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  • James Burwell Snyder---AKA Jim Snyder

    Born: August 3, 1928, Baltimore, MD
    Died: October 25, 2002, Parkersburg, WV, age 74

    Parkersburg sports editor;
    Baltimore, MD, 1-year old, (April 4, 1930 census)
    Baltimore, MD, (April 3, 1940 census)(listed Jimmy B. Snyder)
    Attended Wesleyan College
    Parkersburg News (WV), sports writer, 1951 - 1957, sports editor, 1957 - 1973, city editor, 1973 - 1993.

    Father: Burwell C. Snyder, born West Virginia, around 1884 (editor); Mother: Evelyn Crockett, born Virginia, around 1895; Wife: Lana Emelyn Rawson; Lana married James in 1953.

    PARKERSBURG - The late Jim Snyder, the long-time sports editor of The Parkersburg News, has been chosen for selection into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame's West Virginia Chapter.

    Snyder's official induction will take place during an October banquet introducing the induction class of 2011.

    Snyder will be honored under the category "Lifetime Service To Wrestling.''

    He was the first state sports writer to cover the sport of wrestling on a regular basis. Snyder traveled to Morgantown for the 1952 state high school tournament and made wrestling a front page sport in Parkersburg, devoting column space to all levels of the sport from small fry to college. He was instrumental in organizing many regional and state tournaments and volunteered as an official scorekeeper in addition to his duties as a reporter.

    Snyder became a sports writer for The Parkersburg News in 1951 and was promoted to sports editor in 1957, holding that position until 1973. He then spent the last 20 years of his career at The News serving as its city editor.

    While this is the biggest honor Snyder has received for his years of dedication to the sport, it certainly is not the first. In 1979, the West Virginia Wrestling Coaches Association named the West Virginia Wrestling Sports Writer of the Year Award the James B. Snyder Award.

    Today, the award bears both the name of Snyder and Dr. Tim Miller, who promotes high school wrestling in the Mountain State through his website wvmat.com.

    A member of the West Virginia Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame and a charter member of the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame, Snyder said he was introduced to the sport by Parkersburg High School coaches Jimmy Scott and Bob Dutton. He liked the sport because "it is the only true one-on-one sport with physical contact.''

    Snyder made many friends in the wrestling community, including long-time Parkersburg High School coach Joe Handlan Jr., who described Snyder's impact on the sport.

    "He began covering high school wrestling in West Virginia when no other sports writer in the state could take the time or had the interest to do anything with it,'' Handlan said.

    Handlan and his long-time rival at Parkersburg South, the late Rod Oldham (who Snyder tagged with the nickname DI for his drill instructor voice), presented Snyder with the plaque when the state's wrestling coaches named the sports writers award in his honor.
    © Copyright 2012 Parkersburg News and Sentinel. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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    • LeRoy J. Lambright

      Born: October 8, 1939, Eden, IN
      Died: Still Alive

      Goshen (IN) sports editor;
      Eden, IN, 7-months old, (May 13, 1940 census)
      Goshen News (Goshen, IN), sports editor, May 16, 1966 - June 15, 2000

      Father: Jacob A. , born Kansas, November, 1895; Mother: Alma, born Mississippi, around 1903;

      Leroy was one of LaGrange County's most outstanding athletes when he was in high school, setting a career county scoring record of 1257 points that stood until 1972. However, for most of Elkhart County, he is better know as the retired sports editor for the Goshen News, a position he held for 34 years. For 33 of those years, his 3-times-weekly column, "The Benchwarmer," provided sports fans with insights that would have been unavailable without Leroy's ability to dig deeper than the average sportswriter. During his tenure as sports editor of the News, he directed coverage of area sports from elementary through high school as well as recreational sports. He also covered Notre Dame football and basketball for many years. Leroy received one of the first IHSAA media "Distinguished Service Awards" in 1986 and in 1993 received the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association's Virgil Sweet Distinguished Service Award for District II. In 2000, he was named Goshen Relays Honorary Referee, just prior to his retirement from the News in June. Elkhart County coaches, athletes and administrators appreciated his coverage of their sports activities over the many years.
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-23-2013, 11:17 PM.

