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  • Victor Ziegel---AKA Vic Ziegel

    Born: August 16, 1937, Bronx, NY
    Died: July 23, 2010, New Rochelle, NY, age 72,---d. Calvary Hospital (Bronx, NY), lung cancer.

    New York sports writer; Jewish
    Queens, NY, 4-year old, (April 2, 1940 census)
    Graduated City College (CCNY, NYC)
    Long Island Press
    New York Post, ? - 1976
    New York Daily News, 1985 - 2009, executive sports editor, sports columnist (1990)
    Focused on baseball, boxing, horse racing

    Father: George Zirkel, born New York, around 1898; Mother: Frances, born New York, around 1901; Wife: Roberta

    New York Daily News' obituary, July 24, 2010
    Vic Ziegel, longtime New York City sports writer and former Daily News sports editor, passes at 72

    Renowned New York Daily News newspaperman Vic Ziegel died peacefully Friday morning at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. The cause was lung cancer. He was 72.

    An award-winning sportswriter who covered Muhammad Ali and the earliest Mets teams, Ziegel was also a beloved editor who helped millions of New Yorkers keep their fingers on the pulse of the city's vibrant sports world.

    "Vic was a wonderful writer and a tremendous colleague," said Daily News Editor-in-Chief & Deputy Publisher Martin Dunn. "He totally understood the Daily News sports reader, and his columns brought sports alive for them. The sports world will miss him."

    Ziegel grew up just off the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, and although he spent his boyhood playing stickball not far from Yankee Stadium, he was the most ardent of Giants fans. In honor of Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World" in 1951, he taught his pet bird to recite, "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"

    He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Roberta; his daughter, Katy; and his sister, Shelly Goldfeder of New Rochelle.

    "Vic was a beloved colleague to all of us on the Daily News sports staff. His brilliant sense of humor, unique voice and elegant style made him among the best newspapermen in American journalism," said Daily News managing editor for sports Teri Thompson. "He was an inspiration to everyone he worked with."

    Although he was not a smoker, Ziegel learned he had lung cancer in November, and spent his last weeks receiving well-wishes from a long line of friends who recalled his passion for movies, jazz, sports and family.

    Victor Ziegel was born in New York City on Aug. 16, 1937. He attended Yeshiva Salanter in the Bronx, Taft High School and City College, where he first began to indulge in his joy of being around newspapers. Soon he was writing about high school basketball for the now-defunct Long Island Press.

    Ziegel was soon hired by the New York Post, where he worked as a night sports editor, a baseball beat writer and a columnist until 1976, when he left to pursue a series of journalism projects that included columns for Rolling Stone, New York magazine and Inside Sports, and the creation of a television series based on Jim Bouton's book "Ball Four."

    In 1985, Ziegel became the executive sports editor at the Daily News, and remained at the paper for 25 years, becoming a sports columnist. For a time he wrote a column for the city side of the newspaper called "Helluva Town."

    "It was really cool," said Ziegel's wife, Roberta. "It was about unusual people in the city, like the man who changes the light bulbs in the Statue of Liberty, or the one-legged bicycle messenger. He was a great storyteller."

    Among the numerous awards Ziegel won were the Red Smith Kentucky Derby Award, in 1992 and 1998, and the Nat Fleischer Award for boxing writing in 1983. A member of the Jersey Jazz Society for 20 years, he also belonged to Young Israel of New Rochelle.

    "I loved Vic Ziegel. I really loved him. He'd tell you a lot of good stories," horse trainer Nick Zito said Friday at Saratoga. "I remember him telling of the time he interviewed Mike Tyson at the Indiana prison. He was a New York guy. I enjoyed being around him. I miss him. I'm sorry for his family and the Daily News."

    A funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday at Schwartz Brothers-Jeffer Memorial Chapels at 114-03 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills. Donations may be made in his memory to Cavalry Hospital or the Jewish Education Project of Westchester.
    Vic Ziegel (Sportswriting. Born, New York, Aug. 16, 1937.) As a versatile, tough, and incisive writer with an impish sense of humor, Victor Ziegel came out of City College to forge a considerable reputation at the New York Post for 19 years (1958-77). Ziegel then became the columnist-sports editor at New York magazine, expanding his writing horizons to Inside Sports and Rolling Stone (1978-83). He became the sports editor of the Daily News (1985-90), where he created a top staff, but returned to writing as a featured columnist at the paper. Ziegel is equally at home with boxing, basketball, baseball, and a myriad of other subjects, often focusing on the human dimension outside of the events in which participants compete. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

    Ball Four, 1976 (biography of Jim Bouton)
    The Non-Runner's Book, 1978 (co-wrote with Lewis Grossberger)
    Summer in the City: New York Baseball, 1947-1957, 2004

    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-17-2013, 09:36 AM.


    • James Cyril Peter Kritzer---AKA Cy Kritzer

      Born: July 23, 1907, Avoca, PA
      Died: March 31, 2001, Orchard Park, NY, age 93

      New York sports writer;
      Avoca, PA, 8-months old, (April 19, 1910 census)
      Avoca PA, 12-year old, (January 6, 1920 census)
      Buffalo, NY, Newspaper reporter, (April 12, 1940 census)
      Graduated Bucknell University & St. Bonaventure College
      Bingingham Sun, 1928
      Buffalo News' veteran sports editor, 1928 - 1973. Graduated Bucknell University & St. Bonaventure.

      Father: John, born Pennsylvania, around 1886; Mother: Nellie, born Pennsylvania, around 1886; Wife: Bessie, born New York, around 1913; Son: James Peter, Jr., born New York, around 1939;

      Cy Kritzer
      The Buffalo News Sportswriter
      Though Joe Dimaggio and Ted Williams played decades ago, baseball fans still speak of them in awe. Fans everywhere still remember Dimaggio's grace and style. They still recall Williams' sweet swing and determined individuality. Most of all they remember how the "Yankee Clipper" and the "Splendid Splinter" made it look so easy, hitting in 56 straight games and batting .406 for a season. Records that may never be equaled.

      Cy Kritzer was the "Yankee Clipper" and the "Splendid Splinter" of his day. His fresh, personal style and his insight into the game won him numerous awards and made him one of the most respected baseball writers in the nation.

      Kritzer's love for baseball began in Avoca, Pa., a small town in Pennsylvania's eastern coal mining region, where he played sandlot ball as a kid and later semi-pro ball. At St. Bonaventure, Kritzer won three letters in baseball and was captain of his team in his senior year. At Bonaventure, Kritzer also had a chance to meet some of the legendary greats of baseball when John McGraw brought an all-star team to the campus for an exhibition game. Kritzer pitched for the Bonnies against future Hall of Famers like Rogers Hornsby, Travis Jackson, Mel Ott and Bill Terry as well as some of the era's other great stars.

