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  • Percy Hollister Whiting

    Born: April 10, 1880, Great Barrington, MA
    Died: August 7, 1967, Montrose, AL, age 87,---d. after a long illness.

    Southern sports editor;
    Great Barrington, MA, medical student, (June 6, 1900 census)
    Kirkwood, GA, foreman, spring fasting, (April 27, 1910 census)
    Augusta, ME, advertising manager, public company, (January 8, 1920 census)
    Dallas, TX, President of Company, Investments, (April 8, 1930 census)
    Houston, TX, instructor, public school teacher, (April 8, 1940 census)
    Altanta Georgian

    Father: John, born Massachusetts, September, 1853; Mother: Anne L., born Massachusetts, February, 1855; Wife 1: Elise P., born Tennessee, around 1882; Son: Percy Hollister, Jr., born Georgia, around 1910; Wife: Gene

    Percy H. Whiting was an American author, newspaper reporter, sports editor, advertising writer, salesman, and professional speaker. From Chappaqua, New York, he rose to become Vice President of Dale Carnegie & Associates. He dedicated each of his books to his wife Gene.
    Sports editor on newspapers in Nashville and Memphis, TN., and Atlanta, Ga., 1902-13; Comfort (mail order magazine), Augusta, Me., advertising manager, 1913-18; Central Maine Power Co., Augusta, Me., manager of securities department, 1918-23; Henry L. Doherty & Co., New York, N.Y., general retail sales manager, securities department, 1923-27; P. H. Whiting & Co., Inc., New York, N.Y., president, 1927-32; W. R. Bull & Co., New York, N.Y., vice-president, 1933-37; Dale Carnegie Institute, New York, N.Y., began 1937, managing director, 1943-52, managing director of Dale Carnegie Sales Courses, 1952-60.

    Family: Born April 10, 1880, in Great Barrington, MA; died in August 1967, in Montrose, AL; son of John Fred (a druggist) and Annie Louise (Hitchcock) Whiting; married Elise Warren Polk, 1909; married second wife, Genevieve Bearmore, October 19, 1946; children: (first marriage) Percy H., Jr., Dorothy Polk (Mrs. T. G. Howland). Education: Attended Harvard University, 1898-99, and Vanderbilt University, 1900-02. Politics: Republican. Religion: Episcopal. Memberships: Sales and Marketing Executives of Mobile, New York Sales Executive Club (charter member).

    ----------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, September 2, 1967, pp. 44.
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    • Ernest A. Roberts---AKA Ernie Roberts

      Born: February 26, 1921, Massachusetts
      Died: March 23, 2009, June Beach, FL, age 88

      Boston sports editor;
      Boston, MA, 9-year old, (April 8, 1930 census)
      Danvers, MA, Kitchen helper, janitor work, (April 6, 1940 census)
      Boston Globe, college sports editor, 1950 - 1960
      Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH), sports information director, 1960 - 1966
      Boston Globe, sports editor, April 11, 1966 - 1983

      Father: Edward Eugene Roberts, born Connecticut, December 27, 1885, died Danvers, MA, May 6, 1961; Mother: Helen Denshan (Nicol), born Massachusetts, April, 1895, died August 3, 1991; Wife: Mildred (Midi) (Wooster).

      Ernie Roberts helped put together what many viewed as a dream team of sports writers at the Globe.

      Ernie Roberts, the Boston Globe sports icon who served as Dartmouth's sports information director from 1960-66, has died at age 88. Except for the stint in Hanover, Roberts was with the Globe from 1947-83, hiring among others Bob Ryan, Leigh Montville, Peter Gammons, Dan Shaughnessy, Will McDonough, Joe Concannon, John Powers, Ray Fitzgerald and Bud Collins. He was the Globe's evening sports editor, sports editor and executive sports editor.

      The former sports editor of the Boston Globe, Mr. Roberts was a member of Bar Harbor Golf Course, the Friends of Taunton Bay and a number of professional journalist organizations throughout New England.

      He is survived by his wife, Midi Wooster Roberts; his sons, Jonathan and Nicholas; his daughter, Jean; and four grandchildren.
      Boston Globe obituary, March 24, 2009, pp. 14, by Bryan Marquard.
      Good morning!
      That's how Ernie Roberts started his Saturday sports columns for The Boston Globe, 394 of them. Then he would tell readers what somebody - a colleague or a coach, a player or a friend - liked to eat for breakfast.

      "I'm a guy who used to eat Grape-Nuts every morning," he wrote in his last Saturday column on May 28, 1983. "Then, desperate for an opener, I tried a gimmick lead one June Saturday in 1974 - `Good morning! Let's start with ice grapefruit juice, then scrambled eggs and link sausage.' That struck a responsive chord with the readers and got me into the breakfast business. I was hooked."

      So were his readers, many of whom never knew he was more than just the columnist they read to greet the weekend. As evening sports editor, then sports editor, then executive sports editor, Mr. Roberts either hired or cultivated the writers and columnists who turned the newspaper's sports section into a national powerhouse.

      "The Globe sports department that gained great fame and glory in the '70s, '80s, and '90s would not have taken the form or shape it did without Ernie Roberts, because Ernie recognized talent," said Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan. "He liked writers."