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      • Ruffus Horace Billings

        Born: August 28, 1928, Independence, VA
        Died: Still alive

        Salisbury (NC) sports editor;
        Graduated High Point College (High Point, NC)
        Salisbury Post (Salisbury, NC), sports editor, 1948 - 1988

        Wife: Mariam Joyce Clement; Horace married Joyce on June 22, 1953.

        Billings’ amazing Hall of Fame career included covering Catawba athletics for 50-plus years, covering a half-century of Masters golf tournaments and participating in the Heisman Trophy voting for 54 years.

        And it would’ve been 56 Heisman votes except he was in the army two years during the Korean War.

        Billings needed just three years to graduate from High Point College and was hired to replace Scoop McCrary as the sports editor of the Post in 1948 when he was 19. He cast his first Heisman vote that year for Charlie (Choo Choo) Justice, who was nosed out for the honor by Doak Walker.

        Billings, who won national awards for coverage of minor league and American Legion baseball, officially “retired” from the Post in 1990 but continued to work part-time for better than a decade.

        He was part of the first Salisbury-Rowan Hall of Fame class in 2001.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-23-2013, 06:45 PM.

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        • Wesley F. Gill---AKA Bo Gill

          Born: July 29, 1916, Greenville, CT
          Died: September 26, 2000, New Windsor, NY, age 84,---d. Cornwall Hospital (Cornwall, NY); Buried: Woodlawn, Cemetery, New Windsor, CT.

          New Windsor (NY), sports editor;
          Montgomery, NY, 3-year old, (January 2, 1920 census)
          Montgomery, NY, press, reporter, (April 19, 1940 census)
          Newburgh Evening News (New Windsor, NY), sports editor, 1939 - 1992
          Times Herald-Record,

          Father: Jessie M, born New York, around 1890; Mother: Bessie M. Clark, born New York, around 1894;

          WESLEY F. "BO" GILL New Windsor, N.Y. Wesley F. "Bo" Gill of New Windsor, the sports editor for the Newburgh Evening News from 1939 to 1992 and columnist for the Times Herald Record and The Sentinel, entered into rest, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, in The Cornwall Hospital. He was 84.

          The son of the late Jessie and Bessie Clark Gill, he was born July 29, 1916, in Greenville.

          He was an Army Signal Corp photographer during WWII. He was a member of Vails Gate United Methodist Church; The Powelton Club, Newburgh; Unico; Lions Club; Harness Writers of America; United Commercial Travelers Council 414, Walden; and Newburgh Softball Hall of Fame. Bo was recently inducted into the Writers Corner of the Trotting Hall of Fame in Goshen. With the aid of the Newburgh Optimist Club, he started the Little League organization in 1946 and operated the Pony Baseball League at Tarr Oval from 1950 until 1982.

          A family statement read: "Bo touched thousands of lives, both young and old. He encouraged sports in and for the young. He wrote about many over the years and loved a good conversation. He was always loving, caring and generous. He will be truly missed. God bless you, "Bosie"." Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Kathleen Sawyer Hale Gill, at home;
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-23-2013, 04:52 PM.

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          • Mervyn S. Agars

            Born:
            Died: Still alive

            Australian sports editor;
            The Advertiser, sports editor, (19 years)

            Mervyn Agars was a useful player for West Adelaide in 106 league games between 1946 and 1952 during which he kicked 92 goals, including a club list topping tally of 22 in 1951. He played in West’s 1947 premiership side, and represented South Australia on 8 occasions. However, it is probably fair to observe that he had a more pronounced and lasting effect on the game as a journalist than as a player. Sports editor at ‘The Advertiser’ for nineteen years he had an astute grasp of the economic realities underpinning the game, and as early as the 1960s was advocating a national competition with South Australian involvement.
            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-03-2012, 01:05 AM.

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            • Murad Hemmadi

              Born:
              Died:

              Toronto sports editor;
              The Varsity (Toronto, Canada), sports editor,

              The Varsity is one of the main student newspapers of the University of Toronto and one of the largest in Canada. As Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Hemmadi oversees the administrative and editorial operations of the paper.

