1970, he made the all-area American Legion all-star team as a catcher.

          Bayless went directly from Vanderbilt to the Miami Herald, where he wrote sports features for two years before being hired away by the Los Angeles Times. There, he was best known for investigative stories on the Dodgers' clubhouse resentment of "golden boy" Steve Garvey and his celebrity wife Cyndy and on Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom's behind-the-scenes decisions to start different quarterbacks each week (James Harris, Pat Haden or Ron Jaworski). Bayless also won the Eclipse Award for his coverage of Seattle Slew's Triple Crown.

          At 25, Bayless was hired by the Dallas Morning News to write its lead sports column, and two years later, the rival Dallas Times Herald hired him away by making him one of the country's highest paid sports columnists — prompting the Wall Street Journal to do a story on the development. Bayless was voted Texas sportswriter of the year three times.

          In 1989, Bayless wrote the critically acclaimed God's Coach, about the rise and fall of Tom Landry's Dallas Cowboys. Following the Cowboys' Super Bowl victory in 1993, Bayless wrote The Boys, which broke the story that coach Jimmy Johnson and owner Jerry Jones weren't "best friends" and correctly predicted that Jones would fire Johnson no matter how much success the team had. (Jones fired Johnson after the Cowboys won another Super Bowl the following year.)

          Following a third Cowboys' Super Bowl win in four seasons, Bayless wrote the third and final book of his Cowboys' trilogy, Hell-Bent: The Crazy Truth About the "Win or Else" Dallas Cowboys. He created a controversy when he wrote about the suspicions of many Cowboys and of coach Barry Switzer that quarterback Troy Aikman was gay. Aikman spoke at length to Bayless for the book, insisting he was not gay and refuting a claim (from Switzer) that the quarterback used a racial slur in criticizing receiver Kevin Williams during a game and that the quarterback was trying to get Switzer fired and Norv Turner hired as Cowboys coach. The book is about the season-long clash between Aikman (and his supporters in the Dallas media) and Switzer (and his supporters among the players). Bayless reported that Aikman refused to speak to Switzer from Dec. 4 of that 1995 season through the Super Bowl, which the Cowboys won.

          After covering the Cowboys through the 1996 season, Bayless chose to leave Dallas after 17 years and become the lead sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune. (His brother Rick, a well-known chef, owns and operates Frontera Grill, one of Chicago's most popular restaurants for the last 20 years.) In his first year in Chicago, Bayless won the Lisagor Award for excellence in sports column writing and was voted Illinois sportswriter of the year.

          Bayless eventually had a highly publicized dispute with the Tribune's executive editor, Ann Marie Lipinski, over limiting all Tribune columns to just 650 or so words. Bayless quit over the policy and was immediately hired by Knight Ridder Corporation to write for its flagship newspaper, the San Jose Mercury News. While in San Jose, Bayless became a fixture on ESPN's Rome is Burning and in a weekly Sunday Morning SportsCenter debate with Stephen A. Smith, "Old School/Nu Skool." ESPN hired Bayless full-time in 2004 to team with Woody Paige on ESPN2's Cold Pizza and to write columns for In 2007, Bayless stopped writing columns to concentrate on what is now called First Take (formerly Cold Pizza) and on ESPN's afternoon show, First and 10, as well as increased presence on ESPN's 6 p.m. SportsCenter with segments such as "The Budweiser Hotseat."

          Radio and television
          Skip Bayless is a highly contentious analyst who has been despised and praised continuously. Bayless' views garner minimal respect from his many detractors, many of whom are fellow pundits. These critics accuse Bayless of purposely igniting controversy in order to make a name for himself. On the other hand, a substantial number of fans praise Bayless for his eloquent analysis, willingness to espouse viewpoints not commonly considered by others, and the professional manner by which he conducts himself. He has occasionally substituted as host for syndicated radio program The Jim Rome Show. He has also previously contributed to ESPN as a recurring panelist on The Sports Reporters, NFL Prime Monday (now ESPN Monday Night Countdown) in the 1990s, and Jim Rome is Burning. For three years (1998-2001), Bayless was a contributor at major championships for the Golf Channel.

          KTCK Sports Radio 1310 "The Ticket"
          In 1994 Bayless left his show at KLIF in Dallas to help start the city's first sports talk radio station, KTCK Sports Radio 1310, "the Ticket." For two years Bayless was the solo host on the 6-9 a.m. morning show as "the Ticket" became was on the country's most successful sports stations. Bayless also was an original investor and when the ownership decided to accept a lucrative offer to sell the station, the new owners bought out Bayless' contract.