      After graduation from Bonaventure in 1928, Kritzer worked for the Binghamton Sun for six months until he joined the Buffalo News as a general assignment reporter, covering everything from the police beat to writing an outdoor column. In 1939 Kritzer became the News' permanent baseball writer as well as covering Little Threee basketball and football, professional boxing, bigtime college football and other sports and, of course, the World Series each year. Kritzer's stories and columns often sounded like personal letters to his readers. He won numerous local and national awards for a wide array of stories ranging from interviews with the likes of Ted Williams to a feature on how a tip from the dugout helped a Buffalo Bison hit a home run. He served for two terms as president of the Baseball Writers Association of American and as the first president of the International League Baseball Writers Association. He was a sports writer's writer, especially when it came to baseball where he knew the sport, the owners, the managers, the coaches and the players, who universally held him in high regard. He also served for 10 years as ghost writer for the publisher of the Sporting News. When he retired after 44 years at the Buffalo News, he left behind a standard of excellence that, like the records of Dimaggio and Williams, may never be equaled.

      Hamburg AP obituary,
      Longtime Buffalo Sports Reporter, Writer Dies
      (Hamburg-AP) -- Cy Kritzer, who covered baseball for The Buffalo Evening News for 44 years, has died at the age of 93.

      Kritzer died Saturday at Lakewood Health Center in Hamburg. At the age of 91, Kritzer was still writing a weekly column for the Orchard Park-based Southtowns Citizen.

      Born in Avoca, Pennsylvania, James Cyril Peter Kritzer pitched semi-pro baseball in the Lehigh Valley Railroad League.

      He played football at Bucknell University and St. Bonaventure, where he was also captain of the varsity baseball team. In his senior year, he pitched an exhibition game against John McGraw's New York Giants, striking out Rogers Hornsby, one of the greatest hitters of all time. Kritzer joined the Binghamton Sun shortly after his graduation from St. Bonaventure in 1928. He went to The Buffalo Evening News in 1929 and covered baseball for 44 years.

      In 1970, he was honored by then-Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who presented Kritzer a watch inscribed, ``For Outstanding Journalistic Achievements.''

      Kritzer is survived by two sons. Services are planned Tuesday.

      Luck of the Game, 1973

      December 3, 1953, Atlanta, GA.-------------------------------------------------------1950.
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-14-2013, 04:47 PM.


      • Dent Archibald McSkimming

        Born: October 17, 1896, St. Louis, MO
        Died: July 13, 1976, St. Louis, MO, age 69

        St. Louis sports writer;
        Attended Stanford University (Stanford, CA), only 1 year.
        3 year old, living in St. Louis, MO, (June 8, 1900 census)
        13 year old, living in St. Louis, MO (April 20, 1910 census)
        St. Louis Star, 1913 - 1922
        St. Louis Daily newspaper sports writer, (April 10, 1930 census)
        St. Louis, MO, newspaper, sports writer, (April 4, 1940 census)
        St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1922 - 1961, retired.

        Wife: Mabel A., born Massachusetts, around 1898;

        St. Louis sports writer, accused of being snide and condescending towards black players in the ML in 1947.

        One of the best known American soccer writers, McSkimming began his career as a reporter with the old St. Louis Star in 1913, when he was still a student at Yeatman High SchoolPersonal Information.

        He moved to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1922 and retired in 1961. A linguist and world traveller he was responsible for keeping soccer in the public eye in St. Louis for nearly half a century. He was often teased for his style in covering soccer games, habitually retreating to the far corner of the upper stands, far away from other sports writers and spectators. "I couldn't cover a game while listening to a political argument, a baseball discussion or anything else," McSkimming once said. He was the only American reporter at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, but was only there on vacation. He once described the result of the U.S. win over England in that year "as it would be if Oxford University sent a baseball team over here and it beat the Yankees."

        He served as a pharmacist's mate on a Navy gunboat in World War One, attended Stanford University for a year and worked a year as a police reporter for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. He worked for an English-language newspaper in Mexico City in 1931 for a while and served as a Red Cross field representative in Puerto Rico and the Canal Zone in World War II.

        Father: George F. McSkimming, born St. Louis, MO; Mother: Mary Teresa Mccane, born St. Louis, MO.

        --------------------------Sporting News' obituary, August 7, 1976, pp. 49.
        Charles J. McSkimming

        Born: May 29, 1873, St. Louis, MO
        Died: July 14, 1922, St. Louis, MO, age 49,---d. carcinom of rectum

        St. Louis sports writer / edior;
        St. Louis, MO, newspaper editor, (April 22, 1910 census)
        St. Louis, MO, newspaper editor, (April 22, 1919 census)
        St. Louis, MO, newspaper, assistant editor, (January 3, 1920 census)
        St. Louis Times, copy reader, ? - July 14, 1922 (death)

        Father: George, born Dent, Kansas; Mother: Mary, born Ireland; Wife: Sarah E., born New York around 1873; Son: Charles F., born New York, September 4, 1900., was newspaper photographer in 1920 census.

        Charles G. McSkimming

        Born: October, 1909?, Missouri
        Died: June 6, 1945, age 35

        St. Louis, MO, 6 months old, (April 20, 1910 census)
        St. Louis, MO, 10 year old, (January 3, 1920 census)
        St. Louis, MO, 20 year old, office clerk, Daily newspaper, (April 10, 1930 census)
        St. Louis, MO, office clerk, federal payroll division, (April 18, 1940 census)

        Father: born Ireland; Mother: Mary, born New York, around 1886;
        Charles Fred McSkimming

        Born: September 4, 1900, New York
        Died: Still alive as of April 8, 1940

        St. Louis Republic, reporter, (WWI Civilian Draft Registration, September 12, 1918)
        St. Louis, MO, 9-year old,(April 22, 1910 census)
        St. Louis, MO, newspaper photographer, (January 3, 1920 census)
        St. Louis, MO, newspaper co., Lino-type machinist, (April 8, 1940 census)

        Father: Charles J. born Missour, about 1873; Mother: Sarah e./Sadie, born Missouri about 1873; Wife: Bette, born Missouri, around 1903;
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-14-2013, 03:10 PM.


        • Edwin Benedict Dooley

          Born: April 13, 1905, Brooklyn, NY
          Died January 25, 1982, Boca Raton, FL, age 76,---d. in a Boca Raton hospital.

          New York sports writer;
          Brooklyn, NY, 5-year old, (April 16, 1910 census)
          Brooklyn, NY, 14-year old, (January 5, 1920 census)
          Brooklyn, NY, newspaper, (NY Sun), writer, (April 8, 1930 census)
          Mamaroneck, NY, Journalist, radio, (April 19, 1940 census)
          Graduated Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), 1927 (starred as quarterback)
          Fordham Law Shool (Manhattan, NY), 1930, (degree)
          New York Sun, sports features, 1927 - 1938;
          Mamorneck, NY, Mayor, 1950 - 1956,
          congressman 1957 - 1963,
          Appointed Chairman of New York State Athletic Commission, 1966 - ?

