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  • Walter Bruce Elias

    Born: June 12, 1872, Charleston, SC
    Died: May 19, 1948, New York, New York, age 71,---d. of heart attack of 3 days previous, at Medical Arts Center Hospital in NYC.

    Baseball statistician;
    Charleston, SC, 2-year old, (June 2, 1880 census)
    Charleston, SC, traveling salesman, (June 1, 1900 census)
    New York, NY, commercial traveling salesman, shirts, (April 29, 1910 census)
    New York, NY, baseball, (January 31, 1920 census)
    New York, NY, baseball, Statistician, (April 14, 1930 census)
    New York, NY, News, statistician, (April 2, 1940 census)
    Elias Baseball Bureau, 1912 - 1948

    Father: Lewis, born Germany, around 1841; Mother: Mary, born South Carolina, around 1842; Wife: Frances J., born New York, around 1890;

    With his brother Al, Walter ran the Elias Baseball Bureau, which kept the official stats of many leagues. Walter was general manager, until Al died, and then he took over the business.

    The Elias Sports Bureau (ESB) is an American company that provides historical research and statistical services in the field of professional sports.

    In 1913, Al Munro Elias and his brother Walter established the Al Munro Elias Bureau in New York City. At first they sold printed scorecards with baseball data directly to fans, until The Telegram daily newspaper purchased their weekly compilation of "averages" in 1916. Elias was appointed official statistician of the National League and International League in 1919 with the American League and other minor leagues to follow.

    In 1937, Elias assumed publication of Charley White's Record Book, the so-called Little Red Book, after the death of its originator. It became an official (authorized) source for major league records. In 1938, the Bureau began producing the Pocket Cyclopedia of Major League Baseball, and for many years published the official Green Book, the National League's annual summary.

    Today, ESB is the official statistician of Major League Baseball, as well as the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, and the Arena Football League. More recently, ESB added pro women's basketball (WNBA) to its list of league clientele.

    ESB also is a primary source of statistics for national newspapers, magazines and websites, as well as dozens of broadcasters of MLB, NBA and NHL telecasts. With Sporting News having phased out its record book publishing business during 2007, The Elias Book of Baseball Records appears to be the sole hard-copy source of official baseball records. This book is available only through the company website.

    Executive vice-president Steve Hirdt has branched out into writing. He started by writing for ESPN's Page2 website briefly before moving to ESPN The Magazine to write a column titled "Do the Math" which focuses on statistics.

    ---------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, May 26, 1948, pp. 32.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-26-2013, 07:41 PM.


    • John Stanley Phillips

      Born: April 3, 1903, Chicago, IL
      Died: April 2, 1992, Des Plains, IL, age 88

      Baseball statistician;
      Chicago, IL, 7-year old, (April 30, 1910 census)
      Chicago, IL, 16-year old, (January 10, 1920 census)
      Chicago, IL, statistician for Howe News Bureau, (April 9, 1930 census)
      Chicago, IL, baseball statitician for news bureau, (April 10, 1940 census)
      Attended Lewis Institute, 1921 - 1923
      Howe Bureau, 1920 - 1933?

      Father: Victor, born Poland, around 1874; Mother: Hudwika, born Poland, around 1884; Wife: Jean P., born Illinois around 1908; Son: Richard: born Illinois around 1936; Daughter: Nancy, born Illinois around 1939; John married Jean around 1928.

      John was with Irwin Howe News Bureau from 1929 - January 1, 1979. He was the sole owner since 1956. From 1979, he was a consultant for 3 years. Mr. PHillips saw all the White Sox opening games from 1923-84.

      -----------Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 512.
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-26-2013, 06:57 PM.


      • Ivan Clarence Kuhns, Jr.---AKA Ike Kuhns

        Born: September 26, 1935, Narberth, PA
        Died: April 26, 2012, Newark, NJ, age 76,---d. after a short illness.

        Newark sports writer;
        Lower Merion, PA, 4-year old, (April 10, 1940 census)
        American Forces Korea Network, US Army, sports director, 1958 - ?
        Lakeland News (Dover, NJ), sports editor, 1961 - 1963
        Daily Advance (Dover, NJ), 1963 - 1965
        Newark Star-Ledger, 1965 - 2001

        Father: Ivan Clarence, born Missouri, May 8, 1891, died July 1, 1987; Mother: Jannie, born Tennessee, around 1905;

        Ike Kuhns (Sportswriter. Born, Narbeth, PA, Sept. 26, 1935.) A radio-television major as an undergraduate at Syracuse, Ivan C. Kuhns became the leading soccer writer for The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., during the glory days of the Cosmos in the old N.A.S.L. Kuhns’ career began as sports editor of the weekly Lakeland News in Dover, N.J., in 1961, and he became sports editor of the now-defunct Daily Advance of Dover for two years (1963-65) before joining The Star-Ledger. He covered a wide range of sports during his 36 years at The Star-Ledger (1965-2001), but his Cosmos coverage, particularly after the arrival of Pele in 1975 and the team’s move to Giants Stadium (1977) became most noteworthy.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-26-2013, 06:41 PM.


