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          • Robert Burns Allison---AKA Bob Allison

            Born: August 23, 1916, Mesa, AZ
            Died: April 5, 1974, Phoenix, AZ, age 57,---d. leukemia

            Arizona sports writer;
            San Diego, CA, 3-year old, (January 8, 1920 census)
            Mesa, AZ, 13-year old, (April 7, 1930 census)
            Phoenix, AZ, newspaper, assistant editor, (April 6, 1940 census)
            Flagstaff Journal,
            Phoenix Gazette, softball writer, 1937 - 1947; sports editor, 1947 - 1974; His column was 'Along the Way'.

            Father: George Lewis, born Illinois, around 1887; Mother: Zelma R Babbitt, born Arizona, around 1887;

            ---------------------Bob Allison, Ben Foot, at the Phoenix Gazette AP wireroom, 1949.--------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, May 11, 1974, pp. 54.
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            • Lee Scott:

              Born: March 17, 1906, Brooklyn, NY
              Died: November 24, 1983, Arcadia, CA, age 77

              Brooklyn sports writer;
              Bronx, NY, Newspaper writer, (April 10, 1940)
              Brooklyn Eagle
              Brooklyn Citizen
              Dodgers' Assistant road secretary / public relations man, 1948-77.

              Source: Baseball '76; Official Bi-Centennial Edition: National---Sporting News' obituary, December 12, 1983, pp. 54.
              Association Professional Baseball Leagues 75th Anniversary, pp. 21.
              Originally posted by LeoD
              Only you could find a photo of Scott
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              • Cullen Adams Cain

                Born: December 2, 1874, Warsaw, MO
                Died: November 26, 1958, Coral Gables, FL, age 83

                New York sports writer;
                5-year old, living in Marion, Missouri (June 1, 1880 census)
                Lindsey, MO, compositor, (June 1, 1900 census)(listed C A Cain)
                Topeka City (Kansas), newspaper reporter, (April 19, 1910 census)
                Chicago editor, monthly magazine, (January 19, 1920 census)
                NYC newspaper, baseball news/publicity, (April 2, 1930 census)
                Coral Gables, FL, no job, (April 27, 1940 census)
                newspaper man working for the Phelps-Dodge Corporation, in Bisbee Cochise, Arizona (September 12, 1918 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                Philadelphia Public Ledger, sports writer,
                National League (New York office), NL Service Bureau's public relations director, 1922 - 1933.

                Mother: Harriet E., born Vermont around 1835; Wife 1: May A. English, born Missouri around 1881; They were married in Warsaw, Missouri on September 16, 1899; Daughter: Phronsie E, born Missouri around 1901; Son: Forrest J., born Arkansas around 1905; Wife 2: Anna M., born Missouri, around 1882;

                On August 15, 1923, National League President John A. Heydler appointed Cullen to be in charge of the new NL service department. He had been a Philadelphia sports writer. He served in this position until at least March 8, 1933, but was no longer in this position by January 1, 1934. He had resigned his position in 1933. Ford Frick took over the job on March 1, 1934.
                Cullen Cain (Baseball. Born, Warsaw, Mo., Dec. 3, 1874; died, Coral Gables, Fla., Nov. 26, 1958.) An itinerant newspaperman who became a baseball writer for the Philadelphia Public Ledger, Cullen Cain was the first publicity director for the National League. Cain sold the idea of opening a Service Bureau in New York to N.L. president John Heydler in 1922. He was the first full-time publicist in baseball history. Cain ran the Service Bureau until 1933, when he resigned to go back into the newspaper business. His successor was sportswriter and part-time sportscaster Ford Frick, who later became N.L. president (1934) and Commissioner of Baseball (1951). Ironically, Cain was hit by a baseball during spring training after leaving the N.L. job and suffered a severe eye injury that left him blind by the early 1940s. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                August 16, 1923.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------January, 1957.
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                • Is there life after sports writing? Here are some Sports Writers Who Went on to Other Fields. Some found greater fame in other fields, while others merely found long-term employment, if not fame.

                  Heywood Broun, New York sports writer, 1908-21; political writer on the left, 1922-39.

                  Westbrook Pegler, sports writer, 1912-33; political writer on the right, 1933-69.

                  Damon Runyon, New York sports writer, 1911-17; free-lance novelist, 1933-45.

                  Gene Fowler, New York sports writer, 1917-1928; free-lance biographer, 1928-60.