          He immediately became a regular on ESPN Radio's first national show, The Fabulous Sports Babe, and later co-hosted a weekend show on ESPN Radio with Larry Beil. He was also a regular on Chet Coppock's show on Sporting News Radio. For three years he was the primary guest host on The Jim Rome Show and became known for drinking Diet Mountain Dew and sparring with the Ohio State "Luckeye" fans who tried to defend the late interference call against Miami that helped win them a national championship.

          Cold Pizza/ESPN First Take
          Bayless is featured in debate segments on what is now known as First Take and the segments are re-aired as First and 10 in the afternoons. Bayless debates the day's 10 hottest sports topics with a rotation of sportswriters and ex-athletes including Stephen A. Smith, Greg Anthony, Jalen Rose, Marcellus Wiley, Shaun King and 2 Live Stews (Ryan and Doug Stewart). Donovan McNabb and actor Donnie Wahlberg also have taken on Bayless.

          Bayless, who has called himself "the conscience" of the show, is known for taking unpopular stances on issues discussed on the show. For example, he has extensively criticized Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James for his inability to make clutch shots or live up to his reputation as one of the league's preeminent stars. This typically draws strong disagreement from Crawford, an Ohio native and Cavaliers fan. Bayless mockingly refers to the player as "Prince James" (a derivation of his actual nickname "King James") and derides the star constantly on the show. His criticism of James reached its peak in the 2007 NBA Finals, as the San Antonio Spurs swept James' Cavaliers. James has not responded to Bayless' criticism as yet.

          He is also known to be relatively critical of Boston Celtics star power forward Kevin Garnett, referring to him as Kevin 'Garnot'. He bolsters his argument by pointing out Garnett's lack of NBA Championships. On August 3, 2007, on 1st and 10, he went as far as to say that Garnett is not even among the top fifteen players in the league, much to the chagrin of fellow analyst Stephen A. Smith.

          Bayless once had an on-air argument with Donovan McNabb as to whether or not a particular ankle injury would affect the play of a Quarterback, despite the fact that Bayless has never played professional football, and McNabb is a Pro-Bowl quarterback.

          Similar to his critique of James, Bayless also used to heavily condemn Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning due to his never winning any "big games" in his career. However, after Manning led the Colts to the Super Bowl championship in the 2006 season Bayless backed off his criticism of the quarterback, admitting that the star had proven him wrong. He has similarly criticized baseball players Frank Thomas and Mike Piazza due to their not coming through in big, "clutch" situations. He has stated that Piazza is not a Hall of Fame player. Bayless is also outspoken in his belief that Tiger Woods is not the greatest golfer of all-time. Bayless cites his lack of competition on the PGA Tour and inabilty to come from behind on Sundays (Woods has never won a major when trailing after 54 holes) as the basis of this opinion. Among Bayless' other controversial views are his contention that the NBA regular season is more exciting than March Madness, and his opinion that all professional athletes should be contractually barred from attending nightclubs. Skip raised eyebrows again on May 7, 2007 when he stated that the much hyped Oscar De la Hoya/Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight should have been a draw, despite public opinion veering slightly in Mayweather's favor.

          Bayless has repeatedly stated that field goals and extra point attempts (PATs) should be done away in the National Football League, which often caused an argument with rival Woody Paige on Cold Pizza. This argument once went so far that former New York Giants kicker Jay Feely was invited onto the show to guest host for the absent Paige and debate against Skip Bayless and his anti-kicking stance. After the Giants made the playoffs Bayless had to wear Feely's jersey on Cold Pizza on January 2nd, 2007, a comedic gesture to which Bayless heartily agreed.

          Following Tom Coughlin's decision to play his starters during the final game of the 2008 regular season, after the Giants had already clinched a playoff spot, Skip called the decision the worst single-game decision ever made. Even after the Giants won Super Bowl XLII by beating the New England Patriots, Bayless refused to admit that Coughlin made the right move, calling the decision the worst preplayoff decision ever made. He cited that no other coach would have done it and that three starters were hurt. He also admitted that it worked for no good reason.

          Bayless also has focused his criticism on the Dallas Cowboys, now that they have his most frequent target, Terrell Owens, whom he calls "Team Obliterator." He also has blasted quarterback Tony Romo ("Tony Romeo") for participating in highly-publicized romances with Carrie Underwood and Jessica Simpson before proving himself as an NFL quarterback.