        • Alexander Nikolaus Wolff---AKA Alex Wolff

          Born: February 3, 1957, Wilmington, DE
          Died: Still Alive

          Sports Illustrated sports writer;
          Graduated Princeton University (Princeton, NJ), B. A. in History, cum laude,, 1980
          Sports Illustrated, New York, NY, reporter, 1980-81, writer/reporter, 1981-82, staff writer, 1982-85, senior writer, 1985-

          Father: Nikolaus Emanuel; Mother: Mary Whtney Neave; Wife: Vanessa James; Son: ?; Daughter: ?

          Alexander Wolff is a writer for Sports Illustrated and former owner of the Vermont Frost Heaves of the Premier Basketball League (PBL). Alex is mainly a basketball sports writer.

          He graduated from Brighton HS in Rochester, NY and then attended Princeton University. He has written several books about basketball, among them Big Game, Small World (ISBN 0-446-52601-0), a look at basketball around the world. His most notable and notorious work was a feature article in Sports Illustrated from June 12, 1995 entitled "Why the University of Miami should drop football." In it, Wolff wrote an open letter to then-president Tad Foote claiming that the Hurricanes were a "disease" that had ruined the school's image and needed to be at least temporarily shut down. Wolff wrote a follow up letter in 2011 to the current UM president, Donna Shalala, following the Nevin Shapiro booster controversy.

          He currently resides in Addison County, VT with his wife, son and daughter.
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-11-2012, 01:28 AM.


          • Thomas J. Kenville---AKA Tom Kenville

            Born: November 16, 1929, Flushing (Queens), NY
            Died: September 4, 2012, Binghamton, NY, age 82,---d. Susquehanna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, after a more than 2-year battle with cancer.

            New York sports writer;

            Graduated St. Bonaventure University, 1951
            US Army,
            4-month old, Queens, NY, (April 3, 1930 census)
            10-year old, Queesns, NY, (April 15, 1940 census)

            Father: William J., born around 1929, New York; Mother: Ann M., born around 1929, New York; Wife: Patricia F.;

            Mr. Kenville served as a publicist for Muhammad Ali.

            In addition to his sports writing jobs, Kenville was a member of the boxing promotion department at Madison Square Garden, a publicist for Top Rank Boxing, and served as the official scorekeeper for the New York Knicks and Rangers. He was on the Boxing Writers Association of America’s board of directors at the time of his death.

            Born on November 16, 1929 in Queens, NY, Tom lived in New York City for most of his life before moving to Binghamton in 2001 to be with family members. He is predeceased by his wife, Patricia F. Kenville and his parents William J. and Ann M. Kenville.

            Family and friends will remember him for his great love and knowledge of sports, music, theatre and literature. Tom’s upbeat personality, good humor, enjoyment of life and story-telling talents will be missed immensely.

            Tom graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1951, then served in the U.S. Army. At the time of his death, he was on the Board of Directors of the Boxing Writers Association of America. During his career, he was a sports writer for the New York Times and the Associated Press, a member of the boxing promotion department at Madison Square Garden and was a publicist for Top Rank Boxing and for boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Among the other positions he held, Tom served as the official scorekeeper for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers.

            A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Binghamton, NY on Saturday, September 8 at 11am. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Johnson City, NY. J.A. McCormack and Sons Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Contributions in Tom’s memory can be made to St. Bonaventure University.
            Kenville, Thomas J. Binghamton: Thomas J. Kenville, 82, of Binghamton, passed away peacefully on September 4 at the Susquehanna Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Born on November 16, 1929 in Queens, Tom lived most of his life in New York City before moving to Binghamton in 2001 to be with family. He is predeceased by his wife, Patricia A. Kenville; and his parents, William J. and Ann M. Kenville. Tom is survived by his loving brother and devoted sister-in-law, William M. and Violet M. Kenville of Binghamton. He is also survived by his caring nephews, William M. (Victoria) Kenville of Binghamton and Mark F. (Kathleen) Kenville of Manlius; his caring nieces, Karin K. (John) Combs of Harrison, TN and Kristeen K. (Michael) Hickey of Eden Prairie, MN; several great-nephews and great-nieces, two great-great-nephews and a great-great-niece, as well as many dear, extended family members and longtime friends. Family and friends will remember him for his great love and knowledge of sports, music, theatre, and literature. Tom's upbeat personality, good humor, enjoyment of life, and storytelling talents will be missed immensely. Tom graduated from LaSalle Academy in Manhattan in 1947 and from St. Bonaventure University in 1951, and then served in the US Army.

