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  • Harold Simmons---AKA Harry Simmons

    Born: September 29, 1907, NYC
    Died: January 14, 1998, New Canaan, CT, age 90

    Baseball writer / executive;
    International League, 1945 - 1966, (New York, 1945 - 1952), (Montreal, 1952 - 1966)
    Commissioner's Office, 1966 - 1982

    HARRY SIMMONS: Article by David Simmons.
    Harry Simmons (September 29, 1907, New York, New York - January 14, 1998, New Canaan, Connecticut) was a Baseball executive, writer, and historian. His early interest in baseball derived from the Sunday afternoon games he attended with his father. After graduating from Morris High School in the Bronx, he worked in several jobs while developing a deep interest in baseball history, rules, and statistics. By the 1930s he was spending a lot of his free time in the New York Public Library researching old newspapers about the early accounts of matches. At that time, he developed a friendship with Ernest Lanigan, a baseball historian and Information Director of the International League.

    Simmons worked for the International League from 1945 until 1966, first in New York then in Montreal. He then worked in the Baseball Commissioner's office until his retirement in 1982. He developed the playing schedules for the Majors and various minor leagues for over 20 years. Well known as a historian and writer, he did much original research into 19th Century baseball. He developed and wrote the weekly feature "So You Think You Know Baseball" which ran in the Saturday Evening Post from 1949 to 1961. His book of the same name was a best-seller. For many years he wrote the entry for baseball in the Encyclopedia Britannica. In 1951, Simmons testified as an expert witness to the Celler Committee hearings on the history of the reserve clause. At the 1979 baseball winter meeting in Toronto, he was honored as "King of Baseball". In 1990, his contributions to the game were recognized when he received the SABR Salute. In 2002, he was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, and in 2007, he was elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Israel.

    Historian, author
    During the 1930s, Simmons developed a deep interest in baseball statistics and history. He was the first to compile 19th Century National League won-lost records for pitchers. The guides of that period had not published this information. He carefully checked each box score of each game listed in the newspapers of that era: Sporting Life and The Sporting News. The results were published over several issues of Baseball Magazine.

    From 1940 to 1942, Simmons selected the top baseball performer of the day for the popular radio show "Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians." While in the army he continued his research and while at Camp Pickett, Virginia, was able to work at the Library of Congress in Washington, where he compiled records from 1876, debuts of prominent players, batting records of pitchers, rare fielding gems and items for the Sporting News record book. He contributed original work to the top baseball writers of the day: J.G. Taylor Spink, Leonard Gettlson, Hy Turkin, S. C. Thompson, and Lee Allen.

    In 1951, Simmons was called as an expert witness to testify before a congressional committee on the history of the reserve clause. The Celler House Judiciary committee probed monopoly influences in organized baseball.
    In 1968 Simmons contributed a 26,710 word essay on the topic of Baseball which was printed in the Encyclopedia Britannica for many years.

    International League (1946 - 1966)
    Simmons joined the International League during the 1946 season. On his first day on the job, Frank Shaughnessy asked him to go to Baltimore to present an award to Sherm Lollar for leading the league in hitting in 1945 with a .364 average. Simmons hopped on a train and in front of 45,000 fans made the presentation that afternoon. He indicated that he was extremely nervous speaking in front of a crowd that size.

    That year, Jackie Robinson joined the Montreal Royals, and Simmons became quite involved in handling the press in its hunger for stories about the great player.

    Over the years he gained more responsibility in handling player trades, dealing with the press, scheduling the games, the hiring, firing and movement of the umpires, settling disputes among the clubs, handling the financial side of league operations, and staffing the office. During the late 1950s Shaughnessy became frequently ill, and Simmons was essentially running the league by himself.

    In 1952, the league office was moved to Shaughnessy's home town of Montreal. Simmons quickly became a popular figure in Montreal baseball circles and gave many speeches to local community groups. He made many close friends among the sports writers and sport figures in both Montreal and Toronto. He moved his family north in 1954 to settle in the suburb of Cartierville, Quebec. The family retained this residence until 1995.
    When the Montreal Royals folded in 1960, the league office moved back to New York City, but Simmons decided to keep his residence in Montreal. He would regularly spend 3 days a week in Montreal until his retirement from the Commissioners office in 1981.

    Commissioner's Office
    His official duties in the Commissioner's office included supervision of club player contracts, co-ordination of National League and American League retirement plans, player service and pension records. He frequently was called upon for advice from the Commissioner and wrote speeches for the many functions attended by Commissioners William Eckert and Bowie Kuhn. He acted as a general consultant to club owners and general managers who needed advice.

    As Jim Fanning, former General Manager of the Expos, wrote: "During Mr. Simmons time as a baseball executive every Major League owner and executive knew him on a first name basis. He not only was a keen advisor to the commissioners he worked for, but was a counsel and advisor to Major League Executives as well. Mr. Simmons was unheralded - his picture never made the cover of The Sporting News - but I had an office next to his when I started the Major League Scouting Bureau, and I witnessed this man's contribution day after day. His contributions were an equal to any who graced the cover of a sports magazine."

