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  • Frank Edward Keyes

    Born: April 30, 1914, New Haven, CT
    Died: July 22, 1974, Hartford, CT, age 60,---d. St. Francis Hospital

    Hartford Courant sports writer;
    New Haven, CT, 5-year old, (January 9, 1920 census)
    New Haven, CT, 15-year old, (April 5, 1930 census)
    New Haven, CT, newspaper, reporter, (April 6, 1940 census)
    New Haven Journal-Courier, sports writer, 1932 - 1941
    Associated Press, ? - 1941
    Hartford Courant, sports writer, 1941 - 1974 (His column, Grist From the Sports Mill)
    Specialized in hockey, football, boxing, golf, swimming, baseball.

    Father: Frank E., born New Hampshire, around 1878; Mother: Agnes, born New Hampshire, around 1880.

    Hartford Courant obituary, July 24, 1974, pp. 51B.

    Hartford Courant obituary, July 23, 1974, pp. 4A.

    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-05-2013, 08:58 PM.


    • Herbert Cooper Rollow---AKA Cooper Rollow

      Born: December 7, 1926, Wichita, KS
      Died: March 29, 2013, Elmhurst, IL, age 87,---d. Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, (Chicago, IL) after major abdominal surgery.

      Chicago sports writer;
      Graduated Chanute HS (Chanute, KS)
      US Army
      Attended University of Kansas, (journalism degree, 1949
      Fort Scott Tribune (KS), reporter,
      Lincoln Journal (NE),
      Thayer, KS, 4-year old, (April 19, 1930 census)
      Chanute, KS, (April 15, 1940 census)
      Chicago Tribune, sports copy editor, 1953 - 1955, sports writer, (football writer), 1955 - September 9, 1969; sports editor, September 9, 1969 - July 28, 1991?

      Father: Dr. Herbert H., born Kansas around 1899; Mother: Edna, born Texas around 1902; Dr. Herbert Rollow marred Edna King on January 4, 1924 at Russell, Kansas. Wife: Marjorie, died 2006; Daughter: Carol Harms; Daughter: Jean Ware; Daughter: Sally Hersh;

      Chicago pro football writer for Chcago Tribune. He became the Tribune's sports editor September 9, 1969, after George Strickler retired. Chicago Tribune sports writer, 1955 - July 28, 1991. Retired between 1987-2000.

      -------------------1959-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Anne Henning, Cooper Rollow, Joan Nadler


      1968-69 Bob Markus, Joe DiMaggio, Cooper Rollow.
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-05-2013, 08:47 PM.


      • Edward Kimmey Rife

        Born: December 23, 1850, Circleville, OH
        Died: February 18, 1924, Los Angeles, CA, age 73,---d. at the home of his daughter.

        Ohio sports writer;
        Circleville, OH, 9-year old, (June 7, 1860 census)
        Circleville, OH, printer, (July 15, 1870 census)
        Circleville, OH, printer, (June 8, 1880 census)
        Columbus, OH, editor, (June 2, 1900 census)
        Los Angeles, CA, writer, Times Office, (May 9, 1910, census)
        Los Angeles, CA, newspaperman, (January 9, 1920 census)
        Circleville Democrat and Statesman, 1868-1879
        Portsmouth Oh newspaper, 1879 - 1881
        Columbus Times, telegraph / city editor, 1882 - 1883
        Ohio State Journal (Columbus, OH), sports writer, 1883 - 1907
        Left Columbus, OH around 1908.
        Los Angeles Times, editor, 1908 - 1924

        Father: Elias B., born PA, March 1826; Mother: Mary, born OH, March, 1833; Elias married Mary in 1848; Wife Belle F., born Ohio, April, 1852, died September 1, 1915; Son: Edward L., born Ohio, December 29, 1878; Daughter: Florence, born Ohio, June, 1882; Daughter: Annie, born Ohio, April, 1868; Bertha A., born Ohio, around 1874; Fannie B., born Ohio, around 1876;

        Los Angeles Times' obituary, February 17, 1924, pp. A3.-------------------------------------------------Cleveland Plain Dealer obituary, February 19, 1924.

        ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Los Angeles Times' death write-up, February 24, 1924, pp. A4.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-05-2013, 08:43 PM.


        • When I was a kid, they came out with a card game named, 'Authors'. It listed 13 famous book authors and 4 of their books. I learned them that way.

          I thought it would be a fun little exercise to list them, just for fun.
          I put the selections that I'm not sure about in italics.

          William Shakespeare - The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer's Night Dream

          Mark Twain - Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

          Charles Dickens - David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, The Pickwick Papers

          Nathaniel Hawthorne - The Scarlet Letter, House of the Seven Gables, Twice-Told Tales, Tanglewood Tales

          Alfred Lord Tennyson - Charge of the Light Brigade, Idylls of the King, Crossing the Bar, The Brook

          Louisa May Alcott - Little Women, Little Men, Eight Cousins, An Old-Fashioned Girl

          Sir Walter Scott - Ivanhoe, The Lady of the Lake, The Talisman, Kenilworth

          Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - Song of Hiawatha, Courtship of Miles Standish, Evangeline, The Village Blacksmith

          Washington Irving - Rip Van Winkle, Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Tales of a Traveler, The Alhambra

          Robert Louis Stevenson - Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, A Child's Garden of Verses

          James Fenimore Cooper - The Last of the Mohigans, The Deerslayer, The Pathfinder, The Sea Lions

          William Makepeace Thackeray - Vanity Fair, Rebecca, Men's Wives, The Virginians

          Edgar Allan Poe - The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Tell-Tale Heart
          Glancing back, it is hard to fathom how Shakespeare's selections could have omitted Hamlet or Othello. Also, the names of H.G. Wells and Sir Henry Rider Haggard might have been considered for inclusion. Haggard's King Solomon's Mines and She series were worthy possibilities. Charles Dickens should have included Great Expectations.

          Here is a look at some of the cards. In this version, some of the selections have been changed.

          The card game had several versions. If anyone has an actual set of the cards, and can help me with corrections, please free free to post here and help me out.
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-13-2011, 10:46 PM.


          • William H. E. Ritt---AKA Bill Ritt

            Born: December 29, 1901, Evansville, IN
            Died: September 20, 1972, Cleveland, OH, age 70,---d. Suburban Community Hospital

            Cleveland sports writer;
            Evansville, OH, 8-year old, (April 21, 1910 census)
            Evansville, IN, salesman, clothing store, (January 14, 1920 census)
            Cleveland, OH, newspaper writer, (April 9, 1930 census)
            Shaker Heights, OH, editorial writer, city newspaper, (April 18, 1940 census)
            Evansville newspaperman,
            Arrived Cleveland, 1930
            Central Press Association, sports writer, (Cleveland office), 1933-34,

            Father: Louis E., born Indiana, around 1873; Mother: Maria A. Holtman, born Indiana, around 1874; Wife: Elizabeth, born Kentucky, around 1905; Son: William, born Ohio, around 1935; Son: John, born Ohio, around 1938; Son: Robert, born Kentucky, around 1939; Daughter: Mary Ann, born Indiana, around 1930 (Mrs. Patrick Jeffries);

            Two of his columns were Spying on Sports and also You're Telling Me! Mr. Ritt was responsible for writing the text continuity for the comic strip 'Brick Bradford' for many years. The strip was drawn by artist Clarence Gray.

            Cleveland Plain Dealer obituary, September 21, 1972, pp. 55.
            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-05-2013, 07:32 PM.


            • John Ballard Lundgren

              Born: August 6, 1910, Burlington, IA
              Died, December 11, 1953, Burlington, IA, age 43,---d. suffered brain hemorrhage at home on December 1, 1953. Died at Burlington Hospital where he lingered for 11 days.

              Burlington (IA) sports writer;
              Burlington, IA, 9-year old, (January 7, 1920 census)
              Burlington, IA, 19-year old, (April 10, 1930 census)
              Burlington, IA, insurance agent, (April 27, 1940 census)
              Graduated Iowa Wesleyan College (Mt. Pleasant, IA), 1932 (majored in journalism)
              Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, sports editor, June 24, 1946 - December 1, 1953.