      Mr. Roberts, who as a writer could tap out a column as deftly as he tapped in a putt at one of the golf courses he loved, died yesterday morning in Palm Beach, Fla., of complications of a stroke he suffered several days ago. He was 88 and had lived nearby in Juno Beach.

      "He's probably more responsible for making the Globe sports section great than any other individual," said Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy.

      Mr. Roberts held another, less heralded distinction. He was the first Northeastern University co-op student hired by the Globe's sports department. Joining the sports staff officially a year after graduating from Northeastern, he stayed until retiring in 1983, minus a stint as sports information director at Dartmouth College from 1960 to 1966.

      He started at the Globe in 1947, an auspicious year that marked the second and last time Ted Williams won baseball's Triple Crown, topping the American League in home runs, runs batted in, and batting average.

      Truth be told, though, Mr. Roberts was more interested in golf and college sports, particularly college football, and his years at Dartmouth served him well. By reading the work of sports reporters around New England, he knew where to look for new talent when he returned to the Globe as sports editor for the evening edition.

      "It's kind of forgotten now that you could actually look for someone in your own neighborhood to work for the paper," said Leigh Montville, a former Globe sports columnist and former senior writer at Sports Illustrated whom Mr. Roberts had hired.

      A congenial boss, Mr. Roberts "was a nice man, a gentleman, an easy guy to work for," Ryan said.
      "He was probably the only person I've ever known in my entire life who had zero enemies," said Mr. Roberts's son, Jonathan of Newburyport. "It's really remarkable."

      Mr. Roberts was also a mentor to aspiring sportswriters, evaluating their work and helping to guide their early careers by suggesting potential jobs they could take en route to the Globe.

      One such apprentice was Shaughnessy during his days as a student at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester.

      "I was at Holy Cross, and he was very encouraging," said Shaughnessy. "He hired me as a correspondent. I would send him stories, and he would rewrite them, send them back, and tell me, `This is how you should do it.' He was very patient and a good teacher."

      At the Globe, meanwhile, Mr. Roberts and other editors put together what many viewed as a dream team of writers. Along with Ryan and Montville, there were Bud Collins, Joe Concannon, Ray Fitzgerald, Peter Gammons, Will McDonough, and John Powers.

      "As time goes by, I think it's looked at as one of the golden sports departments in America, if not the," Montville said. "Gammons was covering baseball, and he was the best baseball writer in the country, Ryan was covering basketball, and he was the best basketball writer in the country, Collins was the best tennis writer in the country, and Willie was the best football writer."

      Ryan said Mr. Roberts created an atmosphere that "allowed writers to be creative, and I'm grateful for that." Speaking of the years when Thomas Winship was editor of the Globe, Ryan added that "the paper in general under Tom Winship was known as a writer's paper, and the sports department was Exhibit A."

      Mr. Roberts grew up in Danvers, graduating from Danvers High School in 1939. His studies at Northeastern were interrupted by World War II, when he served in the US Army Air Corps as a navigator. He told his family he was returning from a bombing mission in northern Japan when he heard the war had ended.

      While working a summer job in Bar Harbor, Maine, Mr. Roberts met Mildred Wooster Roberts, who is known as Midi.

      "He called his job `pot walloper,' which I think was his term for dishwasher, and my mother was a waitress," their son said. "They got married in 1949 and would have been married 60 years in June."
      For much of the past quarter-century, Mr. Roberts divided his time between Maine and Florida, golfing whenever possible.

      He held memberships at country clubs in Cohasset, Florida, and Maine, writing occasional freelance stories for the Globe in retirement, usually about golf.

      Followers of his column learned that he sampled each breakfast he mentioned, and that his favorite was "corned beef hash with a thin slice of mild cheese melted slowly over the top, English muffin with strawberry jam." That tip came from a colleague in the Globe's advertising department.

      He signed off his final Saturday column with a simple "Adieu folks. Don't burn the toast."

      In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Roberts leaves a daughter, Jean of Dayton, Maine; another son, Nicholas of Atlanta; a sister, Corrine Begin of Peabody; and four grandchildren.

      His family plans to hold a private memorial service in the summer.
      Credit: Bryan Marquard, Globe Staff; The Boston Globe, March 24, 2009.
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      • Robert S. Elliott---AKA Bob Elliott

        Born: May 31, 1910, Ohio
        Died: March 12, 1989, Miami, FL, age 78,---d. respiratory failure at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, FL.

        Miami sports editor;
        Marion Ward 3, OH, 8-year old, (January 29, 1920 census)
        Akron, OH, newspaper, sports writer, (April 8, 1940 census)
        Lived Canton, OH in 1935.
        Newspaper sports writer / editor, 1928 - 1942
        Miami Herald, executive sports editor, 1942 - 1975
        President of the Florida State sports writers, 1957

        Father: Harry S. Elliott, born Ohio, around 1885; Mother: Dorothy, born Ohio, around 1888; Harry was newspaper editor.