                  George Munson, sports writer, 1880-1885; secretary/business manager of Browns, 1885-94.

                  Willis Johnson, St. Louis sports writer, 1901-1914; St. Louis Terriers'/Browns' traveling secretary, 1914-36.

                  Jim Gallagher, Chicago sports writer, 1929-40; baseball executive, 1940-74.

                  Ivan H. Peterman, sports writer, 1922-54; WWII war correspondent,

                  Lee Allen, Cincinnati sports writer, 1945-58; Hall of Fame historian, 1959-69.

                  Paul Gallico, New York sports writer, 1923-36; war correspondent / fiction writer, 1936-?

                  James Farrell, baseball author, 1957; Fiction novelist, 1932-79.

                  John Kieran, New York sports writer, 1914-42; radio panelist, environmental work, 1944-?

                  William J. O'Connor, St. Louis sports writer, 1908-17; Southwest Bell Telephone Co, 1917-50.

                  John Neville Wheeler, New York sports writer, 1907-1913; Organized his own stable of ghost writers syndicate.

                  William Wedge, New York sports writer, 1923-50; Hall of Fame librarian, 1950-51.

                  Bob Holbrook, Boston sports writer, 1936-65; baseball executive, 1965-90.

                  Howard Roberts, Chicago sports writer, 1925-61; baseball PR/traveling secretary/ticket office, 1961-84.

                  Lou Niss, Brooklyn sports writer, 1923-55; Mets PR/traveling secretery, 1960-80.

                  Peter O'Donnell, Chicago sports writer, 1923-48; Race Track manager, 1948-65?

                  Edmund Cunningham, Boston sports writer, 1912-1926; Braves' secretary, 1926-35.

                  Lawton Carver, sports writer, 1925-58; restauranteur, 1951-?

                  Mark Roth, New York sports writer, ?-13; Yankees' traveling secretary, 1915-44.

                  Ed Sullivan, New York sports writer, 1936-48; own TV variety show, 1948-71

                  Ban Johnson, Cincinnati sports writer, 1886-93; baseball executive, 1893-1927.

                  Charles Murphy, Cincinnati sports writer, 1900-04; Cubs' owner, 1906-13.

                  Harry Pulliam, Louisville sports writer, 1887-?; baseball executive, 1903-09.

                  John A. Heydler, sports writer, ?-?; baseball executive, 1909, 1918-34.

                  Ernest Barnard, 1900-03; baseball executive 1903-31.

                  William Veeck, Sr., Louisville sports writer, 1900-17; baseball executive, 1918-33.

                  Horace Fogel, Philadelphia sports writer, ?-?; baseball executive, 1909-12.

                  William Locke, Pittsburgh sports writer, 1893-1903; baseball executive, 1913.

                  Ford Frick, New York sports writer, 1921-33; baseball executive, 1933-65.

                  Charles Segar, Brooklyn/New York sports writer, 1919-46; baseball executive, 1946-71

                  Harold Parrott, Brooklyn sports writer, 1931-43; baseball secretary/ticket sales, 1944-69.

                  George M. Ade, Chicago sports writer, 1890-1900; free-lance humorist, 1900-44.

                  Finley Peter Dunne, Chicago newspaper writer, 1884-04; free-lance humorist.

                  Franklin Pierce Adams, newspaper writer, 1903-41; free-lance humorist, 1941-60.

                  George Graham, Philadelphia sports writer, 1905-16; car executive, 1918-32.

                  Harry Williams, Los Angeles sports writer, 1898-1924; baseball executive, 1924-53.

                  Ray Ziegler, sports writer, 1901-1927; dog breeding/racing, 1922-68.

                  Dr. Alfred Cratty, Pittsburgh sports writer, 1885-1906; Doctor, 1910-40's

                  Bat Masterson, New York sports writer; gambler, US army scout, buffalo hunter, lawman.

                  Robert Ripley, San Francisco/New York newsman/cartoonist; publisher of Ripley's Believe It or Not! series of books.

                  Ken Opstein, Chicago sports writer, 1947 - 1960's; owner/breeder of horses, 1970-1980's.

                  Neil Gazel, Chicago sports writer, 1946-1955; Beatrice Co. executive, 1956-1983.