          Father: Joseph A., born New York, around 1872; Mother: Isabella T., born New York, around 1876; Wife: Harriet M., born New York, around 1911; Son: Edwin, Jr., born New York, around 1935;

          Eddie Dooley (Sportswriter. Born, Brookyn, Apr. 13, 1905; died, Boca Raton, Fla., Jan. 25, 1982.) Politician, athlete, and sportswriter were three of the credits of Edwin Benedict Dooley, who wrote for The Sun for nearly 12 years (1927-38). Dooley was a star quarterback at Dartmouth who went almost directly to The Sun sports desk. Near the end of his tour at The Sun, he was one of the six principal founders of the N.I.T., the nation’s oldest post-season college basketball tournament. In 1938, Dooley and five other writers (Everett B. Morris and Irving Marsh of the Herald Tribune, Dave Eisenberg of the Journal-American, and Arthur Daley and Louis Effrat of The New York Times) organized the tournament at the Garden. It was turned over to the M.I.B.A. a year later. Dooley moved to Don Spencer Advertising, a major producer of sports events programs, for two years (1938-40), became a public relations executive for General Foods (1940-46), and an executive at the Institute of Public Relations (1946-48). He served as mayor of Mamaroneck, N.Y. (1950-56), and was elected to three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (1956-62). Gov. Nelson Rockefeller appointed him chairman of the State Athletic Commission, where he remained for nearly a decade (1966-75). His principal act was restoring Muhammad Ali’s license to box in New York. It had been revoked when Ali was convicted of draft evasion during the Vietnam War. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

          New York Times' obituary, January 27, 1982, pp. 6.

          January 6, 1969: Bob Foster/Edwin Dooley/Frank DePaula------------------------------------------------------------December 30, 1970: Joe Frasier/Edwin Dooley/Muhammad Ali

          September 20, 1972: Edwin Dooley/Muhammad Ali/Floyd Patterson--------------------------------------------December 30, 1970: Joe Frasier/Edwin Dooley/Muhammad Ali

          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-14-2013, 01:57 PM.


          • Edmund James Dooley

            Born: July 23, 1914, Albany, Oregon
            Died: May 23, 1995, Redwood City, CA, age 81

            Sports Writer;
            Linn, Precinct 1, OR, 5-year old, (January 5, 1920 census)
            Albany, OR, 15-year old, (April 4, 1930 census)
            Albany, OR, Newspaper, news reporter, (April 15, 1940 census)
            Graduated Oregon State College,
            Portland Oregonian, sports writer
            Denver Post, treasurer, 1947? - 1949, managing editor, 1949 - May 10, 1956
            San Francisco Examiner, sports editor, 1957 - 1959, assistant managing editor, 1959 - 1962, managing editor, 1962 - ?, editor, ? - 1973, associate editor in charge of news, 1973 - ?.

            Father: John F., born Iowa, around 1884; Mother: Julia Ann, born Michigan, around 1884;

            San Francisco Chronicle obituary, May 24, 1995, pp. C2.
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            • William C. Kashatus

              Born: September 1, 1959, Newport, PA
              Died: Still alive

              Philadelphia sports writer;
              Graduated Earlham College,

              William C. Kashatus is an historian, educator and author. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Earlham College, he earned an MA in history at Brown University and a PhD in history education at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently teaches history at Luzerne County Community College in northeastern Pennsylvania. He has also taught at Penn’s Graduate School of Education and in the History Department of West Chester University.

              Kashatus began his career as a middle school history teacher at the Riverdale Country School, Bronx, New York, in 1984. Relocating to the Philadelphia area the following year, he began teaching high school students at Abington Friends School in Jenkintown, and later at the Episcopal Academy in Merion. During that time, he also coached varsity soccer and baseball, and spent his summers as an historical interpreter at Independence and Valley Forge National Historical Parks. In 1993 Kashatus was hired as Director of Religious Studies and Community Service at the William Penn Charter School, one of the nation’s oldest educational institutions dating to 1689. During his tenure there he integrated community service into the middle and upper school curricula, increasing both the quality and quantity of student involvement. Penn Charter’s service learning program became a model for Philadelphia’s other public and private schools, and was recognized by then-mayor Edward G. Rendell as “one of the best examples of voluntarism that occurred in the city during the 1990s.”

              After more than a decade of teaching and coaching, Kashatus, in 1998, left independent education to become Director of Educational and Public Programs at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester, Pennsylvania. During his five-year tenure at CCHS, he improved the extent and quality of educational programming by instituting a series of living history programs and by attracting high school and college audiences with a research partnership program. Kashatus was also curator, researcher and principal fundraiser for two exhibits: “Baseball’s White Elephants: Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics” (May through October 1999); and “Just Over the Line: Chester County and the Underground Railroad” (February 2002 through February 2004), which was recognized by The Journal of American History as a “first rate exhibit and model of outreach to the local community.”

              A prolific writer, Kashatus is the author of more than a dozen books. He is a regular contributor to the History News Service, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Pennsylvania Heritage. Kashatus has also written and published more than 200 essays in such periodicals as: American History Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, Independent Schools Magazine, New York Times, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Philadelphia Daily News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Quaker History.

              Kashatus has appeared on National Public Radio and Pennsylvania Cable Network, as well as on many local television and radio stations. His documentary film credits include: “Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground Railroad” (PBS); “Baseball’s White Elephants: Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics” (FOX-Philadelphia); “William Penn” (WHYY-TV, Wilmington-Philadelphia); and “Independence National Historical Park” (WHYY-TV, Wilmington-Philadelphia).

              Kashatus lives with his wife, Jackie, and their three sons, Tim, Peter and Ben, in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

              One-Armed Wonder: Pete Gray, Wartime Baseball, and the American Dream, 1995
              Connie Mack's '29 Triumph: The Rise and Fall of the Philadelphia Athletics Dynasty, 1999
              Mike Schmidt: Philadelphia's Hall of Fame Third Baseman, 1999
              The Philadelphia Athletics, 2002
              Lou Gehrig: A Biography (Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters), 2004
              September Swoon: Richie Allen, the '64 Phillies, and Racial Integration, 2005
              Money Pitcher: Chief Bender And the Tragedy of Indian Assimilation, 2006
              Almost a Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the 1980 Phillies, 2008
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-14-2013, 06:25 PM.


              • Carl Sherman Brandebury

                Born: December 10, 1876, Keene, NH
                Died: September 15, 1942, Forrest Hills, NY, age 66

                New York sports editor;
                Washington, DC, 3-year old, (June 4, 1880 census)
                Manhattan, NY, reporter, (June 4, 1900 census)
                Brooklyn, NY, newspaper editor, (April 21, 1910 census)
                Associated Press news editor, (September 12, 1918 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                Brooklyn, NY, Associated Press, editor, (January 5, 1920 census)
                Brooklyn, NY, Associated Press, news manager, (April 12, 1930 census)
                Brooklyn, NY, no job, (1940 census)(listed Brandebery)
                Publishers' Press reporter, 1898
                Scripps-McRae League,
                United Press;
                New York Associated Press, 1907 - 1930, news editor of eastern US.

                Father: Lemuel Alexander., born Ohio; Mother: Lizzie Van Etters, born New Hampshire; Wife: Marguerite E. , born Brooklyn, December 24, 1880. Carl and Marguerite were married around 1898.

                He also covered most national events such as political conventions, World Series, boxing, horse races, etc. Mr. Brandebury retired in 1930. He and his wife, Marguerite lived in Brooklyn since around 1910.

