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  • Frederick N. Weatherly

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


              Sporting News' obituary, March 23, 1944, pp. 20.
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              • Robert Churchill McConnell---AKA Bob McConnell

                Born: January 18, 1925, Seattle, WA
                Died: March 18, 2012, Newark, DE, age 87,---d. Christiana Hospital (Newark, DE)

                Baseball book author;
                Alameda, CA, 5-year old, (April 2, 1930 census)
                Newark, NJ, 15-year old, (April 10, 1940 census)

                Father: David, born California, around 1887; Mother: Alice, born Canada, around 1893;

                Bob has made his residence in Wilmington, Delaware since 1952. He was a mechanical engineer.

                Bob took over the SABR Home Run Log after John Tattersall's death in 1981 and served as co-editor of The Home Run Encyclopedia in 1996. He was the first recipient of the Bob Davids Award, SABR's highest honor, in 1985. He is the author of Going For The Fences: The Minor League Home Run Record Book and has written several articles for the Baseball Research Journal. He has lived in Wilmington, Delaware, for more than 55 years and is a member of the Philadelphia and Washington-Baltimore regional chapters. He is a retired power plant engineer with Delmarva Power & Light Company.

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                • Leonard Robert Davids---AKA Bob Davids

                  Born: March 19, 1926, Kanawha, IA
                  Died: February 10, 2002, Washington, DC, age 75,---d. bladder cancer, metastasized.

                  Baseball organization founder;
                  Norway, IA, 4 year old, (April 5, 1930 census)
                  Norway, IA, 14-year old, (April 2, 1940 census)

                  Father: James Davids, born Netherlands, around 1870; Mother: Katie, born Nebraska, around 1886;

                  Founder of Society for American Baseball Research (SABR);
                  After founding SABR in 1971, Bob ran the organization out of his northwest Washington, D.C., home for 10 years, preparing and mailing the SABR Bulletin newsletter and Baseball Research Journal. In 1985, Bill James dedicated his landmark Historical Baseball Abstract to "the man who has done more for baseball research than anyone else living — L. Robert Davids." His personal research interests were reflected in his SABR published books: Great Hitting Pitchers, This Date in Baseball History, and the three-volume Minor League Baseball Stars. He also edited a commercially published anthology of SABR writings, Insiders’ Baseball, for Scribners. He was the primary editor for most SABR publications in the Society’s early years. While working in a 30-year career for the United States government, mostly at the Pentagon and the Atomic Energy Commission, Bob wrote many articles for The Sporting News from 1951-65. He also published many articles on Congressional history in Roll Call, the Capitol Hill publication. He retired from federal service in 1981. SABR established an award in his name in 1985 as the Society's highest honor and its first regional chapter, serving the Washington-Baltimore area, was named for him in 1986.
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                  The Baseball Biography Project, by David Vincent.
                  Bob Davids, a career Federal government employee, never played professional baseball. However, he had a deep and lasting impact on the game by founding the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) in 1971. This organization has had a large effect on how baseball is quantified and discussed, and its existence is a logical extension of Bob's love for the game of baseball as well as his chosen professional career path.

                  Leonard Davids was born the eighth of nine children on a farm four miles southwest of Kanawha, Iowa, on March 19, 1926. He was the child of James and Katie (Bakker) Davids. James emigrated from the Netherlands and changed his name from the Dutch original Jacobus Vroegindeweij. Katie was a third-generation American of German heritage. All nine of their children were born at home, many without a doctor present at the birth.

                  Although his given name was Leonard, he acquired the nickname "Bob" early in life. The background of this name is unclear, as different members of the family tell different stories. One version of the story is that the young Leonard went around the house imitating the sound of the family's new washing machine saying: "bob, bob, bob ..." His older brothers then started calling him Bob as a result of this act. In later years, he used the name "L. Robert Davids" in all correspondence.

                  Bob played sports growing up and was a star pitcher on his high school baseball team. In one game during his senior year against Garner High School, the county seat, he struck out 10 batters in a 7-inning 3-hitter. He enjoyed pitching and later in life displayed his talent in unusual ways. On one trip home to Iowa with his grandson, the two stopped in Dyersville to visit the Field of Dreams movie set playing field. Bob usually carried bats, gloves and balls in the trunk of his car. While in Dyersville, he pitched batting practice for his grandson and then for anyone else who wanted to hit that day on that field.

