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  • #76
    Henry Edward Cross---AKA Harry Cross

    Born: September 9, 1881, New Britain, CT
    Died: April 3, 1946, New York City, NY, age 64

    New York sports writer;
    Attended Harvard College (Cambridge, MA), 1905
    Waterbury American, Fall, 1905 - 1909,
    New York Times, 1909 - 1920, 1924 - 1925
    New York Evening Post sports editor, 1920 - 1924
    New York Herald-Tribune sports writer, 1926 - 1941 (non-baseball), 1942 - 1945, NY Giants
    Member of Baseball Hall of Fame committee, June 18, 1945 - April 3, 1946, death.

    Expert in Baseball/football, boxing, curing, figure-skating, polo, rowing, and most all else, except golf & tennis. Member football writers association.
    Harry Cross (Sportswriter. Born, New Britain, Conn., Sept. 9, 1881; died, New York, Apr. 3, 1946.) Considered to be one of the most authoritative writers of his era, Harry E. Cross was an expert on such sports as curling, figure skating, polo, and rowing, as well as baseball, football, and boxing. Except for golf and tennis, Cross was assigned to almost every major event. He left Harvard in 1905 to become a sportswriter with the Waterbury (Conn.) American and four years later went to The New York Times. During his nearly 12 years (1909-20) at The Times, Cross covered principally baseball and primarily the Giants. He was one of the first Times writers to regularly attend spring training. In 1920, Cross became sports editor of the Evening Post but returned to The Times for two years (1924-26). He then moved to the Herald Tribune, where he remained for more than 20 years (1926-46). Cross was briefly the sports editor at the Herald Tribune in 1927. He was the chairman of the New York chapter of the B.B.W.A.A. in 1944-45. Cross was also one of the early members of the Football Writers Association and covered many of the major college football games of the time. (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, April 4, 1946, pp. 23----------------------Sporting News' obituary, April 11, 1946, pp. 16, col. 4.

    L-R: Branch Rickey, Ford Frick, Harry Cross, Horace Stoneham.

    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 11-12-2011, 10:58 PM.


    • #77
      James Sidney Mercer---AKA Sid Mercer

      Born: August 4, 1880, Paxson, Champaign County, IL
      Died: June 18, 1945, New York City, NY, age 65,---D. Stricken with acute stomach problem, September, 1942, in Cleveland. Recovered, but

      St. Louis/New York sports writer;
      St. Louis Republic, printer's devil, police reporter, baseball writer (1900 - ?),
      St. Louis Browns' traveling secretary, (May, 1903 - fall, 1904),
      St. Louis Post-Dispatch, (Fall, 1904 - February, 1905),
      New York Globe, February, 1905 -
      Commercial Advertiser, (1906 - 1920),
      New York Journal, writer (1920 - 1945), which evolved into the Journal-American.
      Covered New York Yankees from 1920-23, and then moved to boxing beat. Sid returned to covering the Yankees in 1931 and stayed with them until his death.
      Sid Mercer was the recipient of the 1969 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

      Born in Champaign County, Illinois, in 1881, James Sidney Mercer's first job at a newspaper was as a printer's devil (apprentice) with the St. Louis Republic. He later wrote for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before hiring on with the St. Louis Browns as their road secretary in 1906. The following year Mercer's love for writing brought him to the staff of the New York Evening Globe. He later wrote for the New York Evening Journal, where, through syndication, his reputation gained nation-wide fame. He finally landed with Hearst's American (later Journal-American) where he stayed until his death in June of 1945.

      A charter member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Mercer covered New York baseball with an easy, informative writing style. Ford Frick recalled: "Sid Mercer was a dedicated man. His contributions went far beyond writing. He was at one and the same time critic and defender."

      A recognized authority on both boxing and baseball, Mercer was appointed to the Hall of Fame Committee on Baseball Veterans less than a year before his passing.
      Sid Mercer (Sportswriter. Born, Paxson, Ill., Aug. 4, 1880; died, New York, June 19, 1945.) Starting a sportswriting career with the St. Louis Republic in 1902, James Sidney Mercer became the traveling secretary of the St. Louis Browns A.L. club in 1903. After two seasons, Mercer returned to sportswriting with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch but, in February 1905, came to New York to join The Globe & Commercial Advertiser. For 11 seasons (1907-17), he traveled with the Giants, helping organize the New York chapter of the of the B.B.W.A.A. in 1908 and becoming one of its most popular members. In 1920, he moved to Hearst’s Evening Journal and remained there (moving to its successor, the Journal-American) for the rest of his life. Mercer was an early chairman of the local B.B.W.A.A. chapter and when its annual dinner began in 1924, he was chosen toastmaster. He officiated at the first 21 Baseball Writers dinners before missing on Feb. 4, 1945, due to illness. Mercer sufficiently recovered to cover games in 1945 but passed away suddenly at his home on West 55th Street. He had served as national president of the B.B.W.A.A. in 1940. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

      Photo/entry for Who's Who in ML Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 498.

      --------------------------July, 1925--------------------------------------------------------------Sid Mercer, James Farley, Ed Barrow.

      New York Times' obituary, June 19, 1945, pp. 19

      Washington Post obituary, June 20, 1945, pp. 1.

      February 7, 1943, Hotel Commodore, NYC: New York sports writers' 20th annual dinner: Sid Mercer/NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker.

      L-R: February 7, 1943, Hotel Commodore, NYC: New York sports writers' 20th annual dinner: Red Patterson, Sid Mercer, NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker, Roscoe McGowen.

      Sid Mercer, Roscoe McGowen, Lou Fonseca.
      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-08-2012, 03:35 PM.