                He was a rabid baseball fan, AL fan, Yankee fan. He was educated in Washington, DC, & joined NYC office of A.P. in 1907 and graduated from star reporter, city ed, day manager of the New York bureau & eventually news editor of eastern US, untill his retirement in 1930. He was also a huge collector of stamps.

                ---New York Times' obituary-----Sporting News' obituary------Washington Post obituary.
                --September 16, 1942.-----------September 24, 1942.----September 16, 1942, pp. B11.

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                • Albert Simon Hirshberg---AKA Al Hirshberg

                  Born: May 10, 1909, Bostton, MA
                  Died: April 11, 1973, Pocasset, MA, age 63,---d. cerebral hemorrhage

                  Boston sports writer;
                  Brookline, MA, 10-year old, (January 6, 1920 census)(listed Hershberg)
                  Brookline, MA, 20-year old, (April 23, 1930 census)
                  Boston, MA, Paper Press, writer, (April 5, 1940 census)
                  Graduated Boston University, 1932, (B.S.)
                  Boston Post, 1930 - 1952
                  Boston Herald-Traveler, columnist, 1964 - 1968
                  U.S. Navy, 2.5 years (became lieutenant)

                  Father: David Walter; Mother: Alice Lilienthal, born New York, around 1879; Wife: Marjorie Littauer, born Massachusetts around 1918, died May 3, 1970, Brookline, MA. They maried August 21, 1939. Daughter: Judy (Mrs. Paul Marandett); Son: Albert Simon, Jr.; 2nd Wife: Bert M. Cohen. They married November 12, 1971.

                  Authored over 50 books, including books on Piersall, Yaz, Cousy, Frank Howard.

                  ------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, April 28, 1973.

                  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------May 6, 1955: Al Hirshberg/Jim Piersall. Discussing their book, 'Fear Strikes Out'.

                  Boston Globe obituary, April 12, 1973, pp. 73.

                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-14-2013, 12:17 PM.


                  • Ben Olan

                    Born: March 31, 1924, NYC

                    New York sports writer/editor; Jewish
                    Queens, NY, 3-year old, (May 3, 1930 census)(listed Benjamin Olen)

                    Father: Alexander, born Poland, around 1899; Mother: Marie, born New York, around, 1908;

                    Ben Olan has been a writer and editor for the Associated Press (AP) wire service since 1952. By the time he had completed his fortieth year at the AP, Olan had already received the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Elmer Ferguson Award (1987), named Honorary Lifetime Member of the Baseball Writers Association of America (1957), and had authored thirteen books on sports.

                    Olan was AP hockey editor from 1954 to 1967 and covered college and professional basketball, baseball, and major boxing matches. He was the first editor of Hockey Illustrated Magazine, from 1962 to 1967.

                    As AP editor-writer and Special Projects editor for AP Newsfeatures, Olan assigned and edited an estimated 5,000 stories produced by major sportswriters throughout America. Named to the Special Projects position in 1974, he produced sports books published by AP in partnership with major publishers such as Prentice- Hall, Dell, Crown, and Grolier. His AP book titles include The Associated Press Sports Almanac, 1975 to 1979 editions; The Sports Immortals; The 101 Greatest Athletes of the Century; The 1980 Winter Olympics Book; and A Century of Champions.

                    Among the books he independently authored are Big-Time Baseball (1956)(for juvenile age-group), Baseball’s Unforgettable Games (1959, with J. L. Reichler), Pro Football’s 100 Greatest Players (1984), and Pro Football’s 50 Greatest Games (1985), the last with George Allen, and nine other books.

                    Among the publications for which he served as editor between 1969 and 1984 are Boxing Today, Boxing Scene, Sports Scene, Pro Football Today, and numerous others.

                    September 28, 1982: Ben Olan/George Allen (Pro football coach). At Nirvana restaurant press conference.

                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-13-2013, 03:53 PM.


                    • John Edwin Pope---AKA Edwin Pope

                      Born: April 11, 1928, Athens, GA
                      Died: Still Alive

                      Miami sports writer;
                      Athens, GA, 12-year old, (April 17, 1940)
                      Graduated University of Georgia (Athens, GA), 1948
                      United Press
                      Atlanta Constitution
                      Atlanta Journal, sports editor, 1954 - 1956
                      Miami Herald, sports writer, 1956 - 1967, sports editor, 1967 -

                      Wife: Eileen; Son: David.

                      Edwin has been a sports columnist at The Miami Herald for more than 45 years, is one sports journalism's most honored writers. He was the ninth winner of the Red Smith Award, is a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame and has received a record four Eclipse Awards for the nation's best columns. He is a member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame and in 1996 received a Knight-Ridder Excellence Award. He is one of only a handful of writers to have covered every Super Bowl.

                      John Edwin Pope grew up in Athens but found a home in Miami.

                      At age 15 he was sports editor of the Athens Banner-Herald, and by the time he was 30 he was sports editor of The Miami Herald and recognized by his peers as one of the top sports columnists in America.

                      The late Jimmy Cannon of the New York Daily News called Pope "the best writer of sports in America."

                      Said Jesse Outlar, retired sports editor of The Atlanta Constitution, "Day in and day out, no one was better than Edwin Pope."

                      But no one thinks more of Pope than NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese, who took the Miami Dolphins to three Super Bowls. "I appreciate his honesty. He wrote the truth. Unlike some sports writers who had their stories written before they interviewed me, Pope never did. He never fabricated. He listened to what I had to say. What he wrote was what I said, nothing more."

                      Pope has won numerous awards, including the Red Smith award for excellence in journalism, the Knight-Ridder award for editorial excellence, an unprecedented three Eclipse awards from the Thoroughbred Racing Association and the A.J. Liebling award for excellence in boxing journalism.

                      His hall of fame memberships include the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall, the College Football Hall, the NFL pro football Hall and the University of Georgia's journalism school hall of fame.

                      Three times he was honored by the National Headliners Club as the nation's best columnist. He also was recognized by the Greater Miami Sports Council for "lifetime contributions to sports."

                      Pope started writing for the Athens Banner-Herald at age 11. When he wasn't in school he was covering ball games at the Athens YMCA. As a teenager he covered the Georgia Bulldogs and worked on the sports desk editing copy, writing headlines and drawing layouts for the next day's sports pages. He reported for work after school and was seldom home before midnight.

                      Although "retired," he still cranks out 50-100 columns a year for the Herald. He's also written six books.

                      What makes Pope run? "At first," he said, "It was pure ego. I wanted to see my name in print. At the Banner-Herald I used to sit in the pressroom and grab the first paper to come off the press. I wanted to see my byline, 'By Edwin Pope.'

                      "After that whatever I achieved was out of appreciation and gratitude - for growing up with friends in Athens, supportive parents, my wife [Eileen] and son [David], Coach [Wally]) Butts, Johnny Rauch [the All-American UGA quarterback] friends like Dan Magill and Loran Smith and co-workers like you and Jesse Outlar and Furman Bisher, my mentor at the Constitution."