            He was employed in public relations at the Mosler Safe Company, was a sports writer for the New York Times and the Associated Press, a boxing promoter at Madison Square Garden, a publicist for Top Rank Boxing and for boxing legend Muhammad Ali, and promoted events for George Foreman, Larry Holmes and Joe Frazier, among others. Tom also served as the official scorekeeper for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers. He was on the Board of Directors of the Boxing Writers Association of America. A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Highland Avenue, Binghamton, Saturday, September 8, 2012, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at St. Thomas Aquinas Church Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory of Tom may be made to St. Bonaventure University, 3261 West State St., St. Bonaventure, NY 14778. Arrangements are by the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main St., Binghamton.
            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 03-16-2013, 11:50 AM.


            • Lacy Jimmerson Banks

              Born: August 11, 1942, Lyon, Mississippi
              Died: March 21, 2012, Chicago, IL, age 68,---d. after long battle with prostate cancer, a brain tumor and heart disease.

              Chicago sports writer;
              Graduated University of Kansas, (degree in French)
              US Navy, officer, (3 years in Vietnam)
              Chicago Sun-Times, sports writer, August 7, 1972 - 2012

              Wife: Joyce

              Lacy J. Banks (1943 – March 21, 2012) was an American sportswriter who worked for the Chicago Sun Times from 1972 until his death in 2012. The newspaper's first African-American sportswriter, Banks covered the National Basketball Association and the Chicago Bulls. Of all the Sun's modern sports writers, Lacy wrote for them the longest, 32 years. Lacy was mainly a basketball sports writer, but could handle other sports assignments. He was also an old-school church preacher and very proud of his faith. He was a goodwill ambassador at all times, for both sports and faith.

              A native of Lyon, Mississippi, Banks studied French at the University of Kansas and served in the Vietnam War. In addition to his writings on basketball, he co-authored the book Winning Boxing (1980).

              He died at age 68 in 2012 after suffering from prostate cancer, a brain tumor, and heart disease in his later years. He and his wife, Joyce, were married 43 years, with three daughters and five grandchildren.
              Chicago Tribune obituary, March 22, 2012,
              'Old-time writer with a big personality'
              Pioneering sportswriter Banks dies
              March 22, 2012|By Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune reporter

              Lacy J. Banks, the longest-serving sportswriter at the Sun-Times, died Wednesday at 68. (Scott Stewart/Chicago Sun-Times Photo)
              Lacy J. Banks was a name-dropper.

              He talked about God, he talked about his family and he talked about Michael Jordan.

              And, yes, in that order.

              He would greet colleagues in the press box with "God bless you" before setting up his computer and attending to the business of covering a sporting event. During a break in the action, he would call his wife of 43 years, Joyce, and whisper sweet messages as if he were courting her for the very first time.

              A pioneering sportswriter for the Chicago Sun-Times, an ordained Baptist minister and a renaissance man who often publicly shared his talent as a singer, Banks — known affectionately as "The Reverend" — died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer and heart problems. He was 68.

              Banks became the first full-time African-American sportswriter at the Sun-Times in 1972. Wendell Smith, also an African-American and a member of the writers' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame who passed away in 1972, had written a column part-time for the paper after the old Chicago Herald-American folded.

              A native of Lyons, Miss., Banks graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in French before serving three years in Vietnam as a U.S. Naval officer.

              Banks, who preached in more than 100 churches in the Chicago area, is best known for his coverage of the Bulls during their championship runs with Jordan. But he also covered the Fire, Sting, Blackhawks, Wolves, Cubs, Hustle, Rush, Sky, college football and basketball and pro boxing during his 40 years at the Sun-Times.

              The Bulls plan a moment of silence for him before Saturday night's home game against Toronto.

              "He was more than a reporter on the sidelines, he cared deeply about the teams he covered and the profession that he represented," Bulls and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. "While we didn't always agree with his position — as is natural — we never questioned his enthusiasm for the Bulls or the city of Chicago."

              Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the following statement:

              "Lacy was not just a sportswriter; he was a trailblazer in his field. By sharing his courtside seat with the city for nearly four decades and writing in beautiful detail, he told a story that was bigger than sport; he told a story about how a team can tie a city's hopes and communities together. Lacy's dedication to his craft came not just from love of the game, but from his love for Chicago. We mourn the loss of a great Chicagoan today and my thoughts and prayers are with Lacy's family."