                  Jake Morse, Boston sports writer, 1883-1913; 1910's-1930's, insurance

                  Joe Cummings, sports writrer, 1892?-1912; 1918?-1920's, political manager, 1925?, insurance

                  James Price, sports writer; 1890's-1916, Red Sox' secretary, 1924-1929

                  George Moreland, Pittsburgh sports writer, 1896-1908; historian / statistician / owner of own sports news bureau, 1910-1920's,
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                  • Max Patrick---AKA Skipper Patrick

                    Born: December 9, 1911, Mississippi
                    Died: April 7, 1970, Learned, MS, age 59,---d. at home, from complications following amputation of a leg, resulting from diabetes.

                    Associated Press sports writer;
                    Beat 4, MS, 8-year old, (January 3, 1920 census)
                    Learned, MS, 18-year old, (April 17, 1930 census)(listed Max Gatlick)
                    Starkville, MS, Public Relations, Mississippi State College, (1940 census)
                    Graduated University of Missouri
                    University of Missouri, sports publicist, November 27, 1937
                    Mississippi State University, sports publicist, December 23, 1941?
                    Associated Press (Baton Rouge office), December 26, 1943? - April 7, 1944?
                    Associated Press (New Orleans office)
                    Associated Press (Kansasa City office), sports editor, 1944 - 1962 (retired)
                    Big Eight Conference, assistant to the commissioner.

                    Father: Joseph B., born Mississippi, around 1880; Mother: Julia M., born Mississippi, around 1882; Wife: Virginia C., born Massachusetts, around 1915;

                    -----------------------------------------------------Trenton Evening Times' obituary, Wednesday, April 8, 1970, pp. 10.---Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) obituary, April 8, 1970, pp. 29A.---Sporting News' obituary, April 25, 1970, pp. 40.
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                    • Louis S. McKenna---AKA Lou McKenna

                      Born: March 23, 1894, Oskaloosa, Iowa (DOB confirmed by WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                      Died: May 19, 1943, St. Paul, MN, age 51,---d. in a St. Paul hospital of pneumonia.

                      Midwest sports writer / editor;
                      Oskaloosa, IA, 16-year old, (April 15, 1910 census)
                      St. Paul, MN, Daily Paper, financier, (January 9, 1920 census)(listed Lewis)
                      St. Paul, MN, Daily newspaper, editor, (April 9, 1930 census)
                      St. Paul, MN, no job(April 10, 1940 census)(listed born Minnesota)
                      Oscaloosa Herald (Iowa), reporter, 1912
                      Bismark (ND)
                      Ottumwa (Iowa)
                      Sioux City Daily News,
                      Siouix City Tribune, (Iowa), ? - June 5, 1917?
                      Sioux City Tribune (Iowa), newspaper reporter, (June 5, 1917 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                      St. Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch, general reporter; financial editor;
                      Sioux City Western League club, business manager, 1922
                      St. Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch, sports editor, 1922 - 1934
                      St. Paul Saints Baseball Club business manager; 1934
                      St. Paul Pioneer Press-Dispatch, sports editor, Fall, 1942 - March 11, 1943
                      St. Paul Saints baseball club, business manger, March 11, 1943 - May 27, 1943, death.

                      Father: born Pennsylvania; Mother: Margaret A., born Ohio, October, 1865; Wife: Emma O., born Iowa, around 1893; Son: James A., born Iowa, around 1917; Daughter: Betty Jean, born Minnesota, around 1925;

                      Sporting News' obituary, May 27, 1943, pp. 2.

                      August 31, 1939: L-R: George Trautman, Lou McKenna, Dick Farrington, George Higgins.
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                      • Top, L-R: Christy Walsh, Jr., Bert Dunne, Wilmot Gordon, Joe Steele, C. P. MacGregor, Bill Schroeder (Helms Foundation), Warren Biscailuz, Matt Walsh, A/C Dick Walsh.

                        Middle, L-R: Bill Nicholas (President of Tournament of Roses), Bob Cobb (Hollywood B B Club), Leo Fischer (Chicago Herald American), Roundy Coughlin (Madison Wisconsin State Journal, Sid Ziff (Los Angeles Mirror), Morley Drury (USC, 1927), Andy Kerr (Colgate), Kick Cullom (Minneapolis Star), Alan Ward (Oakland Tribune), Bud Spencer (San Francisco News), Bill Coffman (Director of East/West game), Los Angeles Sheriff Gene Biscailuz.

                        Bottom, L-F: L. H. Gregory (Portland Oregonian), Sec Taylor (Des Moines Register), Bernie Bierman (Minnesota), Christy Walsh, Jeane Hoffman (Los Angeles Times), Jordan Olivar (Yale), Curley Grieve (San Francisco Examiner), David Grieve (son).


