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  • Gene Roy Schoor

    Born: July 26, 1914, Passaic, NJ
    Died: December 13, 2000, NYC, age 86

    Sports books author;
    Detroit, MI, 15-year old, (April 5, 1930 census)
    Minneapolis, MN, Physical Education instructor, Catholic school, (April 9, 1940 census)

    Father: Bernard, born Austria, 1880?; Mother: Marie, born Hungary, 1885?; Wife: Sheryl Nicole Stoloff; Married on May 24, 1979; Wife Francis, born New York, 1917?;

    Gene Schoor
    By Marty Appel; January, 2001
    It was in fourth grade that I did a book report on Mickey Mantle of the Yankees by Gene Schoor.

    Come to think of it, I did a book report on the same book in fifth and sixth grades too.

    Gene was to baseball biography what John R. Tunis was to the baseball novel – the author you couldn’t avoid. He wrote ‘em faster than you could read ‘em, and they must have loved him at Messner and Putnam, his two primary publishers in the ‘50s. He probably didn’t miss any deadlines.

    For Messner, he wrote biographies of Jim Thorpe, Leo Durocher, Ty Cobb, Jackie Robinson, Stan Musial, Casey Stengel, Christy Mathewson, Pee Wee Reese, Bob Feller, Ted Williams, Red Grange, Jack Dempsey, and Bart Starr. For Putnam, aside from Mantle, there were biographies of Roy Campanella, Willie Mays, Red Schoendienst, Lew Burdette, Bob Turley, and Sugar Ray Robinson.

    Over the course of nearly half a century of writing, he also found other publishers for biographies of Joe DiMaggio, Babe Didrikson, Vince Lombardi, Billy Martin, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Dave Winfield and Tom Seaver.

    Out of sports, there was Douglas MacArthur, Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy.

    And there were team histories and great rivalries, and did we mention The History of the World Series?

    When Gene Schoor passed away just before Christmas at the age of 79, there is a good bet that they found him with his fingers curled in typing position. He surely knew his way around the ol’ Royal manual typewriter.

    It would be fashionable today to look back at the body of his work and say it was too filled with hero worship, too glamorized a vision of individuals who could have well been viewed warts and all. That seems to be the way we like our biographies today. It would almost be unthinkable to finish Richard Ben Cramer’s current biography of Joe DiMaggio and follow it with a Gene Schoor book.

    But Gene was not only a product of his time, he really defined it. Give him the player’s year by year stats, throw in some good newspaper clips with some quotes about how the scout discovered him, create some locker room conversation between the star and his manager, sprinkle in some self-doubt after that .222 average in the first month of the rookie season, and bang, you had a 190-page book at $4.95 with a handful of some of the team’s best free publicity photos tucked in.

    It was a formula that worked beautifully until Warren Spahn got hold of a biography written about him by Milton Shapiro and decided that unauthorized bios didn’t put much cash in his wallet. Spahn sued – over a small misstatement – and for a time, laid rest to the quickie sports hero biography while the matter moved slowly through the courts.

    That was when Schoor went onto team histories and pretty much left the bio business to others.

    In the sixties, Jerry Kramer wrote a breakthrough book about the Green Bay Packers with Dick Schaap, and looked at Lombardi, warts and all. Instant Replay was a new way to cover sports personalities, and the ‘50s style stepped aside.

    Schoor was born in Passaic, New Jersey on July 26, 1921. He graduated from Miami University in Coral Gables, was an amateur boxing champion, and then was a phys. ed. instructor at NYU, the University of Minnesota, and City College of New York. During World War II, he was a Public Information Officer in the Navy.

    He set up a PR business in New York after the war, and represented such people as Jayne Mansfield, Cindy Adams and Bess Myerson. He became a radio producer for Joe DiMaggio, Jack Dempsey, Tommy Henrich and Phil Rizzuto. His programs had titles like “Champ of the Week,” “Sports Club of the Air,” and “Hour of Champions,” and stressed good sportsmanship and good citizenship. He later did PR for New York- based restaurants, like the landmark Luchow’s, and opened his own place, Gene Schoor’s Steak House.

    His first book, the Giant Book of Sports, was published in 1948.

    Gene was an affable type, but he was not a frequent figure at the ballpark, and later day journalists came to resent his style of researching material from their columns, and then expanding it into books. He didn’t invent that style, but he certainly mastered it.

    The last two years of his life were spent at a home for the aged in Manhattan. His wife had died, he had no other family, and the nursing home costs depleted all of his remaining money. Kind people at the home tried to sell his remaining author copies of his own books to get him some spending cash, but he was suffering from mild dementia and lacked memory recall.

    In researching this column, I went to Amazon.com to see which of his books might still be in print.

    It turned out, there is one more still to be published.

    In February, 2001, comes The Illustrated History of Mickey Mantle, by Gene Schoor. It will be his 54th book.

