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  • #76
    Leo Albert MacDonnell

    Born: August 17, 1889, Chippewa Falls, WI
    Died: October 6, 1957, Northridge, CA, age 69

    Detroit sports writer;
    Managing editor & boxing promoter in Superior, WI
    Reporter for Superior Telegram (Superior, WI)
    Detroit Times, sports staff, 1923 - 1956. (33 years)
    Respected authority of baseball, hockey and golf.

    Sporting News' obituary, October 16, 1957, pp. 37, column 4.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 05-21-2010, 02:06 PM.


    • #77
      William James MacBeth---AKA Bill MacBeth---AKA Bunk MacBeth

      Born: August 19, 1882, Ingersoll, Canada
      Died August 5, 1937, Saratoga Springs, NY, age 52

      New York sports writer; specialized in horse racing writing
      New York Morning Sun,
      New York Tribune sports editor, 1918; horse racing writer;
      Detroit Free Press,
      Montreal Herald, 1905 - 1906
      Detroit Times,
      New York American, 1908 - 1914
      New York Sun, 1914 - 1915
      New York Tiibune, 1916 - 1924
      New York Herald Tribune, 1924, turf writer,
      Helped organize Turf Writers' Association.

      Bunk MacBeth (Sportswriter. Born, Ingersoll, Ont., Aug. 19, 1884; died, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Aug. 5, 1937.) Very few sportswriters can claim to have helped bring a major sport to a major city, but William J. MacBeth is one about whom that can be said. Bill MacBeth was largely responsible for bringing the N.H.L. to New York. He influenced Bill Dwyer (q.v.) to put up the money to start the Americans, the first N.H.L. team in what was then the new Garden on 49th Street and Eighth Avenue. MacBeth helped get the players from the suspended Hamilton franchise to stock the team. Prior to coming to New York (in 1908), he had been sports editor of the Montreal Herald (1905-06) and wrote for the Detroit Free Press. MacBeth spent six years (1908-14) with Hearst’s morning American, then moved to The Sun before joining the New York Herald on Aug. 16, 1916. When the Herald merged with the Tribune in March 1924, he went to the new Herald Tribune. MacBeth helped start the New York chapter of the B.B.W.A.A. in 1908 but was primarily a racing writer in his later years and died during the annual Saratoga meeting. For years, the Americans and Rangers contested for the MacBeth Trophy during their annual intramural N.H.L. series at the Garden. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

      New York Times' obituary, August 6, 1937, pp. 17.
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-12-2011, 06:17 PM.


      • #78
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        • #79
          Mark James Roth:

          Born: June 27, 1881, Brooklyn, NY
          Died: January 26, 1944, Floral Park, NY, age 62,

          New York sports writer/Yankees' Traveling Secretary
          New York Globe, copy boy (1893-?), sports editor (? - 1913)
          New York Giants, 1913 - January 30, 1915
          New York Yankees' Traveling Secretary, February 1, 1915 - 1944.

          New York Herald-Tribune, January 28, 1944.----------------New York Times' obituary, January 28, 1944, pp. 17.

          Sporting News' obituary, February 3, 1944, pp. 12.

          ----------------------------------------1944-----------------------------------------------------------1947: With the Mrs.
          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-16-2012, 12:43 PM.


          • #80
            Paul Hale Bruske

            Born: November 7, 1877, Charlotte, MI
            Died: September 26, 1956, Romeo, MI, age 78

            Detroit sports writer;
            Graduated Alma College (Alma, MI), (his father was President.)
            Lansing State Republican
            Grand Rapids Herald
            Grand Rapids Free Press,
            Detroit Times, sports editor, 1900 - December, 1910
            Detroit News-Tribune, sports editor, 1910-1911.
            E-M-F (forerunner of Studebaker)
            Fisher Body
            Oldfield Tires
            Rolfe C. Spinning, Inc., advertising agency officer, ? - 1946.

            He then entered advertising writing for the Detroit auto industry. He then worked for E-M-F, the forrunner of Studebaker, then Fisher Body, and Oldfield Tires. Paul retired in 1946, while an officer for Rolfe C. Spinning, Inc. advertising company.

            He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Charles N. Dewey, Worchester, Mass, and a son, Paul.

            The Story of a World's Record-Setting Feat By a 20 Horse Power Motor Car, 1911
            -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Washington Post obituary, September 28, 1956, pp. 26.

            ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, October, 10, 1956, pp. 28.
            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-30-2011, 06:55 PM.


