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  • Berry W. Tramel

    Born: January 20, 1961, Norman, OK

    Oklahoma sports writer;
    Transcript, 1978,
    Oklahoman, sports writer, 1991 - ? (beat writer, asistant sports editor, sports editor, columnist)

    Wife: Tricia; Berry & Tricia married in 1980.

    Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist.

    Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Times, the Norman Transcript and the Oklahoma Journal — and entered the newspaper business at the age of 17, with the Transcript in 1978. His first game assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he has enjoyed the journey ever since, from high school wrestling duals and regional track meets to Orange Bowls and the NBA playoffs.

    Tramel was born and raised in Norman, Okla. He and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 05-23-2013, 06:49 PM.


    • Donald Hunt


      Legendary sports writer and postal stamp committee co-chairman Donald Hunt

      Don Hunt: Of the three wise men who co-founded the Toronto Sun, Don worked mostly behind the scenes. His brother, Jim Hunt, a legendary sports writer, was far more high profile at the Tely and Sun. Don, a former public relations worker, also dabbled in sports at the Tely and was the Tely's syndicate manager when the paper folded in October 1971. Don left the Sun in 1988, moved to the U.S. to work on papers there, including the Houston Post, Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. He is now retired.
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 05-22-2013, 05:53 PM.


      • William Hugh Shelton--- AKA Bill Shelton

        Born: December 15, 1937, Alabama
        Died: January 9, 2000, Cullman, AL, age 62,---d. buried Shady Grove United Methodist Cemetery, Cullman County, AL.

        Cullman (AL) sports editor;
        Graduated West Point HS
        Graduated University of North Alabama,
        Cullman Times (Cullman, AL), sports editor, 1962 -

        “His desk was right in front of mine, and I remember that it used to take me all night to do my one story,” said Hollis, a former sports writer under Bill Shelton, the legendary sports editor of The Times. “By that time, Bill would already have about five or six stories done.

        “Bill could do some things that truly amazed you.”

        In the case of Hollis, who will be inducted into the 2009 class of the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame, Shelton’s accomplishments amazed, inspired and motivated at the same time.

        “I wanted to do what Bill did,” said Hollis, who is now assistant sports editor at The Birmingham News. “I wanted to touch lives like Bill did. He’s someone that I feel is still an icon.”

        During his legendary career, Shelton inspired countless athletes, coaches and parents with his determination and work ethic. Stricken by polio at a young age, Shelton learned how to drive and type with one hand so that he could become a sports writer at The Times.

        A local and state icon, Shelton also inspired a generation of sports media personalities, a long list of respected and decorated writers, radio broadcasters and on-air personalities.
        Bill Shelton, 62, sports editor
        CULLMAN, Ala. -- Bill Shelton, longtime sports editor of The Cullman Times, died Sunday. He was 62. Shelton was a member of the Alabama Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame and the Alabama High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. A past director of the ASWA, he is one of only seven members of the group's Hall. Polio crippled him at age 9. It left him with a compressed rib cage and partial paralysis in his right arm. He was the Times' first full-time sports editor.
        WILLIAM SHELTON - He is known as "Mr. High School Sports" in Cullman County because of his 30 years of dedication to area schools as Sports Editor of the Cullman Times despite physical limitations after a childhood battle with polio. He won the state's top columnist award in 1990 for one he wrote from his hospital bed, where he has been confined for the last six years. The Cullman High baseball field and several individual awards have been named in his honor. A graduate of West Point High and the University of North Alabama.

        HOLLY POND — When it comes to Cullman-area sports media, no one's shoes were bigger than Bill Shelton's.
        The former sports editor of The Times was a legend in his own right.
        That's indisputable.
        Shelton's legacy lives on today, and none of his successors have been able to fill the hall of famer's shoes — at least in the public eye.
        However, a few have come close.
        Enter Charles Hollis and Johnny "Flashman" Thornton: Two members of the media with local ties that will be joining Shelton in the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame with its 2009 class of inductees.

        You guessed it: Shelton.
        Hollis started his career at The Times. He eventually left Cullman to follow a career path that ended with his current job: Associate sports editor at The Birmingham News.
        Before Hollis became The News' associate sports editor, he worked two of the paper's most coveted beats — covering Alabama and Auburn athletics.
        While on the Alabama beat, Hollis followed the Crimson Tide's football team as it won the 1992 national title.
        Thornton also started his career at The Times, working under the legendary Shelton.

        News, 13 June 2001 [cached]
        Former Cullman Times sports editor Bill Shelton envisioned the formation of the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame to honor those who made an impact in local athletics.
        Shelton helped get the ball rolling last summer after the induction of former Fairview Coach Joe Shults into the Lawrence County Hall of Fame.