      • #78
        John Milton Malaney---AKA Jack Malaney

        Born: June 17, 1892, Boston, MA
        Died: November 24, 1975, Boston, MA, age 83

        Boston sports writer;
        Boston Journal, specialized in boxing, 1913 - 1917
        US Navy, 1917 - 1918
        Boston Record, specialized in Baseball, 1918 - 1921
        Boston Post, associate sports editor, 1922 - 1956
        Boston Red Sox, publicity director, 1956 - 1970.

        Boston Globe obituary
        November 25, 1975----Sporting News' obituary, December 20, 1975, pp. 55, col. 3.

        -----------------------------------1976 Baseball Guide Death notice--------------------------------July 4, 1942: Taylor Spink, Lieut. Com. F. R. Philbrook, Ted Williams, Lieut. R. P. Fuller, Jack Malaney.
        ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Presenting Player of Year Award from Sporting News.

        January 27, 1955: Birdie Tebbetts / Jack Malaney.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------1947: Jack Malaney / Frank Shea.

        1941: Johnny Cooney, Tim Hall, Jack Malaney.----------------------------------------------------------------------------Johnny Vander Meer accepts award presented by Jack Malaney for pitching consecutive no-hitters.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-05-2012, 06:29 PM.


        • #79
          Robert Denman Thompson

          Born: June 29, 1888, Meadville, PA
          Died: July 19, 1969, Washington, DC, age 81---d. Sibley Memorial Hosp. (Wash., DC)

          Washington sports writer;
          Arrived in Washington, DC when only 2.
          Washington Post copy boy / reporter,
          Washington Herald, reporter/city editor, 1906
          Washington Star, (February, 1911) made sports editor, January 1, 1917 - 1949; formally retired June 30, 1953.
          South Bend Tribune, (Ind.), city editor/telegraph editor1908 - 1910.
          Served as President of the Baseball Writers, 1933.
          Also interested in boxing.

          ---------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary-------------------Photo/entry for Who's Who in ML Baseball,
          ----Washington Star obituary, July 19, 1969---------August 2, 1969, pp. 46, col. 2.---------------edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 502.

          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 05-20-2010, 06:19 AM.


          • #80
            Harry Richard Schumacher---AKA Garry Schumacher

            Born: November 2, 1900, Brooklyn, NY
            Died: October 22, 1978, San Francisco, CA, age 77---d. heart attack

            Brooklyn / New York sports writer;
            Attended New York University (NYC),
            New York Globe, 1920
            Brooklyn Standard-Union, 1920 - ?
            New York Journal, 1923 - 1946, Covered Dodgers, 1920 - 1930, then switched to the Giants, 1930-46.
            New York Giants' Public Relations director, 1946 - 1971.
            5'0, grey eyes.

            Father: Henry Schumacher, born Germany; Mother: Adelheid Ripke, born Germany; Wife: Martha Hagenbucher; His father emigrated to the US May 1, 1885, and lived until around 1922.

            He was born Harold Richard Schumacher, but he liked his brother, Garry's name better and asked if he could use it. His brother agreed.

            Garry Schumacher (Public relations. Born, Brooklyn, Nov. 2, 1901; died, San Francisco, Calif., Oct. 22, 1978.) He was effectively the only head publicist the Giants ever had in New York, but Garry Schumacher also had a lengthy career as a sportswriter. Born in Greenpoint, Schumacher began as a teenager with the Brooklyn Standard-Banner and then moved to The Globe. In 1922, he became the Brooklyn sports editor of the Evening Journal. Schumacher covered the Dodgers until 1927, then spent 15 seasons (1927-41) with the Giants before covering Brooklyn again in 1942. From 1943 to 1946, he followed the Yankees for what was by then the Journal-American but, at the end of the 1946 season, left the paper to become what was titled director of promotion for the Giants. Schumacher was, in reality, the public relations director, the team’s first. After the Brooklyn Eagle was shut down in a strike before the 1955 season began, Schumacher hired Billy Goodrich, who had covered the Giants for the paper, as the director of publicity. But Schumacher remained the chief publicist for the Giants until they moved to San Francisco after the 1957 season. He moved with the team and was, officially, director of public relations for them there until he retired in 1971. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

            Sporting News' obituary, November 4, 1978, pp. 57, column 2. ---Photo/entry for Who's Who in ML Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 504.--------------------------------Harry's October 7, 1924 passport photo.

            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-29-2013, 02:45 PM.


            • #81
              Edgar Gregory Brands

              Born: November 2, 1888, Prairie du Rodur, Illinois
              Died: November 26, 1970, St. Louis, MO, age 82,---d. Missouri Pacific Hospital (St. Louis, MO), after a long illness.

              St. Louis sports writer;
              Sporting News, editor, 1930 - June, 1954
              Started (1911), Worked for papers in Champaign, IL, Rockford, Il, Great Falls, MT, Helena, MT,
              Collyer Publishing Co. (Chicago managing editor, which specialized in sports publications), September, 1918
              Baseball historical expert
              WWI service.

              Wife: Georgia B., born Illinois, November 24, 1893, died July 6, 1977, St. Louis, MO; Son: Dean Albert Brands, born Chicago, IL, July 15, 1922, died September 14, 1971; Daugher: Mary Jean McCann, born Illinois around 1923.

              May 15, 1933; Edgar Brands, presents Trophy Cup to Lou Gehrig, for breaking consecutive game playing streak of Everett Scott. L-R: William Harridge (AL Pres.); E.G. Brands, Lou Gehrig, Joe Sewell.

