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    Oscar Bane Keeler---AKA O. B. Keeler

    Born: June 4, 1882, Chicago, IL
    Died: October 15, 1950, Atlanta, GA, age 68

    Atlanta sports writer;
    Atlanta Georgian, January, 1909 - 1910
    Kansas City Star, 1910 - 1913
    Atlanta Georgian, 1913 - 1920
    Atlanta Journal, 1920 - September, 1950
    Also covered careers of Alexa Stirling & Perry Adair.
    Primarily a golf writer, as any writer/editor from Atlanta better be. Specialized in Bobby Jones in particular.

    O.B. Keeler is best known for his deep and lasting friendship with Bobby Jones. He was an Atlanta Journal sportswriter who took an interest in a young, aspiring Bobby Jones. Amazingly, O.B. Keeler was able to be at all of his major championships, logging roughly 150,000 miles of travel. He notated just about every detail about Bobby Jones' golf career, and put it down in a definitive biography, Portrait of a Champion (1931), which is still in print today.

    The Bobby Jones Story: The Authorized Biography, (From the writings of O. B. Keeler), 1953 (was put out by Grantland Rice, based on O.B's writings, after Keeler had died.)
    Bobby Jones: The Boys' Life of Bobby Jones (Portrait of a Champion)

    New York Times' obituary, October 16, 1950, pp. 27.------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary,
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------October 25, 1950, pp. 22, col. 5.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Bobby Jones/O.B. Keeler are seen here with Jones' 1930 grand slam trophies:
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------the British Open, the U.S. Amateur, the British Amateur and the U.S. Open.
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    Edward Friend Danforth---AKA Ed Danforth

    Born: March 17, 1892, Hopkinsville, KY
    Died: December 5, 1962, Atlanta, GA, age 70

    Atlanta sports writer;
    Graduated University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
    Lexington Herald (TX), March, 1916
    Atlanta Georgian, 1916-29
    World War I,
    Atlanta Constitution sports editor, 1929 - 1932
    Atlanta Georgian sports editor, 1932 - 1939
    Atlanta Journal sports editor, 1939 - February, 1957, retired.
    Hosted the Bobby Dodd Show for many years.
    Public relations firm.

    ----------------------------------------------New York Times' obituary, December 6, 1962, pp. 43, col. 1.

    ---------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary
    ----------------------------------------------December 22, 1962, pp. 30, col. 4.------------------------Furman Bisher/Ed Danforth-------------------Ty Cobb/Ed Danforth, August 29, 1950.
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    Harold Markey Grayson---AKA Harry Grayson

    Born: May 10, 1894, Astoria, OR
    Died: September 30, 1968, Bronx, NY, age 74,---d. cancer at St. Luke's Hospital

    New York / Philadelphia sports writer;
    Portland Oregonian, ?- 1917
    WWI Marine Corps,
    Newspaper Enterprise Association (New York office), sports editor, 1934 - 1964
    WWII war correspondent with US Air Force,

    They Played the Game, 1944

    New York Times' obituary, October 1, 1968, pp. 47.----Sporting News' obituary, October 12, 1968, pp. 32, column 2-3.

    -------Joe Louis/Harry Grayson, April 8, 1935

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    Joseph Spencer Vila---AKA Joe Vila

    Born: December 19, 1866, Boston, MA
    Died: April 27, 1934, Brooklyn, NY, age 67

    New York Sports Writer;
    Attended Harvard 2 yrs.
    baggage master on B. & O. Railroad,
    New York Morning Journal cub reporter
    New York Herald, 1890 - 1893
    New York Sun, 1893 - 1934

    Joe Vila (Sports editor. Born, Boston, MA, Sept. 16, 1866; died, New York, NY, Apr. 27, 1934.) Among the more significant and influential sportswriters and sports editors of the first third of the 20th century was Joseph Spencer Vila.

    Starting in his native Boston, Vila went through a series of newspapers both there and in New York, where he moved in 1889. His first New York job was with Hearst’s Journal where, with football writing in its infancy, he introduced a more contemporary play-by-play of the 1889 Harvard-Princeton game.