              Banks joined the paper on August 7, 1972, and was the longest-serving sportswriter on the Sun-Times' staff.

              "His personality was as big as the personality of anyone he ever covered. He had too much charisma to be a sportswriter," said Tribune Bears columnist Dan Pompei, who worked for the Sun-Times from 1983-1997.

              "Lacy never walked into a room without lighting it up. And he had a way of making everyone he came in contact with feel good about himself. I think anyone who had a relationship with him would say they were better for knowing Lacy."

              "Most any memory of Lacy forces a smile," Tribune Bulls beat reporter K.C. Johnson said. "There was the way he'd time his postgame room service order to be piping hot for when he'd get back to his hotel after filing his story. Or the way he would break into song to brighten up an airline gate agent's day. Or the way he'd ask the tough question with a smile, waving his large, antiquated tape recorder in an athlete's face. Invariably, Lacy would get a great response. His life was about engagement."

              Tribune baseball writer Dave van Dyck spent more than two decades at the Sun-Times.

              "The first remembrance was also the last — that little smile and sort of snicker that was never far away," van Dyck said. "No matter the hardships — whether it be from bosses, from athletes, from health, from family matters — Lacy would always return to being happy. It was his nature and also because of his faith in God, which he loved to bestow to his workmates, but never to the point of being overbearing. He would always tell us that God would forgive us.

              "Lacy was truly one of a kind, an old-school sportswriter who worked tirelessly at his beat. Yet he somehow still found time be a preacher and counselor and husband/father … and to have that little smile and snicker."

              Banks represented being more than a sportswriter to many of the athletes he covered.

              Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas, who grew up on the West Side of Chicago and starred for Indiana University and the Pistons, cherishes his personal memories of Banks.

              "He was always special to all of us, especially myself and my family going into the NBA and making the transition. He was always making sure that my brothers, my mom … you know, we had a spiritual base about us," Thomas said from Miami.

              "He would always pray with us and he always had words of wisdom for life whenever we were going through difficult times."

              -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Shaking with Michael Jordan.
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-16-2013, 06:38 PM.


              • Steven H. Wilstein---AKA Steve Wilstein

                Born: September 1, 1948, NY
                Died: Still Alive

                Associated Press sports writer;

                Steve Wilstein (born September 1, 1948 in New York) is an American sportswriter, author and photographer. Wilstein broke the news of St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire's androstenedione use during his record-setting 70-home run season in 1998—a report that gave the public its first look at what became baseball's "Steroids Era," and ushered in changes in the sport as the story continued to unfold for more than a decade.

                Wilstein's story for the Associated Press was the first to report evidence of a baseball player using steroids and the first to quote a player who acknowledged using them. His succeeding reports and commentaries were central to the longest-running series of stories in baseball history on a single subject with continuing developments.

                Wilstein's stories and columns led to a series of revelations that resulted in Congressional hearings, drug-testing in the major leagues for the first time, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on androstenedione, and the federal Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004.

                His work was cited as pivotal by former Sen. George Mitchell in his 2007 report to the commissioner of baseball on steroids in the sport, after a 20-month probe, and was chronicled in the books Game of Shadows and Juicing the Game, and detailed in the ESPN the Magazine series, “Who Knew?” In 2009, the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America nominated Wilstein for the Hall of Fame's J.G. Taylor Spink award "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing." In 2010, Wilstein was featured in filmmaker Ken Burns' PBS baseball documentary, "The Tenth Inning."

                Wilstein is the author of "The AP Sports Writing Handbook," (McGraw-Hill, 2001), which is used as a primary text in many college journalism classes. Wilstein continues to provide commentary and insight about developments in the “Steroids Era,” although he retired from the AP in 2005. He exhibits photography at several galleries and has also written children’s stories and magazine pieces.

                Steve has lived in Palo Alto, CA, Mountain View, CA, Flushing, NY,
                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-16-2013, 06:49 PM.


                • Adam C. Schefter

                  Born: December 21, 1966, Valley Stream, NY (Long Island, NY)
                  Died: Still Alive

                  New York sports writer;
                  Graduated University of Michigan
                  Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism
                  Michigan Daily, editor
                  Seattle Post-Intelligencer
                  Rocky Mountain News (Denver, CO)
                  Denver Post,
                  NFL Network, 2004

                  Adam Schefter (born December 21, 1966, in Valley Stream, New York) is an American sports writer and television analyst. He is an NFL Insider for ESPN, which hired him in June 2009.

                  Education and career
                  A graduate of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Schefter was an editor at The Michigan Daily. After graduating from Medill, Schefter did an internship for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer before moving to Denver in 1990, when he began writing for The Rocky Mountain News and then later, The Denver Post.