            • #81
              Purves Turner Knox

              Born: February 26, 1888, Philadelphia, PA
              Died: December 4, 1961, Los Angeles, CA, age 73

              New York sports writer;
              NYC, 11-year old, (June 13, 1900 census)
              New York Sun,
              New York Evening Mail, at least December, 1910? - 1914;
              New York Evening Telegraph, 1912 - at least September, 1918.
              Evening Telegraph newspaper, (June 5, 1917, WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
              Worked for an individual named S. Tarlow, located at 266 West 21st Street, NYC, (April 11, 1942 WWII Draft Registration)
              Original founding member of BWAA

              His middle name, 'Turner' was his mother's maiden name.
              Father: James J. Knox, born PA; Mother: Anna Turner, born PA, October, 1870;
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-23-2012, 12:35 PM.


              • #82
                Carl W. Lundquist

                Born: October 24, 1913, Kansas City, Kansas
                Died: August 26, 2000, Daytona Beach, FL, age 86,---d. Saturday night at hospice in Port Orange, FL.

                United Press International sports writer;
                Kansas City Journal-Post, 1929 (covered HS sports)
                Kansas City Grovers' Telegram, 1931 -11937
                UP office (Kansas City), 1937 - 1943
                UP office (New York), 1943 - 1956
                Public Relations Director of National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, (Columbus, OH office), 1956
                Yankees/Mets advertising/PR promotions, 1963
                New York Generals (Soccer League), Publicist, 1967 - 1968
                New York State Games for the Physically Challenged, 1985 - 1992

                Carl Lundquist (Sportswriter. Born, Kansas City, Kans., Oct. 24, 1913; died, Port Orange, Fla., Aug. 26, 2000.) During the days when three wire services competed to supply news to American newspapers, Carl Wesley Lundquist was the lead writer on the World Series for the United Press. Lundquist covered the first of his 14 World Series in 1942. His competition during most of this period was Jack Hand (A.P.) and Bob Considine (I.N.S.). In 1929, he became a high school sports reporter for the Kansas City (Mo.) Journal-Post and moved in 1931 to the Daily Drovers’ Journal, a trade paper in Kansas City, Mo. He joined the U.P. in Kansas City in 1937 and switched to sports full-time four years later. Lundquist was transferred to U.P. headquarters in New York in 1945 as baseball and football editor under sports editor Leo H. Peterson. In 1956, he left U.P. to become the public relations director of the National Association (minor league baseball) in Columbus, O., but returned in 1962 to join the public relations firm of Grey & Davis. Lundquist handled several sports accounts for the firm, including the Generals of the N.P.S.L. in 1967. He was an active freelance writer for a decade before retiring to Florida in October 1992. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                Associated Press Archive obituary, August 30, 2000.--------------------April 15, 1952, Polo Grounds: L-R: Bobby Thomson, Sal Maglie, United Press Reporter Carl Lundquist.

                1949: Leo MacDonnell, Leo Peterson, William G. Evans (Detroit Tigers' GM), Sam Greene, Carl Lundquist, Dean Miller, Lyall Smith.

                1960: Minor League Convention, Louisville, KY: Ken Nicolson / Carl Lundquist.
                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-14-2012, 08:52 AM.


                • #83
                  Louis H. Fischer---AKA Leo Fischer

                  Born: September 20, 1897, Chicago, IL
                  Died: August 27, 1970, Chicago, IL, age 72---d. heart attack while attending a Shriners' convention dinner in Atlanta.

                  Chicago sports writer;
                  Attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), 1921-1923
                  Chicago Examiner, sports writer,
                  Chicago Herald-Examiner,
                  Chicago Journal,
                  Chicago Herald-American, sports writer/editor, December 17, 1943 - 1969
                  Chicago Today, sports editor, 1969
                  Founder/President Amateur softball Association, 1930 - 1938;
                  President National Professional Basketball League, 1940 - 1944.

                  Father: Abraham, born September, 1870 in Russia; Mother: Anna Silverberg, born September, 1873 in Russia; Wife: Margaret McLean, born around 1902, died January 18, 1969, Chicago, IL. Leo married wife Margaret June 20, 1926; Daughter: Barbara (Mrs. William Swisher); Daughter: Nancy (Mrs. John W. Gwynne, Jr.)