    "So You Think You Know Baseball"
    When Simmons started at the International League, he held conferences for the umpires of the league to discuss the rules and review calls which had been made. He soon realized that some of the umpires were of the opinion that they "don't have to know the right answer unless the managers do". He started to compile some of these odd plays which the umpires would ask him about, and in 1949, he submitted "a pack of these nutcrackers" to the Saturday Evening Post under the title "So You Think You Know Baseball". The series became very popular; one of the solutions brought 7,000 letters of protest to the magazine. Nearly all were actually plays, "though a few were the results of bad dreams". The series ran until 1961, and later was published in Baseball Digest. In 1962, the series was published in book form and sold 500,000 copies in many editions.

    One of Simmons' tasks at the International League was to develop the league schedule. In March 1953, when the Braves moved from Boston to Milwaukee, Warren Giles called on Simmons for some quick schedule changes. The next year found him developing both the American and National League schedules. He was the major league schedule maker from that date until 1982, when the required travel started to take its toll.
    He also completed the schedules for numerous minor leagues, the Canadian Football League, soccer leagues, and international hockey tournaments.

    Role in organizing the Montreal Expos
    Since Simmons had many friends in the baseball circles in Montreal, and knew everyone of importance in the game, it was only natural that he was called upon for assistance when Montreal was ready for a major league franchise. He directed Gerry Snyder of the mayor's office on how to go about getting the franchise and recommended the hiring of Jim Fanning and John McHale to run the club.

    Other functions and accomplishments
    For many years, Simmons served on the Major League Rules Committee, where he suggested changes and wrote new rules.
    In 1965, he appeared in the CBS Television show To Tell The Truth and managed to receive no votes when asked, "Will the real Mr. Simmons please stand up".

    In 1979, Simmons was awarded the "King Of Baseball" title at the annual Baseball winter meeting held in Toronto. This prestigious award is given annually to an individual who has made a major contribution to Major League baseball. It was generally felt that it was appropriately given to Simmons in Canada.

    In 1990, he was awarded the SABR Salute which is given to a member whose research has contributed significantly to baseball knowledge.
    He was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002, and in 2007, was elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Israel.

    The Harry Simmons Collection at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
    In the more than 50 years that he was involved in baseball, Harry Simmons collected thousands of items related to the development of the game from earliest times. These included his correspondence with people involved in every level of the game; memos, letters, and speeches from the commissioners office from the 1920s to the 1980s; notes and memos from his days as the major league schedule maker, letters from fans of his "So You Think You Know Baseball" series; articles from the International League; a significant collection of baseball memorabilia, and a major collection of baseball publications and books.

    The collection was donated in 1998 to the CBHF&M by his son, David Simmons, who is a resident of Toronto. It has been called one of baseball's most eclectic, exciting and diverse collections. It will serve as a component of a future library and research facility which has been proposed for the CBHF&M.
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    • James Whitfield

      Born: June 27, 1854, Stoke-on-Trent, Straffordshire, England
      Died: April 7, 1902, Kansas City, MO, age 47,---d. suicide at home. Shot himself with revolver.
      Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Kansas City, MO.

      Kansas City sports editor;
      Pekin, IL, 14-year old, at home, (July 7, 1870 census)
      Pekin, IL, 25-year old, printer, (June 5, 1880 census)
      Kansas City, MO, Assistant editor, Sporting News, (June 9, 1900 census)
      Arrived in Kansas City, MO, 1884
      Kansas City Star, sports editor, 1884 - 1902

      Father: James, born England, 1828?; Mother: born England, 1832?; Wife: Amanda M. Buchanan Whitfield, born Illinois, August, 1858, died 1938; Son: William Campbell Whitfield, born Illinois, March 1879, died 1946);

      elected President of Western League in December 1901
      also elected member of the minor league board of arbitration in December 1901

      Sporting Life obituary, April 12, 1902, pp. 5.

      He came to Pekin, Illinois at the age of 15 and worked as a printer at the local newspaper. In 1878, he married Amanda Buchanan and had a son William Campbell Buchanan in 1879. He became manager of the Peoria Reds baseball team. In 1884, they moved to Kansas City, Missouri and he worked as sporting editor at the newspaper and became involved in trying to form the Western baseball league. In December 1901, he was named president of that league, but in less than 5 months, he committed suicide due to financial difficulties. His widow took the case against the insurance company all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and in 1907 she received the $5,000 from the life insurance policy he had taken out on himself several years before killing himself.

