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  • #91
    Harold Cooper Burr

    Born: June 11, 1884, Orange, NJ
    Died: July 6, 1955, New York City, NY, age 71

    Brooklyn sports writer;
    Wall St. broker's clerk.
    Reviewed books for New York World, 1920
    Brooklyn Eagle sports writer, 1920 - 1935, 1944 - 1954, covered Dodgers,
    New York Evening Post, traveled w/Yankees, 1935 - 1944
    New York Daily Mirror, ? - 1944, Sporting News' correspondent.

    Sporting News' obituary, July 13, 1955, pp. 48.-------------------------New York Times' obituary, July 7, 1955, pp. 27.
    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-12-2012, 01:24 PM.


    • #92
      Peter Joseph O'Donnell

      Born: September 13, 1905, Louisville, KY
      Died: October 16, 1973, Louisville, KY, age 68---d. heart attack

      Louisville / Chicago sports writer/editor;
      Louisville Herald-Post, sports editor, (1923 - 1937?)
      Chicago Herald-Examiner, sports writer, (1937? - 1941?)
      Chicago Sun, sports copy desk editor, (1941 - 1948)
      Left newspaper business late 1940's,
      General Manager for some race tracks, including Lincoln Fields (1948-1955), Ascot Park (1955-1968?), Latonia (early 1960 - late 1960's) & Miles Park (1956 - 1965?).

      May 3, 1947, right after Jet Pilot won the Kentucky Derby. My Dad, Pete O'Donnell, was the only sports reporter to correctly pick that race 1-2-3-4-5.

      ----------------------1950--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary,
      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------November 3, 1973, pp. 7, column 4.------Washington Post obituary, October 17, 1973, pp. E2.

      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-12-2012, 10:53 PM.


      • #93
        Edmund Power Cunningham

        Born: February 11, 1888, Worcester, Massachusetts
        Died: March 30, 1969, Boston, MA, age 80,---d. at University Hospital in Boston, MA.

        Boston sports writer;
        Holy Cross College (Brookline, MA),
        Worcester Telegram, 1912
        Rochester Railway Flagman, (June 5, 1917 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
        Boston Herald, sports writer, 1917-23
        Boston Traveler, sports editor, 1923 - July 8, 1926
        Boston Braves' secretary, July 8, 1926 - August 16, 1935

        Father: Peter, born MA in April, 1857, was telegrapher in 1900; Mother: Mary A., born MA, August, 1861.

        --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1932--------Sporting News' obituary, April 19, 1969, pp. 44.

        1926-35: Fred Mitchell (Braves' business manager), Judge Emil Fuches (Braves' owner), Ed Cunningham (Braves' Secretary)
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 01-23-2013, 08:10 PM.


        • #94
          Oscar Charles Reichow

          Born: January 31, 1889, Chicago, IL
          Died: July 8, 1950, Hollywood, CA, age 61,---d. in a Hollywood hospital of an internal disorder. Had entered hospital July 2 for surgery.

          Chicago sports writer;
          Chicago Daily News; reporter, became its featured writer;

          Associated with Cubs, traveling with them. Minor league club official & sports announcer, credited with influencing Judge Landis into taking job as baseball's 1st commissioner. Around 1927, became announcer for LA Angels, in Pacific Coast League. Before that was business manager of Los Angeles Angels, owned by Wrigley.

          Sporting News' obituary, July 19, 1950, pp. 20.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary, Juloy 9, 1950, pp. 69.

          --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------His entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 520.

          Oscar Reichow (left) general manager of the Los Angeles "Angels" ball club of the Pacific Coast League, and his assistant and team captain Jack Lelivelt, as they came on the field with their team for the first time at Santa Monica's new municipal ballpark to begin official spring training. Some 40 players turned out. The new training camp is at Santa Monica beach, Los Angeles' favorite seaside resort, some 10 miles west of Hollywood and 15 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

          ------------------------------2 photos from 1908.

          Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-12-2012, 03:50 PM.


          • #95
            Austen Randolph Lake

            Born: May 23, 1895, Buffalo, NY
            Died: June 9, 1964, Quincy, MA, age 69---d. heart attack at home.

            Boston sports writer;
            Graduated Phelps Exeter Academy (Exeter, NH) / Lafayette College (Easton, PA),
            Boston Transcript, 1923-1933
            Boston Record American (1933-46), War corresponent during WWII for Boston American
            Boston Evening American (April, 1947-July, 1959)
            Boston Sunday Advertiser (June, 1961-64)

            New York Times' obituary, June 13, 1964, pp. 23.--------------Sporting News' obituary, June 27, 1964, pp. 40. -----Austen lights a Cuban stoggie for Babe Ruth, probably around 1945.