        Miami Herald obituary, March 17, 1989, pp. 1D Sports.
        Robert E. "Bob" Elliott, the first executive sports editor at The Miami Herald, has died of respiratory failure. He was 78. Mr. Elliott retired in 1975 after 47 years as a sports writer and editor, 33 of them at The Herald. Mr. Elliott, who died Saturday at Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, inherited a Herald sports section that was experiencing growing pains, with much space to fill and little resources. Mr. Elliott stepped in and "did a lot.

        Sporting News' obituary, April 3, 1989, pp. 45.
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        • Charles Lyman Parsons---AKA Poss Parsons

          Born: May 3, 1892, Mason City, Iowa
          Died: August 26, 1942, Helgen Lake, Montana, age 52,---d. heart attack and a hemorrhage of the lungs.

          Denver sports writer;
          Iowa City, IA, 8-year old, (June 8, 1900 census)
          Iowa Ward 4, IA, 16-year old, (April 29, 1910 census)
          Colorado Springs, CO, Director, college athletics, (January 3, 1920 census)
          Denver, CO, newspaper, editor, (April 18, 1930 census)
          Denver, CO, newspaper, editor, (April 5, 1940 census)
          Graduated University of Iowa, (engineering degree)
          WWI, Engineer Corps.
          Colorado College, coach, October 9, 1922 - 1923 (football analyst)
          Denver Post, sports writer, 1922 - August 3, 1929; sports editor, August 4, 1929 - April 12, 1941.
          Denver KOA radio, sports announcer, September 3, 1941 - 1942

          Father: Manuel Clair, born Iowa, April, 1869; Mother: Louella, born Iowa, September, 1870; Wife: Isabella, born Illinois, November 23, 1893, died Denver, CO, March, 1968, ; Son: 1st. Lieut. Charles Lyman Parsons, Jr., born Denver, CO, January 8, 1921, died Denver, CO, January 5, 2006.

          Colorado Sports Hall of Fame: Class of 1982: Charles "Poss" Parsons
          Charles Lyman "Poss" Parsons, sports editor of The Denver Post for 19 years, was the first member of the media to be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

          He was inducted posthumously in 1982.

          Parsons, one of the Rocky Mountain area’s best-known sports figures of his time, died August 26, 1942 at the age of 50. He served The Post’s sports department from 1922-1941.

          During his tenure at The Post, Parson’s directed The Denver Post semipro baseball tournament, “The Little World Series of the West” and forerunner of the then fledgling National Baseball Congress.

          Besides coaching football at both Colorado Mines and Colorado College, Parsons served as a starter for all major track events, and, as an administrator for the Rocky Mountain Amateur Athletic Union, was instrumental in bringing the National AAU Track and Field meet to the University of Denver in 1929 and the National AAU Basketball tournaments here from 1935 through 1941.

          He also assisted in acquiring the U.S. Open golf championship at the Cherry Hills Country Club in 1938, the first time the event was played west of Chicago.

          Born on May 3, 1892 in Mason City, Iowa, he attended Iowa City High School where he attracted statewide notice in football, basketball and track.

          He subsequently became the first track athlete in the history of the University of Iowa to win nine sports letters.

          He was twice chosen All-Big Ten Conference as a guard in basketball and a tailback in football. He also established the Big Ten record in the 440-yard dash, a mark that held up for considerable time.

          After his graduation (with a degree in engineering), Parsons coached football at Trinity College in Sioux City until 1916 when he left to enter the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant and served throughout World War I in the Engineer Corps.

          It was after his discharge from the Army that he came west to coach at Colorado Mines. In 1920, he left to take a similar job at Colorado College.

          Frederick G. Bonfils, publisher and co-founder of The Denver Post was impressed with Parsons’ overall capabilities and on October 9, 1922, managing editor William C. Shepherd hired Parsons as football analyst.

          Intensely interested in aviation, Parsons became the friend of several figures in the industry. It was through these associations that Parsons inaugurated a unique airplane tour of the football camps in the 12-school Rocky Mountain Conference. Today, these same trips are known as “skywriters” tours.

          The Rocky Mountain area then was not nationally known and Parsons went to great lengths to gain recognition for athletes from this area. Two of his special projects were achieving All-American football status for Earl “Dutch” Clark of Colorado College, and Byron “Whizzer” White of the University of Colorado.

          Parsons was probably proudest of the opportunity to ride as Lou Moore’s mechanic in the Indianapolis 500 in the days when they drove two-seaters. Moore was forced out of the race after 110 miles, but Parsons wrote a dramatic story of what it was like to participate in the famed Indy race.

          Parsons was a firm believer in the theory that good athletes made good citizens and was ever willing to lend a helping hand to further the interest of sports in this area.

          Leonard Cahn, retired Rocky Mountain News sports writer, worked 14 years under Parsons at The Post prior to his 34 years at the News.

          “As an authority on all sports, I don’t think we ever had anybody who had the knowledge of Poss – not as a participant, but as a coach, then a writer, then as an administrator. If any one man has the credentials to become the first news media man to be inducted by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, it’s Poss Parsons.

          Ralph Moore, Denver Post Sports Writer, circa 1982.
          Sporting News' obituary, September 3, 1942, pp. 8.