              Father: Charles Ballard, born Iowa, around 1871, died 1937; Mother: Gertrude Williams Lundgren, born Wisconsin, around 1876, died 1943; Wife: Elinor F. Thompson, born Iowa, around 1913; They married in 1938; Daughter: Judith Ann, born around 1941.

              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-05-2013, 07:08 PM.


              • William Earl Hutchinson

                Born: May 2, 1888, Rosedale, KS
                Died: November 6, 1958, Chicago, IL, age 70

                Chicago Advertising Manager;
                Pittsburgh newspaper clerk, (April 20, 1910 census)
                Chicago advertising manager, (January 15, 1920 census)
                Chicago Publication manager, (April 16, 1930 census)
                Business Manager of The Farmer's Review, lived Chicago, IL, (June 5, 1918 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                Self-Employed, Chicago, IL, (WWII Registration)

                Wife: Olive Ward Hutchinson, born September 4, 1895, died May 13, 1974, Chicago, IL. Mrs. Olive Hutchinson, was installed as president of the board of the Girl Scouts of Chicago around June 1, 1953. She had been associated with the Girl Scouts since around 1929.

                Daughter: Shirley Ann; Born October 17, 1918, died June 28, 2009, Chicago, IL; She was involved with the Girl Scouts since at least April 7, 1938. She became a Girl Scout National Field Staff member around 1953. She stayed involved until at least January 17, 1969.

                "Miss [Shirley] Hutchinson, who has been a member of the National Field Staff of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. for ten years, has grown up in a tradition of public relations and of Girl Scouting. Her father, Frank Hutchinson, was an editor of the Chicago Tribune, and her mother is a former president of the Greater Chicago Girl Scout Council. [Her mother, Mrs. William E. Hutchinson, was installed as president of the board of the Girl Scouts of Chicago around June 1, 1953. She had been associated with the Girl Scouts since around 1929.]

                Miss Hutchinson was a Roundup staff member in 1956 in Wisconsin, in 1959 in Colorado and in 1962 in Vermont: she has served as trainer at national, regional and local Girl Scout training events, and as press Chairman at regional conferences and national council meetings." (Edwardsville Intelligener, (IL), Thursday, May 23, 1963, pp. 8.)

                Chicago Daily Tribune obituary, November 7, 1958.
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                • William Bloom---AKA Bill Mardo

                  Born: October 24, 1923, NYC
                  Died: January 20, 2012, NYC, age 88,---d. Parkinson's disease

                  New York sportswriter;
                  The Daily Worker, sports writer, 1942 - early 1950's
                  Tass (Soviet news agency)(Washington, DC office), early 1950's

                  New York Times' obituary, January 25, 2012
                  Bill Mardo, a sportswriter for the Communist Party newspaper The Daily Worker who fought major league baseball’s color barrier in the 1940s when the mainstream American news media was largely silent on the subject, died Friday in Manhattan. He was 88.

                  The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease, his companion, Ruth Ost, said.

                  In the years before the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson as the first black player in modern organized baseball, Mr. Mardo was a leading voice in a campaign by The Daily Worker against racism in the game, a battle it had begun in 1936 when Lester Rodney became its first sports editor.

                  Mr. Mardo, who joined The Daily Worker in 1942, oversaw its sports coverage, together with Nat Low, during World War II, when Mr. Rodney was in the Army. Mr. Mardo had a deferment, having lost vision in one eye from a childhood virus.

                  The Daily Worker asked fans to write to the New York City baseball teams urging them to sign Negro league players at a time when the major leagues had lost much of their talent to military service. A milestone in baseball history and the civil rights movement arrived in October 1945 when Robinson signed a contract with the Dodgers’ organization, having reached an agreement with Branch Rickey, the Dodger general manager, two months earlier.

                  Mr. Mardo covered Robinson’s first spring training, with the Dodgers’ Montreal Royals farm team in 1946, and wrote of the hostility toward him in parts of segregated Florida.