    Vila moved to the most sports-oriented daily paper in town, the Herald. In 1893, he was hired by the city’s most important daily, The Sun. Vila got his first important beat in horse racing, where he spent almost 10 years (1900-10) before anti-wagering laws nearly destroyed the industry and he was moved to baseball. He became sports editor of The Sun in March 1914.

    Being sports editor also made him a columnist and his daily colum, entitled “Setting the Pace,” was to appear six days a week for over 20 years. Vila’s column was, unlike those of many of his contemporaries, very factual and straightforward, often historic and less opinionated. As sports editor, Vila sought to build a staff of solid, facile writers and aggressively recruited them. Will Wedge (q.v.) was a top ship news reporter from The Globe whom Vila converted to baseball. Other recruits included Frank Graham (q.v.), Grantland Rice (q.v.), and Dan Daniel (q.v.).

    Many stayed with The Sun for decades. Vila remained a working writer as well as sports editor. He covered mostly racing and boxing once it was legalized in 1920. Vila was the first sportswriter to use a typewriter at ringside for boxing. He dictated to typist Billy Nash between rounds and had the resulting copy carried to a Western Union operator. Other reporters customarily wrote in longhand but rapidly began to switch to typewriters. Vila worked the opening of the spring meeting at Jamaica racetrack on Apr. 21, 1934, was taken ill the next day, reported to The Sun office on Monday, April 23, but left feeling sick and never returned.

    Even in death, Vila had a fundamental influence. Managing editor Keats Speed decided to split the daily column and the sports editor’s responsibilities, a practice then followed only at The Times. Wilbur Wood (q.v.), a boxing writer, became sports editor, but Speed gave Graham (q.v.) the daily column. Graham brought an entirely modern approach to the column and began another fundamental change in sports coverage.(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---------Biographaphical Dictionary of American
    April 28, 1934, pp. 15.-------------Journalism, edited by Joseph P. McKerns, 1989-------------------------Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 505.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------1934 Baseball Guide

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' article, February 7, 1929, pp. 8, column 3.
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    Irving Ellis Sanborn---AKA Sy Sanborn

    Born: November 28, 1866, Albany, VT
    Died: July 18, 1934, Canandaigua, NY, age 67---d. suicide by gunshot to head. Was terminally ill.

    Chicago sports writer;
    Graduated Dartmouth (Hanover, NH),1889, A.B. degree & Phi Beta Kappa;
    Springfield (Mass.) Union, 1889 - 1900;
    Chicago Tribune, 1900 - 1920;
    After retirement, he served for several years on commission to select MVP. Father: Albert J. Sanborn; Mother: Caroline C. Stockwell.

    Chicago Daily Tribune, July 19, 1934, pp. 25.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, July 26, 1934, pp. 3, col. 4.
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    Edgar Herman Munzel

    Born: January 14, 1907, Reynolds, IN
    Died: October 4, 2002, Williamsburg, VA, age 95

    Chicago sports writer;
    Family moved to La Porte, Ind., 1919, he moved in with Uncle in Oak Park, Attended Northwestern (Chicago, IL), fall, 1926 - 1927,
    Chicago Herald & Examiner, 1927-39, began as copy boy while in HS, began writing sports in 1927, FB & Basketball,
    started writing baseball, 1929, covered White Sox. White Sox PR, 1939-?;
    Chicago Sun-Times, January, 1942 - October 24, 1973
    In December, 1933, he had to take 10.5 months off from his baseball writing job to spend in bed, fighting tuberculosis. He won and returned to work.
    Edgar Munzel and Gordon Cobbledick were the recipients of the 1977 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

    Edgar Herman Munzel first covered baseball in the spring of 1929 when Chicago Herald-Examiner sports editor Warren Brown assigned the 22-year-old to spring training with the White Sox. He continued covering Chicago baseball with the Herald-Examiner and, later, the Sun-Times, until his retirement after 8,000 big league games and 43 baseball seasons.