              J. Ed Wray, Edgar Brands, Sid Keener.

              --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' Obituary,
              --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------December 12, 1970, pp. 62, column 3.
              ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1971 Baseball Guide Entry

              November 27, 1943, Sporting News Building, St. Louis, MO: Taylor Spink / Edgar Brands.
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 02-14-2014, 07:20 AM.


              • #82
                Warren Howard Mann

                Born: December 4, 1877, Cleveland, OH
                Died: June 8, 1936, Chicago, IL, age 59,---D. Augustana Hospital (Chicago, IL); Underwent abdominal surgery 3 weeks before his death, which led to pneumonia.

                Cleveland / Chicago sports writer / sports editor;
                Graduated Kenyon College (Gambier, OH), 1900
                Cleveland Plain Dealer feature syndicate writer, 1900 - 1906
                Cleveland Press sports editor, 1906 - 1911
                Chicago Newspaper Enterprise Association, 1911 - ?
                Chicago Evening Post sports editor, 1917 - 1929
                Chicago Daily News sports editor, 1929 - 1936

                ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Chicago Daily Tribune,--------------New York Herald-Tribune, June 10, 1936
                ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------June 9, 1936, pp. 23.---------------Sporting News' obituary, June 11, 1936, pp. 2, column 5-6.

                Photo on left above/entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 506.
                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-21-2012, 07:09 PM.


                • #83
                  Frank Burton Whitman---AKA Burt Whitman

                  Born: June 22, 1886, Worchester, MA
                  Died: May 8, 1949, Boston, MA, age 62,---d. at ballgame.

                  Boston sports writer;
                  Boston Traveler, April, 1913
                  Boston Herald, April, 1913 - May 8, 1949; sports editor, September, 1917
                  Covered both Boston Braves / Red Sox.
                  Close personal friend of Ted Williams.
                  5'9, blue eyes.

                  Sporting News' Obituary, May 18, 1949, pp. 38, col. 1-2.----------------New York Times' Obituary
                  --------------------------------------------------------------------------May 9, 1949, pp. 25, column 2.

                  ---------------------------------Photo/entry for Who's Who in ML Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 506.---June 8, 1942: Burt Whitman, Dom DiMaggio, Newell Chase (Dom's pal)..
                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 07-18-2011, 06:37 PM.


                  • #84
                    Max Kase

                    Born: July 31, 1897, New York City, NY
                    Died: March 20, 1974, Yonkers, age 76

                    New York sports writer; Jewish
                    New York Mail,
                    International News Service, 1917 - 1923, 1925 - 1934
                    Havana Telegram, 1923 - 1925
                    Boston American, 1934 - 1938
                    New York Journal-American, sports editor, 1938 - 1966

                    Max Kase (July 21, 1897 – March 20, 1974) was an American newspaper writer and editor. He worked for the Hearst newspapers from 1917 to 1966 and was the sports editor of the New York Journal-American from 1938 to 1966. In 1946, he was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the New York Knicks and the Basketball Association of America, predecessor to the NBA. He also won a special Pulitzer Prize in 1952 for his work in exposing the college basketball point shaving scandals, including the CCNY Point Shaving Scandal.

                    Kase was born in July 1897. His parents, Solomon and Fannie Kase, emigrated from Austria to New York in the late 1880s.

                    At the time of the 1900 United States Census, Kase was living on Willett Street on the Lower East Side of Manhattan with his parents and six siblings – Moses (born 1884 in Austria), Annie (born 1889 in New York), Benjamin (born 1891 in New York), Lena (born 1895 in New York), and twins Fannie and Rachel (born 1900 in New York). At that time, Kase's father was working as 'cloak operator' ie. a sewing machine operator working on ladies cloaks.

                    At the time of the 1910 United States Census, Kase was living with his parents and an older sister (Lena) at 334 Georgia Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. At that time, Kase's father was employed as a grocer in a retail store.

                    By 1918, the family had moved to The Bronx and was living at 1558 Minford Place, near Crotona Park. At the time of the 1920 United States Census, Kase was living with his parents and two older siblings (Benjamin and Lena) at the same address in The Bronx. Max's profession was recorded at that time as a stenographer.

                    Early years as a journalist
                    Kase began work at age 16 as an office boy for the New York Evening Mail. In approximately 1917, he joined the staff of the International News Service (INS), the wire service for the Hearst newspapers.

                    Kase's earliest by-lines involved the financial markets, including a June 21 story about mysterious flood of sell orders that had driven stocks to their lowest prices since 1917, and a May 1922 article about a merger between Lackawanna Steel Company and Bethlehem Steel Company.

                    In 1922, Kase began writing feature stories. In February 1922, newspapers across the country published his feature story about plans by Will Hays and others to build a model community on Long Island to lure motion picture production away from scandal-ridden Hollywood. Four months later, Kase's feature story about jazz culture and flappers received wide coverage. The story opened with the following provocative quote from psychologist Andre Tridon: "Jazz should be our national pastime: the flapper, God bless her, is the hope of the modern world. The article went on to quote Tridon suggesting that jazz should be encouraged as a means to satisfy man's "gorilla instincts":
                    "Jazz should be encouraged. It is the modern saturnalia which allows us to satisfy our gorilla instincts in a ball room in a perfectly nice, decent, orderly and open manner. It is an excellent substitute for alcohol. There is not enough fun in our present world ..."