                  As Robinson was concluding a brilliant 1946 season, Mr. Mardo wrote that racism would be smashed by the arrival of black players, which, he said, “in one fell swoop does as much to arm and educate the American people against this monstrous lie as do all the pamphlets in the world.”

                  After Robinson’s debut with the Dodgers in 1947, Mr. Rodney and Mr. Mardo called on the owners of the other 15 teams in the majors to sign black players.

                  Rickey had not acknowledged being pressured by The Daily Worker. But in recounting the campaign to shatter baseball’s color bar, Arnold Rampersad wrote in “Jackie Robinson: A Biography” (1997) that “the most vigorous efforts came from the Communist press, including picketing, petitions and unrelenting pressure for about 10 years in The Daily Worker, notably from Lester Rodney and Bill Mardo.”

                  Mr. Mardo was born William Bloom in Manhattan on Oct. 24, 1923. His interest in left-wing politics arose when he read a copy of The Daily Worker as a teenager, and he became a member of the Communist Party. He changed his name to Mardo as a tribute to his sisters Marion and Doris when he began his career in journalism.

                  Apart from reporting on baseball, Mr. Mardo wrote a boxing column for The Daily Worker, “In This Corner.” He left the newspaper to work as a Washington reporter for the Soviet news agency Tass in the early 1950s. He later worked in direct-mail advertising.

                  His marriage in the 1950s ended in divorce, and he had no children.

                  In April 1997, Mr. Mardo and Mr. Rodney (who died in 2009) spoke at a symposium at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus marking the 50th anniversary of Robinson’s debut with the Dodgers.

                  Mr. Mardo noted that Rickey had not signed blacks when he ran the St. Louis Cardinals for more than two decades and suggested it was not idealism but pressure from black sportswriters, trade unions and the Communist Party that persuaded him to sign Robinson.

                  “Where were you looking all those years, Mr. Rickey?” Mr. Mardo said. “Istanbul? The South Seas?”

                  But on April 10, 1947, when the Dodgers announced they were bringing up Robinson from Montreal, Mr. Mardo, sitting in the Ebbets Field press box, could only exult.

                  “There’s time tomorrow to remember that the good fight goes on,” he wrote for the next day’s Daily Worker. “But, for today, let’s just sit back and feel easy and warm. As that fellow in the press box said, ‘Robinson’s a Dodger’ — and it’s a great day, isn’t it?”

                  Death tribute article
                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-05-2013, 05:41 PM.


                  • John Martin Cuddy---AKA Jack Cuddy

                    Born: January 15, 1898, Milwaukee, WI
                    Died: September 21, 1975, Bronx, NY, age 77,---c. New York Hospital of stroke.

                    UPI sports writer;
                    Marcellon town, WI, 2-year old, (June, 1900 census)
                    Portage City, WI, 12-year old, (April 27, 1910 census)
                    Tonopah, NV, 21-year old, (January 6, 1920 census)
                    Bronx, NY, Associated Press, journalist, (April 26, 1930 census)
                    Bronx, NY, newspaper, sports writer, (April 3, 1940 census)
                    Miner-student for Tonopah Botment Development Co., (Nevada), (September 12, 1918, WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                    Milwaukee Journal
                    Chicago Daily News,
                    Miami Daily News,
                    New Orleans Item-Tribune,
                    UPI (Atlanta, GA office), night manager, 1926 - 1927
                    UPI (New York Bureau), 1927 -1932; sports department, 1932 - March 13, 1965.

                    Father: William T., born Wisconsin, April, 1857; Mother: Catherine J., born Wisconsin, September, 1863; Wife: Helen, born New York around 1909; Daughter: Rita Kurland, born New York, December 4, 1928; Daughter: Joyce G. McNulty, born New York, December 4, 1928, died Meriden, CT, February 6, 2007. John married Helen around 1928.

                    Jack specialized in boxing, and covered every major fight from 1932 until his retirement in 1965.