    Quiet and mild-mannered, Munzel was nicknamed "The Mouse." His consistent and durable copy was his trademark, even when the game he covered was one-sided, sloppy or insignificant.

    Munzel joined the Baseball Writers' Association of America in 1929 and at one time served as president of the organization. All branches of the game relied on his accuracy and judgment, and his impeccable baseball knowledge and experience proved invaluable while a member of the Hall of Fame Committee on Baseball Veterans.

    A true gentleman of the press, Munzel upheld the dignity of the journalist-scorer for decades.
    -----------------------------Below, right, photo/entry for Who's Who in ML Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 510.

    Sporting News' article, February 7, 1962, pp. 15.

    December 23, 1946: Chicago sports writers: L-R: John Hoffman, Dan Desmond, Herb Simons, John Carmichael, Jack Ryan, Earl Hilligan, Howard Roberts, Edgar Munzel, Chuck Chamberlain.

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    Edward Farquhar Balinger

    Born: November 21, 1868, Damascus, OH
    Died: March 14, 1966, Wilkinsburg, PA, age 97

    Pittsburgh sports writer;
    Pittsburgh Post, 1903 - 1927
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1927 - 1946
    Never wrote an unkind word about a player, extremely popular sports writer around league.

    GetImage2.pdf :Sporting News' 1941 Interview.
    GetImage3.pdf :Sporting News' 1948 Interview.

    Funeral services will be held Wednesday for Edward F. Balinger, 97, retired baseball writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Balinger, who retired in 1946 after covering the Pittsburgh Pirates for 43 years, had suffered a stroke several years ago and was confined to his Wilkinsburg home.

    --------------------------------Sporting News' obituary, March 26, 1966, pp. 30.

    Sporting News, November, 24, 1948, pp. 11.

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    Sidney Clarence Keener---AKA Sid Keener

    Born: August 15, 1888, St. Louis, MO
    Died: January 30, 1981, West Palm Beach, FL, age 92

    St. Louis sports writer;
    St. Louis Star, office boy in sports dept., October, 1901 - April, 1907
    St. Louis Times, April 1907 - December, 1929
    St. Louis Star, December, 1929 - 1933
    Star Times, 1933 - June 15, 1951
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 15, 1951 - June 15, 1952
    Hall of Fame director, June 15, 1952 - 1963

    Sporting News' Obituary, February 21, 1981, pp. 35, col. 4. -----photo/entry for Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 495.

    J. Ed Wray, Edgar Brands, Sid Keener.
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    Thomas Dando Richter---AKA Tom Richter

    Born: August 5, 1885, Philadelphia, PA
    Died: March 8, 1960, Roslyn, PA, age 74

    Philadelphia sports writer;
    son of famed Philadelphia sports writer/editor-in-chief of AL Reich Guide (1902-1926) Francis C. Richter;
    Philadelphia North American,
    Philadelphia Press, sports editor, September, 1918
    Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, PR director, 1922 - 1947
    Lit Brothers Department store, PR director, 1947 - 1957

    Philadelphia: Past Achievements, Present Greatness and Future Possibilities, 1924

    Philadelphia Inquirer obituary, March 9, 1960
    New York Times' obituary, March 9, 1960, pp. 33.

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    Hugh Stuart Fullerton, Sr.

    Born: September 10, 1873, Hillsboro, OH
    Died: December 27, 1945, New Port Richey, FL, age 72

    Chicago / NY sports writer;
    Attended Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), 1891-92 but dropped out.
    Cincinnati Enquirer, sports writer, 1889-93
    Chicago Record, 1896 - 1997
    Chicago Tribune, sports writer, 1897 - 1907
    Chicago Herald, sports writer, 1907 - 1912
    Chicago American
    Chicago Inter-Ocean
    Chicago Herald and Examiner, 1913 - 1919
    New York Mail, sports writer, 1919 - 1921
    New York Evening World,
    Bell Syndicate,
    Chicago Tribune, 1920-22,
    Liberty Weekly, associate editor, (Magazine), 1923 - 1928
    Philadelphia Inquirer,
    Columbus Dispatch (OH), columnist
    Jack Wheeler's Bell Syndicate.