    And maybe there will be a fourth grader out there to do a book report on it.
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    Update:

    In July 2010, 9 1/2 years after the above column was written, a Terrance Shore contacted us to say that he was Gene Schoor's son, born out of wedlock while Schoor was married, and not raised by Gene. The accompanying documentation including letters to Terrance and the dedication of one of Gene's books to him makes the story highly likely to be correct, and thus, updating the story, he did appear to have "other family" who survived him.

    Marty Appel, best-selling author of Munson: The Life and Death of a Yankee Captain, is also the author of 162-0: The Great Wins! with a foreword by Bucky Dent. He runs Marty Appel Public Relations at www.appelpr.com

    Update:
    Milton Shapiro was hired by Gene Schoor to write some of Schoor’s books! Gene Schoor had a ghost writer! No wonder he was able to turn out so many! Shapiro says he was actually the writer of the biographies of Leo Durocher, Joe DiMaggio and Pee Wee Reese. And when he asked Schoor for more money and a co-author credit on Bob Feller, he was turned down and “quit.”

    Authored:
    Jim Thorpe Story, America's Greatest Athlete, 1951
    The Story of Ty Cobb, Baseball's Greatest Player, 1952
    The Jack Dempsey Story, 1956
    Scooter: The Phil Rizzuto Story
    Seaver
    Stan Musial Story
    The Complete Dodgers Record Book
    The History of the World Series: The Complete Chronology of America's Greatest Sports Tradition
    The Illustrated History of Mickey Mantle
    A Pictorial History of the Dodgers
    Billy Martin
    Bob Feller: Hall of Fame Strikeout Star
    Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Manager
    Christy Mathewson: Baseball's Greatest Pitcher
    Dave Winfield: The 23 Million Dollar Man
    Jackie Robinson: Baseball Hero
    Lew Burdette Of The Braves
    Mickey Mantle of the Yankees
    Roy Campanella Man of Courage
    The Leo Durocher Story
    The Pee Wee Reese story
    The Ted Williams Story
    The Thrilling Story of Joe DiMaggio: 100 Pictures One Dozen Pinups
    Willie Mays: Modest Champion
    Yogi: A Fascinating Biography of One of Baseball's Most Illustrious Hall-of-Famers

    Gene Schoor following game-winning home-run on last day of 1951 season.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-28-2014, 04:11 PM.

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    • David Larry Diles, Sr.---AKA Dave Diles

      Born: October 14, 1931, Middleport, OH----296-20-2471
      Died: December 26, 2009, Athens, OH, age 78,---d. after a long battle with cancer.

      Detroit sports writer;
      Middleport, OH, 8-year old, (April 11, 1940 census)
      Ohio University (Athens, OH),
      Associated Press (Louisville, KY), 1951 -
      Associated Press, regional sports editor, (Detroit)
      WXYZ-TV (Detroit)
      ABC sportscaster, 1961 - 1981

      Father: Lisle Desmond, born Ohio, 1890?; Mother: Lucille Mae Bowman, born Ohio, 1896?; Wife: Carolyn Kay Koch; David married Kay on September 3, 1994.

      Dave Diles Sr. was a long time national sports broadcaster and a mainstay of Detroit radio and television in the 60's, 70's and 80's, before transitioning to ABC sports assignments. Diles, who has been retired for 20-plus years and currently resides in rural Athens County in Ohio , spent 20-plus years at ABC. During that time he covered pro bowling, track & field, the Indy 500, the Olympics and even hosted the Wide World of Sports. Most people probably remember him as the host of the Prudential College Football Scoreboard on Saturday afternoons on ABC, a position he held for well over 10 years.

      He also dabbles in writing, and although he hasn't wrote anything for several years, the 73-year-old Diles has produced eight books to date. He has done books on Archie Griffin, Terry Bradshaw, Denny McLain, a book on ABC Sports and four spiritual books.

      This Athens, Ohio native needs no introduction! Mr Diles is best known for being the host of the "Prudential College Football Scoreboard Show" on ABC in the 60's and 70's. He has written 8 books and was a sportscaster for ABC for over 25 years. "Saying that it is an honor to have Mr Diles on staff is a complete understatement! He is an icon in the college football world! Thank you Mr Diles for joining our fight!"
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      Athens Messenger obituary (OH) - Wednesday, December 30, 2009
      MIDDLEPORT-Middleport native David L. Diles, 78, who rose in the field of journalism from a reporter at a local newspaper to a sportscaster on national television, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009, at his home in Athens after a long battle with cancer.

      For 21 years, Dave was with ABC-TV and is best remembered as the longtime host of College Football Scoreboard. He also hosted or appeared on broadcasts for Wide World of Sports, the Indianapolis 500, the Olympics, NASCAR auto racing, professional golf, track and field and college football play by play.