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              • Glenn Owen White

                Born: April 22, 1934, Los Angeles, CA
                Died: Still Alive

                California sports editor;
                Pasadena, CA, 6-year old, (April 17, 1940 census)
                Korean War, US Marines,
                Fullerton Junior College, sports editor, 1958
                The Daily Pilot (), sports editor, 1968 - 1978

                Father: Frank J., born around 1897, Michigan; Mother: Jane A., born West Virginia, around 1899.

                The Daily Pilot is a daily newspaper published by the Los Angeles Times to serve the communities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa in Orange County, California. Glenn White served as its sports editor. He was a legendary, testy, ornery taskmaster.
                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 06-23-2013, 03:40 PM.

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                • Felix E. McCarthy III---AKA Red McCarthy

                  Born: July 30, 1915, Pennsylvania
                  Died: July 7, 1985, Norristown, PA, age 69

                  Norristown (PA) sports editor;
                  Pottstown, PA, (January 3, 1920 census)
                  Pottstown, PA, 14-year old, (April 10, 1930 census)
                  East Norriton, PA, newspaper, sports editor, (May 6, 1940 census)
                  Norristown Times Herald (PA), sports editor, 1937 - 1981

                  Father: Born Pennsylvania; Mother: Margirote, born Pennsylvania, around 1892;

                  Philadelphia Inquirer obituary, July 8, 1985, Local Section, pp. C1
                  FELIX 'RED' MCCARTHY, 69, NORRISTOWN SPORTS EDITOR

                  Felix E. McCarthy 3d, 69, the sports editor of the Norristown Times Herald for 44 years, died yesterday at his home in East Norriton Township, Montgomery County. Mr. McCarthy, known as "Red" because of his bright red hair, retired in 1981. During his career, he won numerous awards from the Keystone Press Association and the Pennsylvania Newspapers Publishers Association for his sports columns. He was a member of the Pennsylvania American Legion Sports Hall...
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                  • Harry Carolyn Katzman---AKA Lime Katzman

                    Born: August 7, 1930, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
                    Died:

                    Ansonia (Connecticut) sports editor;
                    Attended Canterbury College (Danville, IN),
                    Evening Sentinel (Ansonia, Connecticut), sports editor, 1949 - July 24, 1992

                    Father: Aaron; Mother: Mary; Wife: Carol Wilson; Harry married Carol on July 30, 1965 in Westport, Ct.
                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-17-2013, 07:23 PM.

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                    • John Brinley George Thomas---AKA JBG Thomas

                      Born: April 29, 1917, Pontypridd, South Glamorgan, Wales
                      Died: April 11, 1997, Penarth, Wales, age 79

                      Welsh sports editor;
                      Western Mail, sports editor, January, 1946 - May, 1982

                      Wife: Gwen Owen, died 1985; JBG married Gwen in 1941.

                      JBG, as he was commonly known, was primarily a rugby sports journalist.

                      1955: Lions' manager, Jack Siggins / JBG.------------------------------------------------------------JBG and son.
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                      • Thomas Massey McEwen---AKA Tom McEwen

                        Born: March 16, 1923, Tampa, FL
                        Died: June 5, 2011, Tampa, FL, age 88,

                        Tampa sports editor;
                        Wauchula, FL, 7-year old, (April 8, 1930 census)
                        Wauchula, FL, 16-year old, (April 20, 1940 census)
                        Graduated University of Florida,
                        US service,
                        Tampa Tribune, sports editor, April 1, 1962 - 1992 (continued to write a column.)

                        Father: John C., born Florida, around 1885; Mother: Virginia M., born Florida, around 1887; Wife: Linda;

                        Former Tampa Tribune sports editor Tom McEwen shaped bay area landscape

                        By Andrew Meacham, Times Staff Writer
                        In Print: Monday, June 6, 2011

                        TAMPA — Tom McEwen, the wise-cracking, dealmaking former sports editor and columnist for the Tampa Tribune, who shaped the landscape of sports in the Tampa Bay area in a way no one else could, died at 3 a.m. Sunday at home. He was 88.