          Ogden Standard-Examiner obituary (Ogden, Utah), Thursday, August 27, 1942, pp. 14.
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              • William Victor Gallo---AKA Bill Gallo

                Born: December 28, 1922, NYC
                Died: May 10, 2011, Yonkers, NY---d. Tuesday, complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital.

                New York sports cartoonist / sports columnist;
                Queens, NY, 7-year old, (April 23, 1930 census)
                Queens, NY, 17-year old, (April 17, 1940 census)
                New York Daily News, sports cartoonist, 1941 - 2006
                WWII, US Marines, (Pacific sector), 1942

                Father: Frank, born Spain around 1898, died around 1933; Mother: Henrietta, born Spain, around 1901; Wife: Dolores; Son: Gregory; Son: William V., Jr.; His father was a newspaper printer.

                William (Bill) Gallo was born in Manhattan on December 28,1922, the son of Frank and Henrietta Gallo. His father was a newspaperman who died at the young age of 36 when William was 11 years old.

                Young Gallo’s fondest dreams were to follow in his father’s footsteps, hoping to pursue a career as a newspaperman. “As long as I can remember, printer’s ink was a part of me,” he says. He studied art in high school and after graduation applied for a copyboy’s job in every newspaper (there were eight at that time in New York City). He landed a job on the New York Daily News in 1941, where he remained for seven months until he answered Uncle Sam’s call, joined the United States Marine Corps, and went off to war.

                He served with distinction as a member of the Fourth Marine Division for four years, seeing action in Roi-Namur (Kwajelin Islands), Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. When the war ended he returned to the New York Daily News as a “picture clerk” in the caption/art department.

                In 1960 he was transferred to the sports department, and here he began his illustrious career as a sports columnist. It was here, also, that he was to develop such well known characters as “Basement Bertha, “Yuchie,” “Bernie the Bulgarian,” “Penthouse Polly,” “General Von Steingrabber” and “Two Kids Talkin’ Sports”-familiar personalities to hundreds of thousands of readers.

                Bill Gallo’s fame as a cartoonist spread throughout the nation and in the following years his creativity brought him many honors, awards and citations. He is the five-time recipient of the coveted “ Reuben,” awarded by the National Cartoonist Society for excellence in the sports category. He has won the Page One Journalism Award from the New York Newspaper Guild sixteen times. Among his other prestigious honors is the Power of Printing Award, the Segar Award as the outstanding cartoonist in 1975 and the Achievement Award for Alumni from the School of Visual Arts. He has also won fame as an authority in boxing and his colleagues have honored him with the James J. Walker Award. He is also the recipient of the Champions Award from the Downtown Athletic Club.

                Bill Gallo is married to Dolores and they have two sons. The oldest, Gregory is the sports editor of the New York Post, while Bill, Jr. is the Steeplechase Racing Secretary at the Belmont Racetrack.

                Gallo, who is currently marking his 23rd year as a cartoonist-columnist for the New York Daily News, moved his family to the City of Yonkers some 25 years ago. His more than 5,000 cartoons and his innumerable sports columns have brought much honor and prestige not only to him and to his family, but also to his profession and to the City of Yonkers as well.

                -----------2009: Yogi Berra/Bill Gallo

                -------------------------------------------------------------------------------2009: Bill Gallo/Burt Sugar

                ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1967: Manhattan's Gallaghers Steakhouse:Bill Gallo/Whitey Ford/Gene Ward.

                1996: Bill Gallo/Joe DiMaggio-----------------------------w/wife, Dolores, 2004------------------------------2001
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                • David Francis Egan---AKA Dave Egan

                  Born: August 31, 1901, Newport, RI
                  Died: May 21, 1958, Wakefield, MA, age 57,---d. heart attack at home. Buried: Forest Glade Cemetery, Wakefield, MA.

                  Boston sports writer;
                  Newport, RI, 8-year old, (April 18, 1910 census)
                  Newport, RI, 18-year old, (January 3, 1920 census)
                  Newport, RI, newspaper, boxing editor, (April 4, 1930 census)
                  Wakefield, MA, newspaper columnist, (April 7, 1940 census)
                  Graduated Rogers HS (Newport, RI), 1919, Won Excellence in Scholarship award
                  Graduated Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA), 1925
                  Graduated Harvard College, highest honors
                  Boston Globe, 1926
                  Boston American, staff reporter,
                  PR director, Holyoke, MA arena
                  Boston Daily Record, sports colummist, boxing editor, 1936
                  PR director of Rockingham race track (Salem, NH)

                  Father: William P., born July, 1864, Maine; Mother: Agnes G., born Wales, February, 1874; Wife: Verda Fitzgerald; Son: David, Jr., born December 25, 1943, died November, 1972; Wife: Mary, born Massachusetts, around 1913;

                  Mr. Egan was extremely critical of Tom Yawkey in his column for not integrating the Red Sox. He was honored by the NAACP. For many years, he was the PR director for the Rockingham race track at Salem, NH.

                  Newport Daily News' (Newport, RI) obituary, May 21, 1958, pp. 1.