      James Whitfield
      James was a man about sports in the late 1800's and early 1900's. He was once sports editor for the Kansas City Star... James attended many great sporting events around the country including championship boxing matches. He was called on to referee at different events as he was seen as an authority on sporting matters. It was said that "no other man in the West enjoyed a larger acquaintance in sporting circles than Mr. Whitfield" (KC Star Apr 7, 1902). An honorary pallbearer for James' funeral that was among the mourners at Elmwood was Kansas City's first baseball Hall of Famer, Charles A. "Kid" Nichols!
      On February 9, 1886, the National League admitted the Kansas City Cowboys for a one year trial. The Cowboys failed the trial and on November 18, 1886, they were replaced by the Pittsburgh Allegheneys.
      Did you know that the team itself (1886 KC Cowboys) was founded by James Whitfield of the Kansas City Times and two local beer brewers, Joseph Heim & Americus McKim? The three of them had also funded the defunct 1884 Union Association Kansas City Cowboys and were able to raise $25,000 by February 10, 1886, for this National League franchise
      Attached Files
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      • Lorenzo J. Mulford, Jr.---AKA Ren Mulford

        Born: November 30, 1859, Cincinnati, OH
        Died: December 30, 1932, Cincinnati, OH, age 73,--d. acute intestinal obstruction, buried Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, OH

        Cincinnati sports writer / editor;
        Cincinnati, OH, 2-months old, (1860 census)
        Cincinnati, OH, 10-year old, (June 3, 1870 census)
        Cincinnati, OH, journalist, (June 7, 1880 census)
        Norwood, OH, editor,(June 23, 1900 census)
        Norwood, OH, agent, advertsing, (April 28, 1910 census)
        Cincinnati, OH, copy manager, advertising agency, (January 14, 1920 census)
        Cincinnati, OH, Publishing, Products Co., (April 15, 1930 census)
        Cincinnati sports editor, 1890-91
        Ren was the sports editor of the Cincinnati Post, sports editor, ? - February 25, 1900.
        Sporting Life's Cincinnati's correspondent, around 1911.

        Father: Lorenzo J., Sr., born New Jersey, 1832?, died 1906; Mother: Martha S. Stratton, born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1835?; Wife: Ida Britt Wheeler, born April 19, 1864, Cincinnati, OH. They married on January 28, 1885, in Cincinnati, Ohio; Son: Ren W. Mulford, born January 3, 1887, East Norwood, OH; Son: Harrison S., born January 9, 1888, Norwood, OH; Daughter: Ariel B., born 1893?, OH.

        His father was Lorenzo Mulford, who went to Cincinnati in the early 1850's. He was engaged in the dry-goods business, and a number of years was with the US Express Company.

        Ren was the sports editor of the Cincinnati Post until February 25, 1900. At that time, Cincinnati Enquirer sports editor, Harry Weldon suffered a devastating stroke, which paralyzed him, and Ren replaced him as sports editor on the Cincinnati Enquirer.

        After several years on the Cincinnati Enquirer, Ren quit to work for an advertising agency till his death. It was the Blaine-Thompson Company. Since 1909, he was vice president of the company.

        ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Washington Post obituary, January 8, 1933, pp. 9.
        Last edited by Bill Burgess; 04-01-2014, 01:24 PM.


        • Alonzo Joseph Flanner---AKA Joe Flanner

          Born: April 17, 1855, New Bern, NC
          Died: December 23, 1924, Cincinnati, OH, age 68,---d. heart disease after long illness.

          St. Louis sports writer;
          New Bern, NC, 5-year old, (November 1, 1860 census)
          New Berne, NC, 15-year old, at school, (June 22, 1870 census)
          Lawrence County, Dakota Territory, hotel keeper, (June 3, 1880 census)(listed Alonzo J. Flauer)
          Chicago, IL, writer, newspaper, (April 15, 1910 census)
          Upper Red Owl, SD, retired, clerical, (February 4, 1920 census)(listed A. J. Flanner)
          South Dakota homesteader. Finished law apprenticeship, served as first state's attorney for Lawrence County. In 1892, after 16 years at the bar, left South Dakota, for St. Louis, Mo.
          St. Louis Republic
          St. Louis Globe-Democrat, sports editor.
          St. Louis Post-Dispatch, baseball editor, 1892 - 1895
          Sporting News editor, 1895 - 1909
          Moved Cincinnati, 1912, serving as secretary to August Herrmann, chairman of National Commission, 1906 - 1921, until Judge Ken Landis became Commissioner.
          Retired on pension.
          Joined Sporting news 3 years later.

          Father: John D., born North Carolina, 1844?; Mother: Nannie J., born North Carolina, 1833?; Son: John W. Flanner, born South Dakota, ;

          Mother: Nancy Lee;

          Sporting News' death tribute, January 1, 1925, pp. 4.---------John B. Sheridan's death tribute piece, January 1, 1925, pp. 4.

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          • Simon Goodfriend---AKA Si Goodfriend

            Born: June 17, 1855, New York City, NY
            Died: November 6, 1939, New York City, NY, age 84

            New York sports writer;
            New York, NY, 5-year old, (July 14, 1860 census)
            New York, NY, 15-year old, (July 16, 1870 census)
            Tucson, AR, 25-yer old, clerk, (June 30, 1880 census)
            New York, NY, writer, newspaperman, (April 22, 1910 census)
            New York, NY, ? agent, ? company, (January 4, 1920 census)
            New York, NY, none, (April 24, 1930 census)
            Graduated City College (NYC), 1876.
            Brooklyn Citizen, 1881
            San Francisco Chronicle,
            Chicago Tribune, general reporting
            New York Sun, 1885 - ?
            Retired in 1925.