                        Mr. McEwen had struggled with cancer and other recent health problems that resulted in the amputation of a leg and loss of sight in an eye.

                        He will be remembered as a legendary sportswriter, a 19-time Florida Sportswriter of the Year and member of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame — but perhaps even more so as a maestro of human relations whose old-time political skills greased the tracks for professional football, soccer and hockey teams coming to the area, as well as the New York Yankees' spring training facility.

                        "What made him stand apart was that at the height of his profession, at the top of his game, he was also the top community advocate there was for trying to bring sports and grow sports in the Tampa Bay area," said Rich McKay, former general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and president of the Atlanta Falcons. "And that's unusual. Tom used his pulpit to really advocate for the community, and he had a great impact."

                        Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer great Lee Roy Selmon called Mr. McEwen a longtime friend and supporter who caused him and many other former players to move to Tampa and stay. "His legacy reaches out to so many people, from the community to the state of Florida and across the nation," Selmon said.

                        Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn released a statement eulogizing "our friend and legendary sportswriter Tom McEwen. He chronicled our sports world and shaped our city's history."

                        The evidence of his influence lies everywhere, from a press box at the St. Pete Times Forum and a road named after him near Raymond James Stadium to scholarships in his name at the University of Florida and the University of South Florida.

                        He built his accomplishments on relationships.

                        "Tom was always there for us," said Leonard Levy, one of a group of Tampa businessmen in the early 1970s to lobby the NFL for a pro football franchise. "If we had a difficult time, Tom would always get that door opened for us."

                        Mr. McEwen, for his part, championed the idea in his daily "The Morning After" columns, worked the phones to line up a coach and financiers, and accompanied the business group to New York.

                        "We wouldn't have gotten it done if it hadn't been for Tom McEwen," Levy said.

                        The Tribune's sports editor since 1962, when he took over a department with a staff of seven, he stepped down in 1992 as overseer of 57 staffers. He continued to write a column for the newspaper and to respond to letters in his Sunday "Hey, Tom!" feature.

                        He worked just as hard at civic causes related to sports, and pressed Tampa to build more baseball fields and swimming pools for young people.

                        "He made sports fans out of us. We initially were not a sports community, but he made us into one," said former Hillsborough County Commissioner Jan Platt, who sat on the board when Legends Field, Raymond James Stadium and the St. Pete Times Forum were built.

                        "He was the cheerleader for all of them," Platt said. "He would write about them and be on TV speaking about them. And he would be at the events."

                        Before becoming sports editor of the now-defunct Tampa Times in 1958, Mr. McEwen was a sportswriter at the St. Petersburg Times for four years. He was a former sports editor of the Fort Myers News-Press.

                        He soon saw the city of Tampa as an untapped field of dreams.

                        "I won't forget driving that road at the old Cass Street Bridge," Mr. McEwen said in a recent interview with the St. Petersburg Times. "Looking to my right and seeing the old (University of Tampa) Phillips Field. Looking to my left and seeing Plant Field. And saying, 'We need to make this place grow."

                        Thomas Massey McEwen grew up in Wauchula, part of a pioneer family. As a child, he wanted to be an engineer.

                        "They tell me I wanted to be known for building a bridge from New York to Paris," Mr. McEwen said. "So I guess I have been a dreamer and a thinker all my life."

                        At 18, he was serving with the Army in the Philippines during World War II, where he became a second lieutenant in charge of 2,000 Japanese prisoners. He remained in the Philippines for six years, also working as an investigator for the Veterans Administration.

                        "As a young man it probably shaped him," said Tampa businessman Frank Morsani of the prison camp experience. "He had to take a lot of responsibility for his actions."

                        He graduated from the University of Florida school of journalism, and remained loyal to the Gators throughout his life.

                        One of the more complex tasks he would undertake involved the effort to land a professional football team in Tampa. Getting the NFL's support meant staging three pro football exhibition games in Tampa, the first of which was held at Phillips Field between the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Colts. The game sold out. Two subsequent games at Tampa Stadium also sold well, and the potential market for football in the Tampa Bay area was set.