                      After graduating from UGA in 1948, Pope got a job with United Press, but Bisher hired him away two years later for The Atlanta Constitution. "Getting Pope was just what we needed, Bisher says. "He was not only an outstanding writer, but aggressive and the hardest worker I had ever seen."

                      When Bisher became sports editor of the Journal, he took Pope with him. But it was a brief stay; The Miami Herald made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

                      "Moving to Miami was the best thing that ever happened to me," Pope says. "I went down there as a columnist and assistant sports editor. After one year, the sports editor retired and I was named to replace him. I was still a kid."

                      To former Herald staff writer John Underwood, himself a star writer, Pope may have been a kid but he wrote like a pro. "His understanding of the subject matter was unparalleled. I worked with him for four years. He not only was the best columnist I ever knew but more importantly, he was one of the most caring human beings.

                      "'I know you can write well,'" he told me one day. "'But are you enjoying what you are doing? When you no longer enjoy it, it is time to move on.'"

                      ----------------------------------------------------------------with long-time friend, Furman Bisher, on right.

                      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Dan Jenkins, Edwin Pope, Furman Bisher, Ron Green.
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                      • William Barclay Masterson---AKA Bat Masterson

                        Born: November 26, 1853, Henryville, Canada
                        Died: October 25, 1921, NYC, age 67,---d. collapsed at his desk from a heart attack after penning his final column for the New York Morning Telegraph.

                        New York sports editor;
                        St. Clair, IL, 17-year old, (July 9, 1870 census)(listed Bartholomacus)
                        Dodge, KS, laborer, (June 22, 1880 census)(listed W. B. Masterson)
                        Denver, CO, Athletic' club keeper, (June 8, 1900 census)
                        New York, NY, city newspaper, journalist, (April 16, 1910 census)
                        New York, NY, (January 6, 1920 census)
                        New York Morning Telegraph, sports columnist, around 1904 - October 25, 1921

                        Father: Thomas, born Canada, around 1828; Mother: Catharina, born Ireland, around 1835; Wife: Emma, born Illinois, July, 1857;

                        Bat Masterson was a gambler, US army scout, buffalo hunter, lawman and journalist. Today he is probably remembered as a somewhat suave, gentleman gambler/lawman, as portrayed by Gene Barry in the TV series. Bat Masterson appeared on NBC in 107 episodes from 1958 to 1961 and featured Masterson as a superbly dressed gambler, generally outfitted in a black suit and derby hat, who was more inclined to "bat" crooks over the head with his gold-knobbed cane than shoot them. The half-hour series, filmed in black and white, featured fairly literate scripts for a television western of the period. The TV series, no doubt, goes a long way to sanitize his previously ambiguous reputation.

                        William Barclay "Bat" Masterson (November 26, 1853 – October 25, 1921) was a figure of the American Old West known as a buffalo hunter, U.S. Army scout, avid fisherman, gambler, frontier lawman, U.S. Marshal, and sports editor and columnist for the New York Morning Telegraph. He was the brother of lawmen James Masterson and Ed Masterson.

                        Name and birth
                        Born on November 26, 1853, at Henryville, Canada East and baptized as Bartholomew Masterson, he later used the name "William Barclay Masterson".

                        His father, Thomas Masterson (or Mastersan), was born in Canada of an Irish family; and his mother, Catherine McGurk (or McGureth), was born in Ireland. He was the second child in a family of five brothers and two sisters. They were raised on farms in Quebec, New York, and Illinois, until they finally settled near Wichita, Kansas. In his late teens, he and two of his brothers, Ed Masterson and James Masterson, left their family's farm to become buffalo hunters. While traveling without his brothers, Bat took part in the Battle of Adobe Walls in Texas, and killed Comanche Indians. He then spent time as a U.S. Army scout in a campaign against the Kiowa and Comanche Indians.

                        Gunfighter and lawman
                        Deputies Bat Masterson (standing) and Wyatt Earp in Dodge City, 1876. The scroll on Earp's chest is a cloth pin-on badge His first gunfight took place in 1876 in Sweetwater, Texas (later Mobeetie in Wheeler County, not to be confused with the current Sweetwater, the seat of Nolan County west of Abilene, Texas). He was attacked by a man in a fight, allegedly because of a girl. The other man died of his wounds. Masterson was shot in the pelvis, but he recovered. The story that he needed to carry a cane for the rest of his life is a legend perpetuated by the TV series starring the late Gene Barry.

                        In 1877, he joined his brothers in Dodge City, Kansas. Jim was the partner of Ed who was an assistant marshal. Soon after his arrival, Masterson came into conflict with the local marshal over the treatment of a man being arrested. He was jailed and fined, although his fine was later returned by the city council. He served as a sheriff's deputy alongside Wyatt Earp, and within a few months he was elected county sheriff of Ford County, Kansas. As sheriff, Bat won plaudits for capturing four members of the Mike Roark gang who had unsuccessfully held up a train at nearby Kinsley. He also led the posse that captured Jim Kennedy who had inadvertently killed an entertainer named Dora Hand in Dodge; with a shot through the shoulder Masterson eventually brought Kennedy down.

                        Fighting in Colorado on the Santa Fe side of its war against the Rio Grande railroad, Masterson continued as Ford County sheriff until he was voted out of office in 1879. During this same period his brother Ed was Marshal of Dodge City and was killed in the line of duty on April 9, 1878. Ed was shot by cowboy Jack Wagner, not realizing that Bat was in the vicinity. As Ed stumbled away from the scene, Masterson responded from across the street with deadly force, firing on both Wagner and Wagner's boss, Alf Walker. Wagner died the next day but Walker was taken back to Texas and recovered. The local newspapers were ambiguous about who shot Wagner and Walker and this led some later historians to question whether Bat was involved. However, the recent location of two court cases in which Bat testified under oath that he had shot both means that most now accept that Bat avenged his brother.

                        For the next several years, he made a living as a gambler moving through several of the legendary towns of the Old West. He visited Wyatt Earp in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, leaving shortly before the famous "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral". He spent a year as marshal of Trinidad, Colorado as well as serving as Sheriff of South Pueblo, Colorado.

                        Fame and notoriety
                        Bat Masterson lived in the American West during a violent and frequently lawless period. His most recent biographer concludes that, Indian-fighting aside, he used a firearm against a fellow man on just six occasions, far less than some of his contemporaries such as Dallas Stoudenmire, "Wild Bill" Hickok, and Clay Allison. However, the fact that he was so widely known can be ascribed to a practical joke played on a gullible newspaper reporter in August 1881. Seeking copy in Gunnison, Colorado, the reporter asked Dr W.S. Cockrell about mankillers. Dr. Cockrell pointed to a young man nearby and said it was Bat and that he had killed 26 men. Cockrell then regaled the reporter with several lurid tales about Bat's exploits and the reporter wrote them up for the New York Sun. The story was then widely reprinted in papers all over the country and became the basis for many more exaggerated stories told about Bat over the years. Masterson left the West and went to New York City by 1902, where he was arrested for illegal gambling.