                  Another example of his pitching occurred when the Washington chapter of SABR met at a minor league ballpark. Bob threw out a ceremonial pitch before the game to the delight of the chapter members. It was always a strike, sometimes to the surprise of the player chosen to catch the pitch.

                  Davids began studying baseball in 1939 about the time he started high school. He acquired the book Major League Baseball published by Whitman Publishing Company. This book contained annual averages for players, and the young Davids read them with great interest. Bob's interest in these statistics caused him to read about the performance of players in earlier years.

                  Bob attended the Norway Township #3 grade school and graduated from Kanawha High School in 1943. He left after graduation for San Diego, where his brother Bert lived. In California, Bob attended prep school and worked for Consolidated-Vultree Aircraft Corp. He enlisted in the Army Air Force in February 1944 and flew as a nose gunner in the same aircraft, B-24s, which he had helped build in San Diego. His two years of service included duty on Okinawa and in the Philippines.

                  Davids took two baseball publications with him overseas. The first was the 1945 Baseball Register, and the second was about pitching records. The latter book related team won/lost records to individual performance. Bob read both books frequently while overseas to the extent that they were both in tatters by the time he returned to the U.S. In fact, the first few pages of the book on pitchers were all torn off, leaving no title page to identify in later years.

                  After leaving the military in 1946, Bob enrolled at the University of Missouri. He received a Bachelor of Journalism in three years and a Master of Arts in History in 1951, both from Missouri. These two academic disciplines served him well professionally as well as in the baseball community. Davids received a Ph.D. in International Relations from Georgetown University in 1961.

                  Dr. Davids began his 30-year Federal civilian career in Washington with the Department of Defense in 1951. From 1952 to 1958 he was Assistant Editor and later Editor of the Navy Civil Engineer Corps Bulletin. He served in April 1953 as the Navy information officer for Operation Hardtop, a Navy Seabee experiment to build an airfield runway on the icecap of northern Greenland. The technique of packing snow into a runway was used later in Operation Deepfreeze in the Antarctic. While in the Arctic, he traveled with the Danish Governor of North Greenland and the Commander of the Thule Air Base to an Eskimo village a few miles north of the base. They met with Ootah, an Eskimo guide, to present a gift on behalf of the Navy Civil Engineer Corps. Ootah had accompanied Admiral Robert E. Peary, who was a Civil Engineer, Matthew Henson, and three other Eskimos on the 1909 expedition to reach the North Pole. An interview was conducted with the 78-year-old Eskimo, and photos taken to record the meeting. At the time of his death two years later, Ootah was the last survivor of the expedition.

                  Dr. Davids transferred to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) in 1958. There he served as a technical reports officer and later as a long-range planning officer. In 1964 he helped compile presidential documents on nuclear energy for the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library.

                  In late 1968 Davids received a Congressional Fellowship and spent the next year working in the offices of Senator Mark Hatfield and Representative Robert Taft, Jr. Davids wrote speeches and helped prepare legislation during his Fellowship. He traveled with Taft and Representative Wilmer Mizell (a retired major league pitcher who had toiled for the Cardinals, Pirates and briefly for the Mets) to Cincinnati in July 1969, where they participated in ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first professional baseball team, the 1869 Red Stockings.

                  Returning to AEC after his Fellowship ended in late 1969, Davids prepared the "Weekly Report to the White House." He also served as a speechwriter for two AEC chairmen, Glenn T. Seaborg and Dixie Lee Ray.

                  When the agency was dissolved in 1975, Dr. Davids moved to one of its successors, the Energy Research and Development Administration, as Chief of the Special Projects Branch. In April and May 1977, he served as the head of the U.S. Secretariat at the International Nuclear Fuel Cycle Conference in Salzburg, Austria.

                  Later that year he moved to the newly formed Department of Energy as the Special Events Coordinator. His work for this organization included coordinating government dedications of various energy facilities, as well as demonstrations of energy conservation measures. When the Reagan administration took office in 1981, policy changes dictated adjustments at the agency. The 55-year-old Dr. Davids retired from Federal Service at this time.