                    In December 1922, Kase wrote a feature about a new form of armament developed by racing driver Walter Christie, which Kase described as a combination of a battleship, fort and tank that had been tested in the Hudson River and was "expected to revolutionize modern warfare." In January 1923, he wrote a pieces about a painting by Antonio da Correggio, missing since the 15th Century, that had been discovered in Brooklyn. His moving feature from February 1923 about the death of a 17-year-old boy from Manhattan's Lower East Side was also published in Hearst newspapers across the country:

                    "The bustle of the East Side has slightly slowed, the shrill cry of pushcart peddlers is a bit subdued, while on the teeming block of Eldridge street, in the heart of the Ghetto, there is deep mourning. Sammy Rathet is dead. Sammy was only seventeen years old – but a good boy. That was admitted by the white-haired patriarchs who hobble about with canes while their long beards sway to the vagaries of the wind. ..."

                    Sportswriter in the 1920s and 1930s
                    In 1923, Kase's focus began shifted to boxing. In June 1923, he wrote a feature story about Luis Firpo, known as "The Wild Bull of The Pampas." When heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey agreed fight Firpo, Kase covered Dempsey and issued daily stories from the champ's training camp in White Sulphur Springs, New York. When Dempsey left White Sulphur Springs, Kase described the scene he left behind:
                    "The hotel which was thronged for more than a month with tin-eared prize fighters, trainers, rubbers, and dozens of reporters, scores of vacationalists and tourists, now is silent and deserted. the lobbies which were jammed and crowded now echo hollowly with the footsteps of a forlorn bartender, a sad hearted inn-keeper and an occasional waiter."

                    Kase provided similar in-depth coverage leading up to the July 1923 championship bout between lightweights Benny Leonard, born in the Jewish ghetto of New York's Lower East Side, and Lew Tendler. When Leonard successfully defended his title in front of a crowd of 60,000 spectators at Yankee Stadium, Kase wrote that the title of "The Old Master," previously used to describe Joe Gans, "may now in all probability be hauled out, dusted off and placed firmly on the brow of Benny Leonard."

                    In 1924, Kase was sent to Cuba as the editor and general manager of The Havana Telegram. He was reported to be the youngest person at that time to hold an editorial position with a Cuban newspaper.

                    In 1925, Kase returned to New York as a sportswriter for Hearst's New York Journal under its longtime sports editor, Wilton S. Farnsworth.

                    In the early 1930s, Kase covered the National League baseball beat for the Journal and the Hearst newspaper syndicate. He also continued to cover boxing for the Hearst newspapers. Covering the bout between Kid Chocolate, "The Cuban Bon Bon," and Lew Feldman, Kase credited the Cuban with "artistically muzzling the Brownsville bulldog after fifteen rounds of classy, game battling."

                    In 1934, Kase was sent to Boston as the sports editor of Hearst's Boston American. During his time in Boston, Kase became acquainted with Walter A. Brown, the original owner of the Boston Celtics.

                    Kase returned to New York in 1935 as a sportswriter and columnist for the New York Journal and, following the merger of Hearst's morning and afternoon papers, the New York Journal-American.

                    Upon his return to New York, Kase covered the New York Yankees and the American League baseball beat. In the spring of 1937, Kase was credited with mending a rift that had developed in 1936 between Yankees stars Tony Lazzeri and Joe DiMaggio.

                    When Joe Louis burst onto the scene in 1935, Kase covered Louis' training camp before the September 1935 bout at Yankee Stadium against German champion Max Baer. Kase referred to Louis as "the etherizing Detroit destroyer" and wrote about the difficulty in securing sparring partners: "There were to have been seven laboratory specimens for the Detroit destroyer to experiment on but five of the expected sparring partners, showing rare judgment, failed to appear."

                    In March 1936, he drew national coverage with a feature story reporting that Dizzy Dean's wife had been assigned to negotiate a new contract with the Cardinals.

                    In 1937, Kase was added to the committee of eight baseball writers charged with choosing the American League's Most Valuable Player.

                    Sports editor at the New York Journal-American
                    In October 1938, after Wilton Farnsworth retired to become a boxing promoter, Kase replaced him as the sports editor of the New York Journal-American. Kase remained in that position for 28 years.

                    During his time as the sports editor, Kase also wrote a popular sports column for the Journal-American called "The Brief Kase." His columns were also reprinted on occasions in The Sporting News. Kase became a fixture in New York's sporting world from the 1930s through the 1960s. In his book on the history of the NBA, Charles Rosen wrote the following about Kase:

                    "During his career, his trademark widow's peak and devilish smile were seen at every conceivable sporting event from basketball to baseball, from football to ice hockey, from rodeos to bullfights, from six-day bicycle races to flagpole-sitting contests, as well as boxing and wrestling matches, dog shows, and track meets. Along the way, he'd met and befriended everybody who was worth knowing."

                    War bond efforts
                    During World War II, Kase was a leader in mobilizing the sporting world to assist in the sale of war bonds. In 1943, he helped sell $800 million in war bonds through a "War Bond Game" at the Polo Grounds. Kase and Journal-American sportswriter Bill Corum came up with the idea to have 26 all-stars from the three New York baseball teams play against a team of all-stars serving in the military. The game also featured an exhibition by 13 all-time baseball greats, including Babe Ruth, Walter Johnson, George Sisler, Tris Speaker, and Honus Wagner. One of the highlights of the exhibition was a home run hit by Babe Ruth into the right field stands off Walter Johnson.

                    In 1944, Kase became the chairman of the Fifth War Loan Sports Committee. During June 1944, Kase's committee sold $16.7 million in war bonds by organizing sporting events in New York. The events included a War Bond Day at the Aqueduct Racetrack, a golf exhibition with Byron Nelson and Jug McSpaden, a sports carnival at the Polo Grounds on June 17, 1944, and a novel three-way baseball game at the Polo Grounds on June 26, 1944, between the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, and New York Yankees.