                  Schefter joined the NFL Network in 2004 and appeared on NFL Total Access and also wrote for NFL.COM. Before joining NFL Network Schefter appeared frequently on ESPN's Around the Horn as a substitute for Woody Paige, who was based in Denver at the time. Before Around the Horn, Schefter appeared on ESPN's The Sports Reporters. Schefter appeared on NBC twice in the summer of 2008, working as the sideline reporter for Al Michaels and John Madden during the Redskins-Colts Hall-of-Fame game and then the Redskins-Jaguars preseason finale.

                  According to a USA Today survey of fans published January 19, 2009: "NFL Network's Adam Schefter edged ESPN's Chris Mortensen (34%-32%) for best [NFL] insider despite the NFL Network being in less than half as many U.S. households." Schefter was selected as the best (NFL) insider in another USA Today poll in November 2010. Schefter was voted USA Today's best "insider" for a third straight year in November 2011.

                  In 2009, Schefter became a football analyst with ESPN. He began appearing on air on August 17, 2009. In October 2010, Sports Illustrated writers included Schefter in its "Power 40+", a listing of the NFL's most influential officials, executives, coaches, players and media members.

                  Movie appearances
                  Schefter also had a cameo appearance in the 2005 movie The Longest Yard.

                  Radio career
                  Schefter is a guest on numerous radio programs, including 1023 ESPN Denvers Sports Station dot com in Denver, Colorado, and ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Illinois.

                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-16-2013, 06:53 PM.


                  • Red Fisher

                    Born: August 22, 1926, Montreal, Canada
                    Died: Still Alive

                    Montreal sports writer;
                    Montreal Star, sports writer, March 15, 1954 - 1969, sports editor, 1969 - September, 1979
                    Montreal Gazette, October, 1979 - June 8, 2012

                    Red Fisher (born 22 August 1926 in Montreal) is a former Canadian sports journalist whose columns focused on the National Hockey League and its Montreal Canadiens team. He was mainly a hockey sports writer.
                    He began his hockey coverage in The Montreal Star newspaper in 1954 where he remained as writer and sports editor until that paper's demise in 1979. Immediately after this, he joined the Montreal Gazette as sports editor (for a short time), where his columns continued to appear.

                    Fisher was the longest-serving beat writer covering an NHL team. Over his career, he worked for 10 editors and publishers, and won the Canadian National Newspaper Award three times. Fisher's retirement was announced by Gazette publisher Alan Allnutt in a column on June 8, 2012.
                    Red Fisher started his journalism career with The Montreal Star on March 15, 1954. He was that newspaper's hockey writer and columnist, and its sports editor from 1969 until September, 1979 when The Star closed.

                    He joined The Gazette as sports editor the following month and served in that capacity for several years.

                    Fisher is in his 49th season of covering the Montreal Canadiens. He has won the National Newspaper Award for sportswriting in 1971 and 1991, and has been nominated for the NNA on two other occasions. He was also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from Sports Media Canada in 1999.

                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-06-2012, 09:41 PM.


                    • Donald Ollen Rhodes---AKA Don 'Ramblin' Rhodes

                      Born: December 24, 1945, Gainesville, TX
                      Died: Still Alive

                      Don was born in Texas to Ollen Columbus Rhodes (June 14, 1922) and Ella Elfreida Sampert Rhodes (July 20, 1925) but reared in several small towns in Georgia and South Carolina. He graduated from Chamblee (Ga.) High School, near Atlanta, in 1963 and the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism in 1967.

                      He worked as a police beat reporter for the Savannah (Ga.) Evening Press for six months before serving three years in the U.S. Army including the full 365-days tour of Vietnam. He served with the Signal Corps and had his stories appear in various publications including the Army Times. An essay he wrote on patriotism won him the George Washington Freedom’s Medal from the Freedom’s Foundation in Valley Forge, Pa.

                      Upon his discharge in 1970, he returned to Savannah as a police beat reporter for both the Evening Press and the Savannah Morning News. It was while in Savannah that on October 31, 1970, he began Ramblin’ Rhodes , a weekly country music column that in 1982 was declared by The Tennessean daily newspaper in Nashville to be the longest running country music column in America. It marked its 40th anniversary in October of 2010.

                      Throughout the years of the column, Don has written about many country music stars who have loved baseball and wanted to play professionally including Charley Pride and Roy Acuff.

                      He transferred in 1971 to become the city government reporter for the Augusta (Ga.) Herald, and it was while at the Herald in the 1970s that Don began writing about Ty Cobb and his ties to the city of Augusta. Cobb began playing professionally for the Augusta Tourists in 1904 before joining the Detroit Tigers in 1905. Cobb married an Augusta woman, Charlie Lombard, in 1908 and four of his five children were reared in Augusta. Cobb lived in Augusta for more than 25 years.