                  Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper that began publishing in 1955, published many articles on Congressional history under Davids' byline between 1960 and 1975. He wrote about unusual topics that had not been published before, such as brothers, fathers and sons who served at the same time in Congress; the first women in Congress; and the story of the only time a U.S. Vice President took the oath of office in a foreign country.

                  Davids wrote many free-lance baseball articles for The Sporting News (TSN) between 1951 and 1965. The first appeared in December 1951. Among the pieces to appear under Davids' name were a number of full-page features. Perhaps his most personally satisfying article was about his favorite player, Lou Gehrig. The article, written to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the end of Gehrig's consecutive games played streak in 1939, was published on May 16, 1964.

                  Another full-page article for TSN centered on two-sport athletes. The article, which appeared in the November 16, 1963, issue, discussed the careers of persons who played both professional baseball and football. This piece combined two of Davids' interests, as he was also a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA).

                  In the mid-1960s, TSN reduced its coverage of baseball in order to expand its coverage of other sports. This meant Davids lost his outlet for historical baseball articles and needed to find another for the research he continued to do.

                  A few years later, Davids decided to create his own publication, a monthly newsletter called Baseball Briefs. The first edition of this newsletter appeared in April 1971 and contained short articles on interesting baseball topics. Its masthead showed the graphically produced title "baseball" and noted that it was "volume 1, number 1." The graphic used bats as the two L's and a combination of a bat and ball for the two B's in the word "baseball."

                  The first article in Baseball Briefs was about the American League. It read, in part: "The American League opened as a major circuit 70 years ago this month and the only player who still survives that inaugural is little Freddie Parent, shortstop of the Boston Red Sox. Now 95, he is living in a nursing home in Sanford, Maine. Parent did not miss a game from the April 26, 1901 opener to September 26, 1903, making him the first iron man of the AL with 413 consecutive games."

                  Other briefs in that first issue showed the extent of Davids' knowledge and sense of humor, with eye-catching opening lines: "Batter strikeouts continue to go up like the Consumer Price Index"; "Frank Howard of the Nats is the only active player who can hit his weight and still have a respectable batting average (.280)"; "Base stealing, like crime in general, is increasing and is also getting more difficult to curb"; and "Jim Bunning now has the unenviable record of being taken out of more games than any other pitcher in major league history."

                  Davids published Baseball Briefs monthly during the baseball season from 1971 through 1974. In 1975, SABR decided to include the Briefs in a member newsletter not under Davids' control, but that effort failed after a few months. At this point the Briefs disappeared for a few years. Most of Davids' writing at that time was devoted to editing the various SABR publications, so Baseball Briefs was not issued again until 1981, now as a season-end summary. In its last manifestation, the Briefs were included in the SABR Bulletin annually from 1989 through 2000.

                  On Davids' 45th birthday, March 19, 1971, he mailed approximately 35 invitations to a meeting in Cooperstown, New York. The addressees included persons interested in baseball history and statistical research, for whom Davids used the term "statistorians." He compiled his mailing list from names he saw in The Sporting News "appended to an interesting historical or statistical article," as he said in the letter, and from names given him by a number of other baseball historians.

                  This was an effort to organize the unknown quantity of baseball statistorians into a formal group. The initial letter read in part:

                  "What would be accomplished at the Cooperstown meeting? From general to specific, your attendance would provide an opportunity (1) to see Cooperstown and the always changing Hall of Fame Museum; (2) to meet and exchange first hand views with other statistorians; (3) to review specific areas of baseball interest to avoid duplication of effort; (4) to establish an informal group primarily for exchange of information; or (5) to establish a formal organization with officers, dues, a charter, annual meetings, etc.; (6) to consider the establishment of a publication in which our research efforts could be presented; and (7) to take up additional matters which you may suggest in response to this letter."

                  The letter continued with an example of Davids' humor.

                  "What do you do now? You should send me a note saying something along the lines of (1) 'Your idea of a get-together of the baseball statistorians sounds great, I would like to attend; (2) I am interested in your efforts to organize the group, would like to be included but cannot get away for a meeting at Cooperstown this summer; or (3) your plans for an organization are completely impossible; take me off your mailing list, quick.'"

                  Cliff Kachline, the Baseball Hall of Fame Historian, offered the Hall's library for the meeting. The induction ceremonies that year were held on August 9 and featured many players elected by the Veterans' and Negro Leagues Committees but none elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America. It is interesting that only players from older eras were inducted in the year that baseball historians gathered in Cooperstown.