                  1946, Boston, MA: L-R: Dave Egan, Chuck Connors, George Kennedy, Bennie Drohan.
                  This was probably taken when Connors played for the Boston Celtics.

                  Sporting News' obituary,--------------------------------------Dave Egan/Wendell Smith, 1958.
                  May 28, 1958, pp. 36.
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                  • Earl J. Hilligan

                    Born: October 17, 1906, Bessemer, MI
                    Died: March 18, 1986, Elmhurst, IL, age 79,---d. Elmhusrt Memorial Hospital.

                    Chicago sports writer;
                    Attended University of Minnesota,
                    Graduated University of Michigan, 1930
                    Bessemer, MI, 3-year old, (April 16, 1910 census)
                    Bessemer, MI, 13-year old, (February 16, 1920 census)
                    Ann Arbor, MI newspaper reporter (Ann Arbor Daily News), (April 2, 1930 census)
                    (Chicago, IL, news service, sports writer (April 6, 1940 census)
                    Associated Press bureau (Detroit Office), 1933
                    Associated Press (Chicago Office), sports writer, September 15, 1936? 1937; Assistant sports editor, 1937 - 1941
                    American League Service Bureau, press bureau (Chicago Office), 1941 - 1957

                    Father: James C., born Wisconsin around 1866; Mother: Jane Elizabeth Ryan, born Wisconsin, around 1870; Wife Margaret, born Michigan, around 1911; Son: Thomas J., born Michigan, around 1936; Daughter: Kathy;

                    December 23, 1946: Chicago sports writers: L-R: John Hoffman, Dan Desmond, Herb Simons, John Carmichael, Jack Ryan, Earl Hilligan, Howard Roberts, Edgar Munzel, Chuck Chamberlain.

                    July 23, 1951: L-R: Ford Frick, Earl Hilligan, Jimmy Foxx, Tommy Richardson. At Jimmy Foxx' Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Cooperstown, NY.

                    Chicago Tribune obituary, March 18, 1986, pp. A7.

                    1956: Will Harridge / Earl Hilligan.
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                    • Hunt Stromberg

                      Born: July 12, 1894, Louisville, KY
                      Died: August 23, 1968, Santa Monica, CA, age 74,---d.

                      St. Louis sports writer;
                      St. Louis, MO, 5-year old, (June 7, 1900 census)
                      Los Angeles, CA, Publicity for moving picture Corp., (January 7, 1920 census)
                      Beverly Hills, CA, Motion Pictures producer, (April 7, 1930 census)
                      Los Angeles, CA, Producer, Motion Pictures, (April 2, 1940 census)
                      Oklahoma, OK, advertising copy writer, (June 5, 1917, WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                      St. Louis Times,
                      St. Louis Sporting News, stafff writer, 1913 - 1918

                      Father: Ben, born Ohio, September, 1861; Mother: Fanny, born Kentucky, August, 1863; Wife: Catherine, born Missouri around 1895.

                      Hunt was a Sporting News staff writer who quit in 1918 to work in the publicity department in New York for Samuel Goldwyn. He became rich.
                      Hunt Stromberg (July 12, 1894 - August 23, 1968) was a film producer during Hollywood's Golden Age. In a prolific 30-year career beginning in 1921, Stromberg produced, wrote, and directed some of Hollywood's most profitable and enduring films, including The Thin Man series, the Nelson Eddy/Jeanette MacDonald operettas, The Women, and The Great Ziegfeld, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1936.

                      Early career
                      Hunt Stromberg was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1894. Leaving a career as a newspaper reporter and sports writer for the St. Louis Times, he followed an advertising friend into the motion picture industry prior to World War I, becoming publicity director for the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation in New York around 1918.

                      In 1918 the company sent Stromberg to California, where he developed an interest in filmmaking; by 1919 he had become the personal representative of industry pioneer Thomas H. Ince, and by 1921 he had written, produced and directed his first film. He promptly resigned from Ince's staff to form Hunt Stromberg Productions.

                      Independent producer
                      From his first independent film, The Foolish Age (1921), Stromberg quickly made his mark by turning out independent, low budget films in increasing quantity and quality.

                      In 1922 Stromberg signed Bull Montana, a popular matinee idol, to a long-term contract to star in short comedies, and hired comedy director Mal St. Clair, who had worked with Mack Sennett and Buster Keaton. When Sid Grauman saw a rough cut of the resulting A Ladies' Man (1922), he immediately booked the film to premiere at his Million Dollar Theater in Los Angeles on April 30, 1922. Stromberg continued his string of successes with Breaking Into Society (1923), which he wrote, produced and directed.

                      Stromberg joined newly-formed Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925 and became one of its key executives, listed as one of the studio's "Big Four" with Louis B. Mayer, Irving Thalberg, and Harry Rapf—later with Thalberg, David O. Selznick, and Walter Wanger.