                        He was there when the Tampa Bay Lightning got its name.

                        Lightning founder "Phil Esposito called me to talk about the team," Mr. McEwen said. "We were walking out of the Tampa Tribune and lightning struck. We said, 'That's the name!' "

                        He continued to write a column for the Tribune after stepping down as sports editor, and wrote his last column for the paper in 2001.

                        In 2001, he took a visitor to his Davis Islands home on a tour, pointing to wall after wall of a career's proximity to greatness: framed photos of himself with Johnny Unitas, Bear Bryant, Jesse Owens and other sports superstars.

                        At times, his work to promote causes he was writing about and friendships with politicians and business leaders triggered criticisms of crossing an ethical line between journalists and sources.

                        "I've had critics of my style and I do understand their criticism," Mr. McEwen once said. "At the same time, I'm me, not them. I have done it my way."

                        In 1992, his wife's travel agency landed a contract to handle to the Lightning's travel arrangements. No one accused Mr. McEwen of profiting from his influence, but the relationship raised eyebrows.

                        "You've got to understand, it was a different era," said Skip Perez, a one-time Tribune stringer mentored by Mr. McEwen who recently retired as executive editor of the Ledger of Lakeland. "That could never happen today in this environment, and it's probably a good thing that it couldn't happen."

                        But arm's-length relationships were not his style. Recently, Mr. McEwen was asked to describe his proudest accomplishment.

                        "To have made contributions to this wonderful place in which we live," he replied. "A let's-do-it attitude. Let's try it anyway. Let's try to get it done."

                        Times researcher Caryn Baird and staff writer Danny Valentine contributed to this report, which also used information from Times files. Andrew Meacham can be reached at (727) 892-2248 or [email protected].

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                        • George Clifford P. Makins

                          Born: February 25, 1924, Lincoln, England
                          Died: August, 1990, London, England, age 66

                          British sports editor;
                          The Eagle (children's comic) editor,
                          The Observer, sports editor,

                          Wife: Nora Beloff, born January 24, 1919, died February 12, 1997, Cliff married Nora March 7, 1977;

                          UK Comics Wiki
                          Clifford Makins (1924-1990)
                          George Clifford P. Makins was born in Lincoln on 25 February 1924. He married Sheila Barry in London in 1947, but she died in 1959.

                          He joined Hulton Press, and wrote a number of comic strips drawn by Frank Bellamy, including "King Arthur and His Knights" (1955-56), "Robin Hood and His Merry Men" (1956-57) and "Robin Hood and Maid Marian" (1957) for Swift, and "The Happy Warrior" (1957-59), "The Shepherd King" (1958-59) and "Montgomery of Alamein" (1962) for the Eagle.

                          He became deputy to Marcus Morris, editor-in-chief of the Eagle, Swift, Girl and Robin, and succeeded Morris in 1959 after Hultons were taken over by Odhams Press and Morris left to join the National Magazine Company. He left in 1961 to join the Observer as its sports editor.

                          He co-wrote a cricket murder mystery novel, Testkill, with Ted Dexter, published in 1976. He married journalist Nora Beloff in 1977, and died in Camden, London, in August 1990.
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                          • Robert Dale Hammel---AKA Bob Hammel

                            Born: October 6, 1936, Huntington, IN
                            Died: Still Alive

                            Indiana sports editor;
                            Huntington, IN, 3-year old, (May 6, 1940 census)
                            Attended Indiana University, (finished 1st year only)
                            Huntington Herald-Press, June 12, 1954 -
                            Fort Wayne News-Sentinel,
                            Peru Tribune,
                            Kokomo Morning Times,
                            Indianapolis News,
                            Bloomington Herald-Times, 1966 -

                            Father: Dale, born Indiana, born 1910; Mother: Beautrice, born Indiana, around 1914;
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                            • Barton Steven Fisher---AKA Bart Fisher

                              Born: June 7, 1944, New Britain, CT
                              Died: January 25, 2013, New Britain, CT, age 68

                              New Britain, CT, sports editor;
                              Graduated Central Connecticutt State University,
                              New Britain Herald (New Britain, CT), police reporter, 1969 - ?, sports editor, 1978 - 1995.