        Shelton lived to see the formation of the Cullman County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors , but did not live to see the induction of the hall of fame's first members.He died in January.
        The first class of the hall of fame will be inducted at a banquet at 6 : 30 p.m. Saturday at the Cullman Civic Center.
        Shelton , who started as sports editor of The Times in 1962 and served as executive sports editor until his death , is being honored as the first member of the hall of fame.
        An orphan and a victim of polio at an early age , Shelton overcame several trials in his life to become one of the most respected members of his profession in the state of Alabama.
        Numerouse awards are named in his honor , including one honoring the outstanding girls basketball player in Cullman County.A new one this year will be awarded in his honor by the Alabama Sports Writers Association ( ASWA ).In addition to being inducted into the county sports hall of fame , Shelton is already a member of the ASWA and Alabama High School Athletic Association ( ASWA ) halls of fame.Joining him in the first class are :.
        WILLIAM SHELTON - He ... [cached]
        WILLIAM SHELTON - He is known as "Mr.High School Sports" in Cullman County because of his 30 years of dedication to area schools as Sports Editor of the Cullman Times despite physical limitations after a childhood battle with polio.He won the state's top columnist award in 1990 for one he wrote from his hospital bed, where he has been confined for the last six years.The Cullman High baseball field and several individual awards have been named in his honor.A graduate of West Point High and the University of North Alabama. William Shelton
        The Cullman Times, 5 Feb 2005 [cached]

        It is named after Alabama Sports Writers Association Hall of Famer and former Cullman Times sports editor Bill Shelton.
        Welcome to, 29 April 2003 [cached]
        The "Bill" is otherwise known as Bill Shelton Field, named after a Franklin County native who overcame polio to become sports editor of the Cullman Times, will be the site of the battle between the Muscle Shoals and the Cullman Bearcats, the defending state champion.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-27-2013, 11:31 PM.


        • William Francis Gleason---AKA Bill Gleason

          Born: November 16, 1922, Chicago, IL
          Died: January 3, 2010, Hinsdale, IL, age 87,

          Chicago sports writer;
          Chicago, IL, 7-year old, (April 5, 1930 census)
          Chicago, IL, 17-year old, (April 15, 1940 census)

          Father: Joseph W., born Illinois, around 1889; Mother: Helen G., born Illinois, around 1895;
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-07-2013, 04:22 PM.


          • Orville Monroe Henry, Jr.

            Born: February 19, 1925, Little Rock, AR
            Died: March 16, 2002, Malvern, AR, age 77,---d. pancreatic cancer

            Arkansas sports editor;
            Big Rock, AR, 5-year old, (April 3, 1930 census)
            Arkansas Gazette, sports writer, 1942 - 1943, sports editor, 1943 - 1989
            Arkansas Democrat, sports writer, 1989 - 1996
            Donrey Media, sports writer, 1996 - ?

            Father: Orville Monroe, Sr., born Illinois, around 1894; Mother: Fredda, born Missouri, around 1896;

   obituary, March 17, 2002, biographical sketch prepared by Jim Bailey
            Legendary Sportswriter Orville Henry Dies

            Orville Henry died Saturday evening March 16th at his home in Malvern. He was 77. He had battled pancreatic cancer for the past 25 months.

            Henry was a columnist for the Morning News of Northwest Arkansas after spending 60 years writing sports for the Arkansas Gazette, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Donrey Media. He was the sports editor of the Arkansas Gazette for many years, gaining fame for his coverage of the Arkansas Razorbacks.

            Here is a biographical sketch supplied by longtime friend Jim Bailey, his colleague at the Gazette and now a reporter for the Democrat-Gazette:

            Orville Henry, born Feb. 19, 1925, died March 16, 2002.

            Joined the Gazette staff as a beginner in the sports department, at 17 in February or early March of 1942.

            Became Gazette sports editor on an interim basis in September of 1943, at 18, after sports editor Ben Epstein was hired by the New York Daily Mirror. (Epstein soon distinguished himself as New York Yankees beat writer.) In a few months, Orville was told by managing editor Clyde Drew that he had the sports editor's job on a permanant basis. World War II was going full blast, and Orville was physically exempt from military service because he was underweight.

            In those days, the Gazette (and the Democrat) sports sections rarely had more than 10 columns of space daily and about 3 or 4 pages on Sundays. After the war, Orville gradually built a sports staff. By 1950, he had added Wilbur "Bill" Bentley, a wandering veteran who had served previous hitches with the Gazette in the 1920s and early 1930s -- he had been sports editor immediately before Epstein, who took over about 1935. Bentley served OH's staff as a desk man, columnist, and occasional reporter. Charles "Chuck" Miller came in from a Beaumont paper as a desk man (primarily) in 1951. But Orville's early staffs always had two or three young "part-timers" -- part-time in payroll status but not in hours worked.

