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  • Ernest Clegg Grady---AKA Sandy Grady

    Born: December 26, 1934, Charlotte, NC
    Died: Still Alive as of July, 2010

    Philadelphia sports writer;
    Attended North Carolina University
    Carolina News
    Waynesville Mountaineer
    Charlette News (NC), was teenage reporter, January 22, 1955? - Februay 1, 1957?
    US Navy (Pacific sector), February 21, 1958? - ?
    NEA Special Correspondent, (Philadelphia office), February 18, 1958? - March 30, 1958?
    Philadelphia News, sports staff, 1957 - ?
    Philadelphia Bulletin, sports columnist, August 19, 1959? - April 17, 1981?
    Knight-Ridder News Service, August 23, 1982? - October 27, 1983?
    Pittsburgh Press, February 14, 1990 - April 7, 1992?
    Philadelphia Inquirer, columnist, September 13, 1982 -- July 18, 1993
    Philadelphia Daily News, sports writer, April 26, 1991 - May 15, 1997
    USA Today, columnist, (sports/political), June 3, 1997 - present

    Sandy Grady is a longtime political and sports columnist.

    Expertise: Sports and politics.

    Background: Grady spent half his career covering major sports events, the last half writing about Washington politics. He was born in Charlotte and was a teenage reporter on the now-vanished Charlotte News. After tours with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific and a stint at the University of North Carolina, he was a sports columnist for The Bulletin of Philadelphia. Then as a syndicated columnist, he covered seven presidents and 16 national conventions.

    A long-time sports writer turned political columnist, Grady's work was syndicated on the Knight Ridder wire and has been anthologized in a number of sports writing collections. Retired from full-time writing in 2000, he continues to write occasional columns for USA TODAY.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-29-2013, 03:21 PM.


    • Kenneth Opstein

      Born: January 14, 1923, Waseca, MN
      Died: Still alive as of October 9, 1912

      Chicago sports writer;
      Waseca, MN, 7-year old, (April 9, 1930 census)
      Minneapolis, MN, 17-year old, (April 6, 1940 census)
      Graduated University of Minnesota, 1947 (BA, Journalism)(Attended 1940-42, but interrupted by military service. Returned in 1947 and graduated.)
      International News Service correspondent, (Chicago office), April 6, 1948 - 1953?
      US government PR job (Italy), October 12, 1953?
      Penn Corp, (Sioux City, NE branch), self-employed, 1980 - December, 1991 (Men's fast-pitch softball team, South Sioux City, Nebraska.)
      Midwest Region of Penn Life insurance, President, 1961 - 1994
      South Sioux City (Nebraska), insurance executive, 1974 -
      Ken went from being an insurance man to being a breeder and owner/racer of racing horses, August 13, 1970? - 2010.
      Bought horse Gate Dancer privately from Bill Davis for $62,500, and ran him in all 3 Triple Crown races in 1984.
      Ken is presently living in Sioux City, Iowa, with his wife, Pat, and is presumably retired.

      Father: Max Opstein, born Russia, August 29, 1895, died August 2, 1976 in Minneapolis, MN; Mother: Lena, born Russia, January 25, 1895, died July 17, 1981 in Minneapolis, MN. Wife: Pat.
      currently, 2010, living in Sioux City, Ia

      Atlanta sports writer with International News Service, 1947-48, and Midwest Sports Editor, Chicago, 1949-50, for INS.

      Graduated University of Minnesota in 1947 with B.A. in journalism. Started in 1940-42. Education interrupted by service in World War 11. Returned to University of Minnesota 11 years later for two years of graduate study in journalism.

      Worked with U.S. Information Service at Embassy in Rome, Italy, 1950-52. Coached Italian baseball team in spare time.

      On return to the U.S., worked for Easter Seal Society in Minneapolis and raised money for building Camp Courage for crippled children. Taught journalism at Wisconsin State College, Superior, WI. Later edited monthly magazine for Internationally Chiropractors Association.

      Entered insurance business Oct. 1959. Progressed from salesman in Fargo, N.D. to manager in Sioux City, Ia. for Penn Life Insurance to President of Midwest Region and the President of Mass. Indemnity and Life, all part of the Penn Corp family.

      While working in the insurance business, Ken became involved in horse racing and also sponsored a men's fast-pitch softball team which won four world championships and finished second twice in a six year period in the late '80's and early '90's. The team also won the Olympic Sports Festival in Los Angeles.

      Purchased the horse Gate Dancer for $52,500 from Bill Davis in Ocala, Fl. where Ken had a 300 acre horse farm. Gate Dancer, who ran in the Triple Crown races, won the Preakness in track record time, becoming the first horse to win $1 million as a 3 year old and again as a 4 year old. Among Ken's stakes winning horses in addition to Gate Dancer were Santa Anita Derby winner Destroyer, Summertime Promise, Targa, in partnership with the late movie star John Forsythe, who had the lead role in the TV series Dynasty, Princely Pleasure, Haveago, Excello, Norman Regret, Royal Knight, Swift Whisper, Two Bobbs and Pondelli.

      Monti Sims handled the early horse training for Ken. Later his son, Sonny Sims, became the farm conditioner at Ken's Good Chance Farm. Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg succeeded the elder Sims as trainer. Jim Moffett was the original farm manager in its building phase and Dean Johnson followed during the farm's successful racing period.

      Ken allowed himself to become involved in a white collar fraud scam, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison on January 7, 2010. Along with 2 other men, the scam was a nationwide theft scheme to bilk elderly customers out of over $1 million dollars. The elderly were seeking discounts on prescription drugs or dental work. Ken pleaded 'no contest'.

      Ken was arrested in August, 2009, and the scam was believed to go back as far as 2005. Grant Wilms, 44, his father, Hermann Wilms, 75, and Kenneth Opstein, 87, were sentenced in February for their roles in a scheme that bilked about 2,500 elderly victims nationwide out of around $1.2 million between August 2008 and July 2009. Their company was ASP Inc., which—along with its predecessor, National Health Care Discount (NHCD)—offered discounts on prescription drugs and dental work.