                        President Theodore Roosevelt, on the recommendation of mutual friend Alfred Henry Lewis, appointed Masterson to the position of deputy to U.S. Marshal for the southern district of New York, under William Henkel. Roosevelt had met Masterson on several occasions and had become friendly with him. Masterson split his time between his writing and keeping the peace in the grand jury room whenever the U. S. Attorney in New York held session. He performed this service for about $2,000 per year from early 1908 until 1912 when President William Howard Taft removed Masterson from the position during Taft's purge of Roosevelt supporters from government positions.

                        Newspaper man
                        Bat Masterson worked as a sports writer and editor; and a columnist. His career as a writer started around 1883 and ended at his death in New York City in 1921.

                        He wrote a letter published in the Daily Kansas State Journal, on June 9, 1883, that mentioned his arrival in Dodge City, the famous Long Branch saloon, and his famous cohorts who made the Long Branch their headquarters during the so-called "Dodge City Saloon War". It was during this time that Bat met newspapermen Alfred Henry and William Eugene Lewis. Both journalists were destined to play a role in Masterson's future as a scribe. Masterson published Vox Populi, a single edition newspaper focusing on local Dodge City politics in November 1884. Masterson penned a weekly sports column for George's Weekly sometime after his arrival in Denver, Colorado, in the late 1890s.

                        Masterson continued his writing career in New York at the New York Morning Telegraph, (a sporting newspaper featuring race form and results whose reputation was part of what was known as 'a whore's breakfast,' which consisted of a cigarette and the Morning Telegraph) circa 1904. Hired by the younger Lewis brother, William Eugene Lewis, he reprised his role as sports writer, later becoming the paper's sports editor. The politics, sporting events, theaters, fine dining establishments, and varied night life of his adopted city became fodder for his thrice weekly column "Masterson's Views on Timely Topics" for more than 18 years. W. E. Lewis eventually became the general manager and president of the company and promoted his friend Masterson to vice president and company secretary.

                        While in New York City, Masterson met up again with the Lewis brothers. Alfred Henry Lewis eventually wrote several short stories and a novel "The Sunset Trail", about Masterson. Alfred Lewis encouraged Bat to write a series of sketches about his adventures which were published by Lewis in the magazine he edited, Human Life (circa 1907–1908). Masterson regaled his readers with stories about his days on the frontier and his gunfighter friends. He also explained to his audience what he felt were the best properties of a gunfighter.

                        It was during this time that Masterson sold his famous sixgun—"the gun that tamed the West"—because he "needed the money". Actually, Masterson bought old guns at pawnshops, carved notches into the handles and sold them at inflated prices. Each time he claimed the gun was the one he used during his career as a lawman.

                        Bat Masterson died at age 67 on October 25, 1921, while living and working in New York City. He collapsed at his desk from a heart attack after penning his final column for the New York Morning Telegraph. His body was taken to Campbell's Funeral Parlor and later buried after a simple service in Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York. His full name, William Barclay Masterson, appears above his epitaph on the large granite grave marker in Woodlawn. His epitaph states that he was "Loved by Everyone."

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                        • Robert LeRoy Ripley

                          Born: December 25, 1890, Santa Rosa, CA
                          Died: May 27, 1949, Mamaronick, New York, age 58

                          American newspaper columnist, cartoonist, entrepeneur;
                          Santa Rosa, CA, 9-year old, (June 9, 1900 census)
                          San Francisco, CA, newspaper, artist, (April 29, 1910 census)(listed R Leroy Ripley)
                          New York, NY, newspaper, artist, (February 10, 1920 census)(listed Ripley Leroy)
                          New York, NY, artist & author, "Believe It or Not", Inc., (1930 census)
                          Rye, NY, artist / author, "Believe It or Not", Inc. (May 9, 1940 census)
                          San Francisco Bulletin,
                          San Francisco Chronicle,
                          New York Globe, cartoonist, January 2, 1913 - 1923
                          New York Post, 1923 - 1929
                          New York Evening News,

                          Father: Isaac D., born West Virginia, September, 1854; Mother: Lillie D., born California, October, 1868.

                          Robert Ripley's main claim to fame was his book series, 'Ripley's Believe It or Not!'

                          As a boy, all he ever wanted to do was play baseball. In 1906, while only 16 years old, he became a semi-professional baseball player. He fed his other passion, art, by designing posters for the games. In 1908, he briefly quit baseball to support his mother. In 1913, he tried out for the New York Giants, but an injury ended his baseball aspirations.

                          Robert LeRoy Ripley (December 25, 1890 - May 27, 1949) was an American cartoonist, entrepreneur and amateur anthropologist, who created the world famous Ripley's Believe It or Not! newspaper panel series, radio show, and television show which feature odd 'facts' from around the world.

                          Ever since Believe It Or Not! debuted on 19 Dec 1918 in the New York Globe, Ripley's relentless pursuit of anything strange, extraordinary and downright freaky has captured the curiosity of the world. His search led him around the planet to more than 200 countries. One trip alone covered two continents and 39,000 km - 1,600 of which were by camel, horse and donkey. No nook or cranny was left unscoured in his constant quest for oddities. How else could he introduce housewives and school kids to fascinating folk like Wang the Chinese farmer, who exhibited a 13 inch horn growing out of his head, and the Monkey Man of India, who vowed never to walk upright?

                          The globe-trotting cartoonist became known as the Modern Day Marco Polo. But this was never the life Ripley expected to lead. As a boy, all he ever wanted to do was play baseball.

                          LeRoy Ripley was born on Christmas Day 1893 in the small town of Santa Rosa, California. The buck-toothed and lanky little boy had two passions: sports and art. By the age of 13, he brought both interests together by pitching for a semi-professional baseball team and designing its posters.

                          Though a future in baseball was looking bright, Ripley's destiny would soon be shaped more by the stroke of his pencil than the swing of his bat. At 14, Life magazine gave him his first big break in the art world when it bought one of his cartoons featuring three young women washing clothes, accompanied by the caption: "The Village Belles Were Slowly Wringing." It scored him eight dollars, and he was soon making a living as a cartoonist for local San Francisco newspapers. But in 1913, seeking better-paying opportunities, Ripley packed his sketchpad and headed east to the world's greatest metropolis - New York City.

                          The new New Yorker established himself quickly. He added the more sophisticated-sounding Robert to his name and found the raise he was looking for at the New York Globe, raking in 0 a job as a sports cartoonist. Towards the end of 1918, Ripley was struck with a bout of writer's block and a deadline fast approaching. Desperate, he turned to a file of bizarre sports facts he'd been compiling and illustrated a few of them, including one about a Canadian fellow named A Forrester, who ran 100 yards backwards in 14 seconds. He called it Champs And Chumps, but while his editor loved the concept, he hated the name. Ripley crossed out the title and scribbled down Believe It Or Not! It was an instant sensation, and the cartoon quickly expanded from sports oddities to a celebration of curiosities from all walks of life.

                          Subjects covered in Ripley's cartoons and text ranged from sports feats to little known facts about unusual and exotic sites, but what ensured the concept's popularity may have been that Ripley also included items submitted by readers, who supplied photographs of a wide variety of small town American trivia, ranging from unusually shaped vegetables to oddly marked domestic animals, all documented by photographs and then depicted by Ripley's drawings. He died on broadcast during his weekly show May 27, 1949.