    Hugh was instrumental in uncovering the 'Black Sox Scandal'. He helped found the Baseball Writer's Association in 1908 - 1909. Hugh conducted 'The Wake of the News' from June 9, 1912 - June, 1913, after death of its originator, Hugh Keough, Hugh wrote it until Ring Lardner took it over. It's believed to be the oldest, continuous sports column in the US.

    Touching Second, by John J. Evers/Hugh Fullerton, 1910
    'The Wonders of Pitching.' Illustrated with [20] photographs by Burke & Atwell and Paul Thompson
    BASEBALL: IN THE BIG LEAGUES, by Johnnie Evers/Hugh S. Fullerton
    The Bride and The Pennant, by Frank Chance (possibly ghostwritten by Hugh Fullerton)
    Jimmy Kirkland of the Shasta Boys' Team, 1915.
    Jimmy Kirkland of the Cascade College Team, 1915.
    Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant, 1915.
    Tales of the Turf, 1922.
    Racing Yarns, 1924.
    Two-fisted Jeff, 1929.
    Hugh Fullerton was the recipient of the 1964 J.G. Taylor Spink Award.

    Starting as a 16-year-old newspaper cub in Cincinnati, Hugh Fullerton wrote baseball columns and edited sports pages in Chicago, New York, Columbus (Ohio), and Philadelphia for nearly half a century.

    A main figure in establishing the press box as an office of authority on baseball, Fullerton was one of the founding fathers of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He was best known for perfecting a system of "dope" predictions for the outcome of the World Series. His greatest pride was discovering Ring Lardner, Charles E. Van Loan, and Irving Sanborn, men of baseball letters. Fullerton, along with others such as Lardner and James Isaminger, was instrumental in revealing the full story of the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal, a landmark event that shaped the future of baseball.

    A striking personality, Fullerton was personally acquainted with an extraordinary number of people. Hughie, as he was known to his close friends, died in Dunedin, Florida, December 27, 1945.
    Biography Resource Center:
    Contemporary Authors Online, Thomson Gale, 2007.

    Hugh Fullerton parlayed his devotion to baseball into a noteworthy sportswriting career. He was well liked among his colleagues and among the players with whom he spent much of his time on the road. He predicted the White Sox' upset victory over the Cubs in the 1906 World Series, an all-Chicago event, and helped expose the Black Sox scandal of the 1919 World Series that shook the sport. As a recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for writing excellence, he is enshrined in the writers' wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Fullerton grew up in Hillsboro, Ohio and wrote for the local newspaper while still in high school. He worked for the Cincinnati Enquirer at age sixteen, and became its baseball reporter. In 1891 Fullerton enrolled at Ohio State University, and was the catcher for the Buckeyes' baseball team. During the summer Fullerton played second base in the Iron and Oil League's franchise in Olean, New York. In 1892 he left school over an incident involving the theft of a professor's pig, and after unsuccessful attempts at playing baseball for a couple of Eastern universities without enrolling, Fullerton returned to the Enquirer. One year later he ventured to Chicago, where sports reporting was rapidly growing.

    Fullerton wrote in a Saturday Evening Post article: "The papers of Chicago in those days [the late 1880s] were unlike any printed anywhere else. They were written largely in the language that the wild growing young city understood. They had individuality. . . . There was nothing sedate or dignified about them except the editorial pages and the stockyards reports. They were boisterous, at times rough; they lacked dignity, perhaps, but they were readable, entertaining and amusing." Fullerton, drawing on his knowledge of the sport, depended heavily on statistical analysis. Fullerton was more methodical than humorous, and developed relationships with players. The players, in turn, gave many interesting, exclusive interviews, and often provided Fullerton with scoops. An American Magazine writer in 1912 referred to Fullerton as "one of the few baseball writers who can 'pan' a ball player in picturesque detail and still hold his friendship; for the player knows that Fullerton is fair and will be quick enough to change when there is cause for praise."