            He'd find likely prospects coming out of high school, employ them while they attended Little Rock Junior College (now UA-Little Rock) and send some of them on to UA-Fayetteville to work as correspondents while they finished college. This system, which functioned to some extrent from the 1940s to the beginning of the 1970s, produced at least five future Associated Press reporters -- Adrian Cooper, the late Tom Dygard, Bill Simmons, Robert Shaw, Harry King. Dygard, Simmons and Shaw became AP bureau chiefs. Several others -- Pat Hogan, Eddie Best, Ron Robinson, Brenda Sisson, James Thompson -- went on to successful careers in public relations or advertising. Jerry Dhonau eventually became a Gazette editorial writer; Jim Standard was later a Daily Oklahoman investigative reporter and editor. All came out of OH's on-the-job development program.

            Orville was with the Gazette 47 years, 1942-1989; with the Democrat (and Democrat-Gazette), 1989-96; with Donrey Media from 1996 until the time of his death. That was 60 years total.

            He was elected to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2001, the first print journalist honored, after receiving an earlier meritorious service award from the Hall of Fame organization. In votes conducted by the National Sportscasters and Sportwriters Association, he was elected Arkansas sportswriter of the year eight times: 1959-60-62-63-64-65, '69. He was recently named recipient of the Ernie Dean Award for journalistic contributions, and named the Arkansas Alumni Association's Honorary Distinguished Alumni of the Year. He was a past president of the American Football Writers Association.

            Starting with the Jan. 1, 1955 Cotton Bowl game, Arkansas vs. Georgia Tech, he covered every Razorback football game except two until illness forced him to miss some in the 2000 season. The game that broke the string was the Georgia game in Fayetteville. The two he missed in that 45-year stretch were the final two regular season games of 1964, SMU and Texas Tech, when he was hospitalized while Arkansas completed its first perfect regular season since 1909. He was back in action for the Cotton Bowl game against Nebraska that made Arkansas 11-0 and won it some citations as national champion.

            He always claimed golf as his favorite sport. Many people considered him the best golf writer in the country, although of course his enduring public image was of the man who wrote thousands of words about the Razorbacks each week -- especially weeks in which they played a game.

            In Frank Broyles' autobiography, published in 1979, Broyles wrote that Orville "understood game strategy and players' psychology and fans' psychology in a way that was almost unique for a sportswriter." In the book, he also answered critics who complained Orville had a "special pipeline" into the Razorbacks' operation.

            "He did; it was called a telephone," Broyles wrote. "He called and asked and I told him. He worked hard at staying on top of his job."

            Paul "Bear" Bryant once remarked that Orville covered Arkansas more completely "from 200 miles away" in Little Rock than most writers could on campus. Eventually, Orville did move to Fayetteville in 1983, and later moved to Malvern in 1993.

            Beano Cook of ABC-TV and now ESPN said years ago that Orville had written more about the Razorbacks than "Carl Sandburg did on Abe Lincoln."

            Orville grew up on the western edge of Little Rock "when it was still out in the country;" the family home was approximately where part of Park Plaza Mall is now. He caddied at Fair Park (War Memorial) and occasionally worked in concessions at what is now called Ray Winder Field.
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            • David Miller


              David Miller is a British writer and journalist based in Wimbledon, London.

              David Miller has contributed to many publications including the magazines Film Review, TV Zone and Starburst (where his work includes interviews with Sir Ian McKellen, Tom Baker and Ray Harryhausen).

              Until 2007 he was editor of the UK-based horror genre magazine Shivers. He then became editor for the last few issues of The Poirot Collection, a partwork which presented the Agatha Christie's Poirot television episodes. He is currently editor of The Agatha Christie Collection partwork for Chorion, which brings together and presents the newer episodes of Poirot and Marple; the 1983 series Partners in Crime, and Agatha Christie film adaptations such as the Margaret Rutherford Miss Marple films and the all-star adaptations of The Mirror Crack'd, and Murder On The Orient Express.

              David Miller co-wrote the book They Came From Outer Space! with Mark Gatiss (of The League of Gentlemen), and is author of The Complete Peter Cushing; an overview of the life and works of the actor Peter Cushing. This was originally published as The Peter Cushing Companion.
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 05-22-2013, 06:14 PM.


              • William Louis Nack---AKA Bill Nack

                Born: February 4, 1941, Chicago, IL
                Died: Still Alive

                Illinois sports writer;
                Attended University of Illinois


                BILL NACK (sports writer)
                William Nack, a Skokie native, attended the University of Illinois as an undergraduate from 1959 through 1964, graduating with a BS from the College of Communications. His senior year, he served as sports editor of the Daily Illini under editor-in-chief Roger Ebert. The following school year, he served as the DI's editor-in-chief while a graduate student.

                Nack left Illinois in 1966 to join the US Army, where he served as assistant editor of Infantry Magazine at Fort Benning in Columbus, GA, then on the staff of Gen. William C. Westmoreland in Vietnam. He rotated home in the spring of 1966.

                Nack then worked as a reporter at Newsday newspaper on Long Island, where he covered politics, government and the environment. In the Spring of 1972, he jumped to covering thoroughbred horse racing---his hobby and passion since working around horses as a kid---and later wrote the biography of 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. Disney Studios will begin producing a movie based upon it later this summer. Nack will be a consultant on the project. He also wrote a biography of the brilliant and ill-starred filly Ruffian, who died of injuries suffered in a 1975 match race. An award-winning ESPN movie about her life made its ABC-TV debut a year ago. He was also the consulting producer of that film.