      Shortly after leaving Ohio University, Dave started a 12-year writing career. His work with the Associated Press as regional sports editor in Detroit led him into his career in television, first with WXYZ-TV Detroit and then on to ABC-TV.

      Highlights of his career included hosting the nationally syndicated "The Race for No. 1" and "The Big 10 Today". He was the play-by-play voice for the Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Lions and Pistons and Ohio State Basketball, and hosted the radio series Sports Classics on 600 stations nationally.

      During his longtime career in writing and broadcast journalism, Dave also wrote eight books about network television sports, the experiences of coaches and players. He became a versatile speaker and gave hundreds of speeches across the country during his career.

      Several years ago, Dave was recognized for his accomplishments by his hometown, which named a park in his honor. Dave Diles Park is located in downtown Middleport along the banks of the Ohio River.

      Dave received the distinguished alumni award from Ohio University where he later established a scholarship for Bend area students. Over the years he served as a trustee for Rio Grande College.

      He was inducted into the State of Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and received The Silver Circle Award from The National Academy of Television Arts and Science.

      Three times he was named the Associated Press Sportscaster of the Year. In 1983, he was inducted into the Michigan Media Hall of Fame. He was named president of both the Football Writers of America, Michigan Chapter, and the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association, received four Associated Press documentary awards, the National Sports Service Award from Sport magazine, and awards from the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

      Dave, born on Oct. 14., 1931, was the son the late Lisle and Lucille Diles of Middleport.

      He is survived by his wife, Kay; a daughter, Beverly Susan Diles Fenton (Dave) of Cincinnati; a son, Dr. David Lisle Diles (Suzanne) of Ann Arbor, Mich.; four grandchildren, Melissa and Conner Fenton and Matthew and Mitchell Diles; and a brother, William Diles. Also surviving are stepchildren, Peri and Graham Phillips of Atlanta, Ga. and Charles and Beth Koch, of Union, Ky.; step grandchildren, Grayson and Ian Phillips and Michael and McKenzie Koch; and several nieces and nephews.

      Besides his parents he was preceded in death by three sisters, Lois Diles Bush, Phyllis Diles Jividen and Marjorie Diles Mitchell, all of Athens.

      A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Plains United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice, The Dave Diles Scholarship Fund, Box 289, Pomeroy, OH 45769, or Appalachian Community VNA Hospice and Health Services, Inc., 30 Herrold Ave., Athens, OH 45701.

      Authored:
      Nobody's Perfect: Denny McLain
      Twelfth Man In The Huddle
      One Man's Journey From Slippery Rock, Russell Wright
      Up Close and Personal/The Inside Story of Network Television Sports, by Jim Spence
      Terry Bradshaw The Man of Steel
      From Ashes to Glory, Bill McCartney
      What Makes a Man?: 12 Promises That Will Change Your Life
      Archie: The Archie Griffin Story


      -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Dave Diles is 3rd from left.

      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-22-2014, 03:19 PM.

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      • John Maurice Rosenburg

        Born: June 2, 1918, Mountainhome, PA
        Died: June 25, 2010, Newton Square, PA, age 92

        Baseball book author;
        Beccaria, PA, 4-year old, (January 8, 1920 census)
        Coalport, PA, 15-year old, (April 10, 1930 census)
        Granville, PA, book keeper, bottling W KP, (April 4 1940 census)
        Graduated Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY),
        United Press International, sports writer / general news correspondent

        Father: John, born Pennsylvania, 1879?; Mother: Mertie E., born Pennsylvania, 1882?;

        When he was a newspaperman in New York, he wrote a column called "Great Moments in Sports," most of which involved baseball. In those days, he also wrote many stories about Broadway and TV personalities.

        Authored:
        The Story of Baseball: A completely illustrated and exciting history of America's national game, 1962, 1977.
        They Gave Us Baseball, 1989
        Baseball for Boys
        Basic Basketball

        John lives in Radnor, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-16-2014, 01:19 PM.

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        • John Dennis McCallum

          Born: June 27, 1924, Tacoma, WA
          Died: December 17, 1988, Tacoma, WA, age 64

          free-lance baseball author;
          Tacoma, WA, 5-year old, (April 16, 1930 census)
          Tacoma, WA, 15-year old, (April 8, 1940 census)
          Newspaper Enterprise Association, staff correspondent, July 4, 1952? - ?

          Father: George A., born Oregon, 1898?; Mother: Mildred I., born Oregon, 1900?;

          John Dennis McCallum (born 1924) was a sportswriter, as well as a writer on strength training topics. Married to television and movie actress Marjie Millar from 1960 to ?.

          As a sportswriter, McCallum wrote books on a variety of topics. One of his most famous works is The Tiger Wore Spikes, a biography of baseball Hall of Famer Ty Cobb (A.S. Barnes, 1956). Mr. McCallum covered the baseball scene for many years with the Newspaper Enterprise Association. He had moved to NYC by at least July 4, 1952 and possibly much earlier.