    In 1906 Fullerton stood alone in choosing the White Sox, a decided underdog, over the Cubs--also called the Spuds--in the World Series. The National League champion Cubs won 116 games, a total matched only by the Seattle Mariners in 2001, whereas the White Sox, despite winning the pennant, were last in the American League in both batting average and home runs. Fullerton explained his reasoning: "I took a large Faber lead pencil, nine sheets of white glazed copy paper, and figured it out." He looked at pitching, batting averages and fielding abilities, determining each team's strengths and weaknesses.

    This prediction, however, was published post-facto. The Tribune ran it the day after the best-of-nine series ended--the White Sox prevailed, five games to three--making some critics question its authenticity. A note from the editor seemingly assuaged doubters. According to Tom Nawrocki, writing in Dictionary of Literary Biography, the note said: "When it was known that two pennants would come to Chicago, H. S. Fullerton of 'The Tribune' wrote an analysis of the two teams, telling why the White Sox would win the world's championship. A man in authority refused to take a chance in printing Mr. Fullerton's forecast, but it has been verified so remarkably by the games as played that it is now printed just as it was written." The article's publication after the series is seldom noted, though Fullerton successfully picked five of the next six winners.

    While Fullerton was covering the 1919 World Series between the White Sox and Cincinnati Reds for the Chicago Herald and Examiner, Bill Burns, an old acquaintance and former White Sox pitcher who became known as a professional gambler, told him he should put all his money on the Reds, who were heavy underdogs. Fullerton, with help from former pitching great Christy Mathewson, who was covering the series for the New York Evening World, immediately looked into his hunch that the series was fixed, despite denials and ridicule from some of baseball's management. Fullerton noticed some suspicious-looking errors in the first game, which Cincinnati won 9-1, and another known gambler confirmed Fullerton's worst fears during the eighth and final game, when the man told Fullerton that the first inning would be "huge." White Sox starting pitcher Claude "Lefty" Williams, in fact, gave up four consecutive hits and three runs in the first inning of the Reds' 10-5 victory.

    Outraged, Fullerton wrote an article he hoped would be a call to action: "Is Big League Baseball Being Run for Gamblers, with Ballplayers in the Deal?" Although the Chicago Herald and Examiner refused to print it, the New York Evening World featured the story on the front page. For nearly a year, Fullerton endured attacks and mockery, but he was vindicated in September of 1920 when members of the White Sox went before a grand jury and testified that they had indeed to fix the 1919 World Series. After this, Nawrocki noted, Fullerton "had become the semiofficial voice of baseball's antiestablishment."

    Fullerton's lasting contributions are his "Ten Commandments of Sports": "Thou shalt not quit," "alibi," "gloat," "sulk," "take unfair advantage," "ask odds thou are unwilling to give," or "underestimate an opponent or overestimate thyself," and "thou shalt always be willing to give the benefit of the doubt." In his last two commandments, Fullerton underscores his commitment to integrity and virtue. The ninth one states: "Remember that the game is the thing, and he who thinks otherwise is no true sportsman." The final one reads: "Honor the game thou playest, for he who plays the game straight and hard wins even when he loses."

    PERSONAL INFORMATION: Born September 10, 1873, in Hillsboro, OH; died December 27, 1945, in Dunedin, FL; married Edith Zollars, 1900; children: Dorothy, Hugh Stuart, Jr. Education: Attended Ohio State University, 1891. Politics: Republican. Memberships: Baseball Writers Association of America (founding member).

    AWARDS: J. G. Taylor Spink Award, Baseball Writers Association of America, 1964, for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.

    CAREER: Journalist, biographer, and sportswriter. Cincinnati Enquirer, sportswriter, 1889-91 and 1892-93; Chicago Record, sportswriter, 1893-97; Chicago Tribune, sportswriter, 1897 to early 1920s; Chicago Herald & Examiner, baseball writer; New York Mail, sports editor; Liberty magazine, associate editor; Columbus Dispatch, staff writer beginning 1928.