                          In 1919 Ripley married Beatrice Roberts. He made his first trip around the world in 1922, delineating a travel journal in installments. This ushered in a new topic for his cartoons: unusual and exotic foreign locales and cultures. Because he took the veracity of his work quite seriously, in 1923, Ripley hired a researcher and linguist named Norbert Pearlroth as a full-time assistant. That same year his feature moved from the New York Globe to the New York Post.

                          Throughout the 1920s, Ripley continued to broaden the scope of his work and his popularity increased greatly. He published both a travel journal and a guide to the game of handball in 1925 and, in 1926, became the New York state handball champion and wrote a book on boxing. With a proven track record as a versatile writer and artist, he attracted the attention of publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst, who managed the King Features Syndicate. In 1929, Hearst was responsible for 'Believe It or Not!' making its syndicated debut in seventeen papers worldwide. With the success of this series assured, Ripley capitalized on his fame by getting the first book collection of his newspaper panel series published.

                          On November 3, 1929, he drew a panel in his syndicated cartoon saying "Believe It or Not, America has no national anthem." In 1931, John Philip Sousa published his opinion in favor, stating that "it is the spirit of the music that inspires" as much as it is Key’s "soul-stirring" words. By a law signed on March 3, 1931 by President Herbert Hoover, "The Star-Spangled Banner" was adopted as the national anthem of the United States.

                          The 1930s saw Ripley expand his presence into other media. In 1930, he began an eighteen-year run on radio and a nineteen-year association with the show's producer, Doug Storer. Funding for his celebrated travels around the world were provided by the Hearst organization, and Ripley recorded live radio shows from underwater, the sky, caves, snake pits and foreign countries. The next year he hosted the first of a series of two dozen 'Believe It or Not!' theatrical short films for Warner Brothers Vitaphone, and King Features published a second collected volume of 'Believe it or Not!' panels. He also appeared in a Vitaphone musical short, Seasons Greetings (1931), with Ruth Etting, Joe Penner, Ted Husing, Thelma White, Ray Collins, and others. After a trip to Asia in 1932, Ripley opened his first museum, the Odditorium, in Chicago. The concept was a success, and by the end of the decade, there were Odditoriums in San Diego, Dallas, Cleveland, San Francisco, and New York City. By this point in his life, Ripley had been voted the most popular man in America by the New York Times, received an honorary degree from Dartmouth College, and visited 201 foreign countries.

                          During World War II, Ripley concentrated on charity efforts rather than world travel, but after the war, he again expanded his media efforts. In 1948, the year of the 20th anniversary of the Believe it or Not! cartoon series, the Believe it or Not! radio show drew to a close and was replaced with a 'Believe it or Not!' television series. This was a rather bold move on Ripley's part because of the small number of Americans with access to television at this early time in the medium's development. Ripley only completed thirteen episodes of the series when he became incapacitated by severe health problems. He reportedly passed out during the filming of his final show. His health worsened, and on May 27, 1949, at age 58, he succumbed to a heart attack. He was buried in his home town of Santa Rosa, in the Oddfellows Lawn Cemetery, which is adjacent to the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery.

                          Ripley is often regarded as an extraordinary individual. His cartoon series was estimated to have 80 million readers worldwide and it was said that he received more mail than the President of the United States. He became a wealthy man, with homes in New York and Florida, but he always retained close ties to his home town of Santa Rosa, California, and he made a point of bringing attention to The Church of the One Tree, a church built entirely from the wood of a single 300 ft (91.4 m) tall redwood tree, which stands on the north side of Juilliard Park in downtown Santa Rosa.

                          Some have called Ripley a liar and accused him of exaggerating the facts, but throughout the years, he always gave appropriate sources. He claimed to be able to "prove every statement he made.", and the major reason he could make such a claim was that behind him stood the work of the indefatigable professional fact researcher, Norbert Pearlroth, who assembled 'Believe It or Not!s' vast array of odd historical, geographical, and scientific facts and also verified the small-town claims submitted by readers. Pearlroth, who spoke 11 languages, spent 52 years as the feature's researcher, working in the New York Public Library ten hours a day, six days a week, finding and verifying unusual facts for Ripley and, after Ripley's death, for the King Features syndicate editors who took over management of the 'Believe it or Not!' panel.

                          Other employees who researched the newspaper cartoon series over the years were Lester Byck and Don Wimmer. Others who drew the series after Ripley's death include Joe Campbell (1946 to 1956), Art Slogg, Clem Gretter (1941 to 1949), Carl Dorese, Bob Clarke (1943 and 1944), Stan Randall, Paul Frehm (1938–1978) - who became the panel's full time artist in 1949 - and his brother Walter Frehm (1948–1989).

                          Ripley's ideas and legacy live on in Ripley Entertainment, a company bearing his name, which, since 1985 has been owned by the Jim Pattison Group, Canada's 3rd largest privately held company. Ripley Entertainment airs national television shows, features publications of oddities, and has holdings in a variety of public attractions, including Ripley's Aquarium, 'Ripley's Believe it or Not!' Museums, Ripley's Haunted Adventure, Ripley's Mini-Golf and Arcade, Ripley's Movie Theater, Ripley's Sightseeing Trains, Great Wolf Lodge overlooking Niagara Falls, Guinness World Records Attractions, and Louis Tussaud's wax Museums.

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                          • Thomas Aloysius Dorgan---AKA TAD

                            Born: April 29, 1877, San Francisco, CA
                            Died: May 2, 1929, Great Neck, NY, age 51,---d. heart disease, hastene by pneumonia.

                            Sports cartoonist;
                            San Francisco, CA, 3-year old, (June 10, 1880 census)
                            San Francisco, CA, artist, (June 5, 1900 census)
                            New York, NY, newspaper, cartoonist, (April 21, 1910 census)
                            North Hempstead, NY, newspaper cartoonist, (January 6, 1920 census)
                            San Francisco Bulletin, art staff, 1891
                            San Francisco Chronicle, 1902
                            New York Journal, sports writer / cartoonist, 1905

                            Father: Thomas J., born England, March, 1847; Mother: Anna, born New York, November, 1854; Wife: Izola G., born Pennsylvania, around 1885;

                            King of Sporting Writers and Cartoonists
                            Experts throughout the Sporting World say 'TAD' is the greatest sporting cartoonist of all time. "INDOOR" and "OUTDOOR SPORTS" put "T.A.D." in a class by himself. He has originated more slang phrases which have attained national popularity than any other American. These pungent contributions to the colloquial native language have made "T.A.D." beloved by over two million New York Journal readers.

                            Thomas Aloysius Dorgan (April 29, 1877 – May 2, 1929) also known as Tad Dorgan, was an American cartoonist who signed his drawings as Tad. He is known for his cartoon panel Indoor Sports and the many words and expressions he added to the language.

                            He was born in San Francisco on April 29, 1877. He was one of at least ten children—six sons and four daughters—of Thomas J. and Anna Dorgan. His brother John L. "Ike" Dorgan (born April 1879) was publicity manager for the Madison Square Garden, and his brother Richard W. "Dick" Dorgan (born September 1892) was an illustrator and cartoonist.