                In 1979, after 11 years at Newsday, Nack began a 23-year career at Sports Illustrated Magazine, covering a wide variety of sports and subjects. Since his retirement as a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, Nack has done freelance work for Time Magazine, GQ, S.I., and Aside from consulting on film, he has worked as a writer and on-camera host and narrator for the pilot of proposed series "Unsettled Scores." The pilot, which debuted last summer, has been nominated for an Emmy Award®. Nack has also worked to write profiles of major sporting figures for use on ESPN television, serving as on-camera narrator and host, upon their demise. These also run, in expanded form, on

                Nack has won seven Eclipse Awards, the racing industry's equivalent of the Oscars®, for excellence in turf-writing, as well as the A.J. Liebling Award, given by the Boxing Writers Association of America, for general excellence in his coverage of that sport.
                Most recently, Nack has just finished serving as guest editor for Houghton-Mifflin's annual sports anthology, "Best American Sports Writing 2008."

                He is married to educator Carolyne Starek and lives with her and Milton, the millennium cat, in Washington, DC.
                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 05-23-2013, 07:58 PM.


                • Paddy Downey

                  Born: August 29, 1929, Goleen, Ireland
                  Died: March 4, 2013, Ireland, age 83

                  Irish sports writer;
                  Gaelic Echo, editor, (1950's)
                  Irish Times, deputy sports editor, (Sunday Review), November, 1957
                  Gaelic Games, correspondent, 1962 - 1994

                  Father: Patrick; Mother: Johanna Walsh;

                  Paddy Downey:The death last Monday of Paddy Downey breaks perhaps the final link with the generation that pioneered modern newspaper coverage of Gaelic games in the 1960s. Widely respected for the quality of his writing and his scrupulous fairness, he was also personally popular because of his charm, courtesy and conviviality.

                  His passing also marks the final departure of the journalists who established the annual All Stars awards scheme for football and hurling in 1971.

                  Within The Irish Times he was an important figure as the person who, encouraged by amongst others Douglas Gageby and his great friend Donal Foley, brought about radically improved coverage of the GAA at a time when the newspaper was moving more into the mainstream of Irish life and building circulation.

                  He also had a wide interest in other areas, including arts and politics, and was regarded as an authority on the works of Patrick Kavanagh, whose poem In Memory of My Mother was read at his funeral.

                  A supporter of Dr Noel Browne, Paddy Downey was canvassed to stand for Browne’s party of the late 1950s and early 60s, the National Progressive Democrats. Unable to raise the £100 deposit, his career maintained its by then established trajectory in sports journalism.

                  Born on August 29th, 1929, to Patrick and Johanna (née Walsh), Paddy Downey spent his childhood in Toormore, a townland near Schull in west Cork. By his early teens he was big enough, more than 6ft tall, to enlist with the LDF, the forerunner of the FCA, even though well below the age limit. But his ambitions to make a military career – his father had been in the RIC – were shattered when at the age of 14 he was struck down by polio.

                  Formal education became impossible but long periods spent in hospital made him an avid reader, while a broad interest in sport – he was a cricket enthusiast having been introduced to the game by his mother’s family, who were from Inistioge in Kilkenny – gave him a particular fondness for sports writing.

                  He came to Dublin as a young man in the early 1950s and loved the city. In later years he would always dispute the stereotype of the decade as dreary and dull, as he had found life there thoroughly enjoyable, socialising in the journalists’ pubs and artistic haunts of the time.
                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-07-2013, 04:04 PM.


                  • Lewis Edwin Marsh---AKA Lou Marsh

                    Born: February 17, 1879, Campbellford, Ontario, Canada
                    Died: March 4, 1936, age 57,---d. cerebral hemorrhage.

                    Toronto sports writer;
                    Toronto Star, 1894 - 1936, (copyboy, junior reporter, reporter, columnist, assistant sports editor, sports editor (1931 - 1936] )

                    Lewis Edwin "Lou" Marsh (February 17, 1879 – March 4, 1936) was a Canadian athlete and referee, and one of the pioneers of sports journalism in Canada, working at the Toronto Star for 43 years.

                    Marsh was born in Campbellford, Ontario and lived there until the age of nine, when he moved with his family to Toronto. At 14, in the first year after the launch of the Toronto Star, Marsh walked into the newspaper's office responding to a want ad and was hired as a copyboy. He rose to junior reporter, reporter, columnist (With Pick and Shovel was the name of his long-running column), assistant sports editor under W. A. Hewitt, and finally, in 1931, sports editor. He held that position until his death in 1936.

                    As an athlete, Marsh's first love was sailing, and through his life he played a wide variety of sports. At the age of 21 he became interested in rugby, and played with some of the top teams in Toronto, including the Toronto Argonauts.