    Above photo appeared in Baseball Magazine, September, 1908, pp. 29.---------------------------------------------1910.
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    Harry B. Keck

    Born: April 19, 1893, Philadelphia, PA
    Died: April 18, 1965, Mt. Lebanon, PA, age 68

    Pittsburgh sports writer;
    Pittsburgh Gazette Times, 2 weeks, 1914
    Pittsburgh Post sporting editor, 1914 - 1919
    Pittsburgh Gazette-Times sports editor, 1919 - 1923
    Baltimore American sports editor, 1923 - 1925
    Pittsburgh Gazette-Times, 1925 - 1927
    Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, 1927 - 1960

    Wife: Ann Matilda Seaton; Son: Harry B., Jr., born January 30, 1926, died March 9, 2006, Raleigh, NC; Daughter: Melba Ellen, born January 4, 1918, died February 20, 1993, Pittsburgh, PA. Harry married Ann in 1916.

    Although Harry knew most sports well, his favorite was boxing. He attended all heavy-weight title fights as well as other title fights and important bouts.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Sporting News' Obituary,May 1, 1965, pp. 42, column 1.

    Who's Who in Major League Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 509.

    February 3, 1952: Jack Hernon, Sr., Harry Keck, Buddy Overend.
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    Edmund Thomas Swope:---AKA Tom Swope

    Born: December 1, 1888, Georgetown, OH
    Died: February 11, 1969, Cincinnati, OH, age 80,---d. cancer

    Cincinnati sports writer;
    Moved Dayton 1900
    Dayton Press, started as office boy
    Dayton Herald, 1908 - 1914
    Cleveland Press, March, 1914 - September, 1915
    Cincinnati Post sports editor, September, 1915 - ?
    Cincinnati Post, 1918 - 1969
    Long-time Sporting News correspondent, statistics expert,
    President of BWAA, 1941. Loved golf.

    1st Wife: Emily, born Pennsylvania around 1888. Married Tom around 1918; Wife 2: Vinette, born around 1893, died March 10, 1964 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Sporting News' Obituary, ---------------------------------------Tom's photo/entry in Who's Who in Major League Baseball,
    February 22, 1969, pp. 44, column 1.------------------------------edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 504.------------Swope/Joe Abreu performs a card trick, 1942.

    ----------------1938-------------------Sporting News' announcement---------New York Times' Obituary----------1945
    -------------------------------------------July 7, 1938, pp. 14.----------------February 12, 1969, pp. 39.

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    Arch Burdette Ward

    Born: December 27, 1896, Irwin, IL
    Died: July 9, 1955, Chicago, IL, age 58,--d. heart attack

    Chicago sports writer;
    Columbia Academy (Dubuque, Iowa, 2 yrs.;
    Notre Dame University (South Bend, IN), 2 yrs.;
    Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, 1919.
    Athletic PR director of Notre Dame U., 1920-21;
    Rockford Star, IL, sports editor, 1921-25,
    Chicago Tribune copy reader, 1925,
    Chicago Tribune sports editor, April 14, 1930 - 1950.
    In 1950, started TV show, which was broadcast nationally.
    It was he who conceived of the All-Star game, which caught on.

    Conducted Wake of the News for Chicago Tribune from June 14, 1937 to his death in 1955.
    He'd inherited this oldest, most prestigious/continuous of all sports columns from his predecessor, Harvey Woodruff.

    Frank Leahy & the Fighting Irish: the Story of Notre Dame Football, 1944
    The Green Bay Packers, 1946
    The New Chicago White Sox, 1951
    Edited: The Greatest Sport Stories From the Chicago Tribune, 1847-1953, 1953

    Photo/entry for Who's Who in ML Baseball, edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 497.