                        • Sidney M. Ziff---AKA Sid Ziff

                          Born: October 15, 1905, Chicago, IL
                          Died: November 3, 1991, San Francisco, CA, age 86,---d. acute blood infection.

                          Los Angeles sports editor;
                          Chicago, IL, 4-year old, (April 26, 1910 census)
                          Chicago, IL, 14-year old, (January 9, 1920 census)
                          Los Angeles, CA, Newspaper, sports editor, (April 8, 1930 census)
                          Los Angeles, CA, sports commentator, radio, (May 13, 1940 census)
                          Attended Amherst College (Amherst, MA), 1951
                          Los Angeles Mirror, veteran sports editor, 1924 - 1966

                          Father: Harris Ziff, born Russia, around 1868; Mother: Annie Goflan, born Poland (sometimes Russia); Wife: Frances, born Louisiana, around 1908; Son: Jerald, born California, around 1935;

                          He was the youngest sports editor ever in Los Angeles.

                          In May, 1950, he became sports editor of the Mirror, and when the Mirror consolidated with The Times in January, 1962, he became a sports columnist. He retired in 1967.

                          "Sid had an opinion on everything, and he didn't mind expressing it, either," recalled Paul Zimmerman, former Times sports editor, now retired.

                          Ziff's opinions often were based on instant observation. For instance, in the opening week of the 1963 National League season, the Dodgers lost and Ziff immediately labeled them a team going nowhere. They won the pennant.

                          On another occasion, after the Dodgers had lost the sixth game of a World Series, he wrote them off and didn't stay for the seventh game. They won it.

                          He was often a tyrant around his staff, but he bore no grudges. Moments after chewing out one of his writers or deskmen, he would casually ask about his family, golf game or night life with a genuine interest. Once, when a particular story didn't come out the way he wanted it, he picked up a typewriter and threw it across the room.

                          When he wrote his column, he talked it out, and it often read more like a conversation than a story.

                          "The Pilot (as the staff called him) is one of a kind, and I don't ever want to meet another one," the late Harley Tinkham once said of his boss.

                          Old-timers at the Times-Mirror recall Ziff walking through the corridors, reading his column and chuckling to himself. He never looked up, so fellow employees learned to give him a wide berth.

                          "The guys in the composing room will remember him," Zimmerman said. "He would write his column and then (instead of rewriting) he would go to the composing room and make corrections after it was set in type. The Linotype operators used to dread seeing him coming."

                          Ziff became sports editor of the Express in 1924, and when it merged with the Herald, he retained his position. After four years in the Army during World War II, Ziff returned to Los Angeles and became sports editor of the Valley Green Sheet, later the Valley Times.

                          On Oct. 15, 1962, his 57th birthday, Ziff was honored with a testimonial dinner at the Biltmore Bowl. He also had a number of columns reprinted in the "Best Sports Stories" anthologies.

                          When he decided to retire, he told associates: "I'm going to retire now (at 62) because I don't like writing obituaries about friends of mine who are dying."

                          He spent much of his time in early retirement playing bridge at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

                          Ziff is survived by his wife, Frances, with whom he lived in a West Los Angeles rest home before being taken to Midway Hospital, where he died. Other survivors include his son, Gerald, a professor of art history at the University of Chicago; daughter-in-law, Jackie; granddaughters and a nephew, Dr. Harris Ziff, of Westlake Village.

                          Services will be private.
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                          • Frederick W. Lindecke---AKA Fred Lindecke

                            Born: July 16, 1932
                            Died: Still Alive as of 2005

                            Milwaukee sports writer;
                            St. Louis, MO, 7-year old, (April 10, 1940 census)
                            United Press International (Milwaukee)
                            St. Louis Post-Dispatch, political reporter, ? - 1997
                            sports writer, 1958? - 1970?

                            Father: Frederick C., born Missouri, around 1907; Mother: Louise, born Missouri, around 1908;
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                            • Robert Lee Maisel---AKA Bob Maisel

                              Born: June 8, 1922, Baltimore, Maryland
                              Died: Still alive as of May 14, 2009.

                              Baltimore sports writer;
                              Baltimore, MD, 7-year old, (April 3, 1930 census)
                              Catonsville, MD, 19-year old, (April 11, 1940 census)
                              Baltimore Sun, sports editor, 1959? - 1967?