                    Marsh was said to be a top-notch sprinter, once defeating Canadian and Olympic champion Robert Kerr in a 120-yard hurdle race. He became a supporter of Tom Longboat and accompanied him to the 1908 Summer Olympics in London.

                    In May 1914, Marsh was aboard the first passenger airplane flight out of Toronto, taking off from Toronto and flying to Hamilton, Ontario and back. Around this time, he is said to have swum across the Niagara River from Lewiston, New York to Queenston, Ontario.

                    Marsh was one of the top boxing and hockey referees of his era. He also worked as a referee in professional wrestling. During a match in Toronto in 1921, Marsh surprised the wrestlers after 30 minutes of showmanship by telling them that it was time to stop their exhibition and wrestle a real contest. He brought a similar attitude to his work as a boxing referee where, over the course of thousands of bouts, Marsh wasn't reluctant to demand action from the fighters. He was a referee in the National Hockey League, and saw action in Stanley Cup playoff games.

                    During World War I, Marsh was an officer in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, enlisting with the 180th (Sportsmen) Battalion, CEF in 1916. He briefly served in France before being sent back to Canada after being diagnosed with heart problems. He rose to the rank of major while serving in the military.

                    While in his 40s he was advised by doctors to stop working as a referee. Marsh's final appearance in the NHL was in the 1929 playoffs. In the late 1920s, he developed an interest in racing small outboard hydroplanes, which he called sea fleas. One of the most successful sea flea racers in Toronto was future Toronto Maple Leafs owner Harold Ballard.

                    When professional wrestling started coming to Toronto on a weekly basis in 1929, Marsh told readers right from the start that the matches were exhibitions and not real contests. In 1935, he coined the term sportive entertainment to describe professional wrestling—a term that in a slightly modified form would come to prominence fifty years later. One of his closest friends was Toronto wrestling and boxing promoter Jack Corcoran.

                    In 1931, he succeeded Hewitt as the Star's sports editor after Hewitt accepted a job as the first attractions manager of the new Maple Leaf Gardens. Marsh became an avid fisherman and hunter in his 50s, and made a return to officiating as a hockey referee at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.

                    Marsh died unexpectedly at the age of 57 in 1936 of a cerebral hemorrhage. The following day, the Star devoted 11 pages to coverage of his life and accomplishments, starting with a banner headline on page one. Before the end of the year, the Lou Marsh Trophy was created and named in his honour. It has been presented to Canada's top athlete each year since then. He is buried at Park Lawn Cemetery in Toronto.
                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-02-2013, 11:15 PM.


                    • John Rafferty


                      British sports writer;

                      Staffordshire University,

                      John Rafferty has more than 30 years experience in journalism and allied trades covering a wide range of specialist interests, including sport. He champions the reporter in practice, in his research and in his teaching focus.
                      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 05-23-2013, 12:05 PM.


                      • Zander Hollander

                        Born: July 29, 1931,
                        Died: October 3, 2006, Washington, DC, age 75,---d. respiratory failure at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Buried: Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC.

                        Washington, DC, sports writer;
                        Attended City College,
                        Attended Queens College,
                        Graduated University of Michigan, 1953
                        WWII, Army Air Force correspondent
                        New York Wolrd-Telegram & Sun, sports writer,
                        Washington Post, sports writer, April 23, 1962? - January 21, 1973

                        Father: Herman; Wife: Phyllis Rosen; Daughter: Susan Leigh;

                        He lived in the District of Columbia from 1993-2002, as well as Millerton, NY, Arlington, VA. He had earlier lived in New York City and Baltimore, MD.

                        Washington Post obituary,
                        Zan Hollander; Covered European Cities for UPI
                        Zander "Zan" Hollander, 75, a former reporter with United Press International and an export control specialist with the U.S. Department of Energy, died Oct. 3 of respiratory failure at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He was a resident of the District and had been hospitalized for a hip fracture. He had co-authored sports publications with his wife, Phyllis.

                        ----------------------------New York Times, May 27, 1951, pp. 60.
                        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-07-2013, 09:38 AM.


                        • Richard Jay Schaap---AKA Dick Schaap

                          Born: September 27, 1934, Brooklyn, NY
                          Died: December 21, 2001, New York, NY, age 67,---d. complications following hip replacement surgery

                          Sports announcer / writer / author;
                          Freeport Leader (NY), sports writer,
                          Nassau Daily Review-Star (NY), sports writer,
                          Attended Cornell University (Ithaca, NY),
                          Newsweek, assistant sports editor,
                          Sport magazine, editor, 1973 -

                          Richard Jay Schaap (September 27, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York – December 21, 2001, in New York City, New York) was an American sportswriter, broadcaster, and author.

                          Early life and education
                          Born to a Jewish family and raised in Freeport, New York, on Long Island, Schaap began writing a sports column at age 14 for the weekly Freeport Leader, but the following year he moved to the Nassau Daily Review-Star daily under Jimmy Breslin. He would later follow Breslin to the Long Island Press and New York Herald Tribune.