      Customers would turn over their bank or credit card information to the companies to get the discount card. But company officials withdrew more money out of their accounts than they were authorized to—usually $80 to $110 at a time.

      Chicago Tribune write-up, July 17, 1973, pp. C4.
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-11-2013, 07:57 PM.


      • Charles Lamont Buchanan, Jr.

        Born: March 7, 1919, New York
        Died: Still Alive as of 1962?

        New York Book author;
        Manhattan, NY, 10-month old, (January 12, 1920 census)
        Manhattan, NY, 11-year old, (April 11, 1930 census)

        Father: Charles Lamont Buchanan, Sr., born New York, around 1884; Mother: Anne M., born New York, around 1882.

        The World Series and Highlights of Baseball in Text and Over 250 Pictures, 1951
        Story Of Tennis - In Text And Pictures, 1951
        The Kentucky Derby Story in Text and 140 Illustrations
        The pictorial baseball instructor;: With forty magic rules to help you play any position better in little league, college play, major league
        The Story of Football in Text and Pictures
        A Pictorial History of the Confederacy, 1951.
        Ballot for Americans: a Pictorial History of American Elections and Electioneering With the Top Political Personalities, 1789-1956
        People and Politics. The Pictorial History of the American Two-Party System
        Ships of Steam: Steamships and the Men Who Manned Them, From the 1780s to the Present. An Exciting Picture History of Triumph and Disaster on the High Seas
        Steel Trails and Iron Horses; a Pageant of American Railroading
        The Flying Years: a Pictorial History of Man's Conquest of the Air
        Originally posted by Beady View Post
        Buchanan was the son of Charles L. Buchanan, who was born in 1884 and worked as a newspaperman first in Hartford and then as a music, art and theater critic in New York. The 1930 census lists C. Lamont, age 11, among Charles' children, which matches the date of birth I find for Lamont in library cataloging. Lamont published very prolifically on all sorts of subjects from the late 1940's until 1956, and you might suspect he must have died soon after, since as far as I can tell he published no books after that. However, the NY Times obituary of Charles Buchanan, March 12, 1962, page 3, lists Lamont Buchanan of New York among the survivors. I haven't been able to come up with any more.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-28-2013, 01:04 PM.


        • Thomas Edmund Burke

          Born: January 15, 1875, Boston, MA
          Died: February 14, 1929, Boston MA, age 54,---d. Haymarket Relief Hospital (Boston, MA), since last Saturday, following his collapse on a ferry boat. Buried in Holyhood Cemetery.

          Boston sports writer;
          Boston, MA, 5-year old, (June 3, 1880 census)
          Boston, MA, 24-year old, at school, (June 9, 1900 census)
          Boston, MA, lawyer, general practice, (April 15, 1910 census)
          Boston, MA, lawyer, (January 10, 1920 census)
          Attended Harvard (Cambridge, MA) and Boston University Law School
          Patrick F. Gargan / Patrick F. Keating Law Firm; (Joined after college.) Practiced about 6 years.
          Boston Journal, sports writer, 1907 - October, 1917
          Boston Post, sports writer, October, 1917 - ?

          Father: John B., born Massachusetts, December, 1836; Mother: Annie M. born Massachusetts, September, 1839; Wife: Alice Bodwell (Peggy Quincy);

          Mr. Burke received his LL B from Boston University law school in June, 1897. Tom was originally a track and field star runner who made the transition to sports journalism.

          Height: 6'0" (183 cm); Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg); Personal Bests: 100 – 11.8 (1896); 440y – 48.8 (1896).
          Affiliations: East Boston Athletic Association/Boston Athletic Association

          Of the six Americans to win Olympic track and field titles in 1896, Tom Burke was perhaps the only one who would still have been crowned a champion if all the world’s best athletes had been assembled in Athens. At the Athens Olympics, he completely dominated both sprints and was never seriously threatened in the heats or the final of either event. Having won the AAU 440y in 1895, he was the only reigning American champion to compete in Athens. He won the AAU again in 1896 and 1897, and in 1898 took the 880y. His winning time of 48.8 in the 1896 440y had been bettered only by the legendary Lon Myers among Americans. At the IC4A, Burke won the 440y in 1896 and 1897 for Boston University, and in 1899 he took the 880y when he was a graduate student at Harvard. He also represented the New York AC and in 1897 was a member of their relay team which won the first AAU championship. Tom Burke set up a law practice in Boston and was also a journalist, writing first for the Boston Journal and later the Boston Post. He served briefly as track coach at Mercersburg Academy.

          Boston Globe obituary, February 15, 1929, pp. 32.-----------------------------------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary, February 15, 1929, pp. 29.------photo, 1908.

          Boston Globe obituary, February 15, 1929, pp. 32.

          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-28-2013, 12:53 PM.


          • Samuel P. Carrick, Jr.

            Born: January 22, 1872, Nashville, TN
            Died: March 31, 1930, Somerville, MA, age 58,---d. Somerville hospital from car accident injuries received the night before.

            Boston sports writer;
            Roxbury (Boston), MA, 8-year old, (June 2, 1880 census)(listed Saml. P. Carrick)
            Boston, MA, reporter, with newspaper, (June 5, 1900 census)
            Somerville, MA, night editor, newspaper, (April 25, 1910 census)(listed Samuel P.)
            Somerville, MA, reporter, newspaper, (Family name listed as Carrig) (January 7, 1920 census)(listed Samual F.)
            Associated Press,
            Started writing baseball around 1896
            Lived in Somerville, MA, April, 1909
            Boston Advertiser, sports writer,
            Boston Record, many years - October, 1908
            Boston Post, assistant sports editor, October, 1908? - 1913?;
            Boston Journal, sports writer,
            Boston Telegram, sports writer,
            Boston American, sports editor, ? - ?; copy reader, ? - March 31, 1930, death.