          Allen Iverson controversy
          On Cold Pizza, Bayless made comments about NBA All-Star Allen Iverson, stating that his recent trade to the Denver Nuggets was flawed, and continued to criticize Iverson. Iverson then responded with an interview with ESPN where he asked, "Why he hate me?" This was an actual interview and not a skit. Later Bayless stated that the only players in the NBA that he hates are LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

          Bayless has written about his belief in God and pros and cons of religion in sports for The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He attends a Methodist church in Manhattan.

          Because of his relatively brash claims and stances, Bayless has been publicly criticized by some high-profile sources. Le Anne Schreiber, the ESPN Ombudsman, criticized him for being so "absolute" in his arguments and for yelling too much on TV [1]; ESPN columnist Bill Simmons has taken multiple shots at him in his columns. According to sources at ESPN, criticism of Mr. Bayless far exceeds that of any other anchorperson or ESPN personality[1]. Bayless was criticized multiple times during the 2005-06 college football season due to his perceived bias against the Texas Longhorns. Many television personalities who observed this believed it to be because of Bayless' Oklahoma roots, where the University of Oklahoma (who lost to Texas that year) resides. Skip Bayless also receives criticism for calling LeBron James "Prince James" and has also referred to Kevin Garnett as Kevin "GarNOT". He also calls Allen Iverson "Me, Myself, and Iverson". While guest hosting "The Jim Rome Show" before the BCS National Championship Game between Ohio State and Miami, Bayless was adament that Miami would crush Ohio State. After Ohio State won the game, Bayless called into the show when Rome was hosting and said that Miami only lost because of a controversial pass interference call in overtime. In future guest hosting gigs, Bayless repeated this theme, even going so far as to call Ohio State players and fans "The Luckeyes", parodying the Ohio State Buckeyes mascot, and receiving vitrol from Ohio State callers and emailers to the Rome show.

          Skip Bayless is an American sportswriter and member of the ESPN show "Cold Pizza." He also writes columns for's Page 2 and occasionally substitutes as host for the syndicated radio program "The Jim Rome Show." He has also previously contributed to ESPN as a recurring panelist on The Sports Reporters and NFL Prime Monday in the 1990s, and more recently "Jim Rome is Burning." Bayless has written for The Miami Herald, The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald, Chicago Tribune, and most recently the San Jose Mercury News. He has also written several books regarding the Dallas Cowboys. Bayless is a graduate of Vanderbilt University in Nashville. His brother is Rick Bayless, a well known chef who specializes in traditional Mexican food.

          God's Coach: The Hymns, Hype, and Hypocrisy of Tom Landry's Cowboys
          Hell-Bent: The Crazy Truth About the "Win or Else" Dallas Cowboys
          Sammy's Season
          The Boys- Jones Vs. Johnson

          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-13-2012, 10:55 AM.


          • Lawrence Walter Stone---AKA Larry Stone

            Born: September 28, 1955
            Died: Still Alive

            Seattle sports writer;
            Seattle Times,
            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-13-2012, 12:41 PM.


            • George David Lederer---(Born: Gert Dagelbert)

              Born: June 19, 1928, Offenburg, Germany
              Died: August 14, 1978, Long Beach, CA, age 50

              Los Angeles sports writer;
              Long Beach, CA, 11-year old, (April 6, 1940 census)(listed George Laderer)
              Arrived in US at New York, May, 1939, fleeing Nazis
              Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram, sports writer, ? - 1969
              Los Angeles Angels, Publicity staff, 1969 - 1978, death.

              Father: Julius, born Germany, 1888?; Mother: Irlene, born Germany, 1898?;

              Vin Scully/George Lederer----------------------------------------------------------------February, 1958

              W/Sandy Koufax.

              ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, September 2, 1978, pp. 61.
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-02-2014, 02:47 PM.


              • Robert Salvador Klapisch---AKA Bob Klapisch

                Born: August 14, 1957, New York City
                Died: Still Alive

                New Jersey / New York sports writer:
                Graduated Columbia University (NYC), majored political science
                New York Post, sports writer, 1980 - 1987 (general assignment sports writer to Yankees beat writer
                New York Daily News, sports writer, 1988 - 1994
                Hackensack Record (Hackensack, NJ), sports writer, 1995 - present, baseball writer

                Robert Salvador "Bob" Klapisch is a sportswriter for the The Bergen Record and ESPN. He has previously written for The New York Post and New York Daily News, and has written five books about baseball. He has been a voting member of the Baseball Writers Association of America since 1983.

                Klapisch was born in 1957 in New York City and grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, where he attended Leonia High School. He was awarded a bachelor's degree, majoring in political science, from Columbia University, where he played varsity baseball and was sports editor of the school's newspaper, the Columbia Daily Spectator.