                          He attended Cornell University and was editor-in-chief of the student paper, the Cornell Daily Sun, during which time he defended a professor before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He lettered in varsity lacrosse playing goaltender. During his last year at Cornell, Schaap was elected to the Sphinx Head Society. After graduating in 1955 he received a Grantland Rice fellowship at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and authored his thesis on the recruitment of basketball players.

                          Schaap is the cousin of Phil Schaap and father of author Rosie Schaap and sports/news journalist Jeremy Schaap.

                          Schaap began work as assistant sports editor of Newsweek. In 1964, he began a thrice-weekly column covering current events. He became editor of SPORT magazine in 1973. It was there that he masterminded the inspiration for the eccentricities that surround Media Day at the Super Bowl. Fed up with the grandiose and self-important nature of the National Football League's championship match, he hired two Los Angeles Rams players, Fred Dryer and Lance Rentzel, to cover Super Bowl IX. Donning costumes inspired by The Front Page, "Scoops Brannigan" (Dryer) and "Cubby O'Switzer" (Rentzel) peppered players and coaches from both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings with questions that ranged from clichéd to downright absurd. Schaap was also a theatre critic, leading him to quip that he was the only person ever to vote for both the Tony Awards and the Heisman Trophy. He interviewed non-sports figures such as Matthew Broderick and produced cultural features for ABC's overnight news program World News Now.

                          After spending the 1970s with NBC as an NBC Nightly News and Today Show correspondent, he moved to ABC World News Tonight and 20/20 at ABC in the 1980s. He earned five Emmy Awards, for profiles of Sid Caesar and Tom Waddell, two for reporting, and for writing. In 1988 he began hosting The Sports Reporters on ESPN cable television, which in later years often featured son Jeremy as a correspondent. He also hosted Schaap One on One on ESPN Classic and a syndicated ESPN Radio show called The Sporting Life with Dick Schaap, in which he discussed the week's developments in sports with Jeremy.

                          He wrote the 1968 best-seller Instant Replay, co-authored with Jerry Kramer of the Green Bay Packers, and I Can't Wait Until Tomorrow... 'Cause I Get Better-Looking Every Day, the 1969 autobiography of New York Jet Joe Namath. These led to a stint as co-host of The Joe Namath Show, which in turn led to his hiring as sports anchor for WNBC-TV. Other books included a biography of Robert F. Kennedy; .44 (with Jimmy Breslin), a fictionalized account of the hunt for Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz; Turned On, about upper middle-class drug abuse; An Illustrated History of the Olympics, a coffee-table book on the history of the modern Olympic Games; The Perfect Jump, on the world record-breaking long jump by Bob Beamon in the 1968 Summer Olympics; My Aces, My Faults with Nick Bollettieri; Steinbrenner!, a biography of mercurial New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner; and Bo Knows Bo with Bo Jackson. His autobiography, Flashing Before My Eyes: 50 Years of Headlines, Deadlines & Punchlines, was reissued under Schaap's original title "Dick Schaap as Told to Dick Schaap: 50 years of Headlines, Deadlines and Punchlines."

                          Schaap died on December 21, 2001 in New York City of complications following hip replacement surgery that September. Schaap's final regular TV appearance was on the September 16, 2001 broadcast of The Sports Reporters on the Sunday following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. That weekend all major American college and professional sporting events had been cancelled, and Schaap and his panelists discussed the diminished role of sports in the wake of the tragedy.

                          In 2002, Schaap was posthumously honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors, who awarded him the Red Smith Award. Also in 2002, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame, which created the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism.

                          Bobby Fischer
                          Around 1955, Schaap befriended Bobby Fischer, who was at the time a twelve-year-old chess prodigy, and would later became a world chess champion. In 2005, prompted by questions posed by Schaap's son, Jeremy Schaap, Fischer acknowledged that the relationship was significant and that the elder Schaap had been a "father figure" to him. Fischer was still pointedly resentful that Dick Schaap had later written, among many other comments, that Fischer "did not have a sane bone left in his body".

                          The Sports Emmy division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences renamed their writing category "The Dick Schaap Outstanding Writing Award." The 2005 Emmy in this category was won by Jeremy for a SportsCenter piece called “Finding Bobby Fischer.”
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                          • Scott Young

                            Born: April 14, 1918, Cypress River, Manitoba, Canada
                            Died: June 15, 2005, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, age 87

                            Toronto sports writer;
                            Toronto Globe and Mail, columnist
                            Toronto Telegram, sports editor,

                            In his autobiography, Scott Young explained he became a sports writer purely by chance. “Lucky chance, I’ve always thought.”
                            Lucky indeed. Lucky for everyone.

                            It was December 1936.
                            From a copy boy in Winnipeg to a national columnist and popular author, Young covered everything from the 1937 Winnipeg Maroons in baseball’s Class D Northern League to Canada-Russia hockey in 1974.