                              Father: Frederick C., born Maryland, around 1890; Mother: Christine F., born Maryland, around 1889;

                              His Dad, Fritz Maisel, led the American League in steals in 1914.
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                              • David A. Pietrusza

                                Born: November 22, 1949, Amsterdam, NY
                                Died: Still Alive

                                Historian / Author;

                                Called one "of the best historians in the United States," David Pietrusza has produced a number of critically-acclaimed works concerning 20th century American history.

                                His book "1960: LBJ vs JFK vs Nixon: The Epic Campaign that Forged Three Presidencies" was named by ForeWord Magazine as among the best political biographies.

                                Pietrusza's "1920: The Year of the Six Presidents" received a Kirkus starred review, was honored as a Kirkus "Best Books of 2007" title, and was named an alternate selection of the History Book Club. Historian Richard Norton Smith has listed "1920: The Year of the Six Presidents" as being among the best studies of presidential campaigns.

                                Pietrusza's biography of Arnold Rothstein entitled "Rothstein: The Life, Times & Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series" was a finalist for the 2003 Edgar Award. Rothstein's audio version won an AUDIOFILE Earphones Award.

                                Pietrusza's "Judge and Jury, his biography of baseball's first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis," received the 1998 CASEY Award and was also a Finalist for the 1998 Seymour Medal and nominated for the NASSH Book Award.

                                Pietrusza collaborated with baseball legend Ted Williams on an autobiography called "Ted Williams: My Life in Pictures."

                                His books have been utilized as texts by such colleges as George Washington University, the City University of New York,  the University at Buffalo, Baylor University, Bellevue College, the University of Illinois, and the University of San Francisco. "1920" has been part of the syllabus for the course "Congress, The Presidency & 21st Century Media" offered by C-SPAN, The Cable Center and the University of Denver. His talk on "Silent Cal's Almanack" is included in the curriculum for the C-SPAN Classroom initiative.

                                Pietrusza served as president (1993-97) of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), and as editor-in-chief of the publishing company Total Sports. He has been interviewed on NPR, MSNBC, C-SPAN, ESPN, the Fox News Channel, the History Channel, EBRU-TV, and the Fox Sports Channel. He has produced and written the PBS-affiliate documentary, "Local Heroes."

                                Pietrusza holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University at Albany and has served on the City Council in Amsterdam, New York. He has served as public information officer for both the NYS Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform and the NYS Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.

                                His next book, "1948: Harry Truman's Improbable Victory and the Year that Transformed America's Role in the World," is a study of the dramatic 1948 presidential campaign.
                                Winner of both the CASEY and F.C. Lane Awards, Pietrusza has authored or edited over three dozen books.

                                As a noted presidential scholar, Pietrusza has been selected to serve on the Siena College Research Institute (SRI) Survey of United States Presidents. Along with such historians as David McCullough, Douglas Brinkley, Paul Johnson, William Leuchtenberg, Ted Morgan, Thomas Fleming, Joseph Persico, and Harold Holzer.

                                His books have been utilized as texts at colleges such as George Washington University, the City University of New York, the University at Buffalo, Baylor University, Bellevue College, the University of Illinois, and the University of San Francisco.

                                Both his CASEY Award-winning Judge and Jury and hid Edgar Award finalist Rothstein shattered conventional thinking and accepted historical models.

                                "1920" has been part of the syllabus for the course "Congress, The Presidency & 21st Century Media" offered by C-SPAN, The Cable Center and the University of Denver. His talk on "Silent Cal's Almanack" is included in the curriculum for the C-SPAN Classroom initiative.

                                Pietrusza has served as editor-in-chief of Total Sports Publishing and as National President of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), 1993-1997, as well as on the Board of Trustees of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation.

                                His body of historical work had garnered media attention from such diverse outlets as the New York Times, Newsweek, US News & World Reports, The Washington Post, Newsmax, NPR, C-SPAN, MSNBC, The Fox News Channel, the Cox News Service, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, the Jerusalem Post, The New York Law Journal, The New York Sun, the Denver Post, the Weekly Standard, the Washington Times, The Seattle Times, The Nashville Tennessean, The Raleigh News & Observer, and the Tucson Sun.

                                He has extensive experience in website content development, having worked on ATT's Interchange system, helped develop the site (called by Wired Magazine one of the 100 best web sites of all time) and, and served as webmaster for several sites including that of the Society for American Baseball Research.

                                Pietrusza holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in history from the University at Albany and has served on the Amsterdam (NY) City Council. He lives in upstate New York.

                                Learn more at
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