            Father: Samuel, born France, 1817?; Mother: Deborah, born Baden, 1819?;

            From 1889 book--------------------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary, November 8, 1939, pp. 23.
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            • Otto Clement Floto

              Born: January 12, 1863, Cincinnati, OH
              Died: August 4, 1929, Denver, CO, age 66,---d. at a Denver hospital. Had been ill since September, 1928, when he was striken withepilepsy while on a trip to the west coast.

              Denver (Colo.) sports editor;
              Chicago, IL, 7-year old, attending school, (June 6, 1870 census)
              Denver, CO, sporting editor, newspaper, (June 2, 1900 census)
              Denver, CO, sporting editor, Daily newspaper, (April 19, 1910 census)

              Chicago White Stockings GM, (1886)
              Denver Post (Colo.), sports editor, 1898? - 1929 (except for 2 years at the Kansas City Post)
              Kansas City Post (MO), sports editor, (2 years), January 15, 1910 -
              August - September, 1920

              Father: William, born Germany, 1830?; Mother: Pauline, born France (Prussia); Wife: Jennie, born Canada, June, 1869; Wife: Katherine K., born Missouri, 1882?;

              Raised in Chicago, IL. Arrived Denver, CO in 1883, at age of 20 & stayed all his life. Became sports columnist for Denver Post within weeks of arriving in Denver. As boxing manager, he guided Bob Fitzsimmons and Jack Dempsey. As sports editor, he guided Gene Fowler and Damon Runyon. Was regarded as a Dean of Sports Writers. Colorful, knew famous sports figures; Ruth, McGraw. Since last September when stricken with epilepsy.

              Organized the Otto Floto dog and pony show, out of which grew Sells-Floto circus. Huge fight fan, saw most heavy-weight championship fights. Schooled at Jesuit institution in Dayton, OH. Managed boxers & promoted prize fights.

              It was while traveling with the circus that he met Kitty Gruger, a bareback circus rider, whom he married in 1906 in Denver, CO.

              Chicago Daily Tribune, August 5, 1929, pp. 31.

              -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Babe Ruth with sports editor, Otto Floto, May 18, 1925.
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              • William M. Rankin

                Born: May 23, 1849, Greencastle, PA
                Died: March 29, 1913, Brooklyn, NY, age 64--d. Apoplexy, heart disease on a Flatbush Avenue street car. His home was at No. 2503 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn, at time of his death.

                New York sports writer;
                Black Lick, PA, 1-year old, (October 5, 1850 census)
                Chambersburg, PA, 11-year old, (July 18, 1860 census)
                Ramapo, NY, printer, (August 24, 1870 census)
                Brooklyn, NY, Conductor E.R.R. (June 11, 1880 census)
                Brooklyn, NY, reporter, (June 5, 1900 census)
                Brooklyn, NY,
                Started in 1870 with Rockland County Journal, Nyack, NY;
                Brooklyn Eagle, reporter
                New York Times,
                New York Tribune,
                New York World,
                New York Mail,
                New York Express,
                official scorer for the Mutual club;
                New York Clipper, 1883 - 1913; became assistant to Al Wright (1888), succeeded Wright as sporing editor (1894-1901).
                When the Yankee Clipper discontinued its sports coverage in 1901, Will became its route department manager.

                Brother of Andrew Brown Rankin, who went by the name June Rankin, or A. B. Rankin. When William M. Rankin, the veteran base ball writer, died recently in Brooklyn he left, one of the most complete base ball libraries in existence. It contained records of the diamond extending over a period of nearly 40 years. In all probability the National League will buy this library from Mr. Rankin's family. (Sporting Life, May 17, 1913, pp. 13.)

                Father: Andrew Brown Rankin IV: Born: October 9, 1821 Greencastle, PA, d. October 3, 1890 Long Island, NY. Inventor, Editor, Lawyer; Mother: Elizabeth, born Pennsylvania, around 1830; Wife: Cornelia, born New York, around 1845; Son: Sidney I, born New York, February, 1878; Son: Harold E., born New York, October, 1880.
                Younger brother Andrew B. Rankin died April 25, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY.
                ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting Life obituary, April 5, 1913, pp. 1.

                appeared in 1889 book.
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                • Andrew Brown Rankin, V---AKA A. B. Rankin & June Rankin

                  Born: September 20, 1851, Welsh Run, PA
                  Died: April 25, 1930, Brooklyn, NY, age 78,---d. Kings County Hospital, after a short illness.