                    Babe Ruth being interviewed by UP sports writer Jack Cuddy in the 1930s.---Washington Post obituary, September 25, 1975, pp. B12.
                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-05-2013, 05:06 PM.


                    • Frederick N. Weatherly

                      Born: October, 1898, Ozark, AL
                      Died: January 4, 1958, East Rockaway, NY, age 59,---d. at home of cancer

                      Sports Cartoonist;
                      Pontotoc, MS, 1-year old, (June 14, 1900 census)
                      Beat 4, MI, 10-year old, (May 9, 1910 census)
                      Manhattan, NY, artist, cartoonist, (January 21, 1920 census)
                      NYC, artist, (April 4, 1930 census)
                      WWI, Royal Canadian Air Force
                      New York Journal-American, 1923 - ?
                      Boston Record
                      Albany Knickerbocker News (NY),
                      New York Daily Mirror, sports cartoonist, 1924 - ?; (created comic panel, 'Pete')

                      Father: Andrew J., born Alabama, March, 1870; Mother: Laura C., born Mississippi, May 1874; Wife: Betty, born Passaic, New Jersey, 1907, died 1942, Fred married Betty around 1928; Wife 2: Estelle Bryant Duffy

                      1945-1951: Tom Meany, Roscoe McGowen, Bill Bloome, Jim Kahn, Fred Weatherly. 5 famous sports writers in a skit about Happy Chandler.

                      New York Times' obituary, January 5, 1958, pp. 86.
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                      • James Morgan Kahn

                        Born: November 20, 1902, New York, NY
                        Died: March 7, 1978, NYC, age 75,---d. at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan, NY.

                        New York sports writer;
                        Bronx, NY, 7-year old, (April 21, 1910 census)
                        Graduated Columbia University (New York City)
                        Bronx, NY, 17-year old, clerk, Parker Axle Co., (January 2, 1920 census)
                        Manhattan, NY, writer, sports column, (April 6, 1930 census)(listed Kohn)
                        New York Sun, sports editor, 17 yrs.
                        Collier's Magazine
                        New York Graphic
                        New York Herald-Tribune
                        New York Daily News
                        New York Sun in 1938

                        Father: Sigmund, born Germany, August, 1864; Mother: Martha, born England, September, 1868; Wife: Phyllis Singer, born New York, around 1898, died October 11, 1939, NYC, age 44.

                        American journalist and author. Over a period of fifty years, Kahn worked for a number of New York City newspapers, most notably at the New York Sun, Where he was the sports editor, and at the Brooklyn Eagle, where he was the managing editor. The author of two books about baseball, Kahn covered the Yankees in the heydays of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehring, and Tony Lazzeri. One of the highlights of his career was being given the bat with which Ruth had hit his sixtieth home run in 1927.

                        The Umpire Story, 1953
                        My Fifty Years in Baseball, by Edward Grant Barrow, with James M. Kahn, 1951

                        1945-1951: Tom Meany, Roscoe McGowen, Bill Bloome, Jim Kahn, Fred Weatherly.
                        5 famous sports writers in a skit about Happy Chandler.

                        New York Times' obituary, March 8, 1978, pp. B22.
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                        • John Thomas Doyle

                          Born: October 8, 1869, Englewood, NJ
                          Died: May 21, 1942, New York City, age 72,---d. St. Clare's Hospital, NYC, after 2 wk. illness, following an operation.

                          Supervisor of sports guides;
                          Jersey City, NJ, 1-year old, (July 11, 1870 census)
                          Englewood, NJ, 9-year old, (June 7, 1880 census)
                          Manhattan, NY, Foreman, (June 6, 1900 census)
                          Manhattan, NY, printer of book publishing, (April 25, 1910 census)
                          Manhattan, NY, President of publishing co., (? 8, 1920 census)
                          Manhattan, NY, President of American Sports Publishing, (April 12, 1930 census)
                          New York, NY, Executive, publishing, (April 2, 1940 census)
                          Albert G. Spalding & Co., Vice-President, (sporting goods firm), 1892 - 1942
                          American Sports Publishing Co., President, 1914 - 1941, (publishers of the Spalding NL Baseball Guide books)

                          Father: Thomas, born Ireland; Mother: Annie McDonato, born Ireland; Wife: Geraldine V. E. : born August, 1861, Ireland; John married Geraldine round 1900; Daughter: Geraldine M., born New Jersey, around 1902; Son: John (Jack) M., born New Jersey, around 1908.