                      Don became head political reporter of both the Herald and The Augusta Chronicle and also entertainment editor before being transferred in 1993 to the corporate communications department of Morris Communications Co., a family owned business based in Augusta which owns several daily and weekly newspapers, national magazines, tourism publications, a book company, radio stations and other media companies throughout the United States and in several countries.

                      Besides being publications editor of Morris Communications Co., Don at present also is publications manager for the corporation’s affiliates, The National Barrel Horse Association (22,000 members internationally) and The Augusta Futurity (the largest cutting horse event east of the Mississippi).

                      His books are:
                      ·Down Country Roads with Ramblin' Rhodes: Collected Columns, 1982, published independently.
                      ·Entertainment in Augusta and the CSRA, 2004, Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, S.C., distributed to major book stores regionally.
                      ·Ty Cobb: Safe at Home, 2008, The Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Conn., nationally distributed to major bookstores, named by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as one of the three best sports books of 2008.
                      ·Say it Loud! My Memories of James Brown, Soul Brother No. 1, 2008, The Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Conn., nationally distributed to major bookstores.
                      ·Mysteries and Legends of Georgia: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained, 2010, The Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Conn., nationally distributed to major bookstores,
                      ·Georgia Icons: 50 Classic Views of the Peach State, 2011, The Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Conn., nationally distributed to major bookstores.

                      ----With rising star, Greg Austin---------------------------------------------------------------------------------with James Brown---------------------------------------The Man in Black, Johnny Cash.

                      ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2010 Christmas Parade----------------------------Gorgeous/Wonderful Tammy Wynette (so much more than Stand By Your Man.)

                      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------With Norm Coleman as Ty Cobb.

                      L-R: Bill Kirby (Augusta Chronicle columnist), Don, Don's father, Ollen, Lou Brissie (former Phil. pitcher)---------Little Jimmy Dickens, 4'11 country music singer, known for humorous, novelty songs.

                      With Barbara Mandrell.---First Tammy, now Barbara? Dang, Don! I wanna wear the same after shave as YOU!

                      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-01-2012, 12:18 PM.


                      • William T. Conlin, Jr.---AKA Bill Conlin

                        Born: September 17, 1939, Philadelphia, PA (wikipedia gives his DOB as May 15, 1934)
                        Died: January 9, 2014, Largo, FL, age 79,---

                        Philadelphia sports writer;
                        ?Sharon, PA, 3-month year old?, (April 18, 1940 census)
                        Graduated Temple University (Philadelphia), 1961
                        Philadelphia Bulletin, sports writer, 1960 -
                        Philadelphia Daily News, sports writer, May, 1965 - 1987, sports columnist, 1987 - 2011
                        Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame with Spink Award, 2011

                        William "Bill" Conlin is an American sportswriter and long-time columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News. Prior to joining the Daily News, he wrote for the Philadelphia Bulletin. He is a member of Baseball Writers Association of America and a voter for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

                        New York Times' obituary, January 10, 2014, by Daniel E. Slotnik
                        Bill Conlin, Sportswriter Who Quit After Molestation Claims, Dies at 79

                        Bill Conlin, a sports columnist for The Daily News in Philadelphia who was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011 but who left his job later that year amid a storm of publicity over child-molestation accusations, died on Thursday in Largo, Fla. He was 79.

                        His death was confirmed by his friend William Earley, who said Mr. Conlin had been in poor health for some time.

                        A bearded, boisterous figure, Mr. Conlin was known to a national audience of sports fans through his frequent appearances on the ESPN program “The Sports Reporters.” He joined The Daily News in 1965 and wrote about sports for the paper for more than 45 years. He became a columnist in 1987 and was noted for his baseball writing and his irreverence. (In many columns he used the phrase “When I’m king of the world,” followed by other monarchical proclamations.)

                        RELATED COVERAGE

                        Four accusers have said the columnist Bill Conlin sexually abused them in the 1970s.Philadelphia Sportswriter Accused of Child MolestationDEC. 20, 2011
                        Bill Conlin is not scheduled to lose his distinctive place at the Hall of Fame until he is replaced by the 2012 honoree, Bob Elliott of The Toronto Sun, in late July.A Sportswriter’s Hall of Fame Tribute Is Out of Place to SomeJAN. 5, 2012
                        Mr. Conlin earned a place in the media wing of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in the summer of 2011 when the Baseball Writers Association of America presented him with the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.

                        That December, The Philadelphia Inquirer published an article in which three women and one man accused Mr. Conlin of sexually abusing them in New Jersey during the 1970s. Mr. Conlin denied the accusations but resigned the day the story broke and retired to his home in Clearwater, Fla.