                In response to his book on the 1992 Mets, The Worst Team Money Could Buy: The Collapse Of The New York Mets (ISBN 0-8032-7822-5), New York Mets outfielder Bobby Bonilla confronted Klapisch in th team's clubhouse, apparently trying to instigate a fight.

                Klapisch was married to Stephanie Stokes, a singer and boxing ring announcer, from 1995-1999. Klapisch is a resident of Teaneck, New Jersey.
                Bob Klapisch has been covering baseball for The Record since 1996. He previously worked at the New York Post and New York Daily News and is currently a regular contributor at Fox An author of five books, including “The Worst Team Money Could Buy,” Klapisch was recently voted among the nation’s Top 5 columnists in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest. Klapisch is a graduate of Columbia University where he played varsity baseball. He now lives in Westwood with his wife and two children.
                Bob Klapisch (Sportswriter. Born, New York, Aug. 14, 1957.) A former Columbia relief pitcher, Roberto Salvador Klapisch has covered New York baseball for three major newspapers since 1980. Klapisch started at the New York Post, where he remained until 1987, rising from general assignment sportswriter to Yankees beat man. He then spent six years at the Daily News (1988-94) before moving to The Record of Hackensack, N.J., in 1995. For The Record, Klapisch is the principal baseball columnist.

                He has written four books, the first of which, The Worst Team Money Could Buy (1993), was critical of the Mets’ failed extravagance in the early 1990s. Co-written with John Harper (q.v.), the book led to an angry clubhouse confrontation with highly-paid underachieving outfielder Bobby Bonilla. Three more baseball books followed, including one on the 1996 champion Yankees and another with Dwight Gooden (1999).

                At Columbia, where he majored in political science, Klapisch was a righthander with a quirky delivery who was 4-3 over his last two seasons with several saves. An all-B.C.S.L. pitcher at Leonia H.S., he began pitching in New Jersey’s Metropolitan League in 1977 and continues to do so.

                The Worst Team Money Could Buy, 1993---co-written with John Harper
                High and Tight: The Rise and Fall of Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry, 1997
                Champions!: The Saga of the 1996 New York Yankees, 1996
                The Braves: 125 Years of America's Team, 1996
                Heat: My Life on and Off the Diamond, 1999

                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-09-2012, 01:35 PM.


                • William Paul Plaschke---AKA Bill Plaschke

                  Born: September 6, 1958, Louisville, KY
                  Died: Still Alive

                  Los Angeles sports writer;
                  Baylor University (Waco, TX),
                  Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville, IL), 1980, (Bachelor's degree, Mass Communications)
                  Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel
                  Seattle Post-Intelligencer
                  Los Angeles Times, 1987 - present

                  Bill's wikipedia page
                  William P. "Bill" Plaschke (born September 6, 1958 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American journalist who has written for the Los Angeles Times since 1987, and a sports columnist at the Times since 1996, has made nationally recognized contributions in both journalism and public service.. He attended Ballard High School in Louisville. In 1980, he received a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Illinois where he was the sports editor for the school's paper, the Alestle. Has also been a sportswriter with the San Diego County edition from 1987 to 1996. Afterwards worked as a sportswriter for the Fort Lauderdale News-Sun Sentinel and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer before The Los Angeles Times. Currently, Plaschke is one of the panelists on the sports-themed show Around the Horn on ESPN, where he is often referred to by Woody Paige as "Reverend Bill." He is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and the Professional Football Writers Association.

                  Plaschke once was named National Sports Columnist of the Year by the Associated Press. Plaschke is known for his human interest stories, including his 2003 portrait of Sarah Morris.
                  As a journalist, Plaschke, in his 18th year with the Times, has been named National Sports Columnist of the Year by a variety of organizations, including Associated Press, Sigma Delta Chi, and National Headliners. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize [2004] and his work has been featured in several editions of the annual "Best American Sports Writing" book. He has also published a collection of his columns entitled, "Plaschke: Good Sports, Spoil Sports, Foul Balls and Odd Balls."

                  Plaschke was recently named Man of the Year by the Los Angeles chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters for his longtime involvement as a Big Brother. He has also received a "Pursuit of Justice'' award from the California's Women's Law Center for his coverage of women's sports. In 2002, Plaschke was selected to carry the Olympic Torch for a couple of blocks through downtown Los Angeles as it worked its way to Salt Lake City for the Winter Olympics.

                  Plaschke is also a regular panelist on the ESPN daily talk show, "Around The Horn" and made his film debut with three lines in the Will Smith movie, "Ali." In what some more cynical colleagues considered a stretch, Plaschke played the part of a sports writer.