            December 15, 1947: Austen Lake, Paul Hynes, Sy Hyde.
            Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-12-2012, 04:46 PM.


            • #96
              Joseph Leo Coughlin---AKA Roundy Coughlin

              Born: September 18, 1889, Madison, WI
              Died: December 9, 1971, Ocomomowoc, WI, age 82, d.---nursing home.

              Wisconsin sports writer/columnist
              Captal Times (WI), 1921 - 1924
              Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI), 1925 - January, 1971. His column, 'Roundy Says', was quite famous, and loved.

              Roundy started on the Capital Times in 1921, and switched to the Wisconsin State Journal in 1925, located in Madison. Roundy was a big Irishman, 200 lbs. Roundy retired in January, 1971, and moved from his long-time home in Madison to a nursing home in Ocomomowoc, WI.

              The Hand-Painted Chop Suey: Translated from the King's English to the Queen's Taste, 1933

              --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Men's Bowling tournament officials:
              ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------L-R: Lee Edwards, William N. Blu, Ray Farness, Roundy Coughlin, John Dillon, Bob Aspinwall, and Earl Haase.

              Chicago Tribune obituary, December 11, 1971, pp. A3.------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, December 25, 1971, pp. 46.

              ---------------March, 1970.
              Last edited by Bill Burgess; 09-06-2012, 12:52 AM.


              • #97
                Robert Richard Addie---AKA Bob Addie

                Born: February 6, 1910,
                Died: January 18, 1982, Bethesda, MD, age 71,---d. cardiac arrest

                Washington, New York sports writer;
                New York Journal-American journalist,
                Washington Times-Herald general reporter & sports writer, ? - 1954
                Washington Post reporter, sports writer, & columnist, 1954 - 1977, covered the Senators until the team moved to Dallas in 1971.
                Wrote a column for Sporting News, 'Addie's Atoms'.
                Selection committe for Baseball's Hall of Fame.
                Author/Sports Writer
                Bob Addie and Allen Lewis were the recipients of the 1981 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

                Reporter, columnist, bon vivant and raconteur, Bob Addie covered baseball for the Washington Times-Herald and Washington Post for close to 40 years. Addie was known for his clean style, hilarious anecdotes, unabashed sentiment, red socks and dark glasses. He never missed a day on the Washington Senators' beat for 20 years until the team left town in 1971.

                A players' friend who wrote like a fan, accentuating the positive and winning affection among readers and subjects alike, Addie was a former President of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He was a recipient of a National Press Club Award and a highly-respected member of the Hall of Fame Committee on Baseball Veterans.
                Wikipedia page.
                Robert Addie was an American sportswriter who covered baseball for The Washington Post and Washington Times-Herald. Addie was known for his clean style, hilarious anecdotes, unabashed sentiment, red socks and dark glasses. He never missed a day on the Washington Senators' beat for 20 years until the team left town in 1971. Addie was presented with the J. G. Taylor Spink Award by the Baseball Writers Association of America in 1981. Bob also covered the PGA after Baseball moved from Washington. Bob also wrote many articles for the Post after his retirement from the paper in 1977. He went on to write a book about his sportswriting career entitled Sportswriter which was published in 1980. His wife the great Pauline Betz Addie, 4 time US Open and 1 time Wimbledon Champion is still alive and well. They have five children, a daughter and four sons. His daughter is award-winning poet Kim Addonizio and his granddaughter is actress Aya Cash.

                Profiles & Caviar, 1974

                Washington Post obituary, January 20, 1982, pp. B12.

                Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-27-2013, 04:20 PM.


                • #98
                  John Abbott Lardner

                  Born: May 4, 1912, Chicago, IL
                  March 24, 1960, New York City, NY, age 48,----d. heart attack at his Greenwich Village, NYC apartment.

                  New York sports writer;
                  New York Herald Tribune, reporter, 1931 - 1933
                  North American Newspaper Alliance, sports columnist, 1934 - 1948
                  Newsweek, 1939 - 1960
                  war correspondent
                  The Saturday Evening Post, 1942 - 1945
                  The New Yorker (magazine), television / radio critic, 1957 - 1960
                  Son of acclaimed sports writer Ring Lardner.

                  John was born May 4, 1912 when his father was the baseball writer for the Chicago Examiner. Many critics say he was most like his father out of the four children. At a young age, John wrote his first piece for The New Yorker and soon began to work for the World.