                          New York Times' obituary, May 22, 1942, pp. 21.------------------------------------------------------1930's?: John T. Doyle/William B. Carpenter (Superviser of the International League.)
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                          • Peter Macrae Axthelm

                            Born: August 27, 1943, New York, NY
                            Died: February 2, 1991, Pittsburgh, PA, age 47,---d. kidney problems, liver cancer, acute hepatitis.

                            New York sports writer;
                            Graduated Yale (New Haven, CT),
                            New York Herald Tribune;
                            Sports Illustrated;
                            NBC Sports; ESPN

                            Pete Axthelm (August 27, 1943, in New York City, New York - February 2, 1991) worked as a sportswriter and columnist for the New York Herald Tribune, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek. During the 1980s, his knowledge of sports and journalistic skill aided him in becoming a sports commentator for The NFL on NBC and NFL Primetime and horse racing on ESPN. Axthelm died of liver failure on February 2, 1991 at the age of 47.

                            A graduate of Yale University, he wrote The Modern Confessional Novel while a student there. In 1970, The City Game, Basketball in New York was published. The book explored one season of the New York Knicks along with players who were legends in neighborhoods of New York but who never played professionally.
                            New York Times' obituary, February 4, 1991
                            Pete Axthelm, 47, Sports Author, Columnist and TV Commentator

                            Pete Axthelm, a columnist, television sports commentator and author, died on Saturday at Presbyterian-University Hospital in Pittsburgh. He was 47 years old and lived in New York City and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

                            Mr. Axthelm died of complications caused by liver failure, said Mike Soltys, a spokesman for ESPN, the cable sports network where Mr. Axthelm had worked as a sports commentator since 1987. He had been awaiting a liver transplant at the hospital when he died.

                            Beginning as a horse-racing writer and sports columnist, Mr. Axthelm was perhaps best known for the 20 years he spent editing and writing for Newsweek magazine, where he created a body of sports reporting and commentary that was regarded as both insightful and witty. That experience and his book writing led to television appearances as a sports commentator for NBC and ESPN in later years. Basketball as Metaphor

                            "Mr. Axthelm is a poet," John Leonard wrote in a 1970 New York Times review of the author's book, "The City Game, Basketball in New York" (Harper's Magazine Press). It combined an account of the championship season of the New York Knicks with a study of the glories and hardships of basketball as played in ghetto playgrounds and the great stars who became neighborhood legends but never played professionally.

                            "Axthelm's eye is cinemascopic, his prose precise; the mind is instructed while the emotions are exhausted," wrote Mr. Leonard. "On finishing his book, you'll want to practice your jump shot. You will be aware of some beauty. You will be nagged by a knowledge of the economy (energy, money, fate) that makes basketball a metaphor for city life."

                            After graduating from Yale in 1965, Mr. Axthelm joined The New York Herald Tribune as a racing writer and columnist. In 1966 he moved to Sports Illustrated as a staff writer.

                            He worked at Newsweek from 1968 to 1988, first as sports editor and then as a columnist and contributing editor, followed by a brief period at People magazine.

                            From 1980 to 1985 he worked for NBC Sports as a commentator on National Football League pre-game shows and horse racing as well as reporting on sports for the "Today" show.

                            In 1987, he joined ESPN, where he did N.F.L. commentary and covered horse racing on "NFL GameDay" and "NFL PrimeTime."

                            Other books include "The Modern Confessional Novel" (Yale University, 1967); "Tennis Observed: The U.S,L.T.A. Men's Singles Champions, 1881-1966" with William F. Talbert (Barre Publishers, 1967), and "The Kid," a portrait of the racing prodigy Steve Cauthen (Bantam, 1978).

                            He is survived by his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Megan.