                  Bill Plaschke is known for his heart-warming portraits of sports figures. He is a U.S. journalist who has been a writer for the Los Angeles Times since 1987.

                  He received a bachelor's degree in mass communications in 1980 from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Illinois. Currently he is a panelist on the sports-themed show Around the Horn on ESPN. He also is a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America and the Professional Football Writers Association.

                  In his career as a sports writer, he has been named National Sports Columnist of the Year by the Associated Press. Prior to becoming a columnist, Plaschke covered the Los Angeles Dodgers.

                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-14-2012, 11:56 AM.


                  • Michael Paul Klis

                    Born: January 24, 1959
                    Died: Still Alive

                    Denver sports writer;
                    Graduated Oswego HS (IL), 1977
                    Graduated Murray State (KY), 1981
                    Denver Post,

                    Mike covers the Denver Broncos for the Denver Post.

                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-14-2012, 12:44 PM.


                    • David E. Van Dyck

                      Born: February 14, 1947
                      Died: Still Alive

                      Chicago sports writer;
                      Chicago Tribune,

                      Dave has written baseball for more than 30 years in Chicago as well as making many radio and television appearances, including as a longtime member of The Sportswriters show on WGN radio. He has been a nominee for the baseball Hall of Fame and serves on the veterans committee for the Hall.

                      Some of Dave's interests included motorcycles, any kind of racing and sandy beaches with books of poetry are preferred during downtime.
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                        • William Forrest Sherrod---AKA Blackie Sherrod

                          Born: November 9, 1919, Belton, Texas
                          Died: Still Alive

                          Texas sports writer:
                          Justice Precinct 2, Bell County, TX, 2-month old, (1920 census)(listed Wm Forrest Sherrod)
                          Belton, TX, 10-year old, (April 12, 1930 census)(listed as W. Forrest Sherrod)
                          Temple Daily Telegram,
                          Fort Worth Press, 1946 - 1958
                          Dallas Times Herald, 1958 - 1984
                          Dallas Morning News, 1984 - 2008

                          Father: Marvin F., born Texas, 1891?; Mother: Leola H., born Texas, 1895?;

                          Blackie Sherrod was born, reared, and educated in Texas. After a failed career as a wingback at Howard Payne College, he spent most of World War II as a torpedo plane gunner in the Pacific.

                          Sherrod attended Baylor University for one year (1937-38), but transferred to Howard Payne University, where he graduated in May 1941 with a BA in English. He served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre, completing 22 missions and earning three medals. Following the close of the war in 1945, he returned to Texas and began writing for the Temple Telegram in 1946.

                          The following year, he moved to north Texas, working for the Fort Worth Press from 1947 to 1957. His tenure at the Dallas Times Herald began in 1958. While there, Sherrod worked as both a columnist and as sports editor. Although his primary occupation was covering sports, his work as a journalist also included national events. For example, Sherrod reported on the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the 1969 Apollo moon landing.

                          Blackie Sherrod transferred to the Dallas Morning News in 1985, and continued his writing there until his 2003 retirement. He wrote regular columns, including his Sunday "Scattershooting" section, as well as authoring several books: Blackie Sherrod: Scattershooting (1975); The Blackie Sherrod Collection (1988); and Blackie Sherrod at Large (2003). Sherrod also co-authored two other books; one with University of Texas Football Coach Darrell K. Royal, and one on University of Texas football player Freddie Steinmark.

                          Sherrod began his sportswriting career in 1946 with the Fort Worth Press. He joined the Dallas Times Herald in 1958, and since 1984 his writing has graced the pages of the Dallas Morning News. His lengthy list of honors includes the Red Smith Award for distinguished contributions to his craft, a National Headliners Club Award, inclusion in the National Sportscasters-Sportswriters Hall of Fame, and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater. For the last dozen years, his work also has included general columns on the Morning News’ Viewpoints page.

                          Tuesday | June 17, 2008
                          BLACKIE SHERROD RETIRES
                          Texas legend
                          Sherrod renowned as 'the best that is, was and ... ever will be'

                          By KEVIN SHERRINGTON
                          The Dallas Morning News
                          After nearly 60 years building a reputation, in the words of his most famous prodigy, as "the best sports columnist in the history of Texas newspapers as well as one of the greatest in the history of earth," Blackie Sherrod called it quits in January.

                          Blackie Sherrod spent the last 18 years of his career with The Dallas Morning News.
                          In his last column, a collection of his "two-cent" observations, Sherrod, 83, gave only the slightest hint of his intentions.

                          "Retirement is like a steam bath," read one of the last items. "Once you get used to it, it's not so hot." So why do it at all?