                    Formation of the NBA
                    Kase became convinced that professional basketball could be a success on a national basis. The National Basketball League, formed in 1937, was based in the Midwest and had "limped along" while being "generally ignored" by sports editors. During the 1930s, Kase had discussions with Walter A. Brown, manager of the Boston Garden, about creating a truly national basketball league with franchises in the country's largest cities. In 1944, Kase organized a basketball exhibition in New York featuring two of the top barnstorming teams. The overflow crowd that turned out for the charity event reinforced Kase's belief that professional basketball could attract a following in New York.

                    Kase continued to press the idea in discussions with Walter A. Brown and even drafted the new league's charter and operating plan.

                    In his original conception, Kase planned to own and operate the New York basketball franchise. He approached Ned Irish, the president of Madison Square Garden who had successfully promoted college basketball matches at the venue, with a proposal to lease the Garden on open dates for use by Kase's professional basketball team. Irish informed Kase that the Arena Managers Association of America, which owned the sports arenas in the largest cities, had a pact which required Madison Square Garden to own any professional basketball team that played there.

                    However, Irish was persuaded that Kase's idea had merit and, in 1946, Irish became one of the founders of the new Basketball Association of America (BAA) and the original owner of the New York Knicks. Irish later paid Kase several thousand dollars for his role in organizing the new basketball league.

                    Kase's role in the formation of the BAA, which later became the NBA, has been acknowledged in several accounts of the NBA's history.

                    One author wrote: "The impetus behind the formation of the BAA came mainly from Max Kase ..."
                    Another noted:
                    "The Basketball Association of America, a ******* child, sprang from the unlikely parentage of pro hockey and the Hearst press. Max Kase, sports editor of Hearst's New York Journal-American, conceived the BAA and drew up its charter. ... Kase's idea was to fill those empty dates with pro basketball."

                    After Kase died, Walter Kennedy, the commissioner of the NBA from 1963–1975, said, "His personal involvement in the beginning of the NBA ... and his strong belief that pro basketball was destined to be a major sport were important factors in the growth and success of the NBA."

                    1951 point shaving scandals
                    In the late 1940s, there were rumors and suspicions that college basketball players were being paid by bookies to engage in point shaving. Kase later wrote that the Journal-American had been probing tips and leads for several years, but had been "bumping into impenetrable stone walls in past years." Kase began interviewing acquaintances in the gambling community.

                    During the 1948–1949 season, Kase assigned a reporter to investigate the story on a full-time basis. Over the following year, Kase and the reporter devoted much of their time to the investigation. Concerned that his sportswriters may have connections to the players or gamblers, he secured additional assistance from several of the Journal-American's best crime reporters.

                    The Journal-American's investigation eventually focused on Eddie Gard, a player for the Long Island University basketball team who was believed to be acting as a bagman for the gambling interests. In early January, 1951, Kase met secretly with New York District Attorney Frank Hogan. Kase shared his findings with Hogan and agreed to withhold the story until Hogan could develop the case further.

                    Using the evidence collected by Kase, Hogan began tailing Gard and tapped his phone. The investigation resulted in the arrest and prosecution of three star players from the City College of New York's 1950 national championship team.

                    In exchange for his cooperation, Hogan gave Kase the exclusive rights to the inside story when the arrests were made in mid-January 1951. Kase wrote in the Journal-American that "a first blush of sympathy for the corrupted weaklings has given way to a cold rage because of their lack of loyalty to their school and a calloused greed for their Judas pieces of silver." After Kase's expose, the point shaving scandal spread as players at Long Island University, the University of Kentucky and Bradley University were also implicated. It was ultimately shown that five players on Kentucky's 1949 NCAA championship team were involved or implicated in point shaving. Two of the players were suspended for life by the NBA, and Kentucky did not play the 1952–1953 season because of the scandal. The college basketball point shaving scandals uncovered by Kase were considered the most serious in American sports since the 1919 Black Sox Scandal.

                    In 1952, Kase was presented with a special Pulitzer Prize for his role in exposing the point shaving scandals in college basketball. In May 1952, a testimonial dinner for Kase was held at Toots Shor's Restaurant in Manhattan. The dinner was attended by 200 of the leading figures in the sports world, including baseball commissioner Ford Frick, Grantland Rice, and Bugs Baer. District Attorney Frank Hogan paid tribute to Kase at the dinner: "I humbly and contritely express my appreciation for what Max Kase did. ... This was the act of a person conscious of the welfare of the community."

                    Other accomplishments
                    Kase had many other successes during his tenure as the sports editor of the Journal-American. In 1941, Kase founded the Hearst sandlot baseball program. In 1946, he organized an annual all-star game featuring the best players selected from local all-star games in cities with Hearst newspapers. The national all-star game was played at the Polo Grounds in New York and was called the Hearst Sandlot Classic. Kase solicited Babe Ruth to serve as chairman of the event. The Hearst sandlot program ultimately produced 89 Major League Baseball players, including all-stars, Al Kaline, Joe Torre, Tony Kubek, Bill Freehan, Mike Marshall, Bill Skowron and Ron Santo.

                    In 1950, Kase founded the B'nai B'rith New York Sports Lodge as part of the Anti-Defamation League's campaign to promote religious tolerance and fight anti-Semitism. Kase twice served terms as president of the lodge, which was renamed the Max Kase Sports Lodge in 1975.

                    In 1956, Israel's national basketball team was unable to compete in the 1956 Summer Olympics as a result of the hostilties associated with the Suez Crisis. Accordingly, Kase, with sponsorship from the New York Journal-American, organized a United States February, 1957 tour by the Israeli basketball team with games played in Boston, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

                    In October 1964, the New York Rangers banned the Journal-American's hockey reporter, Stan Fischler, from the dressing room and press room after taking issue with one of Fischler's stories. Kase called the Rangers and informed them that "the Journal-American would not carry a single line of Rangers' news until the ban was lifted." The Rangers promptly lifted the ban. Fischler later recalled, "Unfortunately, there aren't many editors like Max Kase around."