                      He was the first production supervisor to get a "produced by" credit on-screen, well deserved considering his achievements. He produced:
                      all of Jean Harlow's films
                      Joan Crawford's breakthrough films
                      Greta Garbo's first American film, Torrent (1926)
                      the Nelson Eddy/Jeanette MacDonald operetta cycle
                      the William Powell/Myrna Loy "Thin Man" series
                      as well as such prestige milestones as Academy Award winning The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Marie Antoinette (1938), The Women (1939), and Pride and Prejudice (1940). (See "Selected filmography" below.) At the height of his career, MGM was producing 52 films a year, or an average of one film a week, staying in the black despite the Great Depression.

                      Stromberg was one of the top ranked money makers of Hollywood, with a salary to match: US $8,000 a week, guaranteed. In 1937, he was included in management's inner circle and received an additional 1.5% of Loews Theaters profits. The Treasury Department listed Stromberg as one of the ten highest paid executives in the United States.

                      But there were substantial changes in those years. Thalberg died in 1936, while Selznick and Wanger left MGM in 1937, leaving Mayer in sole, hands-on control. There are conflicting interpretations of what caused the rift, but by the end of 1941 it was over: after 18 years Stromberg walked away from a contract worth millions, and Mayer let him go on February 10, 1942.

                      Independent again
                      "Hunt Stromberg was the first producer added to the Society of Independent Motion Picture Producers in 1942 after the group had been formed by Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Samuel Goldwyn, Alexander Korda, Mary Pickford, David O. Selznick, Walter Wanger, and Orson Welles."

                      Confounding industry expectations, Stromberg launched his own independent production company in 1943 with the smash hit Lady of Burlesque, starring Barbara Stanwyck, which grossed $1.85 million.

                      His subsequent films were not as successful and he finally retired in 1951, in the same year his wife, Katherine Kerwin, died. An avid horseman and a shrewd businessman, Stromberg was independently wealthy by this time as well as a founding investor in Santa Anita Park and Hollywood Park Racetracks.

                      Stromberg died on August 23, 1968. He was survived by his son Hunt Stromberg Jr., a Broadway and television producer in his own right.

                      As director or screenwriter
                      Roaring Rails (1924), screenwriter
                      Soft Shoes (1925), screenwriter
                      The White Sister (1933), director

                      With his wife.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, September 14, 1968, pp. 32.
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                      • Stanley P. Isaacs---AKA Stan Isaacs

                        Born: April 22, 1929, Brooklyn, NY
                        Died:April 2, 2013, Haverford, PA, age 83,---d. at an assisted living facility.

                        New York sports writer; Jewish
                        Brooklyn, NY, 11-year old, (April 4, 1940 census)
                        Graduated Brooklyn College, 1950
                        Newsday, 1954 - 1994 (sports writer, feature columnist, sports media columnist

                        Father: Abraham, born New York, around 1907; Mother: Lillian, born New York, around 1908; Wife: Natalie Bobrove, died January, 2012; Daughter: Ellen; Daughter: Nancy Isaacs; Daughter: Ann Basch;

                        Stan Isaacs is a former Newsday sports columnist. He wrote the popular column “Out of Left Field” which won a National Headliners award. He collaborated with Marty Glickman on the Glickman autobiography, “The Fastest Kid on the Block.” He currently writes a column for the ESPNZone page on the internet. His acclaimed Isaacs Esoteric Ratings of Distinction (which include the famed Chocolate Ice Cream evaluations) appear every April in the Viewpoints section of Newsday. He is an Eastern District HS and Brooklyn College `50 alumnus. He had a one year National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at Stanford U.

                        He reported on the pioneer Mets; was at ringside when Muhammad Ali won the heavyweight championship from Sonny Liston; covered the 1972 Olympics at Munich, his “worst experience in sports.” He instituted the first TV Sports column in New York. His reminiscences include stories about Jackie Robinson, Casey Stengel, Bill Veeck, Arthur Ashe, Jim Bouton, Yogi Berra, John Madden, Marv Albert and newspaper colleagues.

                        He lives in Roslyn Heights, N.Y., is married to Natalie Bobrove, a retired social worker, and has three daughters and four grandchildren.
                        Stan Isaacs (Sportswriter. Born, Brooklyn, Apr. 22, 1929.) As a sportswriter, columnist, sports editor, and observer of the world scene, Stan Isaacs consistently brought a sense of irreverence coupled with keen observation to his work. Isaacs started as a copy boy at the New York Star in 1949 while a student at Brooklyn College. He then moved to its successor, the Daily Compass (1950-52), where he began to cover the Yankees, Giants, Dodgers, Knicks, boxing, and other events. Isaacs went to Newsday as a sportswriter in 1954 and remained there in a variety of roles for 38 years. He became a columnist, sports editor (1971-72), feature columnist and sports media columnist.

                        Isaacs, along with Post writers Leonard Schechter and Larry Merchant (q.v.), was among the first of the so-called “chipmunk” school of writers who broke the hidebound conventions of sports coverage. Among his more humorous writings is the rating of just about everything in a column that always includes a world ranking of chocolate ice cream sodas. That column has continued to appear annually in Newsday even though Isaacs retired in 1994. In addition to numerous magazine pieces, Isaacs has done three books, including tomes with football great Jimmy Brown and broadcasting legend Marty Glickman. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                        JIM BROWN: The Golden Year 1964---1970
                        The Fastest Kid on the Block: The Marty Glickman Story, 1996
                        The Pages of My Mind, 2003
                        Ten Moments That Shook the Sports World: One Sportswriter's Eyewitness Accounts of the Most Incredible Sporting Events of the Past Fifty Years, 2008

                        March 4, 1959: New York sports writers in St. Petersburg, FL.
                        Top Row, L-R: Stan Isaacs, Dan Daniel, Tommy Holmes, Bill Dougerty, Len Schecter, Jim Ogle.