            Father: Samuel P. Carrick, Sr., wholesale shoe merchant, born Massachusetts, July, 1822; Mother: Mary F. born Tennessee, April, 1839; Sister: Mary F. (Thurston), born Tennessee, September, 1872; Sister: Alice V., born Tennessee, August, 1874; Sam's paternal grandfather/grandmother were born in Scotland.

            Boston Globe obituary, April 1, 1930, pp. 25.--------------------------Springfield Republican obituary, April 3, 1930.---Hartford Courant obituary, April 1, 1930, pp. 4.
            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-28-2013, 12:19 PM.


            • Ralph Edward McMillin

              Born: June 8, 1882, Amsterdam, New York
              Died: February 10, 1918, Medford, MA, age 35,---d. at home of pneumonia.
              Buried: Southview Cemetery in North Adams, MA.

              (The world was having a terrible epidemic. The 1918 flu pandemic, commonly referred to as the Spanish flu, was an influenza pandemic that spread to nearly every part of the world. It was caused by an unusually virulent and deadly influenza A virus strain of subtype H1N1. The pandemic lasted roughly from March 1918 to June 1920.)

              Boston sports writer;
              17-year old, at school, lived with family in North Adams, MA (June 5, 1900 census)
              Winthrop, Suffolk, MA, newspaper reporter, (May 9, 1910 census)(listed Ralph C.)
              Graduated Phillips-Andover Academy (Andover, MA), Williams College (Williamstown, MA) and Columbia University (NYC).
              Boston American, reporter, 1908? - ?
              Boston American
              Boston Herald Traveler, sports writer
              Boston Journal, October 1, 1914? - January 19, 1915? (4 months)
              Boston American (political news), around January, 1917
              International Syndicate (poetry)

              Father: Edward Alben, born New York, June, 1859, died 1944; Mother: Annie Eloise Waters, born New York, October, 1860, died 1946; Wife: Mary D. Emmett, born Dover, New Hampshire, August, 1879, died 1981; Son: John E., born Massachusetts around May, 1909; Daughter: Elizabeth L., born Massachusetts around December, 1909; Ralph married Mary April 1, 1907 in North Adams, MA.

              Boston Globe obituary, February 12, 1918, pp. 8.----------------------------Washington Post obituary, February 12, 1918, pp. 8.-----------Bridgeport Telegram (Conn.) death write-up, February 13, 1918, pp. 15.

              Southview Cemetery, North Adams, MA.----------------------------------Hartford Courant obituary, February 12, 1918, pp. 14.
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-28-2013, 11:27 AM.


              • Arthur Daniel Cooper

                Born: November 29, 1878, Boston, MA, (confirmed by WWI Civilian Draft Registration and the 1880 census.)
                Died: August 22, 1946, Boston, MA, age 67,---d. at his home in South Boston, MA.

                Boston sports writer;
                Boston agent, (June 5, 1900 census)
                Boston newspaper reporter, (April 18, 1910 census)
                Boston newspaper reporter, (January 8, 1920 census)
                Boston Attorney at law, (April 12, 1930 census)
                Graduated Boston Latin School (Boston, MA), 1909-11
                Attended Harvard Universty (Cambridge, MA), 1909-1911; Graduated 1913
                Boston American, yachting editor, 1904
                Boston Post, sports writer, 1910
                Boston Red Sox, traveling secretary, 1911
                Boston Evening Transcript, Federal Court reporter
                Graduated Suffolk Law School, April, 1924, (sworn as member of the bar.)
                New England League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Secretary-Treasurer, 1914-15
                unemployed newspaperman, lived in South Boston, (September 12, 1918 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                self-employed in Boston, MA, (April 27, 1942 WWII Draft Registration.)
                Practicing lawyer, never married.

                "Since leaving College I have been connected with the Boston Post for a period of a year. Also connected with the Boston American Baseball club, Jersey City Baseball Club, and in 1914-15 was Secretary-Treasurer of the New England League of Professional Baseball Clubs. Have been active in city politics in Boston but never a candidate, although nominated for the City Council by the chairmen of the twenty-five ward committees of the Democratic party in 1915.

                For three years I have been addressing all sorts of clubs, fraternal organization, et., all over New England on various topics of the world of sport.

                While at College I worked for the Boston Post as a sporting writer and traveled with major league clubs all over the circuits." (Harvard College, Class of 1913; Secretary's Second Report, June, 1917.)

                Father: James Fenimore., born March, 1842, MA, was produce dealer; Mother: Julia Ann (O'Reilly), born September, 1846, Ireland.

                Boston Globe obituary, August 24, 1946, pp. 8.--------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, September 4, 1946, pp. 29.
                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-28-2013, 11:00 AM.


                • Albert F. Wolf, Jr.---AKA Al Wolf

                  Born: March 7, 1904, Omaha, NE
                  Died: October 8, 1966, Los Angeles, CA, age 62,---d. in Houston on Saturday night, while covering football game between UCLA/Rice University.

                  Los Angeles sports writer;
                  Omaha, NE, 6-year old, (April 22, 1910 census)
                  Omaha, NE, 15-year old, (January 10, 1920 census)
                  Omaha, NE, reporter, newspaper, (April 5, 1930 census)
                  Omaha, NE, sports copy writer, (April 27, 1940 census)
                  Los Angeles Times, sports writer, 1939-1966;
                  Graduated University of Nebraska, 1926
                  Omaha World-Herald, sports writer, 1926 -June 1, 1939
                  Los Angeles Times, sports writer, June 1, 1939 - 1956

                  Father: Albert F., born Illinois around 1861; Mother: Christina, born Germany around 1876; Wife: Wilma Baker, born Nebraska, around 1909.

                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-28-2013, 10:50 AM.


                  • And then there were some sports writers who were not primarily baseball writers. But their excellence merits them inclusion here, and gives this tribute enhanced historical relevance.