                  New York sports writer;
                  Chambersburg, PA, 8-year old, (July 18, 1860 census)
                  Ramapo, NY, clerk, stationer, (August 24, 1870 census)
                  Brooklyn, NY, reporter, (June 9, 1880 census)
                  Brooklyn, NY, journalist, (June 6, 1900 census)
                  Brooklyn newspaper journalist, (April 15, 1910 census)
                  Brooklyn newspaper reporter, (January 20, 1920 census)
                  New York Herald,
                  New York Mercury,
                  Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1894 - 1916ish
                  New York World, 1895 - 1930

                  Father: Andrew Brown Rankin IV: Born: October 9, 1821 Greencastle, PA, d. October 3, 1890 Long Island, NY. Inventor, Editor, Lawyer. Wife, Annie, born in Brooklyn around 1862; Had 2 daughters, Elizabeth (Betty), born in Brooklyn around 1895, and Margaret, born Brooklyn around 1901. Son: Andrew, born 1889; Son: Herbert, born 1892; Daughter: Elizabeth, born 1894; she was business manager of Women's Day from 1939 to 1959 if you want exact dates); Daughter: Marguerite, born 1900.

                  Started his baseball writing on New York Sunday Mercury, summer, 1875, & New York Herald, 1876-89, He served as official scorer for the New York Metropolitans, 1880-83, and for the Giants, 1883-89.
                  His brother was very well-known in baseball circles, William M. Rankin, who died March 29, 1913.
                  Was a newspaper reporter in 1920, according to 1920 US census.

                  Andrew Brown Rankin, V was nick named "Jun" for Junior. He was a sports writer and editor for the New York Herald and the New York World during the turning of the other century. He loved team sports, world series, cigars, and boxing. He traveled with all of the teams. Jun's daughter followed in his steps by becoming business manager of "Women's Day" Magazine from the 1930's-1950's.

                  After writing for the Herald and Mercury, he wrote on golf and boxing for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1894 to 1916ish, and New York World (1895 to 1930). He worked until death for the New York World.

                  His children were: Andrew (1889), Herbert (1892), Elizabeth (1894; she was business manager of Women's Day from 1939 to 1959 if you want exact dates) and Marguerite (1900).

                  Internet genealogy

                  --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------appeared in 1889 book.--------------------Brooklyn Eagle obituary, April 26, 1930, pp. 24.
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                  • Raymond Miller Ziegler

                    Born: June 5, 1878, Reading, PA
                    Died: April 19, 1968, Atlantic City, NJ, age 89

                    Philladelphia sports writer;
                    Philadelphia, PA, reporter, (June 1, 1900 census)
                    Philadelphia, PA, reporter, newspaper, (April 20, 1910 census)
                    Philadelphia, PA, advertising, own business, (January 9, 1920 census)
                    Atlantic City, NJ, salesman, advertising, (April, 1930 census)
                    Atlantic City, NJ, writer, W.P.A. Writer's Project, (April 5, 1940 census)
                    Graduated Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), 1898
                    Detroit Free Press, 1901 - 1902
                    Philadelphia Record, 1902 - ?
                    Philadelphia Record, 1911 - 1913
                    Philadelphia Inquirer, (motor boat regattas)
                    Self-employed advertising writer, September, 1918
                    Philadelphia Public Ledger, 1917 - 1922
                    Philadelphia Record, handicapping horses, under "Joe Finn", 1927.

                    Father: Martin, born October, 1847; Mother: Salina, born Pennsylvania, December, 1860; Wife: Magdalena C., born Pennsylvania, 1879?; Daughter: Ruth, born Pennsylvania, 1907?;

                    In 1922, moved Atlantic City, NJ, opened Margate dog kennels, bred racing greyhounds; In 1925, opened pet show;
                    Radio Station WPG, 1st sportscaster, 1928, Atlantic City, NJ

                    Atlantic City Press-Union article, February 24, 1953.
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                    • Richard John Guy, Sr.---AKA Dick Guy

                      Born: February 14, 1878, Irwin, PA
                      Died: December 22, 1963, Pittsburgh, PA, age 84

                      Pittsburgh sports writer;
                      Shaffon, PA, 2-year old, (June, 1880 census)
                      Mount Pleasant, PA, 22-year old, blacksmith, (June 6, 1900 census)
                      Wilkinsburg, PA, editor, newspaper, (April 16, 1910 census)
                      Wilkinsburg, PA, editor, newspaper, (January 5, 1920 census)
                      Wilkinsburg, PA, Athletic Director, College, (April 11, 1930 census)
                      Pittsburgh Dispatch, 3 years
                      Pittsburgh Ledger sports editor
                      Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, at least 1910? - September 12, 1918?, 9 years.
                      Pittsburgh Gazette Times, editor, (September 12, 1918 WWI Civilian Draft Registration)
                      Unemployed, attempting sport enterprise, (April 27, 1942 WWII Draft Registration)
                      Retired by 1956.

                      Father: Richard, born Pennsylvania, September, 1857; Mother: Martha, born Pennsylvania, June, 1860; Wife: Mary M., born Pennsylvania, 1897?; Son: Richard J., Jr., born Pennsylvania, 1921?; Son: Phillip J., born Pennsylvania, 1926?; Wife: Mattie C., born Pennsylvania, 1861?; Son: James C. born Pennsylvania, 1881?; Son: Richard J., born Pennsylvania, 1879?;

                      Sporting News' obituary, January 4, 1964, pp. 20.