                  On August 10, 1971, sixteen people from eleven states attended the meeting on a warm Tuesday in New York and established the SABR. Those 16 were representative of about 40 statistorians who had responded favorably to the concept of the organization. The group elected three officers, whose first task was to draft the first SABR constitution.

                  In the SABR Bulletin No. 1, issued in August of that year, Bob wrote about the initial meeting: "Discussion of a name for the group centered around geographic coverage, a possible acronym, and a means of covering both the historical and statistical aspects of the group without a long title. It was generally agreed that the word research accomplished the latter. In regard to geographic scope, it was stated that American was broader than national. Society was preferred over association. Efforts to come up with a name resulting in a baseball acronym like RBI or something similar proved fruitless. Consequently, we became the Society for American Baseball Research."

                  There was also a note in the first Bulletin about membership in the Society. Bob wrote: "In regard to membership application, some justification of the $10 fee may be in order. This figure may seem high to some and the question may be raised in individual minds 'what do I get for my $10?'" After a careful description of the benefits, Bob ended that item: "Membership (to paraphrase a current song) means never having to say you're sorry ... for not having joined."

                  Davids was elected the first president of the organization. As of 2003, he was the only person to serve in that position multiple times, having held the office on three separate occasions (1971, 1975, and 1982-83.) In addition, Davids served as a member of SABR's Board of Directors for five years in two separate terms during the 1970s.

                  Bob's expectation for SABR was that it would be "a cozy research group with its own publications." He ran the organization from his Northwest Washington, DC home for ten years, serving as Editor-in-Chief during that time. Publications included the bimonthly newsletter, The SABR Bulletin, and the annual Baseball Research Journal, as well as a membership directory. In those early years, once a publication was ready for distribution mailings were prepared by groups of SABR members in Bob's dining room. The group would talk about baseball, politics and other topics and eat cookies. Crumbs would often find their way into envelopes, sometimes accidentally and sometimes not.

                  Davids welcomed articles for SABR's publications and meeting presentations covering a wide range of topics, including the Negro Leagues. This was well before commercial publishing houses accepted works about the Negro Leagues.

                  In the 1980s, SABR grew beyond what the charter members imagined as interest in baseball increased. Publishers were buying many more works on the history of baseball, and this helped generate the rapid growth of the organization that took it beyond the "cozy research group" envisioned by the founders.

                  On November 4, 1974, twelve members and two guests from the Washington, DC, area met at the home of Ron Gabriel in Chevy Chase, Maryland. This was the first time that a regional group within SABR met formally. The Washington-Baltimore chapter has continued to meet at least once a year since that first event. It was renamed the "Bob Davids Chapter" in 1992 by a vote of the chapter members over the strong objection of its namesake.

                  For many years, Dr. Davids spent hours at the Library of Congress doing research on his favorite topics in baseball and other areas. Bob would spend many Saturdays and even lunch hours during the week at the Library, where he had a favorite microfilm machine that he used. Local researchers knew that they could go to the Library on most Saturdays and find Bob there. Interesting discussions often ensued about baseball and other items of interest. As he did everywhere he went, Davids developed friendships with people whom he met at the Library, including one woman who had escaped the Nazis during World War II.

                  Davids also took semi-annual trips to Cooperstown to do research at the Hall of Fame Library. His usual companion on these journeys was another founding member of SABR, Bob McConnell. The two Bobs, sometimes referred to by other members as "Bob Squared," also roomed together at SABR conventions. They are officially listed in SABR history as members #1 and #2.

                  Davids' research and clippings were not limited to baseball history. Among other lists he kept were a roster of the first 500 SABR members with member number, date joined and hometown; the first women to join the organization; and the first members by state and foreign country. For many years, Bob wrote "SABR Salutes," which were tributes to members published in the membership directory. They gave a brief synopsis of that person's contributions to SABR and baseball history.

                  Davids contributed information for sports fact boxes in multiple newspapers through the years. He was a regular contributor to the Washington Post's "Stat of the Day" and the Chicago Sun-Times' "Sports Fact." These contributions were similar to the pieces he wrote for Baseball Briefs. He wrote an extended article on the history of the designated hitter for the April 7, 1993, edition of USA Today Baseball Weekly on the 20th anniversary of the first use of the DH.