                          "I've had a job for 72 years, since I was 11 years old," he said. "I've been working long enough."

                          Few could match his achievements in several lifetimes.

                          A 16-time winner of the Texas Sportswriter of the Year Award, as well as a recipient of the national Red Smith Award for lifetime achievement, Sherrod is a newspaper icon.

                          "Blackie Sherrod has been the most popular Texas newspaper columnist for decades," said Bob Mong, president and editor of The Dallas Morning News. "He has it all — writing ability, a sharp mind, endless sources, a deep curiosity and a literary flair built on years of reading great books.

                          "I have no doubt he could have been editor-in-chief of this newspaper had he wanted to be. It has been a privilege to work with him."

                          In his work with four Texas newspapers, from the Temple Daily Telegram near his native Belton, to the Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times-Herald and, finally, The News, Sherrod mentored some of the best in the business.

                          At the Press, he hired and shaped Dan Jenkins, who would become one of the most famous sports writers and novelists of the last century.

                          And it was Jenkins who once wrote of Sherrod, "I always thought he was as great an all-around newspaperman as he was a columnist."

                          Sherrod seemed to agree, saying he achieved more satisfaction from editing, which included everything from helping redesign papers to writing eye-catching headlines to posting pretentious leads on bulletin boards.

                          "I always thought I was a better editor than a writer," he said. "I was never a very confident writer.

                          "Never thought it was good enough."

                          Legions of peers and fans would argue. In a letter typical of dozens that reached The News just this past December, a reader from Pineville, La., wrote: "Mr. Sherrod, you are the best that is, was and, I know in my lifetime, ever will be at the sports desk."

                          He'll get no argument at The News.

                          "When you talk about legendary sports columnists, you routinely refer to such greats as Grantland Rice, Jimmy Cannon, Jim Murray and, of course, Red Smith," said Dave Smith, executive sports editor of The News. "But the list must also include the name Blackie Sherrod.

                          "Blackie loves the English language and he loves great writing. And there are few who could weave words in as masterful a way as he can."

                          Former News publisher Burl Osborne, who hired Sherrod away from the Times-Herald in 1985, called the hiring, "one of the symbolic events that occur in the history of an institution. That was a turning point."

                          Told at the time of his move that he could have any of several roles, including the one he's now giving up on the op-ed page, Sherrod chose to continue writing sports for another decade.

                          But editors say he easily could have made the shift sooner.

                          At the Times-Herald, he played a pivotal role in the coverage of John F. Kennedy's assassination. He also covered the 1960 Democratic national convention in Los Angeles and won a Headliners Award in science writing for his coverage of the 1969 moon landing.

                          "What he brought to sports is more widely known," Osborne said.

                          "But, on the op-ed pages, I thought he was a breath of fresh spring air in a place that, if you're not careful, can be very dull."

                          Asked if he had any regrets about his long and distinguished career, Sherrod said, "I'd have probably liked to do more, yeah. But, everything considered, it turned out all right."

                          As for what he'll do next, Sherrod said he'd probably spend a month cleaning out his book-cluttered office at The News.

                          "And then I'll sleep for a month," he said.

                          Once an accomplished musician and artist, he said he'd like to return to painting now that he has more time on his hands.

                          And one thing won't change.

                          "He is," Osborne said, "a legend."

                          Right: Fort Worth Press sports writers (front row from left) Bud Shrake and Andy Anderson. Back row (from left), Jerre Todd, Blackie Sherrod and Dan Jenkins.
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                          • Dan Thomas Jenkins

                            Born: December 2, 1929, Fort Worth, TX
                            Died: Still Alive

                            Texas sports writer:
                            Fort Worth, TX, 1-year old, (April 4, 1930 census)
                            Fort Worth, TX, 11-year old, (April 16, 1940 census)
                            Graduated Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX), 1953
                            Fort Worth Press,
                            Dallas Times Herald,
                            Sports Illustrated,
                            Retired from newspaper work in 1985.
                            Dan still calls Fort Worth home.

                            Father: Elsa, born Texas, 1904?; Mother: Catherine, 1911?;

                            Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
                            Dan Jenkins is an American author and sportswriter, most notably for Sports Illustrated.

                            Jenkins was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, where he attended R.L. Paschal High School and Texas Christian University, where he played on the varsity golf team. Jenkins has worked for many publications including the Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times Herald, Sports Illustrated, and Playboy. In 1985, he retired and began writing books full time, although he maintains a monthly column in Golf Digest magazine.