                            Polytechnic High School teachers Rosey Murdoch and Maria Van Vieck recognized and encouraged Tad's talent as an artist. When he was 13 years old, he lost the last three fingers of his right hand in an accident with a factory machine. He took up drawing for therapy. A year later at the age of 14 he joined the art staff of the San Francisco Bulletin.

                            Strips and panels
                            Tad Dorgan comic strip (1920).
                            He created his first comic strip, Johnny Wise, for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1902. By 1905 he was working in New York City at the New York Journal as a sports writer and cartoonist. Jack Dempsey described him as "the greatest authority on boxing." In addition to sports, he did a humor feature, "Daffydills". His dog cartoons, including Judge Rummy, evolved into the strip Silk Hat Harry's Divorce Suit. This was accompanied by a one-panel gag series called Indoor Sports which became his main feature, along with an occasional Outdoor Sports.

                            Dorgan is generally credited with either creating or popularizing such words and expressions as "dumbbell" (a stupid person); "for crying out loud" (an exclamation of astonishment); "cat's meow" and "cat's pajamas" (as superlatives); "applesauce" (nonsense); "cheaters'" (eyeglasses); "skimmer" (a hat); "hard-boiled" (a tough person); "drugstore cowboy" (loafers or ladies' men); "nickel-nurser" (a miser); "as busy as a one-armed paperhanger" (overworked); and "Yes, we have no bananas," which was turned into a popular song.

                            In The New York Times obituary, he was bracketed with George Ade and Ring Lardner as a popularizer of "a new slang vernacular." His obituary also credited him as the originator of "Twenty-three, Skidoo," "solid ivory," "Dumb Dora," "finale hopper," "Benny" for hat, and "dogs'" for shoes. W. J. Funk, of the Funk and Wagnall's dictionary company, placed Dorgan at the top of the list of the ten "most fecund makers of American slang."

                            Dorgan was erroneously credited with coining the usage of the phrase "hot dog" in reference to sausage. Although he is credited for the phrase "hot dog" it is widely disputed. Historians have been unable to find the particular cartoon that coined this phrase, despite (or perhaps because of) Dorgan's enormous body of work.

                            Life in Great Neck
                            Tad DorganTad Dorgan and his wife, Izole M., lived in a Great Neck, New York house valued at $75,000. They had no children, but they raised two Chinese children to adulthood. Dorgan retired in the early 1920s because of poor health, and a heart ailment kept him at home for the last eight years of his life. He died in Great Neck of heart disease, hastened by pneumonia. Izole Dorgan, a writer before she married, was the vice-president of the National Doll and Toy Collectors Club. After Tad's death, she started a successful business manufacturing doll furniture.

                            Dorgan's first book collection was Daffydills, published by Cupples & Leon in 1911. This was followed by several Indoor Sports collections.

                            Tad Dorgan was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007 in the category of "Observer"; that is, print and media journalists, publishers, writers, historians, photographers, and artists.[9]
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                            • Willard Harlan Mullin

                              Born: September 14, 1902, Franklin, OH
                              Died: December 20, 1978, Corpus Christi, TX, age 76,---d. after long battle with cancer.

                              Sports Cartoonist;
                              Los Angeles, CA, 7-year old, (April 15, 1910 census)
                              Los Angeles, CA, 17-year old, (January 23, 1920 census)
                              Los Angeles, CA, newspaper, cartoonist, (April 2, 1930 census)
                              Plandome Manor, NY, newspaper, cartoonist, (March 1, 1940 census)(listed William Mullin)
                              Los Angeles Herald, 1923 -
                              Fort Worth
                              San Antonio
                              New York World-Telegram, 1934 - 1966
                              Free-lance for sports publications, books, and such magazines as The Saturday Evening Post, TIME, and LIFE.

                              Father: Milo M., born Ohio, around 1877; Mother: Marie B., born Ohio, around 1882; Wife: Helen T., born Illinois, around 1903; Daughter: Shirley, born California, around 1930.

                     &cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us]excellent article[/url]

                              wikipedia page
                              Willard Mullin (September 14, 1902 – December 20, 1978) was an American sports cartoonist. He is most famous for his creation of the "Brooklyn Bum", the personification of the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team. He was widely published: he cartooned daily for Scripps-Howard's New York World-Telegram and Sun for decades and was often published in Scripps-Howard's twenty papers, as well as in the Sporting News.

                              He received the Reuben Award in 1954 for his work, as well as the National Cartoonist Society Sports Cartoon Award for each year from 1957 through 1962, and again in 1964 and 1965.

                              Willard Harlan Mullin (1902-1978) was born near Columbus, Ohio, but grew up in Los Angeles, California. He began his professional career as a cartoonist in 1923 working for the Los Angeles Herald first doing spot illustrations and later sports cartoons.

                              Working for a short time for newspapers in Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas, he then moved to New York in 1934 replacing Pete Llanuza as sports cartoonist for the New York World-Telegram.

                              It was Mullin who created the infamous 'Brooklyn Bum' character which became synonymous with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Mullin is generally regarded as the 'Dean of Sports Cartooning', an undeniable titan who inspired many a cartoonist -- including Karl Hubenthal, Gene Basset, Jim Dobbins, Lou Darvas and Len Hollreiser. Hubenthal long considered Mullin his mentor (referring to him always -- and affectionately -- as 'Uncle Will'). Indeed, Mullin used to kiddingly joke that Hubenthal's work "looked like me on a good day".

                              On the occasion of Mullin's retirement on January 26, 1971, five younger cartoonists whom he especially inpsired and counseled over the years created the above artwork as a tribute with self caricatures (from top to bottom) of Karl Hubenthal, Jim Dobbins, Lou Darvas, Len Hollresier, Gene Basset and, of course, Mullin as depicted by Hubenthal.

                              When the World-Telegram folded in 1966, Mullin began doing work as a freelance cartoonist -- illustrating pieces for sports publications, books, and such magazines as The Saturday Evening Post, TIME, and LIFE.

                              Cartooning critic Maurice Horn stated that "Mullin's love of his craft and of his subjects shone through in all of his cartoons: under the surface roughness lurked a strong undercurrent of affection and optimism."

                              Indeed, Mullin's artwork always exuded a delightfully playful sense of spontaneity and his uncommon ability to gesturally capture the poetry of sports became his trademark. He worked large -- usually 16" x 20" for a sports cartoon -- employing pen and ink, brushwork, and conte crayon on coquille board. His signature in itself is a work of art -- and was comprised of 26 (primarily vertical) pen slashes.

                              Mullin greatly defined the modern sports cartoon, now a dying art form, by combining representative portraiture, cartoonish doodlery, and editorial commentary -- part news account, part personal observation, Willard Mullin's cartoons celebrated sport for its entertainment, cultural and artistic values.

                              The recipient of numerous awards including the National Cartoonists Society Reuben, Mullin passed away on December 21, 1978 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was 76.

                              Some examples of his work.---examples

                              Sporting News' obituary, January 6, 1979, pp. 45.

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