                    Melvin L. Durslag

                    Born: April 29, 1921, Chicago, IL
                    Died: Stive Alive

                    Los Angeles sports writer;
                    Los Angeles, CA, 8-year old, (April 5, 1930 census)
                    Los Angeles, CA, reporter, newspaper, (April 18, 1940 census)
                    Sporting News' correspondent, 1950 - 1984
                    Los Angeles Herald Examiner, sports columnist, 1939 - 1989.
                    Los Angeles Times, sports columnist, 1990 - 1991.
                    TV Guide, writing editor, (30 years)
                    Mel was primarily a football writer.

                    Father: William, born Czechoslovakia, 1890?; Mother: Freda, born Czecho-slovakia, 1892?;

                    Born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 29, 1921, sportswriting legend Mel Durslag covered Olympics, professional and college sports, and every Super Bowl during his more than 50 year career. For his outstanding work, Durslag received many accolades including being named California Sportswriter of the Year seven times. Durslag began his career with the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner in 1939 and went on to write for the paper for an incredible 50 years, before moving to the Los Angeles Times for the last two years of his career. In addition to his work with theHerald-Examiner, Durslag also worked as a correspondent for Sporting News from 1950-1984, was writing editor of TV Guide for 30 years, and wrote articles for national magazines including the Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, and Esquire from 1947-1990. He retired in 1991. In recognition of his outstanding career as a sportswriter, Durslag was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame on April 24, 1995.

                    In 1956, Melvin interviewed disgraced Black Sox' player, Chick Gandil, who recounted for him Gandil's version of the 1919 Black Sox' scandal for Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated published the interview that year - "This is My Story of the Black Sox Series, by Chick Gandil, as told to Mel Durslag." Sports Illustrated, September 17, 1956.

                    January 30, 1971.
                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-28-2013, 10:26 AM.


                    • George Arnold Strickler

                      Born: August 12, 1904, South Bend, Indiana
                      Died: December 7, 1976, Evanston, IL, age 72,---d. heart ailment in his Evanston home.

                      Chicago general writer / sports writer;
                      Sugar Creek, IN, 6-year old, (April 19, 1910 census)
                      Oronoko, MI, 15-year old, (January 6, 1920 census)
                      Chicago, IL, publicity agent, stadium, (April 3, 1930 census)
                      Chicago, IL, sports writer, newspaper, (April 9, 1940 census)
                      Graduated Indiana University (South Bend, IN)
                      Notre Dame University
                      South Bend
                      Chicago Stadium publicity director
                      Chicago Tribune, sports editor, January 8, 1966 - 1969
                      George was primarily a football writer.

                      Father: Dr. Louis Strickler, born Indiana, 1854?; Mother: Cora A., born Indiana 1870?;

                      George was the First President of the Professional Football Writers Association, the Executive Director of Chicago Tribune Charities (sponsors of the College All-Star game), Publicity director for the NFL, assistant general manager of the Green Bay Packers, a founding director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and head of the sports department on the Chicago Tribune.

                      The Dick McCann Memorial Award is given to a reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football. The McCann award is presented annually at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is sometimes referred to as the "writer's wing" of the Hall of Fame.--1969 George Strickler, Chicago Tribune.

                      Sporting News' obituary, December 25, 1976, pp. 55.------Chicago Tribune obituary, December 9, 1976, pp. C1.

                      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-28-2013, 10:11 AM.


                      • John Roberts Tunis

                        Born: December 7, 1889, Boston, MA
                        Died: February 4, 1975, Essex, CT, age 85---d. at his home

                        General writer / sports writer;
                        Cambridge, MA, 8-year old, (June 7, 1900 census)
                        Winchendon, MA, machinist, machine shop, (January 7, 1920 census)
                        Norwalk, CT, writer, newspaper, (April 5, 1930 census)
                        Norwalk, CT, author & writer, magazines & books, (April 8, 1940 census)
                        Graduated Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), 1911 (tennis team)
                        Cambridge University (Cambridge, MA)
                        Boston University Law School
                        US Army (served in France, WWI, as 2nd Lieutenant)
                        New York Evening Post, sports writer, 1925 - 1932
                        NBC radio, Tennis commentator in New York, 1934 - 1942.

                        Mother: Caroline G., born Massachusetts, October, 1855; Wife: R. Lucy, born Massachusetts, 1890?;

                        John wrote 2,000 magazine articles and more than 3 dozen books.

                        From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
                        John Roberts Tunis (December 7, 1889 in Boston, Massachusetts - February 4, 1975 in Essex, Connecticut) was a well-known and prolific author of juvenile sports fiction. Tunis's work was unusual in that many of his books included socio-political themes, including war (notably World War II in his novel, His Enemy, His Friend) and racism.

                        Tunis was born the son of a Unitarian minister, who died when he was six years old. In 1911 he graduated from Harvard, where he was a member of the tennis team, and went on to study law at Boston University. In World War I he served in the U.S. Army in France, rising to second lieutenant. Prior to his fiction career, Tunis reported on sports for the New York Evening Post and later covered tennis for NBC radio, including the first U.S. broadcast from Wimbledon.

                        Nine of Tunis's novels were about baseball, most of them dealing with the triumphs and travails of the Brooklyn Dodgers. His most famous creation was Roy Tucker, a pitching phenom who injured his elbow and then fought his way back into baseball as an outfielder, and Tunis surrounded Tucker with a host of supporting players - "Bones" Hathaway, "Razzle" Nugent, "Fat Stuff" Foster - who vividly evoked baseball's golden age. It has been said that Tunis's baseball books are "not only the best sports fiction for 10-to-14 year-olds ever written, they are among the best sports fiction - period." Pete Hamill picked The Kid From Tomkinsville, the first Tunis book to feature Tucker, as one of his five favorite sports novels, writing that "virtually every sportswriter I know remembers reading it as a boy."