                            Larry L. King has called Jenkins "the quintessential Sports Illustrated writer" and "the best sportswriter in America." Jenkins has written numerous works and over 500 articles for Sports Illustrated. In 1977, Jenkins wrote his first novel, Semi-Tough. Jenkins now lives in Florida with his family.

                            His daughter, Sally Jenkins, is a sportswriter for the Washington Post.

                            -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Fort Worth Press sports writers
                            ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Top: Jerre Todd, Blackie Sherrod, Dan Jenkins.
                            ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Bottom: Bud Shrake, Andy Anderson.

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                            • Steven J. Goldman

                              Born: October 25, 1974
                              Died: Still Alive

                              Baseball Prospectus

                              Steve's wikipedia page
                              Steven Goldman is a sports writer on baseball and a commentator on the New York Yankees and at times on the New York Mets. During the summer, he is a semiweekly baseball columnist for The New York Sun 's sports section on the Yankees and for times on the Mets, along with fellow baseball columnist Tim Marchman. During the winter, he is a biweekly columnist for the Sun. Goldman also writes "The Pinstriped Bible"[1] and "The Pinstriped Blog"[2] for the Yankees' YES Network website.[3] He also is on the staff of Baseball Prospectus, and writes the "You Could Look it Up" column during the season.

                              Goldman has a humorous writing style and for comic effect he often uses exaggerated analogies when describing players' skills. He is bold in criticizing decisions of general managers and coaches and humorously deriding them.

                              In his writings on the YES Network and the Sun, he criticized Yankees manager Joe Torre for moves that he thought cost the Yankees the World Series. He repeatedly claimed that one of Torre's major mistakes in the 2003 World Series was when in Game 4 in the 11th inning Torre inserted Jeff Weaver, who had not pitched in more than 12 days, as the relief pitcher instead of the Baseball Hall of Fame candidate and closer Mariano Rivera. Rivera was considered the best closer of all time and is the all time Major League postseason leader in saves and ERA. He was also considered the best postseason relief pitcher of all time. Instead, Weaver gave up a walk-off home run in the 12th inning to the Florida Marlins' Alex Gonzalez. Goldman also attributed partial blame to both Torre and hitting coach Don Mattingly for the Yankees' playoff losses in 2004 and 2006.[citation needed] During both the last four games of the 4-3 loss in the 2004 American League Championship Series to the Boston Red Sox and the 3-1 loss in the 2006 American League Division Series to the Detroit Tigers, Goldman claims the Yankees did not hit well because they were not patient at the plate, unlike during the regular season.

                              One of Goldman's themes is the Yankees' lack of success in developing young pitchers. He attributes it partially to the Yankees' expensive free-agent acquisitions that cost them draft picks, but he also notes how at times young pitchers who struggled with the Yankees were traded to other teams and fared better there, and even sometimes won a World Series with the new team. He suspects that lack of skill and impatience in coaching are the causes.

                              Another theme in Goldman's writings is the Yankees' lack of young pitchers in recent years. He mentions that during the 2003-2004 off-season, Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and David Wells all left the Yankees as free-agents to pitch for their hometown teams, and after that the Yankees' pitching deteriorated, though both Pettitte and Clemens were again with the Yankees in the 2007 season (Clemens joining only halfway through the season).

                              Goldman was a fan of Bernie Williams during his peak but after the 2006 season believed Williams was no longer the player he once was and should not take at-bats away from the young fourth outfielder, Melky Cabrera.[citation needed] His skepticism about Williams brought upon him the criticism of Yankee fans who remembered Williams at his peak when the Yankees won four World Series. Williams was, in fact, dropped from the Yankees lineup.

                              Goldman stands out as a staunch supporter of Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez who went through fielding and hitting slumps in the 2006 regular season and did not hit well in the post-season as a Yankee since game 3 of the 2004 ALCS. Goldman repeatedly rebuffed his critics and was strongly against trading Rodriguez, despite the rumors circulating in the 2006-2007 off-season that Rodriguez would be traded. Goldman claimed that even if Rodriguez were traded for someone of equivalent value, the Yankees would deteriorate in hitting because of a downgrade at third base. The only third basemen who was then hitting better than Rodriguez were the Mets' David Wright and the Marlins' Miguel Cabrera. Rodriguez went on in 2007 to win the Most Valuable Player Award in the American League, though once again his performance in the playoffs was disappointing.

                              Goldman frequently engages in non-baseball-related discussions on topics of food, music, American history, politics, and obscure movies, writing at length about those topics in the Pinstriped Blog and his chats on Baseball He is also a vocal critic of President George W. Bush's administration and its decision to send troops to Iraq. He occasionally writes about politics in the Pinstriped Blog and refers to it in the Sun. There has been no reported conflict between him and the Sun's conservative editorial board.