          In strength training, McCallum is most famous for his Keys to Progress magazine series, which ran in Strength & Health magazine from 1965 to 1972. The series has been collected and republished by IronMind as the book The Complete Keys to Progress. Reprints of McCallum's columns have been a regular feature in Milo since October, 1993.

          Authored:
          Australia's New Aged: Issues for Young and Old
          Belonging
          Big Eight Football
          Big Ten football since 1895
          College Basketball, U.S.A. Since 1892
          PAC-10 football, the Rose Bowl conference
          Reforming the Scottish Parish
          Six Roads from Abilene Six Roads from Abilene: Some Personal Recollections of Edgar Eisenhower Some Personal Recollections of Edgar Eisenhower
          The Complete Keys to Progress
          The Long Way Home
          Unequal Beginnings: Agriculture and Economic Development in Quebec and Ontario Until 1870
          As It Is Played Today
          Book Hollywood Stories Vintage Scooper
          Buzo
          Dave Beck
          Encyclopedia of World Boxing Champions Since 1882
          Crime Doctor: Dr. Charles P. Larson, world's foremost medical-detective, reports from his crime file
          Getting into Pro Football (Getting Into the Pros)
          Going Their Way
          Ivy League Football Since 1872
          Life with Googie
          Not By Bread Alone: Conversations with Art Jordan
          Prose And Criticism
          Scooper: Authorized Story of Scoop Conlon's Motion Picture World
          Southeastern Conference football
          The Story of Dan Lyons S.J
          This Was Football
          We Remember Rockne
          Everest Diary: Based on the Personal Diary of Lute Jerstad, One of the First Five Americans to Conquer Mount Everest
          That Kelly Family, (family of Grace Kelly)
          The Tiger Wore Spikes: An informal biography ofg Ty Cobb, Baseball's Greatest Player, 1956 (Juvenile age group)
          Ty Cobb, 1975
          Wrote many books on football, many as a co-author. Authored over 22 books.

          -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, January 16, 1989, pp. 53.

          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-15-2014, 04:12 PM.

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          • John T. Kavanagh---AKA Jack Kavanagh

            Born: February 21, 1920, Brooklyn, NY
            Died: September 11, 1999, Greenville, RI, age 79,---Buried: Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter, RI.

            Baseball book author:
            Manhattan, NY, 2-year old, (January 20, 1920 census)(listed Kavanaugh)
            Brooklyn, NY, 10-year old, (April 16, 1930 census)
            Brooklyn, NY, 20-year old, (April 9, 1940 census)

            Father: John E., born New Jersey, 1891?; Mother: Elizabeth, born New Jersey, 1894?;

            When Jack Kavanagh retired, he started a new career. He had always wanted to be an author, but a steady paycheck was more important than bylines and book credits. By the time he reached 75, a new career would be well underway.

            Jack grew up near Ebbets Field. His Dad had been bat boy, 1903-04 at Washington Park, the pre-Ebbets Field home of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Jack himself had been an usher at Ebbets Field, culminating with the Dodges' next pennant in 1941.

            After a successful career as an administrator with New York City, national advertising agencies, and in the emerging television industry, he resigned from Capital cites Broadcasting to serving as the Director of the Washington County (RI) Association for the Mentally Handicapped when his son, Brian, a paraplegic with mental retardation, was transferred to a group home made retirement and a switch to writing possible.

            Jack's post-retirement writing career got its toehold in SABRA publications, which led to a series of juvenile biographies for ages 10-14. Inevitably, his sights were set higher, and a full-length biography of Walter Johnson, one of the players included in the 'juvvies' series, was the result. He is a former vice president of the Society for American Baseball Research and the author of numerous sports biographies

            Authored:
            Ol' Pete: The Grover Cleveland Alexander Story, 1990
            Rogers Horsnby (Baseball Legends Series), 1990
            Dizzy Dean, 1991
            Walter Johnson (Baseball Legends Series), 1992
            Shoeless Joe Jackson, 1994
            Honus Wagner, 1994
            Walter Johnson: A Life, 1995
            The Heights of Ridiculousness: The Feats of Baseball's Merrymakers, 1998
            Uncle Robbie, 1999 (with Norman Macht)
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            • William Frederick Kirk

              Born: April 29, 1877, Mankato, Minnesota
              Died: March 25, 1927, Chippewa Falls, WI, age 49---d. cancer

              sports writer;
              Hunter, MN, 3-year old, (June 2, 1880 census)
              St. Paul, MN, stenographer, (June 10, 1900 census)
              Manhattan, NY, journalist, newspaper, (1910 census)
              Chippewa Falls, WI, writer, New York Journal, (January 10, 1920 census)
              Family moved to Chippawa Falls at age of 4, 1880
              He resided in Chippewa Falls, WI from 1882 - 1898.
              He moved to St. Paul, MN in 1898.
              Chippewa Falls Herald (his column was Fleeting Fancies)
              St. Paul (MN) stenographer, 1900
              Milwaukee Sentinel, 1903
              Boston Daily Globe, 1904-05
              Moved to NYC to work for Hearst organization, 1905
              New York American, 1905
              New York Evening Journal,
              Lived in Madelia, Minnesota, 1910
              Returned to Chippewa Falls, 1918
              Lived in Chippewa Falls, MN (correspondent for the New York Journal), 1920