                        JOHN R. TUNIS (1889-1975) was considered one of the finest writers for young people during the 1940s and '50s. He wrote more than twenty books, many of them award winners. The timeless appeal of his novels has made them enduringly popular with readers of all ages.

                        American Girl, Brewer, 1928
                        Iron Duke, Harcourt, 1938
                        Duke Decides, Harcourt, 1939
                        Champion's Choice, Harcourt, 1940
                        Kid From Tomkinsville, Harcourt, 1940
                        Sport for the Fun of It, Barnes, 1940
                        Democracy and Sport, Barnes, 1941
                        All-American, Harcourt, Brace, 1942
                        Million-Miler, Messner, 1942
                        Keystone Kids, Harcourt, 1943
                        Lawn Games, Barnes, 1943
                        Rookie of the Year, Harcourt, 1944
                        Yea! Wildcats, Harcourt, 1944
                        City for Lincoln, Harcourt, 1945
                        Kid Comes Back, Morrow, 1946
                        High Pockets, Morrow, 1948
                        Young Razzle, Morrow, 1949
                        The Other Side of the Fence, Morrow, 1953
                        Go, Team, Go!, Morrow, 1954
                        Buddy and the Old Pro, Morrow, 1955
                        American Way in Sport, Duell, 1958
                        Schoolboy Johnson, Morrow, 1958
                        Silence Over Dunderque, Morrow, 1962
                        A Measure of Independence, Atheneum, 1964

                        New York Times' obituary, February 5, 1975, pp. 35.--------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, March 1, 1975, pp. 46.
                        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-21-2013, 05:50 PM.


                        • Abbott Joseph Liebling

                          Born: October 18, 1904, New York City
                          Died: December 28, 1963, New York City, age 59

                          General Journalist / sports writer; Jewish
                          Manhattan, NY, 5-year old, (1910 census)
                          Hempstead, NY, 16-year old, (January 22, 1920 census)
                          Dartmouth College (Honover, NH) (admitted 1920, transferred)
                          Columbia University, (NYC) (School of Journalism),
                          New York Times, sports writer, 1925
                          Providence Journal and Evening Bulletin, reporter, feature writer, 1927 - 1939
                          New York World Telegram, feataure writer, 1931 - 1935
                          The New Yorker (magazine), sports writer and columnist, 1935 - 1963
                          Mainly a boxing writer.

                          Father: Joseph, born Germany-Austria, 1873?; Mother: Anna, born New York, 1878?; Wife: Jean Stafford (novelist, m. 1959, d. 1963)

                          From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia below
                          Abbott Joseph Liebling (October 18, 1904 – December 28, 1963) was an American journalist who was closely associated with The New Yorker from 1935 until his death.

                          Liebling was born into a well-off family in Manhattan's Upper East Side, where his father worked in New York's fur industry. His mother was from San Francisco, Anna Adelson Slone. After early schooling in New York, Liebling was admitted to Dartmouth College in the fall of 1920. He left Dartmouth without graduating, later claiming he was "thrown out for missing compulsory chapel attendance". He then enrolled in the School of Journalism at Columbia University. After finishing there, he began his career as a journalist at the Evening Bulletin of Providence, Rhode Island. He worked briefly in the sports department of the New York Times, from which he supposedly was fired for listing the name "Ignoto" (Italian for "unknown") as the referee in results of games.

                          In 1926, Liebling's father asked if he would like to suspend his career as a journalist to study in Paris for a year.

                          I sensed my father's generous intention, Liebling replied, and, fearing that he might change his mind, I told him that I didn't feel I should go, since I was indeed thinking of getting married. "The girl is ten years older than I am," I said, "and Mother might think she is kind of fast, because she is being kept by a cotton broker from Memphis, Tennessee, who only comes North once in a while. But you are a man of the world, and you understand that a woman can't always help herself...." Within the week, I had a letter of credit on the Irving Trust for two thousand dollars, and a reservation on the old Caronia for late in the summer, when the off-season rates would be in effect. [Source: The New Yorker, March 29, 2004, p. 54.] Liebling later wrote that the unsuitable proposed marriage was a fiction intended less to swindle his father than to cover his own pride ast being the recipient of such generosity. [Source: Liebling, A.J., "Between the Meals, an Appetite for Paris", Library of Congress Catalg Card Number 85-73123, ISBN 978-0-86547-236-5 and ISBN 0-86547-236-X, p. 63.]

                          Thus in summer 1926, Liebling sailed to Europe where he studied French medieval literature at the Sorbonne in Paris. By his own admission [Source: "Between Meals, an Appetite for Paris", see above, passim] his devotion to his studies was purely nominal, he seeing the year as a chance to absorb French life and appreciate French food. Although he stayed for little more than a year, this interval inspired a life-long love for France and the French, later renewed in his war reporting. He returned to Providence in autumn 1927 to write for the Journal. He then moved to New York, where he proceeded to campaign for a job on Joseph Pulitzer's New York World, which carried the work of James M. Cain and Walter Lippmann and was known at the time as 'the writer's paper.' In order to attract the attention of the city editor, James W. Barrett, Liebling hired an out-of-work Norwegian seaman to walk for three days outside the Pulitzer Building, on Park Row, wearing sandwich boards that read Hire Joe Liebling. [Source: The New Yorker, March 29, 2004, p. 54.] (It turned out that Barrett habitually used a different entrance on another street, and never saw the sign.) He wrote for the World (1930–31) and the World-Telegram (1931–1935). He married Mary Anne Quinn in 1934 despite knowledge of her schizophrenia; she was often hospitalized during their marriage.

                          Liebling joined The New Yorker in 1935. His best pieces from the late thirties are collected in Back Where I Came From (1938) and The Telephone Booth Indian (1942).