                              Goldman edited BP's books Mind Game (2005 — ISBN 0-7611-4018-2) and It Ain't Over 'til It's Over (2007 – ISBN 0-465-00284-6), as well as authored his own book Forging Genius: The Making of Casey Stengel (2005 — ISBN 1-57488-873-0) (2006 — ISBN 1-57488-874-9). He also co-edited the 2006 and 2007 editions of the Baseball Prospectus annual.

                              Goldman has both Jewish and French ancestry.

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                              • King Kaufman

                                Died: Still alive

                                Baseball writer;
                                Graduated UC-Santa Cruz; transferred to Berkeley as a junior. (Master's degree in journalism.)
                                Grew up in Los Angeles, CA
                                Lived St. Louis, MO (6 years)
                                San Francisco Examiner, 1989 - 1996
                      , sports writer, 1997 - January, 2011
                                Bleacher Report, writing program manager, January, 2011 - present

                                King's wikipedia page
                                King Kaufman is the current writing program manager at Bleacher Report and former daily sports columnist for Kaufman grew up in Los Angeles, lived for six years in St. Louis, and moved back to San Francisco in the summer of 2007. In January 2011, King left Salon.

                                In addition to covering the major American sports leagues and international events such as the Olympics and the World Cup, Kaufman's columns often deal with issues related to the state of American sports. Some specific concerns of Kaufman include the role of race in sports and American culture, publicly financed stadiums, performance enhancing substances, the inequalities and hypocrisy in the NCAA, and the poor quality of television sports announcing.

                                His articles feature light-hearted humor, typically with a degree of self-deprecation. A former Angeleno, he enjoys relating stories of his fond memories of the Dodger games he listened to as a child.

                                Annually, he tracks the performance of NFL prognosticators, himself included, along with his son Buster, the "coin-flippinest 4-year-old in North America", who flips coins to randomly predict the outcome of (presumably) closely contested games. Kaufman also has a 2-year-old daughter, Daisy.

                                Kaufman has proposed changing the rules of nearly every organized sport, including removal of field goals from American football, the elimination of free throws from basketball, and the abolishment of offsides from soccer.

                                Kaufman is a frequent critic of sports announcers who use shoddy statistics or generally do not care about the sport which they are announcing. He has particular distaste for coverage of Major League Baseball on the Fox Network, including the playoffs, World Series and All-Star Game.

                                Kaufman, an admirer of sabermetrician Bill James, made his own contribution to baseball statistics by creating the Neifi Index. Named for infielder Neifi Pérez, this statistic measures a player's ability to contribute to his team's success by not playing. Introduced as an award that "we, the great whiffing, grounder-booting, sedentary lifestyle-leading masses, wouldn't just have a chance of winning if we were allowed to play. We'd be a lock", the Neifi Index is the difference between a player's team's winning percentage when he does not play and when he does play. It is called the Neifi Index because when Kaufman first computed it, the San Francisco Giants winning percentage when Pérez did not play was .929, but was only .542 when he did play, thus giving Neifi an index of .387.

                                Under the stage name the King Teen, Kaufman was the singer for the Smokejumpers, "purveyors of hampster-slappin' punk rockabilly in San Francisco from 1996-2000."
                                King's Bleacher Report blog.
                                I am the manager of the writing program at Bleacher Report. I joined BR in January 2011 after spending 14 years at, where I wrote the King Kaufman's Sports Daily column/blog from 2002 to 2009. I was also copy chief, associate managing editor, features writer and cover editor at various times at Salon. From 1989 to 1996 I worked for the (Hearst) San Francisco Examiner, where I covered boxing, as well as working as a writer and editor on a variety of desks.

                                I served as the advisor for the student newspaper Student Life at Washington University in St. Louis from 2002-2004, and I have freelanced for the New York Times and MLB, among other places. My work has been anthologized in "Top of the Order: 25 Writers Pick Their Favorite Baseball Player of All Time" (Da Capo, 2010), "Afterwords: Stories and Reports From 9/11 and Beyond" (Washington Square, 2002), "Iron Mike: A Mike Tyson Reader" (Da Capo, 2002) and, my favorite because it's a rhetoric textbook, "Dialogues: An Argument Rhetoric and Reader, 4th Edition" (Longman, 2003).

                                I grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of California at Santa Cruz before transferring to Berkeley, where I graduated with a history degree and a master's in journalism. I have lived in the Bay Area ever since, mostly San Francisco, except for six years I spent in St. Louis. I am married and have two kids.

                                -----------------------------------------------------------King is on the left.
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