                  In 1985, the SABR Board of Directors established the "Bob Davids Award," which is awarded annually to a SABR member "whose contributions to SABR and baseball reflect the ingenuity, integrity, and self-sacrifice of the founder and past president of SABR, L. Robert 'Bob' Davids." It is awarded each year at the annual convention and is considered the Society's highest honor.

                  At the time of his death, Davids was the only person to have attended all 31 annual SABR conventions. In addition to SABR 31, he attended two other official SABR events in 2001. When the organization celebrated its 30th birthday with a gathering in Cooperstown in August, Bob was at the center of the celebration and cut the birthday cake for all to enjoy. Appropriately, his last SABR event was a meeting of the Bob Davids Chapter in November 2001. He had attended all chapter meetings up to that time.

                  In addition to his keen interest in baseball history, Davids was also interested in other sports. He was a member of the Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA). According to Bob Carroll, Executive Director of PFRA, although Davids "wasn't present at the PFRA organizational meeting in 1979, he was supportive from the beginning. He joined as soon as the organization was announced. Because his reputation for legitimate sports research was so strong, his membership encouraged others to join PFRA. Over the years, he would send advice, suggestions, and tidbits of information."

                  Carroll continued: "Obviously his main interest was baseball, but he had a good knowledge of football history, and my impression was that he was conversant with other sports. I've never heard anyone say anything negative about Bob."

                  Davids published one byline article in PFRA's official newsletter/magazine, The Coffin Corner. It appeared in volume 9 number 7 (1987) and was titled "23 Guys with Hobbies." This was the year that Bo Jackson decided to follow his baseball season playing for the Royals with football for the Raiders. Davids wrote about the 23 persons who had attempted the dual sports roles in the same year and the article's title is another example of Bob's dry humor.

                  Dr. Davids was also a member of the International Boxing Research Organization (IBRO). This interest in boxing started as a young man. The Davids brothers were interested in boxing and, in fact, one of his brothers acquired the nickname "Sharkey" after his favorite pugilist. As an adult, Bob maintained a correspondence with heavyweight champ Max Schmeling for years.

                  Davids married Yvonne Revier, a Pentagon administrative assistant, on June 13, 1953. They had one daughter, Roberta Davids Hagen and two grandsons, Edward and John.

                  Dr. Davids also was a good neighbor and a kind pet owner. He loved walking through the neighborhood with his dogs. His favorite was a 125-pound gray Bouvier nicknamed Bob-Dog. On his strolls, he would take errant newspapers and toss them on the owners' porch and perform other acts of kindness.

                  He was actively involved in numerous community activities. After arriving in Washington in 1953, he was an active member of the Washington Christian Reformed Church until 1969 when he helped to organize its daughter church in Silver Spring. Once the new church was established, he served as head usher from 1969 to 2002 and as a deacon for a short time.

                  From 1967 to 1987, he was the commissioner of the Washington-area Church Fellowship Softball League. He was a frequent blood donor, having donated 91/2 gallons to the American Red Cross prior to undergoing triple heart bypass surgery in 1982. He prepared and served meals at Shepherd's Table in Silver Spring from 1988 to 2002.

                  In 1992, Davids was diagnosed with bladder cancer and underwent many years of chemotherapy for that disease. On the evening of February 3, 2002, he took some newspapers out the back door to the recycle bin but fell as he walked down the stairs. At the insistence of his family, he went to Sibley Hospital the next day to be examined. The doctor thought he discovered a kidney stone and decided surgery was in order. However, the surgical team discovered that there were no stones but that the cancer had taken over much of Bob's body.

                  Davids died in the hospital on February 10, 2002. He was buried on February 20, 2002, at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors in section 33, grave 8910. The numerology of the burial date is one that Bob would have loved as a possible topic for one of his warm-up quizzes: 02202002.

                  A term that has gone out of vogue is "Renaissance Man," meaning someone who is an expert in many fields. Bob Davids certainly represented that concept well. He was interested in baseball, boxing, football, politics, Congress, the Presidency, longevity (reaching the age of 80 or above), and coin and stamp collecting, among other topics. He knew a lot about each of these subjects and often tied them together while writing interesting articles.