              Father: David, born Scotland, born 1844?; Mother: Caroline (Carrie), born New York, 1850?;

              William Frederick Kirk (1877-1927) was a well-known poet, songwriter, humorist and baseball writer. A longtime newspaperman, he first worked at The Chippewa Falls Herald and The Milwaukee Sentinel.

              Mr. Kirk was born in Mandato, MN April 29, 1877. The family move to Chippewa Falls, WI in 1880 when his father David got a job as the City & County Surveyor. They resided in Chippewa Falls from 1880 to 1898 and in 1898 Billy went to St. Paul, MN, where he was employed as a stenographer in the wholesale house of Nicols, Dean & Gregg. Shortly aftger locating in St. Paul he began contributin to the Twin City papers, his verses attracting some locl notice, and he also wrote for magazines and eastern papers.

              Billy had graduated from Chippewa Falls High School in 1894. The summer after graduation, he took a job as a typesetter in the print shop for the local morning newspaper, The Daily Independent.

              A brief stint at the Chippewa Herald was followed by a two-year stint at the Eau Claire Morning Telegram. He then spent half a decade as stenographer in Chippewa Falls and then St. Paul, where he began to find his voice as a writer. Unhappy with the exposure his verse was getting, he jumped at the chance to return to Chippewa Falls where he took over as the editor and feature writer for the Chippewa Herald.

              This was around November of 1902, and he quickly found an audience for his column entitled Fleeting Fancies. One of those followers was Charles Pfister, editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel. Pfister offered to double Kirk’s wages, plus pay for housing if he brought the column to the Sentinel. Kirk made the move and spent the next few years enjoying an enormous following. It was during this time that he published his first book – a compilation of his columns, appropriately named Fleeting Fancies. A second one followed a year later; this one entitled Norse Nightingale. Drawing on his childhood in the Northwoods, the humorous verse was written in a Scandinavian dialect.

              Shortly after the release of Norse Nightingale, Kirk was once again called to a larger stage, this time to New York City by William Randolph Hearst. For the next 13 years Kirk lived the big city life, becoming an internationally recognized writer. A lifelong fan of baseball, he was assigned to follow the New York Giants. Hearing the call of Broadway, he wrote a handful of show tunes. Finally, he published two more books: the baseball-inspired Right Off the Bat and the World War I-inspired Song of Sergeant Swanson, once again utilizing Scandinavian dialect.

              It’s unclear what brought about a need for a change of scenery, but in late 1918 Kirk decided to return to Chippewa Falls. He continued to write weekly for the Hearst papers. He dove headlong into local organizations, lending his words and voice to numerous efforts. In 1920 he was named to “Who’s Who in America.” He put out two more books of poetry: Out of the Current and The Harp of Fate.

              Kirk began suffering excruciating stomach pain after a fall at his Lake Wissota cabin. Always a large man, he began to rapidly drop weight. It was soon found that he had cancer. The diagnosis didn’t change his demeanor as he cheerily entertained numerous visitors at his bedside at the Hotel Northern. In the early morning hours of March 25, 1927, Kirk succumbed to the disease that had ravaged his body. Flags in the city flew at half-mast.


              Mr. Kirk abandoned this free lance work in the Fall of 1902, and returned to Chippewa Falls to accept the editorship of the Chippewa Herald, an afternon paper published i that city. In June, 1903, he went to the Milwaukee Sentinel asspecial writer, ad has since contributed to that paper a daily column of prose and verse under the heading "Fleeting Fancies."

              Although his "Hiawatha" parodies and other humorouis poems have been widely copied in exchanges throighout the coiuntry, he isbest known for his Norwegian dialect poems entitled "The Norsk Nightingale."

              Mr. Kirk was recently elected secretary-treasurer of the American Press Hmorists, and contributes to various magazines, but it is his column in the Milwaukee Sentinel that has made him known t newspaper readers. He has lately published through the Gorham Press, of Boston, a book of his poems entitled "Fleeting Fancies."

              In 1905 he signed a contract with the Hearst organization and moved to New York, where he was employed at two of William Randolph Hearst’s papers: The New York American and The New York Evening Journal. After returning to Chippewa Falls in 1918 he continued working as a nationally syndicated columnist.