                      January 26, 1958, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, NYC:
                      L-R: E. A. Batchelor, Willis Johnson, James Cruisinberry, Ford Frick, Richard Guy, Ed Bang.
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                      • William J. Lee---AKA Bill Lee

                        Born: April 3, 1903, Brooklyn, NY
                        Died: April 25, 1979, Bloomfield, CT, age 76,---d. St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center (Hartford, CT)

                        Hartford sports writer;
                        Bridgeport, CT, 7-year old, (April 20, 1910 census)
                        Bridgeport, CT, none, (January 5, 1920 census)
                        Hartford, CT, Assistant editor, newspaper, (April 10, 1930 census)
                        Hartford, CT, sporting editor, Hartford Courant, (April 3, 1940 census)

                        Father: Joseph, born New Jersey, 1876?; Mother: Jane (Jennie), born New York, 1880?; Sister: Marian, born Connecticut, 1910?; Sister: Catherine, born Connecticut, 1914?;

                        Hartford Courant, sports writer, 1925-1939, sports editor, 1939-74. Continued to write his column, 'With Malice Toward None', 4 times a week after his retirement, January 1, 1974.

                        Hartford Courant obituary, April 26, 1979, pp. 1B.

                        -------------------------------------------------------------------------(L), Receiving the Walter Lawrence Memorial Award in 1975.
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                        • Charles Emmet Van Loan

                          Born: June 29, 1876, San Jose, CA
                          Died: March 2, 1919, Los Angeles, CA, age 42, ---d. chronic nephritis (inflammation of the kidney) at Philadelphia's Abington Hospital, was on East Coast on business

                          San Francisco / Los Angeles / New York sports writer / sports author;
                          Seaside, CA, 4-year old, (June 25, 1880 census)(listed Chas. Emmit Van Loan)
                          Los Angeles, CA, bookkeeper, (June 5, 1900 census)(listed Charles Van Lean)
                          New York, NY, reporter, newspaper, (April 23, 1910 census)(listed Charles E. VanLoan)
                          Los Angeles Morning Herald, sports writer & editor, 1904 - 1907
                          Denver Post reporter and sports writer, 1907 - 1909
                          New York American, sports reporter, 1909 - 1911
                          Saturday Evening Post, (Philadelphia, PA), staff writer, 1914, freelance contributor (1911 - 1918), Associate editor, (1918 - 1919).
                          Also worked as a stenographer for the Standard Oil Company and a secretary for a Los Angeles meat-packing house.

                          Father: Richard, born New York, 1848?; Mother Emma J. Blodgett, born California, 1854?; Wife: Emma C. Lenz, born California, 1879?; Daughter: Virginia, born California, 1906?; Son: Richard E., born California, 1909?; Charles married Emma November 20, 1902;

                          Was one of best baseball story-tellers of his age. He was called the greatest baseball writer by several of his peers.

                          Charles Emmett Van Loan first began writing about sports while working as a secretary in a meat-packing house. His manager took him to baseball games where they would continue working--the manager dictating letters and Van Loan writing them down--while watching the games from the stands. In between taking dictation, Van Loan made notes about interesting and amusing events that he witnessed on the field or in the crowd. These notes later became articles that Van Loan published in the Los Angeles Examiner.

                          In 1904 Van Loan began writing sports articles on a full-time basis for the Los Angeles Morning Herald. He continued to work as a sports reporter, first in Denver and then in New York, until a chance meeting with the editor of Munsey's Magazine, Robert H. Davis, at a boxing match in 1909 changed the course of his career. Van Loan, who was covering the middleweight championship boxing match between Stanley Ketchell and Jack O'Brien for the New York American, was unknowingly seated next to Davis. An introduction between the two men took place when Davis, who had been quite animated as he followed the fight, accidentally punched Van Loan in the ribs. The two men became friends. Later that year, Davis helped Van Loan sell his first short story, "The Drugstores Derby," to the All-Story Weekly. About the same time, Van Loan's "The Golden Ball of the Argonauts," his first fictional story about baseball, appeared in Munsey's Magazine.

                          For the next year Van Loan continued to publish short fiction with sports themes in journals like Popular Magazine and Outing. By 1911, he had become successful enough at it to leave his newspaper job. That same year he published his first book, The Big League, a collection of stories about baseball. With their vivid characterizations of the players, coaches, and umpires, and humorous viewpoints, these stories appealed to many readers of the day, whether they were sports enthusiasts or not. As a critic for the New York Times wrote, "Mr. Van Loan knows baseball from backstop to field fence, and he has the breezy newspaper style which is necessary to make baseball reading worth while."

                          "The Crab," one of the stories included in The Big League, exemplifies some of the qualities that are typical of Van Loan's fiction. It focuses on the struggles of a single character whose experiences teach the reader a moral lesson. This story follows third baseman, Henry Gilman, during the end of his career. Having played professionally for a decade, Gilman has to face the fact that his physical abilities are not what they used to be. But always having been a level-headed and modest person with a fallback career as a farmer that he practiced in the off-season, he is able to accept transition in his life. His career as a baseball player ends on a high note when, having been benched due to his failing arm, he is put back into play during the championship game and makes the game-winning catch.