                  This sports writer for the Chicago Herald American had a vision that the sport of softball was going to be important to people of all ages if promoted. His local tournament organizing efforts in the 30's eventually developed into the City Championship and the finals were held at Wrigley Field. Backed by William Randolph Hearst, his publication allowed him to organize the first national softball tournament during the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago's Grant Park. Even though the 55 teams played with different size balls and rules he compromised on a 14' ball. The games began and were seen by over 100,000 people. Note the team entry fee was only $2.50. He kept the nationals going until WWII. Eventually he would found/organize the ASA, Amateur Softball Association and served as its first president.

                  ---------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, September 12, 1970, pp. 37.

                  Chicago Tribune obituary, August 29, 1970, pp. B3.------------------------------------------------------------------March 23, 1944: Studs Terkel / Leo Fischer.
                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-14-2012, 08:41 AM.


                  • #84
                    John Carroll Berchmans Gillooly

                    Born: May 28, 1908, Massachusetts
                    Died: May 17, 1968, age 59, ---d. heart attack at Faulker Hospital in Boston, MA

                    Boston sports writer;
                    Boston Record-American sports writer/columnist, 1930 - 1968, became columnist in 1958, covered baseball, football and hockey.
                    Boston, MA, sports writer, newspaper, (1930 census)

                    Father: John Berchmans Gillooly, born Massachusetts, October, 1879; Mother: Anna G. Carroll, born New York around 1880; Wife: Gertrude M. McLaughlin;
                    His middle names were his father's middle name and his mother's last name.

                    January 31, 1952: Lou Boudreau of the Red Sox / John Gillooly.--------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, June 1, 1968, pp. 37.
                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-26-2013, 03:11 PM.


                    • #85
                      Frank Forrester O'Neill---AKA Buck O'Neill

                      Born: October 20, 1886, New York City, NY
                      Died: May 11, 1962, New York City, NY, age 75

                      New York sports writer;
                      New York Tribune, reporter, 1913
                      enlisted WWI
                      New York World
                      New York Evening Sun (7 yrs.)
                      New York Evening Journal, 1925 - ?
                      New York American
                      New York Journal American
                      Washington Times Herald, (April 27, 1942, WWII Draft Registration)
                      Also worked for papers in Wash, DC & Syracuse, NY
                      New York Daily News, 1950 - June, 1959.
                      Wrote Baseball, Football, Boxing, Rowing.

                      Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
                      edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 502.------------------------------1923.

                      Sporting News' obituary,----------------Dan Daniel's tribute to Buck O'Neil, Sporting News, May 23, 1962, pp. 12.
                      May 23, 1962, pp. 40, column 4.
                      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-05-2012, 11:59 PM.


                      • #86
                        Frank York Grayson

                        Born: August 10, 1872, New Haven, OH
                        Died: February 9, 1955, Terrace, OH, age 82,---d. Heart attack

                        Cincinnati sports writer;
                        Started on Cincinnati Enquirer, 1897 - 1908, as police reporter, then assessment clerk on city pay roll.
                        Cincinnati Times-Star feature writer, 1912 - 1925, succeeded Bill Phelon as Baseball writer in August, 1925 until retirement, September, 1953.
                        Retired from baseball writing 2 years before that.

                        Sporting News' Obituary-------------------Hartford Courant obituary
                        February 16, 1955, pp. 26.----------------February 10, 1955, pp. 13.

                        ------------------------------------------------Photo/Entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
                        ------------------------------------------------edited by Harold 'Speed' Johnson, 1933, pp. 507.

                        -----------------------------------------Greenlawn Cemetery, Milford (Clermont County), Ohio
                        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-02-2011, 05:32 PM.


                        • #87
                          Wilfred Russell Smith

                          Born: April 7, 1899, Milroy, Indiana
                          Died: August 3, 1976, Park Ridge, IL, age 77

                          Chicago sports writer;
                          Graduated DePauw University (Greencastle, IN), 1921
                          1 year old, lived Center Township, IN, (June 18, 1900 census)
                          11 year old, lived Connersville, IN, (April 16, 1910)
                          Student at DePauw University, (Greencastle, IN) (September 12, 1918 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                          Chicago newspaper reporter, (April 28, 1930 census)
                          NFL player, and later an official;
                          1st President of College Football Writers Association
                          Chicago Tribune, sports writer, 1925 - 1955; sports editor, July 12, 1955 - 1966
                          Wrote on many sports.

                          Father: William R., born Indiana, October, 1872; Mother: Catherine, born Indiana, August, 1872; Wife: Lillian M. born Illinois, around 1908. Wilfred married Lillian around 1928.