              Kirk was born in Mankato, Minnesota in 1877 and came to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin at the age of four. He graduated from high school there and began his career in journalism on a local paper. His humor column, “Fleeting Fancies”, was a popular feature at The Chippewa Falls Herald and later at The Milwaukee Sentinel. It brought him to the attention of metropolitan dailies and was the name of his first book, published in 1904. Kirk's lyrics drew comparisons with those of other poets, whose work he sometimes parodied: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Eugene Field and James Whitcomb Riley.

              For eighteen years Kirk was distributed by the International Features Syndicate and reached a national audience as he wrote on subjects as diverse as baseball, temperance, women's suffrage and divorce. His pieces were seen in everything from “The Smart Set” to trade union publications.

              Recent works on baseball's deadball era have had numerous samples of Kirk’s sports writing. One can, for instance, read his account of Fred Merkle's infamous blunder or his rhyming tribute to the Flying Dutchman, Honus Wagner. The Unforgettable Season by Gordon H. Fleming recounts the 1908 National League pennant race through contemporary press coverage by Kirk and others. In 1911 he published a collection of baseball ballads called Right Off The Bat.

              In 1918 Kirk moved back to Chippewa Falls, desiring to live among old friends in his boyhood home. He belonged to several fraternal organizations and was a prominent figure in the town.

              Failing health caused his early retirement, and after an illness of many months he died of cancer in 1927.

              William F. Kirk is especially remembered for his Scandinavian dialect poetry, written for a daily column and later published in book form. His byline, “The Norsk Nightingale”, was a familiar sight in newspapers across the country. His first collection of dialect verse, The Norsk Nightingale, presented a Norwegian lumberjack from the Upper Midwest. It was his most popular book with sixteen editions printed over a period of thirty-five years. At the time of its publication one reviewer wrote: “Novelty and freshness, and no little ingenuity as a parodist, salute us in this volume of dialect verse hailing from the haunts of the lumberjack or, more locally, northern Wisconsin and Minnesota, where dwell so many neo-Americans of Scandinavian birth.”

              His second volume of dialect verse, Songs of Sergeant Swanson, reflected the experiences of a Swedish-American doughboy in World War I. A book of more limited appeal, it only had one edition.

              Kirk's ethnic poetry put forth the notion that Scandinavian-Americans were good-natured but a little slow. This humorous stereotype had been employed in the 1890s by the playwright Gus Heege in such theatrical works as “Ole Olson” and “Yon Yonson”.

              Authored:
              Fleeting Fancies
              Right Off the Bat; Baseball Ballads
              Songs of Sergeant Swanson (1918)
              The Norsk Nightingale being the Lyrics of a "Lumberyack"

              National Magazine for July, 1904, pp. 474.--------------------------New York Times' obituary, March 26, 1927, pp. 17.

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              • William Frederick Havermeyer Koelsch

                Born: November 7, 1874, NYC (Greenwich Village)
                Died: October 30, 1942, Dobbs Ferry, NY, age 67

                Sporting Life correspondent:
                New York, NY, 7-year old, (1880 census)(listed Fredrick)
                New York, NY, accountant, (June 4, 1900 census)(listed Wm F.)
                New York, NY, Trust Co., (April 23, 1910 census)(listed William N)
                New York, NY, Banker, Banking, (January 16, 1920 census)
                Bronx, NY, no job, 58-years old, (April 14, 1930 census)(listed Frederick)
                Greenburgh, NY, Vice-President, bank, (May 23, 1940 census)
                book publisher, 1918
                banking

                Father: August, born Germany, 1833?; Mother: Margaret, born Germany, 1835?; Wife 2: Minnie, born New York, 1875?; Daughter: Minnie, born New Jersey, 1906?; Son: Aurthur, born New Jersey 1908?; Son: William, born New Jersey 1912?; Daughter: Emma, born New Jersey 1915?; Daughter: May, born 1919?; Wife: Wilma, born Illinois, 1905?; Wife 1: Anna, born New York, November, 1874; Daughter: Muriel W., born New York, 1903?; Daughter: Edith L., born New York, 1909?; Wife: Jean, born New York, 1873?;

                New York Times' obituary, October 31, 1942, pp. 15.
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                • William Ingraham Harris

                  Born: September 28, 1857, Washington, DC
                  Died: July 8, 1891, NYC, age 33,---d. at home of tuberculosis.

                  Boston / New York sports writer;
                  Washington, DC, 2-year old, (July 21, 1860 census)
                  Washington, DC, 10-year old, (July 22, 1870 census)
                  Boston, MY, clerk in store, (June, 11, 1880 census)
                  Lived Washington, DC and worked in Treasury Dept., 1872-1878.
                  He moved to Massachusetts in 1878.
                  Boston Globe, reporter, January 1, 1885 - 1886; baseball editor, 1886 - April, 1888
                  New York Press, sports editor, April, 1888, Dramatic critic
                  Sporting Life, (New York correspondent)

                  Father: William I., born Maryland, 1811?; Mother: Catherine, born Pennsylvania, 1824?;


                  --------Appeared in 1889 book-------------------------------------Chicago Daily Tribune obituary, July 8, 1891, pp. 1.---------------------------------Washington Post obituary, July 8, 1891, pp. 8.