                              Father: Hyman Fisher; Mother: May Gordon; Wife: Janice H. Revzon, born around 1956. Bart married Janice August 12, 1989, in Newington, Hartford.

                              Bart Fisher, who covered the New Britain sports scene for more than 25 years, has been named the 1996 recipient of the Arthur McGinley Award by the Connecticut Sports Writers' Alliance.
                              The McGinley Award, given for meritorious service, is named for the former sports editor/columnist of The Hartford Times.

                              Fisher, 51, joined The Herald of New Britain in 1969 as police reporter and became part of a two- man sports staff under sports editor John Wentworth. When Wentworth died in 1978, Fisher was named sports editor, a position he held until last year, when he left to become director of athletic development at Central Connecticut State University, his alma mater.

                              Fisher, two-time president of the Alliance (1980 and '85), lives in Newington with his wife, Janice.

                              Barton "Bart" S. Fisher, 68, of Newington died on Friday morning (Jan. 25, 2013) at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain, following a short illness. He was the husband of Janice (Revzon) Fisher. Born in New Britain he was the son of the late Hyman and May (Gordon) Fisher. Proud of his New Britain roots, Bart graduated from Central CT State University, where he later served as Administrator in sports development. Bart served as sports editor for The Herald for decades as well as writing numerous columns including Around Town, The Hardware City History and Mystery History Photo. As important as the city of New Britain was to Bart, his family was what he cherished most. In addition to his wife, Janice, Bart leaves his three children, Marlene and Jeff Singer in West Hartford, Gary and Susan Karp in New York City, NY and Jody and Tom Hood in Newington. He also leaves eight grandchildren, Rebecca, Sadie, Molly, Noah, Ryan, Lucy, Emily and Abby; his mother-in-law Clara Revzon; sister Dale and Leslie Revzon in MA; brother Harold and Naomi Fisher in CA; and nieces and nephews, Jason, Jennifer, Charles, Sarah and Natan.
                              Services will be held on Sunday, 12 p.m., at Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington. Burial will follow at Beth Alom Cemetery, Allen St., New Britain. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar St., Newington, CT 06111 or the New Britain Museum of American Art, 56 Lexington St., New Britain, CT 06052.
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                              • Ben King Byrd

                                Born: April 11, 1925, Knoxville, TN
                                Died: Still Alive

                                Knoxville sports editor;
                                Knoxville, TN, 4-year old, (April 8, 1930 census)
                                Knoxville, TN, 14-year old, (April 5, 1940 census)(listed as Benny Byrd)
                                Graduated Young HS, 1942
                                Attended University of Tennessee
                                US Army, 1943 - 1946
                                Knoxville Journal, sports writer, 1947 - 1969, sports editor, 1969 - 1991

                                Father: Claude R., born Tennessee, around 1895; Mother: Helen E., born Tennessee, around 1905;

                                Among that elite and articulate gang is Knoxville native Ben Byrd, who was sports reporter and sports editor with The Knoxville Journal from 1947 until its final issue in 1991. A gifted writer who is well respected in and out of his profession, Ben was named Tennessee Sportswriter of the Year five times, and won the Southern League Service Award in 1987.

                                In addition to his membership in the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, Byrd was inducted into the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 1987. Not just a newspaper writer, Byrd is also the author of three books: The Basketball Vols, written in 1975; a biography of country music legend Archie Campbell written in 1981; and You Can Go Home Again, a collaborative autobiography of former Tennessee Head Football Coach Johnny Majors finished in 1986.

                                As newspaper journalist, Byrd covered the big ones: from Olympic games in Montreal and Los Angeles to the Masters for four decades; from numerous Kentucky Derbys to NIT and NCAA tournaments. And of course, Byrd covered Tennessee football and basketball. Some UT fans probably still remember him as co-host of the Ray Mears Show in the 1960s. A UT alumnus himself, who had also graduated from Young High School, the great sportswriter Ben Byrd is Knoxville through and through. And Knoxville wouldn't have wanted it any other way.
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