                    In 1966, the New York Journal-American went out of business. Kase retired upon the publication of the paper's final edition on April 24, 1966.

                    Later years and family
                    After retiring from the New York Journal-American, Kase continued to write a column which was published in The Taxi News. In 1969, Kase opened a pub called the "Briefkase" in Manhattan's Port Authority Bus Terminal. He later opened a second "Briefkase" pub near Madison Square Garden.
                    Kase was a bachelor for much of his life. In June 1945, he married Kay Gallagher. Kase died in March 1974 at Yonkers General Hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.

                    Sporting News' obituary, April 6, 1974, pp. 62, column 1-2.

                    ----------January 24, 1960------------------------------------------August 8, 1951: New York: Max Kase, sports editor of the NY Journal-American, is
                    ----------------------------------------------------------------------shown presenting the Lou Gehrig Memorial Trophy to Al Kaline.

                    May 5, 1952: Max smiles to receive word of award for Pulitzer Prize, for his-----------------------January 23, 1968: Joe Stevens, Sr. (left) receives 'Citizen of the Year' award.
                    exposure of bribery & corruption in basketball.-----------------------------------------------------The Stevens' firm dispensed food and beverages to leading sporting events.
                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-03-2014, 07:21 AM.


                    • #85
                      Joseph Peter Williams, Sr.---AKA Joe Williams

                      Born: December 17, 1889, Memphis, TN
                      Died: February 15, 1972, Caldwell, NJ, age 82

                      New York / Cleveland sports writer;
                      Memphis Commercial-Appeal
                      Cleveland News
                      New York Telegram, 1926 - ?
                      New York World-Telegram, March, 1931 - ?
                      New York World-Telegram & Sun, 1950 - 1964
                      Retired in 1964.

                      Joe Williams (Sportswriter. Born, Memphis, TN, Dec. 12, 1889; died, Parsippany, NJ, Feb. 14, 1972.) Among the finest sports columnists ever in New York, Joseph Peter Williams, Sr., was also a long-time sports editor. Williams became sports editor and lead columnist of the Telegram when it was purchased by the Scripps-Howard chain in 1927. He had been with Scripps-Howard’s Cleveland afternoon paper, the Press, and was brought to New York to make the weak Telegram competitive with the dominant Journal and Evening World in the afternoon field. Williams managed the renovation of the Telegram’s sports department. He was also one of the top columnists in the city and wrote heavily about baseball as well as boxing and other sports. In 1931, the Telegram absorbed The World and, in 1950, the World-Telegram acquired The Sun. Joseph P. Val, at first an assistant to Williams, became the sports editor but Williams remained the major columnist until 1964. He later wrote columns for The Morning Telegraph. Williams traveled to the Olympics and major college football games, but baseball remained his principal interest and he was a regular in spring training with the local teams, particularly the Yankees. He was personally close to such greats as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Joe DiMaggio. In 1989, a collection of his superb columns, assembled by his son, J.P. (Pete) Williams, Jr., was published. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                      Sporting News' obit, ------------------New York Times' obit, ------------------Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
                      March 4, 1972, pp. 34, column 1.------February 16, 1972, pp. 43.-------------edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 510.


                      ----------November, 1948: Army/Navy game------------------------------------------1933--------------------1952

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                      • #86
                        Joseph Samuel Jackson

                        Born: July 25, 1871, Providence, RI
                        Died: May 19, 1936, San Francisco, CA, age 64

                        Detroit sports writer;
                        Providence Telegram, 1895 - 1901, reporter (became Sunday/sporting editor)
                        Detroit Free Press;, sports editor, November, 1901 - October, 1910
                        Washington Post, sports editor, October, 1910 - 1913
                        Detroit News-Tribune, sports editor, 1913 - 1921
                        Moved to California, 1921, worked for various newspapers there.
                        1st President of Baseball Writers' Association of America, 1908 - 1919.
                        Stansfield was his mother's maiden name, not his middle name.

                        Joseph S. "Joe" Jackson (July 1871 – May 19, 1936) was an American sportswriter and editor for the Detroit Free Press, The Washington Post and The Detroit News. He was the founder and first president of the Baseball Writers Association of America, holding the presidency from 1908 to 1919.

                        Early years
                        Jackson was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1871. At the time of the 1900 United States Census, he was living in Providence and working as a reporter. He worked for six years for the Providence Telegram from 1895 to 1901 and became the newspaper's Sunday and sporting editor.

                        In November 1901, Jackson was hired to replace Ray M. Ziegler as the sporting editor of the Detroit Free Press, a position he held until 1910. In addition to his editorial duties, Jackson published a regular column titled "Sporting Facts and Fancies", and feature stories on the major sports events in the city. He covered Michigan Wolverines football in the era of Fielding H. Yost's "Point-a-Minute" teams and the Detroit Tigers during the early years of Ty Cobb's career in Major League Baseball. Jackson is credited with having given Cobb the nickname, "The Georgia Peach". In 1910, he became the sports editor of The Washington Post. He published a regular column in The Washington Post called Sporting Facts and Fancies. After three years in Washington, D.C., Jackson returned to Detroit as a sports writer and editor for The Detroit News-Tribune. He subsequently returned to the Detroit Free Press.