                  In addition, Bob was a kind person - someone who made everyone feel important. He was generous with his time and knowledge and helped many researchers when they did not have the facilities available to do their own fact checking. Much of his time at the library was spent helping others with their research.

                  Bob Savitt, the president of SABR's Bob Davids Chapter at the time of Davids' death, said: "Bob was one of those 'larger than life' persons whose wit, wisdom and love blanketed all who came in contact with him."

                  SABR has enriched the lives of many people through the friendships made, the events attended, and the lessons learned. Thus, Bob Davids' legacy lives on in the organization he founded and the many people whose lives he enhanced. (The Baseball Biography Project, by David Vincent.)
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                  • David John Nightingale

                    Born: February 7, 1935, Blue Island, IL
                    Died: April 11, 2007, Robinson, IL, age 72,---d. Wednesday in Crawford Memorial Hospital in Robinson, Ill., of pneumonia. Suffered massive heart attack at his home.

                    Chicago sports writer;
                    Worth, IL, 5-year old, (April 12, 1940 census)
                    Dixon Evening Telegraph,
                    Rockford Morning Star,
                    Chicago Daily News, night editor / reporter, 1961 - March, 1978 (assigned the White Sox beat in July, 1966)
                    Chicago Tribune, ? - 1981
                    Sporting News.

                    Father: Vincent F., born Illinois, August 12, 1910, died January 11, 2000, Louisville, KY; Mother: Mary F. Krueger, born Illinois, around 1914; Wife: Margot J. (Allison), born July 4, 1935, Robinson, IL, died April 20, 2001, Robinson, IL, Dave married Margot June 23, 1956; Second Wife: Rebecca L. (Tennyson) Roth.

                    Baseball-Reference
                    Dave Nightingale began covering sports in high school and continued at the University of Illinois, where he was sports editor of the Daily Illini before graduating in 1956. After two years as sports editor of the Dixon Evening Telegraph and three years writing for the Rockford Morning Star, he joined the Chicago Daily News staff in 1961, working as a night editor and reporter in the sports department until being assigned the Chicago White Sox beat in July 1966. In addition, Nightingale wrote a column from 1973 until the paper closed in March 1978. He returned to the baseball beat with the Chicago Tribune until 1981 and then wrote for The Sporting News.

                    Mr. Nightingale could be tough on players and coaches in his writing but never ducked them the next day in the clubhouse. "He wasn't from the cookie-cutter school of journalism," said Tribune baseball writer David Van Dyck. "He was a great newspaper guy, he worked hard at it, he had inside guys that he knew."

                    Though baseball was his specialty, Mr. Nightingale covered every sport during his career. "He was very versatile and a good writer, a very fast writer," said Ray Sons, sports editor with the Daily News. "He was very sure of himself. No assignment fazed him."

                    On road trips, Mr. Nightingale would always find a French restaurant for dinner, dragging along colleagues who would have been just as happy with a hot dog. Despite the many late nights, Mr. Nightingale was an early-riser and a fierce competitor, even during baseball's spring training in Florida. "He would get up so early, I'd open the drapes and he'd be heading off to the ballpark already," said former Sun-Times baseball writer Joe Goddard.

                    When the Daily News closed, the Sun-Times hired many of its sportswriters, but not Nightingale. "He was just crushed," recalled Sons. Nonetheless, Nightingale would quickly find employment with the rival Tribune. There he would remain until 1981, at which point he became the first national correspondent for The Sporting News (a significant employment upgrade for Nightingale both in terms of stability and exposure). A nationally syndicated columnist, Nightingale frequently served as official scorer at World Series and All-Star Games.

                    After his 1995 retirement to Robinson, Illinois, Nightingale, along with his wife, became actively involved in the local James Jones Literary Society. He served as its president in 2004; in addition, he continued to write freelance articles on golf and continued to be a voting member of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
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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)
                      Nashville
                      Memphis
                      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

                      Wikipedia
                      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.
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                      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.
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                        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.
                          EX-SPORTS EDITOR OF HERALD DIES
                          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.
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                            Sporting News' obituary, September 3, 1942, pp. 8.

                            Ogden Standard-Examiner obituary (Ogden, Utah), Thursday, August 27, 1942, pp. 14.
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