                        Bottom Row, L-R: John Drebinger, Jack Lang, Casey Stengel, Joe Trimble, Ken Smith, Til Ferdenzi.

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                        • Leonard Schecter---AKA Len Schecter

                          Born: September 5, 1926, Bronx, NY
                          Died: January 19, 1974, New York, age 47,---d. Roosevelt Hospital of leukemia.

                          New York sports writer;
                          Bronx, NY, 3-year old, (April 5, 1930 census)
                          Bronx, NY, 13-year old, (April 9, 1940 census)
                          Graduated New York University,
                          New York Post, sports writer, ? - 1968 (copy boy, copy editor, night editor, general columnist, sports reporter, sports columnist)
                          freelance writer
                          Look magazine,

                          Father: Joseph, born Poland, around 1885; Mother: Dora, born Russia, around 1889; Wife: Virginia, born January 22, 1928, died November 12, 2007.

                          Leonard Schecter is probably most famous for editing Jim Bouton's book Ball Four. He also edited Bouton's second book I'm Glad You Didn't Take It Personally. Schecter was a sportswriter for the New York Post in the '60's when Bouton came up and wrote Roger Maris, a biography, and Once Upon the Polo Grounds, about the first two years of the New York Mets.

                          The Jocks: An Iconoclastic View of Sports in America,
                          Ball Four, by Jim Bouton, 1970
                          I'm Glad You Didn't Take It Personally, by Jim Bouton, 1971
                          Roger Maris: A Biography,
                          Once Upon the Polo Grounds: The Mets That Were, 1970
                          Love of All, 1964
                          On The Pad, by William Phillips, 1973

                          March 4, 1959: New York sports writers in St. Petersburg, FL.
                          Top Row, L-R: Stan Isaacs, Dan Daniel, Tommy Holmes, Bill Dougerty, Len Schecter, Jim Ogle.

                          Bottom Row, L-R: John Drebinger, Jack Lang, Casey Stengel, Joe Trimble, Ken Smith, Til Ferdenzi.

                          New York Times' obituary, January 20, 1974, pp. 56.
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                          • Robert Fulton Kelley

                            Born: September 15, 1900, New Jersey
                            Died: December 14, 1975, Huntington, NY, age 75,---d. at Huntington Nursing Home (Long Island)

                            New York sports writer;
                            Plandome, NY, daily newspaper, sports writer, (April 9, 1930 census)
                            New York Post, 1920 -
                            New York Times, sports staff, 1926 - February, 1944
                            Metropolitan race track, publicity relations, 1945 - 1959

                            Father: born Massachusetts; Mother: born Ohio; Wife: Evelyn Chard, born New York, around 1900; Son: Robert F., Jr., born New Jersey, around 1924; Son: George C., born New Jersey, around 1925; Son: Michael.

                            Robert F. Kelley (Sportswriter. Born, Narragansett Pier, R.I., Sept. 15, 1900; died, Huntington, N.Y., Dec. 14, 1975.) Emerging as a man for many seasons, Robert Fulton Paul Anthony Kelley began his career at the New York Evening Post in 1920. Kelley covered horse racing, a little baseball, polo, yachting, and even the occasional football game. His knowledge of these wide-ranging events made him a valuable member of the staff. In 1926, he switched to The Times, starting an 18-year stint on West 43rd Street, during which he became more of a racing writer. Kelley became the publicist for the metropolitan area race tracks (Empire City, Belmont, Aqueduct, and Sarasota) in 1944. Two years later, when the tracks formally organized into a group, he was in charge of their public relations. This group became the New York Racing Association in 1955. Kelley was the first publicity director for the fledgling International Soccer League at the Polo Grounds in 1960 and spent part of the 1961 season with the A.F.L. Titans. In the final years of his working career, he was with the Thomas J. Deegan public relations firm in Rockefeller Center (1962-70). Among his tasks at Deegan was handling N.Y.R.A. assignments and getting the City to name the new municipal stadium in Corona for New York attorney William A. Shea. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                            New York Times' obituary, December 15, 1975, pp. 34.------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, January 3, 1976, pp. 47.
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                            • Ralph Harrison Ray, Jr.

                              Born: December 5, 1920, Fairview, IL
                              Died: March 16, 2002, St. Louis, MO, age 81,---d. heart attack

                              Sports writer / editor;
                              Fairview Village, IL, 9-year old, (April 25, 1930 census)
                              Fairview, IL, 19-year old, (April 19, 1940 census)
                              Graduated Knox College (Galesburg, IL), 1942
                              US Army, WWII
                              Decatur (IL), Herald & Review,
                              Chicago Tribune, city desk,
                              Buffalo Evening News,
                              Sporting News, editor, 1958 - 1986
                              123 Club, President, 1999 - 2000

                              Father: Ralph Harrison Ray, born Douglas, IL, June 2, 1891; Mother: Esther R. Ten Eyok, born Fairview, IL, March 22, 1897, died Fairview, IL, July, 1984; Wife: Mary Jane Ross; Son: Leonard Dent Smith; Daughter: Barbara Diane Assadi; Daughter: Jennifer Kathleen.