                          Sporting News' tribute article, July 20, 1955, pp. 40.---------Sporting News' obituary, August 28, 1976, pp. 37.
                          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-22-2011, 05:49 PM.


                          • #88
                            Edgar W. Hayes

                            Born: October 28, 1907, Corktown, MI
                            Died: June 22, 1987, Monroe, MI, age 79,---d. nursing home.

                            Detroit sports writer;
                            Detroit Times, sports writer, 1927 - 1955, sports editor, 1955 - 1960
                            Michigan State, Commissioner of horse racing, 1961
                            Hazel Park racing association, board of directors

                            Father: James J., born Canada, around 1872; Mother: Helene H., born Michigan, around 1874;

                            Miami Herald obituary (FL), June 25, 1987
                            Deceased Name: HAYES, Edgar
                            HAYES, Edgar, 79, a former Michigan racing commissioner and sports editor of the Detroit Times; Monday in Detroit. Mr. Hayes joined the Times in 1927, covering high school, college and professional sports before becoming sports editor in 1955. He held that position until the Times was sold to The Detroit News in 1960.

                            -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary July 27, 1987, pp. 47.
                            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-02-2013, 12:56 PM.


                            • #89
                              William Wilson Edgar---AKA Eddie Edgar

                              Born: November 19, 1897, Pennsylvania
                              Died: May 18, 1986, Livonia, MI, age 88,---d. St. Mary Hospital in Livonia, MI, after a short illness.

                              Detroit sports writer;
                              Allentown Record, 1 man sports staff,
                              Detroit Free Press, 1924 - 1948
                              Detroit, MI, newspaper office journalist, (April 5, 1930 census)

                              Father: born Pennsylvania; Mother: born Pennsylvania

                              ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------May 18, 1983.
                              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-02-2013, 01:27 PM.


                              • #90
                                John Thomas Laird---AKA Tom Laird

                                Born: February 27, 1895, San Francisco, CA
                                Died: January 22, 1971, San Francisco, CA, age 76

                                San Francisco sports writer;
                                San Francisco Daily News, office boy, 1909 - 1911
                                San Francisco News police reporter, Love Advice Column "Cynthia Grey", 1911 - 1915), sports editor, 1915 - January 1, 1943.
                                Partner in Sacramento bowling alley, January 1, 1943 -?
                                He was later an official with Tanforan Bay Meadows and race tracks.
                                He was in poor health his last 3 years, and was a patient in a Marin County convalescent home.
                                Tom was a native of the Mission District (San Francisco) , and later lived at 100 Pinehurst Way, South San Francisco.
                                Tom was an intense, fiesty kind of guy who didn't back down from his opinions.
                                He was Joe DiMaggio's staunchest booster for the Major Leagues.
                                Specialized in boxing & baseball. Knew Dempsey, DiMaggio, O'Doul.
                                During an interview with Al Corona of the San Francisco Examiner in 1999, Floyd "Bucky" Walter a former sportswriter and columnist for the San Francisco News, News Call Bulletin and the Examiner, spoke about Tom Laird:

                                Tom Laird, a two-fisted journalist from the old days, was the News sports editor at the time. "He was rough and tough," Walter recalled, "but he knew his sports. I think baseball and boxing were his favorites. He was a former semipro first baseman. When he found out how I liked baseball, he took an interest in me."

                                Walter recalls the time Laird flattened the late Examiner columnist Prescott Sullivan with one punch near the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park. Sullivan had written something that Laird didn't like. A true newspaperman, Sullivan got into his car and drove to The Examiner, where he wrote a column on how it felt to meet "Iron Mike," what Laird called his right-hand punch, on an intimate basis. "Nobody was going to scoop me on my own knockout," Sullivan said at the time.

                                Walter also recalled it was Laird who informed skeptical New York writers that Joe DiMaggio would make them forget Babe Ruth when the ex-Seals outfielder was signed by the Yankees in the mid-'30s.

                                San Francisco Sunday Examiner & Chronicle, January 24, 1971, pp. B7------Sporting News' obituary, February 13, 1971, pp. 44.

                                ----------------------------------------------------------------------L-R: Tony Lazzeri, Frankie Crossetti, Tom Laird, Joe DiMaggio: 1936-37

                                Tom and Joe DiMaggio: possibly mid-50's.
                                (courtesy of Alicia E. (Laird) Williams, Tom's great grand-daughter, and MaryEllen Laird,
                                Tom's grand-daughter. Thanks to them, we now have these 2 photos.)

                                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-06-2012, 12:02 AM.


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