    October 17, 1953: Nat. Football Hall of Fame presentation at Notre Dame Pittsburgh game. L-R: Father Edmund Joyce, Notre Dame's Executive VP; Arch Ward; Mrs. Knute (Bonnie) Rockne; Mrs. Paul Taylor, George Gipp's sister; Ed Krause, Notre Dame Athletic Director; Elmer Layden, one of the "four horsemen" of Notre Dame. Layden, George Gipp, and Knute Rockne were the three elected to the Football Hall of Fame. As Rockne and Gipp are deceased, the former's widow and the latter's sister accepted the certificates.

    November 24, 1954: Notre Dame coach Terry Brennan, left, named "Coach of the Week," is congratulated by
    (L-R): Arch Ward, Ed Krause, Notre Dame's Director of Athletics; and Herb Jones, Business Manager of Athletics.

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    Edward Harold Burns---AKA Ed Burns

    Born: January 17, 1891, Frankfort, IN
    Died: January 27, 1955, Oak Park, IL, age 64

    Chicago sports writer;
    Graduated Wabash College (Crawfordsville, IN), A.B. degree.
    Frankfort Evening News, age 14;
    Crawfordsville Journal (Ind.),
    Crawfordsville Review.
    Studied art at Chicago Art Institute /Academy of Fine Arts;
    Chicago Herald, 1914, City editor,
    Joliet Herald News, 1916. Rporter,
    Chicago Examiner, 1917. Art department,
    Chicago Tribune, 1918. Advertising, 1920-22.
    Chicago Tribune, Federal reporter, 1923-24,
    Chicago Herald and Examiner, 1925.
    Chicago Tribune, 1925 - 1955.
    Switched to sports in 1927.
    WWI army service, President of BWAA, 1947, specialized in baseball, (his favorite, football, hockey).
    Big jovial Ed mastered the art of satirical yet gentle ribbing & needling.

    Mother: Flora Donaldson, born around 1868, died August 23, 1949, Chicago, IL.

    Photo/entry for Who's Who in ML Baseball,
    edited by Harold (Speed) Johnson, 1933, pp. 508.---------------------New York Times' obituary, January 28, 1955, pp. 9, column 3.

    January 12, 1944, Chicago, IL: Nick Etten receives J. Louis Comiskey plaque as most valuable freshman from Ed Burns--------------------September 24, 1952: Japanese fan Yosh Kawana / Ed Burns.
    because recipient Bill Johnson was unable to attend dinner.

    September 30, 1938.
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    Lyall F. Smith

    Born: November 22, 1914, Peoria, Illinois
    Died: October 8, 1991, Detroit, MI, age 76,---d. Tuesday, at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, of heart failure.

    Detroit sports writer;
    Bradley University (Peoria, IL),
    University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana, IL), (Received his Undergraduate / master's degrees)
    Chicago Daily News, ? - 1945
    Detroit Free Press, sports editor, 1945 - 1965
    public-relations director for the Detroit Lions of the NFL, 1965 - 1980.

    Father: Loren H.; Mother: Sophie N. Nullmeyer; Wife: Genevieve Keating, died June 23, 1991.

    Lyall F. Smith (November 22, 1914 – October 8, 1991) was an American sportswriter and sports editor. He was the sports editor and columnist for the Detroit Free Press from 1945 to 1965 and the president of the Baseball Writers Association of America from 1955 to 1956. He later served as the public relations director and business manager for the Detroit Lions from 1965 to 1980.

    Early years
    A native of Peoria, Illinois, he attended Bradley University and the University of Illinois. He was inducted into the Bradley University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1950.
    Smith began his career in journalism as a reporter for the Chicago Daily News. He spent seven years with the Chicago Daily News from 1938 to 1945. He claimed to have given the "Whiz Kids" nickname to the 1943 Illinois basketball team.

    Detroit Free Press
    In March 1945, Smith was hired as the sports editor and columnist at the Detroit Free Press, a position he held until 1965.

    During his time with the Free Press Smith was included in the committee of baseball writers charged with selecting the American League Most Valuable Player.