                        Baseball Writers' Association of America
                        In 1908, Jackson and Jack Ryder of the Cincinnati Enquirer organized the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). The BBWAA was established in response to ongoing disputes over working conditions in, and control over, press boxes. The press boxes at many fields were cramped, and team owners had begun to offer seating in the press boxes to actors, friends and others who were not members of the working press. Frequently, there was no room for reporters from the visiting team. The issue came to a head during the 1908 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs when visiting baseball writers in Chicago were seated in the back row of the grandstand and in Detroit "were compelled to climb a ladder to the roof of the first base pavillion and write in the rain and snow".

                        The organization was established at a meeting held at the Pontchartrain Hotel in Detroit, Michigan on October 14, 1908, following the 1908 World Series. Jackson was selected as the organization's first president and held that position for 11 years from 1908 to 1919. When Jackson stepped down as president in October 1919, the Association presented him with "a handsome traveling bag".

                        Later years and death
                        In 1921, Jackson moved to California and worked for several years there. He died in San Francisco, California, in June, 1936.

                        Sporting News' Obituary, June 11, 1936, pp. 2, column 5.-------------------Reach AL Baseball Guide, 1937, pp. 341.

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                        • #87
                          Walter Slater Trumbull

                          Born: December 4, 1880, Chicago, IL
                          Died: October 18, 1961, Newton, CT, age 81

                          New York sports writer;
                          Graduate of Trinity College (Hartford, CT), 1903
                          New York Evening Sun
                          New York Morning Sun
                          New York World
                          New York Herald Tribune, late 20's
                          Sports columns North American Newspaper Alliance
                          World War I, (115th Field Artillery).
                          He had also been an assistant to Will Hays, who headed the Motion Pictures Association of America. In 1942, he worked for the Motion Pictures Producers & Distributors of America.

                          --------------------------------------------------------------------------------New York City sports writers, 1911. Walter is seated at the far right.

                          New York Times' obituary--------------------New York Herald-Tribune obituary---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, November 1, 1961, pp. 22, column 1.
                          October 19, 1961, pp. 35.----------------------------October 19, 1961.
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                          • #88
                            Bozeman C. Bulger---AKA Boze Bulger

                            Born: November 22, 1876, Dadeville, AL
                            Died: May 22, 1932, Lynbrrok, L.I., NY, age 55, ---d. heart attack at home. Buried: Arlington National Cemetery.

                            New York sports writer/editor;
                            Graduated Alabama University (Tuscalososa, AL), with law degree,
                            Birmingham Age-Herald city editor & sports editor, 1899 - 1905
                            New York Evening World, sports writer/editor, 1906 - 1931
                            Saturday Evening Post, staff writer, 1931 - 1932
                            Also a playwright & soldier.

                            Father: William Douglas Bulger; Mother: Amanda Elizabeth James; Wife: Lousie E. Strain, born December 4, 1880, died January 24, 1969; Boze married Lousie October 17, 1900 in Woodlawn, Alabama; Daughter: Gene.

                            Encyclopedia of Alabama

                            Bozeman Bulger (Sportswriter. Born, Dadeville, Ala., Nov. 22, 1877, died, Lynbrook, L.I., May 22, 1932.) A lawyer and military officer, Bozeman Bulger was also a leading baseball writer for The Evening World for most of a quarter-century. Bulger joined The Evening World in 1905, was a charter member of the B.B.W.A.A. in 1908, and was with the paper when it closed Feb. 27, 1931 (after being sold to the Evening Telegram). He then joined the Saturday Evening Post magazine, for which he had been a steady contributor for over a decade, and was on its staff when he died suddenly of heart failure. Bulger was graduated from the University of Alabama with a law degree and joined his father’s law firm in Birmingham. He fought with an Alabama unit in the Spanish-Ameican War (1898), left the law to become a reporter for the Birmingham Age-Herald, rose to managing editor, and then headed for New York. The Evening World was his only New York paper, but he left temporarily during World War I and served in France. Bulger was cited for bravery under fire in the Argonne Forest campaign of 1918 and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. In the years before the World War, he created a fictional character named “Swat Mulligan,” a ballplayer with the “Poison Oak” club who performed prodigious batting feats. During the 1930 World Series, Bulger underwent an emergency appendectomy and one of his confreres wrote that “Bulger was the first sportswriter ever to get a World Series cut.” His grandfather was Gen. Michael Bulger, who served on the staff of Confederate commander Robert E. Lee during the Civil War. Bulger’s maternal great-uncle was a noted frontiersman for whom Bozeman, Mont., was named. Bulger also wrote several Broadway plays (including one starring Christy Mathewson (q.v.)), sketches for Earl Carroll’s Vanities, and several baseball books, one of which, about John McGraw, was published posthumously. (The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports is an open database of sports biographies maintained by Jordan Sprechman and Marty Appel.)

                            He was a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army, a Mason and an Elk.
                            from Bozeman Family Information
                            Bozeman Bulger, the 5th child of William and Amanda Crabbe Bugler, was born in Dadeville, Alabama, on November 22, 1876 and died at the age of 55 years in Lynbrook, Long Island May 22, 1932. He was married to Louis Strane, on October 17, 1900. Bozeman Bulger was nationally known as a sports writer and at the time of his death was a staff writer on the Saturday Evening Post. He served in the World war as a Major and later as Lieutenant Colonel, was cited for bravery under fire in the Argonne. Later he was with Pershing's Headquarters in charge of press relations. He also served in the Spanish American war. He was buried with Military honors in the Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, one daughter, and 4 grandchildren survived him.

                            New York Times' obituary, May 23, 1932, pp. 15.

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                            • #89
                              William Garrison Weart, Sr.

                              Born: September 15, 1872, Independence, IA
                              Died: December 7, 1917, Philadelphia, PA, age 45,---d. typhoid-pneumonia, ill only a week.