                  Sporting Life obituary, July 11, 1891, pp. 2.
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                  • William Livingstone Crounse

                    Born: July 17, 1861, (variously listed as Wisconsin, New York and Minnesota)
                    Died: Nevember 22, 1935, Washington DC, age 74,---d. at home.

                    Washington sports writer;
                    Kingston, NY, 18-year old, (June 5, 1880 census)
                    Washington, DC, journalist, (June 11, 1900 census)
                    Washington, DC, journalist, newspaper, (January 17, 1920 census)(listed W.L. Crounse)
                    Moved Washington, DC, 1884
                    New York Press (Washington DC bureau)

                    Father: Lorenzo Livingston Crounse, born 1834?; Mother: Mary E., born Massachusetts, 1839?; Wife: Frances B., born Maryland, December, 1876?; Wife: Lola, born Texas, 1877?;

                    His father Lorenzo was listed as a Supreme Court Justice in the 1900 census, and manufacturer of anthrocite fuel in 1880 census.

                    William Livingston Crouse, an MIT and Harvard drop-out, was briefly involved in manufacturing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Crounse moved to Washington, D.C. in 1884 and got a plum job as a Treasury disbursing officer - handing out cash to contractors. His father, Lorenzo Livingston Crounse, was a distinguished journalist who founded the D.C. bureau of the "New York Times", a William wanted to be one, too. He began a career in journalism on the side, and left government service in 1885 to pursue it full-time. He was a regular commentator for the 'New York Sun', 'Boston Glove', 'Philadelphia Times', Pittsburgh Despatch', 'St. Louis Post-Dispatch', and other newspaper. In October, 1888, he was appointed chief correspondent for the 'New York World'. He traveled around the world, becoming one of the foremost foreign correspondents of his day. His fame rose even more during the Spanish-American War of 1898 as he reported luridly from the front lines.

                    After the war, Crounse returned to D.C. and co-founded the National Press Club. He then left journalism and became a writer for a number of technical and trade journals. He married in 1911. In 1914, Crounse became the chief lobbyist for the National Wholesale Druggists' Association. He also lobbied for tobacco and cosmetics companies. He retired in 1934, and died on November 21, 1935, at the age of 74. He left his wife, Pepita, a fortune estimate at $700,000.

                    Crounse's widow, Pepita, died January 30, 1951, leaving her entire $700,000 fortune to her husband, having spent almost nothing of her first husband's estate.


                    -------------------------------------------------------------------Washington Post obituary--------New York Times' obituary
                    -----------------Appeared in 1889 book-------------------------November 23, 1935, pp. 24.-------November 23, 1935, pp. 19.

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                    • Jesse Franklin Matteson

                      Born: August 3, 1879, Cortland, IL
                      Died: September 14, 1935, Chicago, IL, age 56,---d. at home of heart ailment. Had only been ill a few days.

                      Chicago sports writer / editor;
                      Cortland, IL, 4-year old, (June 9, 1880 census)
                      Chicago, IL, President, Advertising Firm, (January 3, 1920 census)(listed Mattson)
                      Chicago, IL, President, advertising co., (April 4, 1930 census)
                      Graduated from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), 1901
                      Gundlach Advertising Company, President, 1901
                      Chicago Chronicle, 1899 - ?, night city editor, 1900
                      Chicago Evening American, sports editor, ? - 1907
                      Chicago, advertising, 1907 - September, 1918
                      President of he American Association of Advertising Agencies, 1920-21.
                      President of Matteson, Fogarty, Jordan Co., ? - 1932.

                      Father: Jonithen, born New York, 1819?; Mother: Fannie, born New York, 1848?; Daughter: Jessie E., born Illinois, 1907?; Wife 1: May E., born Ohio, 1886?; Mother: Julia C. Austin, born Ohio, 1857?; Wife 2: Emma W., born Ohio, 1886?;

                      Authored:
                      How To Bat
                      How To Play the Outfield

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                      • Hugh L. Brown

                        Born: September 28, 1906, New York
                        Died: January 23, 1985, Savannah, TN, age 78,

                        Philadelphia sports writer;
                        Somerville, MA, 14-year old, (January 13, 1920 census)
                        Springfield City, MA, newspaper, copy editor, (April 16, 1930 census)
                        Radnor, PA, newspaper work, newspaper, (1940 census)
                        Chicago Sun
                        Hartford Courant
                        Philadelphia Record, telegraph wire editor, 1936 - 1948
                        Philadelphia Bulletin, sports columnist, 1948 - 1971, (covered Philadelphia Eagles)
                        Moved from Philadelphia to Savannah in 1971.