    In 1947, Smith became involved in a controversy over competing claims to the national collegiate football championship by undefeated teams from Notre Dame and Michigan. Notre Dame was ranked No. 1 in the final regular season AP Poll, but Michigan went on to defeat USC by a score of 49-0 in the Rose Bowl. Smith urged the Associated Press to conduct a post-bowl poll, arguing that Michigan had defeated three common opponents by larger margins than Notre Dame and had a tougher schedule. After Smith's comments, the AP agreed to conduct a post-bowl poll, the first of its kind, and Michigan was selected as the national champion in that poll by a vote of 226 to 119. After the results were tallied, Smith wrote in The Sporting News, "Michigan won another football battle!"

    Also in January 1947, Smith broke the story of the Detroit Tigers' decision to sell Hank Greenberg to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Smith reported that Tigers owner Walter O. Briggs had read comments from Greenberg about his desire to play for the Yankees and concluded that "Greenberg was ungrateful, unkind and unfair to Detroit," and ordered the team's general manager to "get rid of Hank."

    In August 1948, three days after the death of Babe Ruth from cancer, Smith proposed that Major League Baseball designate September 30, 1948 as "Babe Ruth Day" and that all proceeds from games played on that day be donated to cancer research.

    Smith's 1948 tribute to Harry Heilmann, former batting champ and radio voice of the tigers, was published in The Sporting News. Smith wrote:
    "He is so good that if he gets any better there'll be no more attendance records set at Briggs Stadium. After all, who wants to leave that nice, soft easy chair to be pushed around with 50,000 other fans when he can stay right at home and get a word picture ... with anectodes ... of the game. Only thing wrong with his broadcasts is that you hate to get out of your chair and rush to the ice box to get a bottle of that cool stuff he mentions now and then."

    In October 1954, Smith was elected as the vice president of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

    In the spring of 1955, Smith asked readers to submit ideas for a nickname for the Tigers' star right-fielder Al Kaline. From the submissions, Smith chose "Salty," which the reader explained, "After all, salt means alkaline."

    In September 1955, he was elected as the president of the Baseball Writers Association of America and served in that role in 1956. Smith also served as a director of the Football Writers Association of America for several years.

    Smith was chosen as the chief scorer for the 1956 World Series, and was the scorer for Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series. Fellow sportswriter Arthur Daley noted, "By the ninth inning, the most nervous people in the ball park, bar none, were the three official scorers, Lyall Smith of Detroit and his two assistants ... They were terrified that a questionable decision would confront them and ruin Larsen's performance for posterity." Larsen, too, acknowledged that he was not the only nervous person at Yankee Stadium as the game progressed, acknowledging the scrutiny that would be given to any close calls by Smith as he sat in the press box as the official scorer.

    In May 1965, Smith was chosen to serve a five-year term on the board of directors of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

    Detroit Lions
    In September 1965, Smith left the Free Press to accept a position as the public relations director for the Detroit Lions. In January 1967, Smith took on the additional title and responsibility as the Lions' business manager. Over the next 15 years, Smith was employed by the Lions as their public relations director, business manager, and director of marketing. When the Lions moved to the Pontiac Silverdome in 1975, Smith was responsible for coordinating the move and organized an exhibition day game in August 1975 for fans to orient themselves and tour the new facility. He remained with the Lions throughout the 1970s.

    Smith died of heart failure at in 1991 at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

    Peoria Journal Star obituary (IL), October 11, 1991

    Detroit News' obituary, October 10, 1991, pp. D2.
    Lyall Smith, Ex-Sports Editor and Lions Official, Dies at 76
    Lyall Smith, a former sportsrwiter and business manager for the Detroit Lions, died of heart failure Oct 8, 1991 in Detroit. He was 76.

    February 27, 1947: Roy Cullenbine / Lyall Smith-------------------------------------------------------------1964.

    February 21, 1952: Lyall Smith / Hal Newhouser.

    March, 1961, Sarasota, FL: John Carmichael / Lyall Smith.-----------------------------------1962----------------------------1969.
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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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