                          During World War II, Liebling was active as a war correspondent, filing many stories from Africa, England, and France. His war began when he flew to Europe in October 1939 to cover its early battles, lived in Paris until June 10, 1940, and then returned to the United States until July 1941, when he flew to Britain. He sailed to Algeria in November 1942 to cover the fighting on the Tunisian front (January to May 1943). His articles from these days are collected in The Road Back to Paris (1944). He participated in the Normandy landings on D Day, and he wrote a memorable piece concerning his experiences on a landing craft. He afterwards spent two months in Normandy and Brittany, and was with the Allied forces when they entered Paris. He wrote afterwards: "For the first time in my life and probably the last, I have lived for a week in a great city where everybody was happy." Liebling was awarded the Cross of the Légion d'honneur by the French government for his war reporting.

                          Following the war he returned to regular magazine fare and for many years after he wrote a New Yorker monthly feature called "Wayward Press", in which he analyzed the US press. Liebling was also an avid fan of boxing, horse racing and food, and frequently wrote about these subjects. In 1947 he published The Wayward Pressman, a collection of his writings from The New Yorker and other publications. During the late forties, he vigorously criticized the House Un-American Activities Committee, became friends with Alger Hiss, divorced his first wife, and married Lucille Spectorsky in 1949. (He was later to divorce again, and marry author Jean Stafford in 1959.)

                          In 1961, Liebling published The Earl of Louisiana, originally published as a series of articles in The New Yorker in which he covered the trials and tribulations of the governor of Louisiana, Earl K. Long, the younger brother of the Louisiana politician Huey Long.

                          Liebling died on December 28, 1963, and was buried in the Green River Cemetery, East Hampton, New York.

                          The Wayward Pressman (1947, essays)
                          The Sweet Science (1956)
                          The Earl of Louisiana (1961, biography)
                          Just Enough Liebling (2004, anthology)

                          New York Times' obituary, December 29, 1963, pp. 42.

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                          • Herbert Warren Wind

                            Born: August 11, 1916, Brockton, MA
                            Died: May 30, 2005, Medford, MA, age 88---d. pneumonia in an assisted-living facility.

                            General writer / sports writer;
                            Brockton, MA, 3-year old, (January 2, 1920 census)
                            Brockton, MA, 13-year old, (April 7, 1930 census)
                            Brocton, MA, journalist, newspaper enterprise, (April 4, 1940 census)
                            Graduated Yale University (New Haven, CT),
                            Graduated Cambridge University (Cambridge, MA), 1939 (Masters Degree in English Literature)
                            New Yorker, staff writer, 1947 - 1954, 1962 - 1989
                            Sports Illustrated, 1954 - 1960
                            Primarily a golf writer, but also wrote a wide range of sports, including, tennis, basketball and football.

                            Father: Max E., born Austria, 1882?; Mother: Dora, born Russia, 1885?;

                            From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
                            Herbert Warren Wind (August 11, 1916 – May 30, 2005), an American sports writer renowned for his writings on golf.

                            Life and career
                            Born in Brockton, Massachusetts. Wind developed an early love of golf at Thorny Lea Golf Club in Brockton. He was a graduate of Yale University and Cambridge University. At Cambridge, Wind became friends with the noted British golfed writer Bernard Drawin, a grandson of Charles Darwin.

                            Wind wrote for The New Yorker from 1947 through 1954 and again from 1962 to 1989. He was a writer for Sports Illustrated in between. Although associated with golf, Wind wrote articles on a wide range of sports including tennis, basketball, and football.

                            In his article on the 1958 Masters, he dubbed the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes of Augusta National "Amen Corner." It was inspired by a jazz record Wind bought in college, Shoutin' in the Amen Corner.

                            In 1992, the Professional Golfers Association honored Wind with its lifetime achievement award. The United States Golf Association presented Wind with the Bob Jones Award, its highest award, in 1995, the centennial of the USGA. He is the only writer to receive the award.
                            Pages 16-17 From Winter 2009 Florida Golf Magazine ©Copyright 2009, All Rights Reserved.
                            Golf’s Laureate In Winter
                            Herbert Warren Wind Reminisces On 50 Years of Sage Reporting; Interviewed & written, June 2002 by Bob Labbance; Reprinted from Fall 2002 Florida Golf Magazine

                            He is one of our last bastions of civility. A connection with an old world class, poise, manners, gentlemanliness and demeanor that is slowly disappearing in modern society. In addition to his social comportment, he wrote about sports in a style that could stand up to the writing of the great American scribes — writers like Hemingway, Steinbeck and Faulkner. For more than half-a-century, Herbert Warren Wind has carried the banner as America’s greatest sports writer, as well as one of Massachusetts most famous and distinguished residents.

                            Now, at age 85, his memory is no longer perfect — but then, whose is?
                            If there has ever been a cliché that rings true, it’s that Herb Wind has forgotten more about golf than most close observers of the game will ever know. Wind has been everywhere and done everything, and along the way he’s earned the respect of everyone who’s been involved with the game for the past 50 years. Now that the pressure of deadlines is gone, Wind is content to read a bit, write a bit and watch on television the games he once followed on foot, like a young cop patrolling the streets of his beat. But Herb Wind’s beat was the playing fields of America, and he knew every inch. These days, he’s less than thrilled with the sport he once covered so passionately.

                            His articles on golf’s major championships made him seem omnipresent — prowling every corner of a 300-acre property and missing nary a stroke by the top contenders. “Well, that’s what you did,” recalls Wind of his conduct at the big tournaments. “You got out on the course on the first day and you said, ‘I’m going to cover so-and-so.’ You’d watch him and if he played well you might follow him for the whole round. As you did you’d pick up on other things — another player may be four under after five holes and so you pick him up; then you might go in and check the boards, but you’d be back out on the course soon after.

                            “Sometimes you might be out on the course for 10 hours — you not only learn how the course is playing but you might see some wonderful golf being played. Then you would rush home and get it down and quick as you could while it’s fresh in your mind. It was common for me to walk 36 holes or more each day.”