                        Father: Hugh, born Scotland, around 1871; Mother: Jessie, born Scotland, around 1878; Wife: Hazel D., born Massachusetts around 1910; Daughter: Nancy, born Pennsylvania around 1937; Son: Noel, born Connecticut around 1935;

                        Authored:
                        NORM VAN BROCKLIN'S FOOTBALL BOOK: Passing Punting Quarterbacking, 1961 (with Norm Van Brocklin)

                        Sporting News' obituary, March 11, 1985, pp. 46.

                        Philadelphia Inquirer obituary (PA) - Saturday, January 26, 1985
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                        • Peter Jay Donohue---AKA Peter J. Donohue

                          Born: June, 1859, Harlem, NYC
                          Died: November 16, 1894, Lakewood, NJ, age 37,---d. pulmonary tuberculosis. He had went to Lakewood, NJ, 2 months earlier to receive treatment.

                          New York sports writer;
                          New York, NY, 1-year old, (June 20 1860 census)
                          New York, NY, 11-year old, (December 28, 1870 census)
                          Utica, NY, 21-year old, printer, (June 3, 1880 census)
                          New York World, sports editor, 1880-1890.
                          New York Recorder, sports editor, 1890 - 1894, death.
                          In 1886, he co-founded Sporting Times, with James C. Kennedy, John B. Day and James Mutrie. It dealt with baseball, boxing and current sports.
                          He became a boxing referee of great respect.

                          Father: Humphy, born Ireland, 1823:; Mother: Mary, born Ireland, 1824?; Honora, born Ireland, 1830?;

                          --------------------------------------------------------------------------------Boston obituary, November 17, 1894, pp. 7.

                          Appeared in 1889 book------------New York Times' obituary, November 17, 1894, pp. 8.---Bangor Daily Whig & Courier obituary, (Bangor, ME)
                          ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Saturday, November 17, 1894.----Sporting Life obituary; November 24, 1894, pp. 4, column 4.
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                          • Robert Martin Larner

                            Born: July 14, 1856, Washington, DC
                            Died: August 18, 1906, Washington, DC, age 50,---d. at home after a lingering illness.

                            Washington sports writer;
                            Washington, DC, 13-year old, (June 3, 1870 census)
                            Washington, DC, printer, (June 2, 1880 census)
                            Washington, DC, Corresponder, (June 5, 1900 census)
                            United Press, reporter, (2 years)
                            Washington Herald,
                            Washington bureau (Baltimore Sun)
                            Washington correspondent (Charleston News and Courier)

                            Father: Andrew J., born District of Columbia; Mother: Mary L., born Maryland; Wife: Adelaid De F., New York, born October, 1869;

                            -------------------Appeared in 1889 book-------------------------Washington Post obituary, August 19, 1906, pp. E1.
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                            • John H. Mandigo

                              Born: 1857?, NYC
                              Died: April 15, 1908, Brooklyn, NY, age 50

                              New York sports writer;
                              New York, NY, 3-year old,(July 13, 1860 census)
                              New York Sun, clerk, 1875 - 1880; baseball editor, 1880 - 1888; sports editor, 1888 - 1908.

                              Father: Jacob, born New Jersey, 1818?; Mother: Marie, born New Jersey, 1826?;

                              ---------------------------Appeared in 1889 book----------------------New York Times' obituary, April 16, 1908, pp. 9.---Sporting Life obituary, April 25, 1908, pp. 13.
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                              • Philip F. Nash

                                Born: January 9, 1858, Pottsville, PA
                                Died: October 4, 1914, New York City, age 55,---d. died suddenly in NYC of acute indigestion.

                                Philadelphia sports writer;
                                Schuykill, Pennsylvania, 2-year old, (January 22, 1860 census)
                                Manhattan, NY, manager, theater, (April 23, 1910 census)
                                Graduated St. Mary's University (Baltimore, MD), 1880
                                Studied at Catholic seminary (18 months)
                                Philadelphia Times, reporter
                                Philadelphia Daily News, 1884 (city editor, drama, assigned baseball in 1885)
                                Philadelphia Evening Star, dramatic editor
                                Entered the theatrical business, 1891.
                                Manager, Bijou Theatre (Philadelphia for BF Keith)
                                Moved to NYC, 1899
                                Manager, F. F. Proctor, 1899
                                Started working for B. F. Keith, 1901
                                United Booking Offices, New York, NY

                                Father: Mathew, born Ireland, 1810?; Mother: Mary, born Ireland, 1812?; Wife: Ellen F., born New York, 1864?; Step-Daughter: Mary H., born New York, 1885?; Step-Daughter: Florence A., born New York, 1887?;

                                ---------------------Appeared in 1889 book-----------------------------New York Times' obituary, October 5, 1914, pp. 11.

                                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting Life obituary, October 10, 1914, pp. 12.
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