                              (The world was having a terrible epidemic. The 1918 flu pandemic, commonly referred to as the Spanish flu, was an influenza pandemic that spread to nearly every part of the world. It was caused by an unusually virulent and deadly influenza A virus strain of subtype H1N1. The pandemic lasted from March 1918 to June 1920.)

                              Philadelphia sports writer;
                              Arrived Philadelphia in 1879, graduated Central High School, 1890.
                              Philadelphia Times reporter, 1891 - 1896
                              Philadelphia Evening Telegraph, 1896-1913, baseball editor, 1913 - 1917.
                              Philadelphia Press
                              Munsey's Evening Times, 1909 - 1913
                              Sporting News correspondent, 1909 - 1917

                              Wife: Marion B.; 2 sons. One son was John, who worked for the Stanford Hotel. His other son was William G. Weart, Jr., who later also became a newspaper writer, acting as NY Times corespondent in Philadelphia, 1945-1966. Had worked for other papers previously.
                              WILLIAM G. WEART IS DEAD. , Philadelphia Baseball Writer I Victim of Pneumonia. PHILADELPHIA, Dec, 7.
                              William G. Weart, Secretary and Treasurer of the Baseball Association of America, and one of the best-known baseball writers in the country, died today at his home in this city from typhoid pneumonia. Mr. Weart, who was 45 years old, had a personal acquaintance with almost every player and magnate in major league baseball and--put in the greater part of his active life as a writer on this subject for Philadelphia newspapers. He began to write sports for The Philadelphia Evening Times in 1896, and a few years later became sporting editor and baseball critic of The Philadelphia Press. Ten years ago he became a member of the staff of The Philadelphia Evening Telegraph, with which he was connected at the time of his death. With the conclusion of the last Worlds Series Weart had covered his thirteenth world's baseball championship. He had also made many trips to Southern baseball training camps, and had served as an official baseball scorer, he accompanied Samuel Pennypacker, who was running for Governor of Pennsylvania in, being assigned by The Philadelphia Press to accompany the candidate in his tour throughout the State. He was the Philadelphia correspondent of Sporting News for many years.

                              ----------------------------------------Billy Weart the Sunny Jim of Baseball
                              For thirty years a slim, quiet chap has reported baseball games either at the National or American League ball park in this city, and during that time millions of fans have seen those games. Yet very few of them knew the late Billy Weart. Billy was a bunch of concentrated sunshine. He was always an optimist. He never knocked and the chances are that he did not know how to spell the word although Billy was as fine a slinger of words as any man who ever sat in a press box. But if he could not say a kind word about a man he said nothing at all. He never roasted other men who reported baseball games and the men who reported baseball always had a kind word to say of him.

                              For years his health was delicate but he was a sunny Jim at all times. He may have had the blues, but he covered them with a smile. He was a first-class sporting editor, but he preferred to leave boxing and football and other sports to men who specialized in them. But when it came to baseball he was supreme. It is to be questioned whether any other baseball writer in the country knew as much about the national sport as Billy.

                              He was the last resort when it came to a baseball dispute. He knew the rules backward and when he was the official scorer no one ever doubted his figures or his decisions. He was ever ready to cover a ball game for another man who had something else to do or wanted to be elsewhere. He was true blue and one of nature's noblemen. He had a lovable nature, and every one, from the office boy to the twenty-five cent fan, from the managing editor to the man who paid big money for the world series liked and respected him.

                              Sporting News' Obituary, December 13, 1917, pp. 2, column 4-5.

                              ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary, December 8, 1917, pp. 15.

                              William Garrison Weart, Jr.

                              Born: August 25, 1906, Philadelphia, PA
                              Died: January 11, 1992, Allentown, PA, age 85

                              Philadelphia newspaper reporter;
                              Philadelphia Record
                              Associated Press
                              International News Service, PA state manager
                              New York Times correspondent in Philadelphia, 1945 - 1966.

                              January 24, 1992, Thursday;
                              William G. Weart, the Philadelphia correspondent of The New York Times for 21 years until his retirement in 1966, died on Saturday at the Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown, Pa. He was 85 years old.

                              He died after a brief illness, his family said.

                              Mr. Weart, the son of William G. Weart, a Philadelphia journalist, attended St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Md., and started his career as a reporter for The Philadelphia Record. He then worked for The Associated Press and the International News Service, where he was the Pennsylvania state manager when he joined The Times in 1945. Mr. Weart retired from newspaper work in 1966.

                              Mr. Weart is survived by his son, William F. Weart of Allentown.
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                              • #90
                                William George Murphy---AKA Billy Murphy

                                Born: June 26, 1875, St. Louis, MO
                                Died: January 21, 1925, St. Louis, MO, age 49, d. repeated attacks of acute indigestion. Buried: Calvary Catholic Cemetery, St. Louis, MO

                                St. Louis sports writer / sports editor;
                                Graduated St. Louis University;
                                St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Assistant sports editor, 1905 - 1907
                                St. Louis Star, sports editor, 1907 - 1925
                                Original founding member of BWAA.

                                Father: George F., born St. Louis, MO; Mother: Mary Doyle, born St. Louis, MO; Wife: Alice Louise;

                                St. Louis Daily Globe-Democrat obituary--------------------------St. Louis Post-Dispatch obituary------Sporting News' obituary,
                                --------------January 22, 1925------------------------------------------January 21, 1925.------------January 29, 1925, pp. 6, column 1.

                                -----------------------Chicago Daily Tribune obituary,
                                -----------------------January 22, 1925, pp. 13.-----------------------Billy's Death Certificate

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