                            Today’s sportswriters should take a cue. Too many spend most of their time in the press tent watching the television coverage. Wind always believed in seeing the action up close. Perhaps that’s why his writing still occupies such an exalted position. “Some of the writers go out on the course today,” notes Wind, “but most of them just watch on TV and wait until the players come in to be interviewed. I think you have to go out and watch to find out how the course is playing. Plus while you’re out there, all of a sudden a player makes a double bogey and you see how he reacts to that. Then you can gauge fairly well how he’s going to do the rest of the championship.”

                            While Wind’s advancing years sadly remind us that even the greatest minds can fall prey to aging’s ills, some things remain clear as a bell 75 years later. “I first started playing golf when I was 9 years old,” he recalls. “My dad had some money so I had the opportunity to play at Thorny Lea [GC in Brockton, Mass.]. We lived at 26 West Elm Street in Brockton and I could walk up to the 15th tee in about 10 minutes. There was a very good coach at Thorny Lea and I started lessons when I was nine. Bill Shields was a very smart guy — ran the whole course and kept the place in good shape — he was a consummate professional.”

                            Wind knows how valuable the start he got in golf was, and laments the fact that others weren’t given the same opportunity. “We had two private courses and one public in Brockton, but they didn’t have enough people who cared about keeping them up and teaching others how to play the game. There are many more people today who care about the game and are teaching kids to play.”

                            The accomplished author thanks his father for planting the golfing seed in him. “My father played, in fact, everybody in the family played. After dinner my father would say, ‘Who wants to go out and play some golf?’ Sometimes my brother and both my sisters would walk up there to play a few holes with us.”

                            Nevertheless, Wind has a realistic picture of his abilities as a youngster. “I was not an outstanding golfer at Thorny Lea,” he says. “There were some kids who were better than I was, but I got plenty of instruction there. You also learned how to play better by watching. There was a Greater Boston Four-Ball League at the time. They would come by in the early spring and you could see some very good golfers play — some became professional.”

                            Wind chose college life instead of the competitive circuit, though he both wrote about and played golf at Yale University. In 1933, he picked golf as the subject for his freshman thesis, and so began a romance that would last through six decades. Upon graduation in 1937, he wasn’t so sure what to do.

                            “My father owned the Wind Shoe Company. I worked there on vacations from college and I liked my father very much. But the factory life didn’t interest me, and that’s when I decided I wanted to be a writer. So I went to Cambridge for two years.”

                            In 1939, Wind received a masters degree in English Literature at Cambridge University, and furthered his golfing education by visiting the great courses of Scotland.

                            A far-away look washes his face as he recalls those days.
                            “I don’t think the great courses will ever get old, and you never get tired of a good golf course. You have to go to those Scottish courses because those are the ones that are worth getting to know even better. If you go back there you can find what their particular charms are, and what their hidden difficulties are. A good course should still reveal what the designer had in mind when he laid it out, no matter how many years have passed.”

                            After Cambridge, Wind enlisted in the Army and served nearly five years during World War II as an administrative officer in the Army Air Corps, stationed in China and Japan. One of his assignments in the military was to write a “true” history of the war in the Pacific for the Japanese people, to replace the propaganda they had been hearing. When he returned to the United States in 1948, Wind sought a career in journalism.

                            “When I got out of the service I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do, but I wanted to write. So I went to New York City and got a job at The New Yorker.”

                            Wind began by writing the ‘Profiles’ feature, still hoping to bring sports to the literary magazine. “I bought myself a place in western Massachusetts, about a two-hour drive from the city. It was a nice area, there were three or four courses around and I played there.”

                            He must have built upon his early talents from Thorny Lea, because in 1950 Wind entered the British Amateur being held at St. Andrews, and advanced to match play. He was defeated in the first round by J.C. Wilson three up with one to play. “I didn’t do very well in the Amateur, but I did learn something by watching the good players at the Old Course.”

                            Wind moved to Sports Illustrated when that magazine was launched in 1954. He stayed five years, and when he returned to The New Yorker the magazine instituted a column entitled ‘The Sporting Scene,’ giving Wind an outlet for his passion for golf.

                            He contributed for more than 40 years, while also authoring nearly a dozen books. He collaborated with golfers such as Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen and Jack Nicklaus; and in his later years he also wrote the introductions to the Classics of Golf series.

                            Through the years, Wind was a welcome guest at The Masters, and a friend to Bobby Jones. “When Jones started Augusta National it was great to go down there. It was such a nice southern place with golf people who knew the game and the weather was so enjoyable, especially for Northerners that time of year.” The respect was mutual, as Jones once wrote, “Herb Wind is devoted to golf. He is a fine, sensitive writer whose works range from essays of the most accurately appreciative kind to some of the finest golf reporting I have ever read.”

                            Others echoed what Jones so eloquently stated, including Bing Crosby who once wrote: “Here in our country, the dean is, without question, Herbert Warren Wind. Through the years, no man has covered the golfing scene so thoroughly or so beautifully.” Fellow Bay State writer and golfer John Updike adds: “Golf has attracted many fine writers, but none extols the game with more authority and affection than Herb Wind, or more successfully conveys its gracious, fickle, generous spirit to the printed page.”

                            When asked if he keeps in touch with these voices from the past, Wind looks melancholy for a moment. “No, I don’t really see any of my old golfing friends,” he laments from the senior care facility where he now lives. “I’m here now seven years. There are very few men, otherwise its all women. I used to have lunch with a couple of the guys who knew golf and we’d talk, but now most of them are gone. But I can’t complain; this is a pretty good place to be an old guy.”

                            Wind never married. He has two sisters in the area and a brother back in Brockton. They come by occasionally to remember the old days.

                            “When I retired I wanted to come back to Massachusetts, but not necessarily to Brockton. I like the people here and the house atmosphere, and I’ve done a little writing and at first, played some golf. But I haven’t followed golf that much in the last few years.”