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                              • Sabath Anthony Mele---AKA Sam Mele

                                Born: January 21, 1922, Astoria (Queens), NY
                                Died: Still Alive

                                Baseball player / manager / writer;
                                Queens, NY, 8-year old, (April 8, 1930 census)(listed Savath)
                                Queens, NY, 18-year old, (April 16, 1940 census)
                                US Navy, WWII, 1942
                                ML Player: 1947 - 1956 (mostly out-fielder/1B)
                                Minnesota Twins, manager, 1961 - 1967
                                Boston Red Sox, scouting/PR, December 15, 1967 - 1992

                                Father: Antonio, born Italy, around 1882; Mother: Anna, born Italy, around 1893; Antonio came US, 1910; Anna came US, 1900.

                                Sabath Anthony "Sam" Mele (born January 21, 1922 in Astoria, New York) is a former right fielder, manager, coach and scout in Major League Baseball. As a manager, he led the Minnesota Twins to their first American League championship in 1965.

                                Ten-year MLB playing career
                                Mele was the nephew of major league baseball players Tony and Al Cuccinello, but did not play baseball until he attended William Cullen Bryant High School. The high school gave up baseball after his freshman year, but Mele played with other local baseball teams. Mentored by his uncle Tony, Mele gained major league attention and worked out with several teams while still in high school.

                                After high school, Mele attended New York University. In 1940, he broke his leg sliding into third base but, in 1941, he posted a batting average of .405, and in 1942, he hit .369. He also excelled as a basketball player. NYU basketball head coach Howard Cann called Mele one of the finest players he ever coached. In the summer of 1941, Mele also played baseball for the Burlington, Vermont team of the Northern League where he made contact with the Boston Red Sox and signed a five-figure contract.

                                But before he could join the Sox, he first signed up for the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and was called in July 1943. As part of the V-12 Navy College Training Program, Mele played baseball for Red Rolfe at Yale University. He was sent to the Pacific Ocean where he was able to play baseball with Joe DiMaggio and others. Mele led the Navy league with a .358 average in 1944. In 1946, after the Marines, Mele joined the Red Sox in Sarasota, Florida before being sent to the Louisville Colonels and, later, the Eastern League Scranton Red Sox. Mele won the Eastern League Most Valuable Player award, leading the league in average (.342), total bases and triples. The following year, the Boston Red Sox went into spring with uncertainty at the right field position, but Mele won the job with a 5-for-5 performance, and hit .302 for the season. He also substituted well in center field when Dom DiMaggio was injured.

                                During his playing days (1947–56), Mele saw duty with six major league clubs: the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians, batting .267 with 80 home runs in 1,046 games. He batted and threw right-handed. Along the way, he acquired the nickname "Sam" from his initials

                                Manager of the Twins
                                Mele became pilot of the Twins on June 23, 1961, the team's first season in Minnesota after moving from Washington. He had been a coach for the Senators in 1959 and 1960 under Cookie Lavagetto. With the '61 Twins struggling, Mele filled in as manager while Lavagetto took a seven-game leave of absence in early June. He then formally succeeded to the job later in the month. The Twins moved up two places in the standings under Mele, finishing seventh.

                                But fortified by young players such as Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, Jim Kaat, Zoilo Versalles and Bob Allison, the Twins challenged the powerful New York Yankees in 1962 before placing second. After finishing third in 1963, the team suffered through a poor season in 1964, leading to speculation that Mele would be replaced by his new third base coach, Billy Martin.

                                1965 AL championship
                                However, the 1965 Twins broke the Yankees' stranglehold on the AL pennant. Led by Versalles, who was named the American League's Most Valuable Player, batting champion Tony Oliva, and pitcher Mudcat Grant, who won 21 games, Minnesota won 102 games and coasted to the league title. (The Yankees finished sixth.) Minnesota took a two-game lead in the 1965 World Series, but the superior pitching of the Los Angeles Dodgers' Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Claude Osteen took its toll, and Los Angeles won in seven games.

                                The 1966 Twins won 13 fewer games, and ended up as runners-up to the Baltimore Orioles. Mele also became embroiled in a clash between two of his coaches, pitching tutor Johnny Sain and future manager Billy Martin. His action (or inaction) alienated him from some of the players. The club swung a major trade for pitcher Dean Chance during the offseason and unveiled star rookie Rod Carew in 1967. Hopes and expectations were high in Minnesota, but when the Twins were only .500 after 50 games, Mele was fired. His successor was not Martin, as had been anticipated, but longtime minor league manager Cal Ermer.

                                Mele's record as a manager was 524-436 (.546). He never managed again, but returned to the Red Sox as a scout for 25 years.
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