                            A lot happend in between. And a lot like life, sports was just a part of it.
                            Journalism took Young into the Second World War where he was a correspondent for The Canadian Press. He covered the Kennedy assassinations and Winston Churchill’s funeral. Royal visits, politics. Young has done it all.
                            Several generations of Canadians have grown up reading Scott Young. Reading his books, reading his columns, and reading more of his books. Three of his books popular with youngsters are still available from McClelland and Stewart in $3.95 paperbacks: Scrubs on Skates, Boy on Defence and A Boy at the Leafs’ Camp.

                            He has made hockey come alive for young and old readers. A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, one wishes he was still writing about the NHL. He probably would have some interesting things to say today.
                            Thanks to his Hockey Night in Canada work, he became synonymous with hockey. He has been honoured for that by being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

                            Born April 14, 1918, in Cypress River, Manitoba, Young began his journalism career at the Winnipeg Free Press.

                            “Reporters today, with degrees in everything from journalism to law, wouldn’t recognize the way into journalism that shaped my life and the lives of others,” he wrote in his autobiography A Writer’s Life. “I worked six nights a week from six till two in the morning.

                            “If anyone wanted a paste pot cleaned, or a page of a story rushed to the city desk or a sandwich from across the street at the Spoon Luincheonette, he (it was always a ‘he’ in those days) simply called ‘Boy’ and I ran.”
                            Told the only way he would ever get published was to go find stories, Young did exactly that. And he has yet to stop.

                            He was a columnist with the Toronto Globe and Mail and sports editor for the Toronto Telegram.

                            His work spans seven decades, earning honours ranging from a National Newspaper Award and Eclipse Award for thoroughbred writing to an honorary doctorate. A school is named after him in his hometown of Omemee, Ontario.

                            His career took him to the Olympic Games, the Kentucky Derby, the Grey Cup and the World Series. He has chronicled Cassius Clay, Conn Smythe, Punch Imlach and Leo Cahill, to name a few.
                            He is a fast writier. He credits the national wire service for that.

                            Young once quit The Canadian Press when the Toronto Star doubled his salary, offering him $47.50 a week. He found the work dull, however, and asked to return to CP.
                            The wire took him back, at $37.50. Another CP bargain.

                            His words literally speak volumes. And they usually tell a good tale. They are always well-chosen.

                            He called the late CP general manager Gil Purcell a “master of the one-two punch, a whack in the teeth followed by a pat on the back.”

                            When long-serving Toronto Maple Leafs publicist Stan Obodiac died, Young recalled how he served during the tumultuous times at the Gardens.
                            “He was never guilty, as some of us were, of throwing gasoline on the flames. Both sides were his friends and he served the institution with intense loyalty.”
                            Neil Young, Scott’s son, has made his own name. Asked once to name his favourite writer, he replied simply: “My father.”
                            Many would agree. (Neil Young was a member of the rock bands, Buffalo Springfield & 'Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young'. Some of their hits were: Suite Judy Blue Eyes, Teach Your Children, Our House.)
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                            • James Thomas Kelley, Jr.---AKA Jim Kelley

                              Born: October 26, 1949,
                              Died: November 30, 2010, Erie, NY, age 61,---d. pancreatic cancer at Buffalo General Hospital (NY).

                              Buffalo (NY) sports writer;

                              James Thomas "Jim" Kelley, Jr. (October 26, 1949 – November 30, 2010) was a professional sports news columnist from South Buffalo. His 30-year career focused primarily on the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, and the greater Buffalo area. He started covering the Sabres in 1981 for The Buffalo News, and also went on to cover the Stanley Cup Finals for 23 straight years. He pursued other media besides newspaper writing. He originated the weekly "Hockey Night in Buffalo", as well as "Sharpshooters" on WNSA with partner Mike Robitaille. From time to time he continued to contribute various hockey articles to and His experience and knowledge of hockey led The Hockey News to proclaim him in 2002–03 as one of the "100 People of Power and Influence in Hockey."
                              Kelley was a regular co-host on Prime Time Sports, a columnist for Sports Illustrated,[4] and wrote a hockey column for; he continued writing columns for Sportsnet up until his death, with his final column being published the day of his death.

                              Kelley was a three-time president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. He also won the 1994–95 New York State Publisher's Award for Sports Writing Excellence, and was named one of the top five hockey writers in North America by ESPN. He was chosen as a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame Media Selection Committee, and a Staff Consultant to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. In 2004, Kelley earned one of hockey's highest honors, receiving the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award, and induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. One year later, he was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.He will also be inducted into the Buffalo Sabres Hall of Fame on January 1, 2011.