                  The city editor at the World, Stanley Walker, said that John "came close to being the perfect all-around journalist" (Lardner, p. 231). After returning from working at the European edition of the World, he came back to the states to work for the Trib in New York in 1931. He was still only nineteen.

                  After working at the World he began a syndicated sports column for the North American Newspaper Alliance at age 21. This gave him a national audience. "What John started with was a delicate instinct for the difference between stories that had to be recorded faithfully and those that permitted some creative license. It is a nicety largely undiscovered by the 'new journalism' of today" (Lardner, p. 233).

                  Shortly after he married Hazel Bell Jean Cannan in September of 1938, John had to leave his bride to write about the World Series between the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs. But John was already beginning to make the transition from newspaperman to magazine writer, which he didn't complete until after the war.

                  John began this transition following in his father's footsteps with a story in the Saturday Evening Post about the "Black Sox" scandal of 1919. To further supplement his syndicate salary, he soon began talking to Newsweek about a column called "Sports Week," which began on March 13, 1939.

                  From February 1942 - June 1945, John was abroad as a war correspondent and took the time to begin his book Southwest Passage: The Yanks in the Pacific. While in the Pacific Front, a Japanese sniper opened fire on John and his crew. John had said that the man scored with 'a carom shot' that lighted in a pile of stones, "causing one of them to fly up and catch him in the groin." But, in reality, it was not stone but a bullet. John realized this a few months later when, while he was taking a shower, a small-caliber machine-gun bullet "worked its way out of a testicle and struck the tile floor" (Lardner, p. 311).

                  By 1948 John had dropped his syndicated sports column and become a magazine writer only. In 1951 John wrote Bill that he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The next year he was virtually healed and started a feature page in the magazine "Look" called "John Lardner's New York." But, soon after this, he made a trip to Australia where he suffered a heart attack on the trip.

                  Began attempting to write a book called Drinking in America, which he wrote seven chapters of before his death. He continued to write a column called "The Air" until he died on December 8, 1958. He had suffered a full-fledged coronary occlusion.

                  The world of John Lardner
                  White hopes and other tigers
                  It beats working; 2 copies,
                  Strong cigars and lovely women

                  New York Times' obituary, March 25, 1960, pp. 28.---Hartford Courant obituary, March 26, 1960, pp. 4.

                  -----------------------------------------------------Chicago Daily News' obituary, March 25, 1960, pp. C9.

                  Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-13-2012, 07:37 PM.


                  • #99
                    Rodger Hamill Pippen

                    Born: February 21, 1888, Baltimore, MD
                    Died: June 8, 1959, Elliot City (suburb of Baltimore), MD, age 71,---d. at home.

                    Baltimore sports writer/editor;
                    Baltimore American reporter, Sept., 1918;
                    Baltimore News-Post, sports editor, 1927 - December 31, 1957
                    Baltimore Sunday American, sports editor

                    Rodger lobbied sucessfully for a long time for the return of ML baseball & football to Baltimore. He also lobbied to modernize the Baltimore City Stadium. The stadium improvement loan had been defeated previously. Mr. Pippen lobbied for it in his column. Rodger was also a personal scribe pal of Ty Cobb. Two never refused an accomadation for each other. He was also a good friend of Jack Dempsey and Babe Ruth.

                    Sporting News' obituary, June 17, 1959, pp. 36. ---New York Times' obituary, June 9, 1959, pp. 37.
                    Last edited by Bill Burgess; 12-12-2010, 05:00 PM.


                    • Paul Adlai Rickart

                      Born: July 7, 1892, St. Louis, Missouri
                      Died: October 24, 1965, St. Louis, MO, age 73,---d. DePaul Hospital, St. Louis, MO, following heart attack.

                      ST. Louis Sporting News' staff member;
                      Sporting News, 1919 - 1965
                      Research man, statistician, historian, copy room proof-reader,
                      close personal friend of JG Taylor Spink and Johnson Spink.

                      Sporting News' write-up, November 22, 1945, pp. 19.

                      Sporting News' write-up, December 29, 1962, pp. 12.

                      -----------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, November 6, 1965, pp. 28.


                      -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------May 16, 1959: Taylor Spink, Paul Rickart, Johnson Spink.
                      Last edited by Bill Burgess; 08-05-2012, 04:08 PM.