                            July 26, 1985: Howard Cowsell/Pete Axthelm
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                            • John W. Keys

                              Born: August 3, 1897, Kansas City, KS
                              Died: November 15, 1935, Park Ridge, IL, age 38

                              Chicago sports writer;
                              Horton, KS, 1-year old, (June 9, 1900 census)
                              St. Joseph, MO, 12-year old, (April 26, 1910 census)
                              Kansas City, MO, Pressman, news company, (January 12, 1920 census)
                              Chicago, IL, newspaper reporter, (April 8, 1930 census)
                              Chicago Daily News, sports writer
                              began his newspaper career in Kansas City, MO;
                              Was member of Chicago Daily News editorial staff, 1922-32, serving as rewrite man, then began baseball writing in 1932.

                              Father: Claud M., born Missouri, January, 1868; Mother: Maude M., born Missouri, November, 1874; Wife: Mildred, born Indiana, around 1897;

                              ------------1930 in Chicago, IL.
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                              • Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

                                Born: June 23, 1875, Paducah, KT
                                Died March 10, 1944, NYC, age 67,

                                New York writer / humorist;
                                Paducah, KY, 4-year old, (June 12, 1880 census)
                                Paducah, KY, 24-year old, (June 8, 1900 census)
                                Ossing, NY, author, magazine, (February 6, 1920 census)
                                Manhattan, NY, writer, books, (April 17, 1930 census)
                                Santa Monica, CA, no job, (April 30, 1940 census)
                                Paducah Evening News reporter, 1892
                                Louisville Evening Post, managing editor, 1898 -
                                Paducah Democrat, Managing Editor, 1901
                                New York Evening Sun,
                                New York Evening & Sunday World, (This job made Irvin the highest paid staff reporter in US.)
                                New York Evening News reporter(1904),
                                New York & Evening & Sunday World feature writer, 1904
                                Saturday Evening Post, 1911

                                Father, Joshua C, born Kentucky, around 1843; Mother: Mamie D., born Kentucky, February, 1852; Wife: Laura Spencer Baker, born Georgia, around 1900, died 1944; Daughter: Elizabeth Cobb Chapman, born Georgia, around 1902.

                                But Cobb's career lasted only a brief decade or two. After the crash of 1929 he became increasingly conservative in politics and philosophy. As he became more conservative, his humor became increasingly forced and to compensate he posed more and more as the professional Southerner. Always doubtful of his own abilities as writer and thinker, he was mortally wounded by the criticism of such elite critics as Henry L. Mencken who pushed him into a low-brow niche in American culture. Forcing himself to write to his "low-brow audience" Cobb lost faith in himself and his value. By the end of the thirties, for whatever reason, America had moved beyond the contributions to society of Irvin Cobb.

                                Associate of celebrities of all kinds for two decades, he died in NYC virtually forgotten, having outlived the world he grew up in and which appreciated him. Ill and bitter he wrote in his last days his autobiography, Exit Laughing, his best writing for years and a book which was well received by the critics and reading public.
                                Irwin Shrewsbury Cobb was born in his grandfather’s house in Paducah, Kentucky, in 1876, shown here in postcard view. At the age of 16 he was forced to quit school to support his mother and siblings. By the age of 19 he was the youngest newspaper editor in the country, working for the Paducah Evening News. Moving to the Louisville Evening News, he gained attention for a humor column entitled “Kentucky Sour Mash.”

                                Encouraged by the success of his column and encouraged by his wife, he headed to New York City to make his mark. In the Big Apple he eventually landed a job with the New York World and within months was writing a nationally syndicated column, one that eventually boasted readership in the millions. H.L. Mencken, who came to regret it, once compared him to Mark Twain.

                                As native Kentuckian, Cobb was steeped in the taste and lore of whiskey. As shown here in a movie still, drinking often was a feature of his film roles. At the height of Cobb’s popularity in 1920 National Prohibition was enacted. At first he dealt with it humorously, writing that: “Since Prohibition came in and a hiccup became a mark of affluence instead of a social error as formally, and a loaded flank is a sign of hospitality rather than of menace, things may have changed.”