                        The article related graphic accounts by several people who said they had been victims, including a niece of Mr. Conlin’s. It also quoted parents who said they had confronted Mr. Conlin rather than involve the police.

                        The people interviewed said they had come forward in response to the child-molestation scandal at Penn State the same year. They could not press charges because of New Jersey’s statute of limitations.

                        Three more people later made similar accusations in The Inquirer.

                        “He professed his innocence and was terribly upset and shaken by the allegations,” his lawyer, George Bochetto, said in an interview on Friday. “He would have liked to have had the opportunity to air all the allegations and bring all the evidence forward in some kind of a hearing. That never happened; unfortunately, all the allegations just hung out there and were never proven or disproven.”

                        William Conlin was born in Philadelphia and raised in Brooklyn. An accomplished swimmer and rower, he married Irma Steelman in 1960 and graduated from Temple University in 1961. He worked for The Evening Bulletin in Philadelphia before he started at The Daily News.

                        He is survived by a daughter, Kimberly McCall; two sons, Pete Conlin and William Conlin III; and two grandchildren. His wife died in 2009.

                        Mr. Conlin addressed the reluctance of would-be whistle-blowers in child-abuse cases in a November 2011 column about the Penn State scandal. “Everybody says he will do the right thing,” Mr. Conlin wrote. “But the moment itself has a cruel way of suspending our fearless intentions.”

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                        • Linwood Emerson Raymond

                          Born: November 28, 1915, Lowell, MA
                          Died: April 5, 1970, South Weymouth, MA, age 53

                          Massachusetts sports writer;
                          Braintree, MA, 2-year old, (January 17, 1920 census)
                          Braintree, MA, 14-year old, (April 5, 1930 census)
                          Braintree, MA, Painter, ship yard, (April 29, 1940 census)
                          Quincy Patriot Ledger (MA), sports writer,

                          Father: Frank P., born MA July, 1894; Mother: Ruth E., born Massachusetts, around 1878; Sister: Priscilla (Raymond) Longabard (lives in Braintree, MA), born MA around 1921; Brother: Buddy; Brother: Bruce; Brother: Drew, born MA around 1926.

                          Information provided by Grand-Daughter Lynn Raymond:
                          My Grandfather is Linwood E. Raymond. I believe the middle name is Emerson (as that is what my dad's middle name is), but I never found out for sure. He was born in Lowell, Massachusetts to Frank and Bertha Raymond on November 28, 1915. He's got one living sister named Priscilla Raymond-Longabard, who still lives the area (in Braintree, MA). He also had a brother named Buddy (I think his real name may have been Fred) and a brother named Bruce. He married Helen G. Reid and had 3 children who are Linda, Dean and Reid. Helen and Linda have passed, but Dean and Reid are still alive. Linwood died in Weymouth, MA on April 5, 1970.

                          Linwood was a sportswriter for the Quincy Patriot Ledger. He eventually became the baseball editor. Helen had a sister named Carlita (or Carletta - I've seen it spelled both ways), who was married to Pres Hobson, also a sportswriter and the sports editor at the Quincy Patriot Ledger. Pres and Carlita have a son named Ron Hobson. Pres asked my grandfather to train Ron as a sportswriter. Ron ended up with a 50 year career covering the New England Patriots. He recently retired. Here is a link to an article about his retirement:

                          Lin Raymond/Basketball star, Bob Cousy---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ted Williams, Prescott Hobson, Lin Raymond.

                          Boston Globe obituary, April 6, 1970, pp. 27.

                          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-26-2013, 07:43 AM.


                          • Ariel Helwani

                            Born: July 8, 1982, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
                            Died: Still Alive

                            Ariel is primarily a MMA journalist / interviewer

                            Ariel Helwani is an award-winning Jewish-Canadian mixed martial arts journalist.

                            Helwani was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and graduated from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. He works for (AOL Fanhouse) and has been covering MMA professionally since 2006. He is also the host of "The MMA Hour" podcast.

                            Helwani was awarded MMA Journalist of the Year at the World MMA Awards 2010.

                            ---------------------------------------------------------------With Joe Rogan---------------------------------------------------------------with MMA fighter, Gina Carano

                            Interviewing Dana White, UFC President-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Interviewing Mauro Ranallo, Strikeforce announcer.

                            --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------With Fedor Emelianko, lengendary Russian MMA fighter.
                            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-08-2013, 08:33 AM.