                      • Lawton H. Carver

                        Born: December 1, 1903, Ocean Springs, Mississippi
                        Died: January 22, 1973, New York, New York, age 69---d. at home of natural causes

                        New York sports editor;
                        Graduated Loyola University (New Orleans),
                        Tampa Tribune (FL), 1925 -
                        Daytona Beach News-Journal (FL), 1929-34
                        United Press, sports staff, 1934-36
                        International News Service (NY), sports editor, 1936 - 1958
                        Camillo restaurant owner (NY), 1951 - 1957
                        2 years sports publicity,
                        Lawton Carver's café (NYC)
                        assistant to John Denson, editor of Herald Tribune,
                        New York Journal-American, kitchen editor (under name Prudence Penny).

                        Father: Oscar Raymond; Mother: Maria Luise Brigette Schreiber; Wife: Carla Montalto, born 1916, died 1995; Son: Lawton Christopher, born 1955;

                        Lawton H. Carver
                        Lawton H. Carver (1903-1973) was an Ocean Springs lad who became an internationally acclaimed sports and culinary journalist, restaurateur, angling and fly tying expert, and artist. He was educated in Ocean Springs' Public Schools and at Loyola University at New Orleans. In the fall of 1922, before he entered Loyola, Lawton was employed by Earheart and Barner, a well-know drugstore in the Crescent City. He married Freda E. Lee on May 10, 1926, at Ocean Springs. She was the daughter of Frederick Edgar Lee (1874-1932). Mr. Lee was a native of Campbellsburg, Indiana, a small village in south central Indiana. He was in the real estate and pecan business at Ocean Springs and the builder in 1925, of Casa Flores on Davis Bayou, which is now called Del Castle. Lawton and Freda were the parents of Betty Lee Carver Eisenberg, the spouse of Lloyd L. Eisenberg (1927-1996).(The Jackson County Times, September 2, 1922 and JXCO, Ms. Circuit Court MRB 17, p. 196)

                        After graduating from college, Carver made his livelihood as a newspaper sports writer and editor. Circa 1925, his journalist career began in Tampa, Florida with the Tampa Tribune. Carver then went to Daytona Beach, Florida where he was sports editor of the News-Journal from 1929-1934. While at Daytona, he may have been instrumental in starting the auto races there. In 1934, Lawton Carver went to New York City as a sports staff writer for United Press. He joined the International News Service in 1936, as sports editor and remained with that organization until it closed in 1958.

                        Lawton H. Carver later married Lillian Carla Montalto (1916-1995) of Beacon Street, Back Bay, Boston. They had a son, Lawton Christopher Carver who was born in 1955. Mrs. Carver resided with her son at Las Vegas, Nevada, until her demise on 1995.

                        In 1951, in the Big Apple, Lawton H. Carver opened the Camillo Restaurant on 2nd Avenue near 44th. He served Italian food and steaks. At his Gotham restaurant, Carver had a bulletin board where guests could thumb-tack praise or criticism regarding food or service. Mrs. Ty Cobb once wrote that Camillo's served "the very best marinara sauce I ever ate in my life". Pictures of Ted Williams, Phil Rizzuto, and English Channel swimmer, Florence Chadwick, also graced the note board. Lawton H. Carver sold the Camillo Restaurant in 1957. He was in sports publicity for several years before opening Lawton Carver's Cafe on 2nd Avenue near the United Nations building. Carver later was an assistant editor at the Herald Tribune and kitchen editor at the Journal-American were he wrote under the name of Prudence Penny.

                        Lawton H. Carver expired at New York on January 22, 1973. His remains were interred in the Calvary Cemetery in New Jersey. Carver was eulogized in a letter to Mrs. Lillian Carver from Larry Penzell, a Madison Avenue public relations executive. Penzell wrote of Lawton Carver in January 1973:

                        “I needn’t tell you how I adored this man, assuredly, the kindest, and most wonderful person I ever had the good fortune to know. Generous, witty, personable, talented…he was everything, and never and individual to seek the limelight. In this business, this past quarter of a century and need I say, dozens, who could never shine his shoes, without a milligram of Lawton’s talent…. Were the obnoxious crowd-shovers who sought the bows. Carver was an unusual man of the highest caliber”. Pennell continued about Carver, “we’ll never see the likes of anyone ever resembling dear Lawton again in our lifetime nor in eons to come. God chooses only a very few to dole out humility, understanding, patience and appreciation of his fellow man.”

                        New York Times' obituary,----------Sporting News' obituary,
                        January 23, 1973, pp. 42.------------February 3, 1973, pp. 44.
                        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 10-24-2013, 05:00 PM.


                        • 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, 03:06 PM.


                          • 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.
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                              • 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.
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