                                That jocular attitude had vanished by 1929 when Cobb wrote the only American novel devoted to the American whiskey industry. Entitled “Red Likker” and featuring a map of Kentucky on the cover, the book tells the story of an family that founded a distillery called Bird and Son right after the Civil War. It traces the history of the business to Prohibition when, like most distilleries, it was forced to close. Ultimately the distillery is destroyed by fire and the family is reduced to to running a crossroads grocery store.

                                Not only did Cobb inveigh against Prohibition in his literary works, he made it a personal crusade. Joining a national organization called the Association Against the Prohibition Amendment, he became its chairman of the Authors and Artists Committee. Under his vigorous leadership the committee ultimately boasted 361 members, including some of the nation’s best known figures. As chairman, he blamed Prohibition for increased crime, alcoholism, and disrespect for law. “If Prohibition is a a noble experiment,” he said, “then the San Francisco fire and the Galveston flood should be listed among the noble experiments of our national history.”

                                When Prohibition finally ended in 1934, Cobb was recognized for his contribution. The first night liquor became legal, he reportedly went to a hotel bar that once again had begun pouring, pulled out a $20 bill and hollered: “Drinks for everyone.”

                                Immediately after Repeal the whiskey industry feared that the buying public no longer knew how to make mixed drinks. The result was a plethora of drink recipe books. When newly revived Frankfort Distillery wanted one to plug its brands, it turned to Cobb. He obliged with a pamphlet in which he claimed, somewhat fancifully that one of his ancestors, Dean Henry Cobb, an immigrant from Ireland, in 1636 was the first publican licensed to draw spirits in the New World. He also described a great-grandfather who went west to Kentucky and founded “Squire Cobb’s Tavern” along the Cumberland River, a business Cobb claimed the “squire” abandoned one step ahead of the sheriff.

                                During the late 1930s and early 1940s, Cobb’s reputation plummeted as racist themes came to the fore in his writing. In 1941 his national column was canceled. Increasingly in ill health, Cobb died at age 68 in 1944. He was buried with a simple headstone in a Paducah cemetery. The inscription reads “Back Home.” The memory of Cobb’s life and fame quickly faded. The products to which he gave his name are no longer sold.

                                Perhaps the most enduring monument to a man who helped rid the Nation of Prohibition is the Irvin S. Cobb bridge. It is a two-lane span that carries U.S. Route 45 over the Ohio River from Brookport, Illinois, to Paducah. Motorists complain that it is a bumpy ride. (BOTTLES, BOOZE, AND BACK STORIES; A Blog About More Things Than You Can Shake a Stick At; FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010
                                Who the Heck Was Irvin S. Cobb?, by Jack Sullivan.)

                                Funabashi (a musical comedy, 1907)
                                Mr. Busybody (musical comedy, 1908)
                                Back Home (1912, produced as a comedy, 1915)
                                Cobb's Anatomy (1912)
                                The Escape of Mr. Trimm (1913)
                                Cobb's Bill of Fare (1913)
                                Roughing It de luxe (1914)
                                Europe Revised (1914)
                                Paths of Glory (1915)
                                Old Judge Priest (1915, 1923)
                                Fibble, D.D. (1916)
                                Speaking of Operations (1916)
                                Local Color (1916)
                                Speaking of Prussians (1917)
                                Those Times and These (1917)
                                The Glory of the Coming (1918)
                                The Thunders of Silence (1918)
                                The Life of the Party (1919)
                                From Place to Place (1919)
                                Oh, Well, You Know How Women Are! (1919)
                                The Abandoned Farmers (1920)
                                A Plea for Old Cap Collier (1921)
                                One Third Off (1921)
                                Sundry Accounts (1922)
                                Stickfuls (1923)
                                A Laugh a Day Keeps the Doctor Away (1923)
                                The Snake Doctor (1923)
                                Many Laughs for Many Days (1925)
                                Exit Laughing, 1941

                                Sporting News' obituary, March 23, 1944, pp. 20.
                                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-04-2013, 05:40 PM.


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