                            Herb Wind has seen the play of golfers from Bobby Jones to Tiger Woods, but he’s not that impressed with the methods of the modern champions. “I don’t care much for the style of play today. It’s all about power off the tee, and then a putting contest on the green. There are no shotmakers any more; no one that can craft a shot to match the conditions. That’s what disappoints me about golf today.”

                            When reminded of the talents of Tiger Woods, Wind offers: “He’s remarkable isn’t he?” And then adds: “Fortunately, the classic courses will always require far more than just a long ball. You have to get to know the course and all its qualities. You have to be able to hit it far but you also have to control the ball. Few can do that any more.”

                            This time of year, Wind is much happier to watch the Red Sox, and dream with the rest of New England of that long-awaited World Series victory. “I watch the Red Sox all the time on television. They have a pretty good team this year, but I don’t know enough about the other teams to know if they can keep it up all season. I think they might have the right owners and players this year to go all the way. But you never know until the fall.”

                            He pauses, then adds, “Baseball’s the greatest game isn’t it?”
                            No Herb, golf is. And it wouldn’t be so without you.

                            Interviewed and written by Bob Labbance in June 2002
                            Reprinted from Fall 2005 Florida Golf Magazine

                            Wind wrote or edited 14 books in addition to his numerous articles for magazines. His The Story of American Golf is considered a seminal work on the subject.

                            The Complete Golfer, editor
                            Game, Set, and Match
                            The Gilded Age of Sport
                            Great Stories from the World of Sport, co-editor with Peter Schwed
                            The Greatest Game of All with Jack Nicklaus
                            Herbert Warren Wind's Golf Book
                            The Modern Fundamentals of Golf with Ben Hogan
                            On the Tour with Harry Sprague
                            Playing Through
                            The Realm of Sport, editor
                            The Story of American Golf
                            Thirty Years of Championship Golf with Gene Sarazen
                            Tips from the Top, editor
                            World of P.G. Wodehouse
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                            New York Times' obituary, June 1, 2005, pp. B9.
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                            • Joseph Hill Palmer, Jr.---AKA Joe Palmer

                              Born: October 18, 1904, Lexington, KY
                              Died: October 31, 1952, Malverne, NY, age 48---d. heart failure

                              New York General writer / sports writer;
                              Lexington, KY, 5-year old, (1910 census)
                              Georgetown, KY, 15-year old, (January 2, 1920 census)
                              Georgetown, KY, teacher, state university, (April 11, 1930 census)
                              Fayette, KY, publisher, newspaper, (May 2, 1940 census)
                              Graduated University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), B.A., 1927; M.A., 1928;
                              University of Michigan, A.B.D.
                              Taught English at University of Kentucky & University of Michigan before he became a writer.
                              The Blood Horse, Associate editor / business manager, 1935 - 1944
                              American Race Horses, editor, 1944 - 1946
                              New York Herald Tribune, racing columnist / editor, 1946 - 1952
                              Palmer moved to New York in 1946 to work for acclaimed sports editor Stanley Woodward as the New York Herald Tribune racing editor.
                              Primarily a horse racing writer.

                              Father: Joseph W., born England, 1864?; Mother: Sallie F., born Kentucky, 1864?; Wife: Mary Cole Holloway, born Kentucky, 1911?; Son: Joseph Holloway, born Kentucky, 1939?;

                              -----------------------------------------------------------------------Washington Post obituary,-------------------Chicago Daily Tribune obituary,
                              New York Times' obituary, November 1, 1952, pp. 21.----------------------------------------November 1, 1952, pp. 10.--------------------November 1, 1952, pp. B2.

                              ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, November 12, 1952, pp. 22.
                              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-15-2013, 12:42 PM.


                              • Herbert Randoph Sugar---AKA Bert Sugar

                                Born: June 7, 1936, Washington, DC
                                Died: March 25, 2012, Mt. Kisco, NY, age 75,---d. lung cancer / cardiac arrest

                                Boxing writer;
                                District of Columbia, 4-year old, (April 2, 1940 census)
                                Graduated University of Maryland (College Park, MD),
                                Graduated University of Michigan, 1961 (JD and MBA dgree)

                                Father: Harold, born Maryland, 1907?; Mother: Anna, born Pennsylvania, 1912?;

                                Bert's wikipedia---From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

                                Bert Randolph Sugar (born June 7, 1936, in Washington, D.C.) is a boxing writer. He currently resides in Chappaqua, New York.

                                Sugar graduated from the University of Maryland and earned a JD and MBA from the University of Michigan in 1961. After passing the bar exam, he worked in the advertising business in New York City. In 1959 he founded the University of Michigan Rugby Football Club.

                                Sugar bought Boxing Illustrated magazine in 1969 and was editor until 1973. From 1979–1983 he was editor and publisher of The Ring. In 1988 he once again began editing Boxing Illustrated. In 1998 he founded Bert Sugar's Fight Game.

                                Sugar has written over 80 books, mostly on boxing history. Various boxing books that Sugar has written include Great Fights, Bert Sugar on Boxing, 100 Years of Boxing, Sting like a Bee (with José Torres), The Ageless Warrior (Preface, with Mike Fitzgerald) and Boxing's Greatest Fighters. Sugar was called "The Greatest Boxing Writer of the 20th Century" by the International Veterans Boxing Association.

                                In May 2009 he and Running Press published Bert Sugar's Baseball Hall of Fame: A Living History of America's Greatest Game.

                                Other media
                                He has also appeared in several films playing himself, including Night and the City, The Great White Hype and Rocky Balboa. He has been called Runyonesque (in reference to Damon Runyon) by Bob Costas, and "one of the foremost historians alive," by the Boston Globe newspaper. Along with Lou Albano he helped write The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pro Wrestling. He writes a regular sports column for Smoke Magazine, a quarterly cigar lifestyle magazine.

                                Sugar was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in January 2005.

                                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-15-2013, 12:23 PM.


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