                            • Robert Gordon Quincy---AKA Bob Quincy

                              Born: August 4, 1923, West Virginia
                              Died: February 9, 1984, Charlotte, NC, age 61

                              North Carolina sports writer;
                              Pike, KY, 6-year old, (April 29, 1930 census)
                              Pike, KY, 16-year old, (April 9, 1940 census)(listed Robert Gradon)
                              Graduated University of North Carolina, 1947
                              Rocky Mount Telegram, sports writer, 1947 - 1948
                              Charlotte News, sports writer, 1948 - 1962
                              University of North Carolina, sports information director, 1962 - 1976
                              Charlotte, NC, radio and TV
                              Charlotte Observer, sports columnist, 1971 - 1984, death

                              Father: Fred B., born New Jersey, around 1878; Mother: Grace Wanda, born Virginia, around 1898;

                              Bob Quincy, a five-time winner of the N.C. Sportswriter of the Year award, was known for his love of N.C. sports and for his story-telling ability.

                              Quincy attended UNC. His studies were interrupted by World War II. During the war, Quincy flew 30 combat missions over Europe in a B-17 bomber. After Quincy returned from the war, he graduated in 1947 and joined the sports staff of the Rocky Mount Telegram. From 1948 through 1962, Quincy worked as a sportswriter and then sports editor for The Charlotte News. He returned to UNC in 1962 and served as the university’s sports information director.

                              In 1966, Quincy returned to Charlotte to work in radio and television. He was hired as a sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer in 1971, where he remained until his death in 1984. He also wrote two books. Quincy was an avid sportsman, and the Charlotte Sportsman Club’s Sportsman of the Year award is named for him. The Bob Quincy Memorial Scholarship in UNC’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication is one of the school’s largest.

                              Quincy and his wife, Kathleen, had six children.

                              Sporting News' obituary, February 20, 1984, pp. 47.
                              Bob Quincy, five times selected as sports writer of the year in North Carolina and most recently a columnist with the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, died in Charlotte February 9 after a long battle against cancer. He was 61.

                              A veteran of 30 bombing missions over occupied Europe during World War II, Quincy graduated from the University of North Carolina after the war and was sports editor for the Rocky Mount (N. C.) Telegram in 1947-48. He joined the sports staff of the Charlotte News in 1948 and became sports editor two years later, succeeding Furman Bisher, now sports editor for the Atlanta Journal and a columnist for the Sporting News.

                              Quincy became sports information director at North Carolina in 1962, but returned to Charlotte in 1966 as ececutive sports director for WBT and WBT-TV. He returned to the News to write a local column in 1968, also becoming sports director at WAYS radio in Charlotte. In 1971, he became a sports columnist for the Observer. (Sporting News, February 20, 1984, pp. 47.)

                              Choo Choo: The Charlie Justice Story, 1958
                              They Made The Bell Tower Chime, 1973

                              -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, February 20, 1984, pp. 47.
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                              • Albert Thomas Cartwright---AKA Al Cartwright

                                Born: May 21, 1918, Patterson, NJ
                                Died: Still Alive

                                Delaware sports editor;
                                Camden, NJ, 2-year old, (February 11, 1920 census)
                                Camden, NJ, 12-year old, (April 17, 1930 census)
                                Reading, PA, newspaper sports editor, (April 6, 1940 census)
                                Reading Times (PA), sports writer, ? - 1947
                                Delaware Journal Every Evening, sports editor, 1947 - 1983
                                Philadelphia Phillies, Publicity Consultant, 1970 - 1971.

                                Father: Joseph R., born England, around 1878; Mother: Clara A., born England, around 1878; Wife: Mary, born Pennsylvania around 1918; Daughter: Barbara Gragg, born Pennsylvania around 1936;

                                Al Cartwright, legendary sports editor/columnist
                                BY CHUCK DURANTE, LAWYER, SPORTSWRITER

                                Al Cartwright created the modern sports page in Delaware—and much else. When Al arrived from Reading, Pa., to become sports editor of the Journal Every Evening in 1947, the department had one other full-timer. By 1970 he had built one of the nation’s most respected incubators of writing and editing talent at The Evening Journal and Morning News. His column encouraged the beginnings of Little Leagues, suburban swimming leagues, the Delaware State Golf Association and high school conferences. He launched the Wilmington Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association, the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame and all-state teams. He helped found the International Association of Sports Museums and Halls of Fame and the Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game. He was regularly named one of the nation’s best sports columnists. After a year’s leave to help the Phillies publicize their move to Veterans Stadium, he became an Evening Journal columnist, displaying the full breadth of his talents as essayist, interviewer, satirist and theatergoer before he retired in 1983.

                                Al lived in Belleair Beach, FL from 1996 to 2005.

                                Delaware sports editors: Jack Chevalier, Hal Bodley, Al Cartwright.
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