                          Van Loan's next book, also a collection of baseball stories, was published in 1912. The Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm, and Other Tales of the Big League includes "The Comeback," a story about a pitcher named Solomon Lee. Lee's rookie year is wildly successful, but, after only a couple of years in the big league, he begins to succumb to some of the temptations of fame and success. His drinking and wild lifestyle lead to his downfall. Disappearing from the game for years afterward, he re-emerges to coach a new young pitcher in the art of pitching as well as in the art of maintaining a moderate lifestyle.

                          In 1913, Van Loan published two more collections of short fiction: Inside the Ropes, a book of boxing tales, followed by his third volume of baseball stories entitled The Lucky Seventh: Tales of the Big League. The same year he moved back to California and settled in Los Angeles where he took up playing golf on a regular basis. His ability to play was hindered, however, when a severe car accident left him unable to use his left arm. Spurred on by his love of the game, however, he learned to swing a club with just one hand and came to excel at the sport despite his handicap.

                          Following his accident, Van Loan became an even more prolific writer. Having befriended George Horace Lorimer, the editor of the Saturday Evening Post in Philadelphia in 1913, many of Van Loan's stores appeared in Lorimer's magazine. His stories, which also appeared during this period in Cosmopolitan Magazine and Collier's, showed his ability to write about topics other than sports, including the circus, horse racing, and Hollywood. In 1915, he published two single-theme collections: Buck Parvin and the Movies, about the Hollywood film industry, and Taking the Count: Prize Ring Stories, about boxing. He also continued to write nonfiction articles that were published in newspapers, including a series about ghost towns of the West and a piece on the Grand Canyon, a place he loved to visit.

                          Old Man Curry, published in 1917, is Van Loan's collection of horse racing stories. The following year he released a volume of stories celebrating his personal sporting passion, golf. Fore! contains tales that are typically character driven and full of humor. In his final book, Score by Innings (1919), he returned to the genre which won him his first acclaim as a fiction writer, the baseball story.

                          The injuries Van Loan suffered in his car accident of 1914 plagued him for the remaining years of his life and probably contributed to his early death in 1919 at the age of forty-two. His death marked the end of what was, according to R. C. Brignano, writing in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, "probably the most concentrated period of sports fiction writing by any figure in American literature--an immensely productive stretch of ten years."

                          PERSONAL INFORMATION
                          Born June 29, 1876, in San Jose, CA; died of nephritis, March 2, 1919, in Philadelphia, PA; son of Richard and Emma J. (Blodgett) Van Loan; married Emma C. Lenz, November 20, 1902; children: Richard, Virginia.

                          Short-story writer and journalist. Los Angeles Morning Herald, Los Angeles, CA, sports editor, 1904-07; Denver Post, Denver, CO, sports writer, 1907-09; New York American, New York City, sports writer, 1909-11; Saturday Evening Post, Philadelphia, PA, staff writer, 1914, associate editor, 1918-1919. Also worked as a stenographer for the Standard Oil Company and a secretary for a Los Angeles meat-packing house.

                          Sporting News' obituary, March 6, 1919, pp. 6.

                          Buck Parvin and the Movies: Stories of the Moving Picture Game
                          Computational Frameworks for the Fast Fourier Transform (Frontiers in Applied Mathematics)
                          Insight Through Computing: A MATLAB Introduction to Computational Science and Engineering
                          Levelling With Elisha
                          Old Man Curry; Race Track Stories
                          Score by Innings: Baseball Stories, 1919
                          Fore! Golf Stories
                          Inside the Ropes (Illustrated by Arthur Hutchins)
                          Scrap Iron
                          Taking The Count: Fictional Stories About The Prize Ring
                          The Big League
                          The Lucky Seventh: Tales of the Big League
                          Picture Game
                          The Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm; And Other Tales of the Big League
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                          • Harvey Trunkey Woodruff

                            Born: April 9, 1875, Brazil, IN
                            Died: June 2, 1937, Evanston, IL, age 62

                            Chicago sports writer;
                            Brazil, IN, 5-year old, (June 25, 1880 census)
                            Chicago, IL, editor, (June 4, 1900 census)
                            Chicago, IL, sporting editor, newspaper, (April 18, 1910 census)
                            Chicago, IL, journalist, newspaper, (January 12, 1920 census)(listed H T Woodruff)
                            Evanston, IL, writer, newspaper, (April 3, 1930 census)
                            Chicago University, 1895 - 1897
                            Chicago Times-Herald, 1895 - 1898
                            Chicago Record sports editor, 1898 - 1901
                            Chicago Herald reporter, 1901
                            Chicago Tribune, February, copy reader/sports writer, 1901 - 1903
                            Western Jackey Club, secretary/treasurer (turf official)
                            Chicago Tribune sports editor, 1909 - 1920, sports columnist, November 25, 1919 - June 2, 1937 (In the Wake of the News).