                              Hašek incident
                              One of the most notorious moments of Kelley's career came in the 1996–97 NHL season, while he was covering the Buffalo Sabres' first round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators. After Sabres goaltender Dominik Hašek claimed to be injured with a knee pop in Game Three of the series, Kelley wrote a column the next day that accused Hašek of having "poor mental toughness." After Game Five of the series, Kelley approached Hašek for an interview. When he saw Kelley, Hašek unexpectedly yelled at him, pushed him and subsequently ripped his shirt off. He later issued a formal apology to Kelley, and was suspended three games and fined $10,000 for his actions.

                              Battle with cancer
                              In his column on Christmas Eve 2009, Kelley revealed that he was battling pancreatic cancer. He died at age 61 at Buffalo General Hospital on November 30, 2010. Earlier that morning at 1:30 a.m. (EST), he filed his final column for The subject was the Toronto Maple Leafs' status on the two-year anniversary of the hiring of Brian Burke as its general manager.
                              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 05-24-2013, 08:09 AM.


                              • Ines Sainz Gallo de Perez---AKA Ines Sainz

                                Born: March 18, 1978, Queretaro, Mexico
                                Died: Still Alive

                                Mexican sports writer;

                                Inés Sainz Gallo de Pérez (March 18, 1978) is a Mexican journalist for CNN en Español also for Azteca Deportes, hosting the Spanish-language sports interview program DxTips (or, Deportips). Sainz and her husband, who reside in Mexico, own the production company that created the show. Sainz works in the English language as a boxing match hostess.

                                Sainz grew up in a family of three siblings in Mexico City, Mexico, all of them brothers, one her twin. Although Sainz was an athletic tomboy active in a number of sports (she became a black belt in taekwondo at the age of 14, competing in national competitions) Sainz's mother, a homemaker, wanted her to be more feminine, and encouraged her to enter professional modeling, which she did, shooting commercials for such companies as Bacardi, Hoteles Misión, and Telcel.

                                Sainz graduated with a licenciatura en derecho ("bachelor in law") degree from the Universidad del Valle de Mexico in Querétaro and a masters in tax law from the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro. Her father was likewise a lawyer. Additionally, Sainz obtained a graduate degree in sports business administration. Moving from modeling to television sports reporting, Sainz married Mexican television producer Héctor Pérez Rojano and they have three children, María Inés, Eduardo and Hector. Sainz remained an active participant herself in such sports as football, swimming, volleyball, basketball and tennis.


                                Public image
                                In 2010, TV Azteca's website's featured photo galleries of her as well as an article in its "Bad Girls" section extolling her as a woman of intelligence and humor, illustrated by a photo of her modeling a swimsuit. Likewise, during the 2000s, Sainz appeared on the cover of such Spanish-language magazines as Revista Gente y la Actualidad, H Para Hombres, Maxim, and Esquire Mexico. Prior and during the 2010 World Cup, pictures of Sainz were featured on such places as Bleacher Report and the websites run by Sports Illustrated and Men's Health. Sainz was chosen by the magazine FHM as the fifth sexiest woman sports reporter in the world in August 2009.

                                Sports reporting
                                Sainz has interviewed, among others, tennis players Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, basketball players Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, baseball players Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez and association football players Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, Zinedine Zidane, and Lionel Messi. By July 2006, Sainz had covered three Champions League tournaments and four NBA Finals, the 2004 Athens Olympics and the 2006 World Cup. As of 2009, Sainz had covered six Super Bowls, the first, Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002. In January 2009, promoting American football stars to a Mexican audience, Sainz ran an informal biceps competition during the Super Bowl XLIII "media day," awarding her "Strongest Right Arm" award to the Arizona Cardinals' defensive end Antonio Smith. According to the Palm Beach Post, at the 2007 Super Bowl's "media day," Sainz was photographed as often as Peyton Manning; and according to The Daily Telegraph, she was "besides Manning, the single-most popular person on the premises." During a period when Terrell Owens was not speaking with the press in 2008, it was only Sainz who was able to gain an exclusive interview with the wide receiver.

                                Boxing promotion company Top Rank hired Sainz to conduct pre-event reports and interviews and offer ringside commentary for the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito World Super Welterweight Championship bout in Arlington, Texas on November 13, 2010. Sainz co-hosted broadcast commentary for the March 12, 2011 Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga bout.

                                In 2010 the TV Azteca reporter sought an interview with NY Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, and she had been standing on the sidelines during practice when Jets players and coaches appeared to throw footballs in her direction. Later, as she waited in the locker room to conduct an interview with Sanchez, she was reportedly the target of lewd comments from players and staff. She tweeted in Spanish: "I'm so uncomfortable! I'm in the Jets locker room waiting for Mark Sanchez and trying not to look around me." And a few moments later, she wrote, "I want to cover my ears." Media persons reported that team members made "catcalls and rude comments". According to Sainz, it was "the rest of the media start to hear the different kind of things that I didn't hear." She accepted a personal apology from Jets owner Woody Johnson when those incidents became known to him.

                                In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Sainz lost a contract to be the spokesperson for a Mexican bank, which she said was "very painful" for her; however, she said that the publicity resulting from the event also led her to become "the most popular journalist right now in Mexico and Latin America."
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