                            Father: Amos H., born Ohio, January, 1835; Mother: Julia Trunkey, born Ohio, November, 1836; Wife: Eva H., born Arizona, 1886?; Daughter: Alberta E., born Illinois, 1911?; Daughter: Julia H., born Illinois, 1913?;

                            Woodruff inherited the sports column, In the Wake of the News, at the Chicago Tribune, from Ring Lardner November 25, 1919. This renowned sports column had been hosted by such writers as Hugh Fullerton, Hugh Keough, Lardner (1913 - 1919). When Woodruff died, the column passed to Arch Ward (1937 - 1955), who held it to his death.

                            The Chicago Tribune's 'Wake of the News' is probably the 2nd most prestigious sports column in the country, after the New York Times' 'Sport of the Times'.

                            His middle name, 'Trunkey' was his mother's maiden name.

                            Who Was Who in America, Volume 1, 1897-1942-----------------------------------------------------------Harvey's January 17, 1925 passport photo.

                            Who Was Who Among North American Authors, 1921-1939, Volume 1-7--------Who Was Who in Journalism, 1925-1928

                            Chicago Tribune obituary, June 3, 1937, pp. 31.

                            New York Times' obituary, June 3, 1937, pp. 25.
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                            • Bernard William St. Denis Thomson

                              Born: November 27, 1873, Point Fortune, Quebec, Canada
                              Died: February 26, 1937, New York City, NY, age 63---d. pneumonia after a few days.

                              New York sports editor;
                              Washington state, lawyer, (June 11, 1900 census)
                              New York, NY, editor, New York Times, (January, 1920 census)(listed Thompson)
                              New York, NY, editor, newspaper, (April 11, 1930 census)

                              Immigrated from Canada to US, 1895
                              Graduated Harvard Law School, 1895
                              Chicago Record-Herald's staff
                              New York Sun, Sunday editor
                              New York Times, Assistant Sunday editor, September, 1913, - sports editor, 1916-37 (succeeding Harry Burchall)

                              Father: Edward William Thomson, born Canada; Mother: Adelaide Louise Grace St. Denis, born Canada; Wife: Ethel McKay Wright, born Canada, October, 1873; Son: Edward Wright Thomson;

                              Made the New York Times' sports section what it was, and justly famous for its' famously deep and comprehensive coverage.

                              Bernard Thomson (Sports editor.) Born, Point Fortune, P.Q., Nov. 27, 1873; died, New York, Feb. 26, 1937.) Among the most colorful lives ever by a New York sports editor was lived by a man universally described as “self-effacing.” Bernard William St. Denis Thomson, the son of a prominent Canadian newspaperman, was an athlete, a rancher, a gold prospector, and a military officer, as well as sports editor of The New York Times for 21 years. Thomson was also a lawyer who graduated Harvard Law in 1895. He spent much of his youth in the Canadian wilds before attending Harvard and some time after his graduation practicing law in the State of Washington. Thomson turned to newspaper work with the Chicago Record-Herald, then moved to the original New York Sun morning edition as Sunday editor before joining The Times as assistant Sunday editor in 1913, During breaks in his newspaper career, he was advertising manager for Continental Insurance in New York and twice broke the casino bank at Monte Carlo before going broke himself. He succeeded Harry Phillip Burchell (q.v.) as sports editor Dec. 14, 1915. Thomson inherited a staff of six writers and over time expanded it to 46 full-time writers and editors, plus a clerical staff handled by Philip E. Burke (q.v.). As a sports editor, he wrote little by the standard of the day, hiring John Kieran as a columnist instead. Thomson concentrated on organizing and building both a staff and a style. At his death, only James P. Dawson (q.v.) and Clarence E. Lovejoy remained from his original group of writers. His favorite sports were rowing (in which he had competed), boxing, and horse racing (which he frequently attended). During World War I, Thomson was an officer in the Quartermater Corps, serving in France in 1918. Following a tour with the occupation force in Germany, he turned to The Times on Apr. 9, 1919. Thomson mustered out of the Army as a captain. (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, February 27, 1937, pp. 17.

                              ----------------------------1938 Baseball Guide Death notice.
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                              • James Warren Schlemmer---AKA Jim Schlemmer

                                Born: December 24, 1899, Punxsutawney, PA
                                Died: May 10, 1977, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, age 77,---d. was found at his Cuyahoga Falls home, presumably of a heart attack.

                                Akron sports writer;
                                Bell township, PA, 5-month old, (June 16, 1900 census)
                                Philadelphia, PA, 11-year old, student, (1910 census)(listed L.J.A.)
                                Akron, OH, 20-year old, (January 14, 1920 census)
                                Cuyahoga Falls, OH, newspaper sports editor, (April 23, 1940 census)
                                Akron Beacon-Journal, sports editor / columnist, 1920 -1970.
                                Akron, OH, student, (September 12, 1918 WWI Draft Registration)

                                Father: Philip J., born Pennsylvania, January, 1873; Mother: Maud, born Pennsylvania, September, 1876; Dora C., born Ohio, around 1899;

                                Something to Cheer About

                                New York Times' obituary, May 11, 1977, pp. 32.
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