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Hal Bock


Hal Bock (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, May 11, 1939.)  A principal sports columnist for The Associated Press, Harold I. Bock is thought to have covered more World Series and Super Bowls than any other A.P. writer.  Bock began covering both events in 1968 and by 1980 began writing columns.  He became a columnist full-time in 1984.  Bock’s professional career began as an assistant in the New York Rangers publicity office (under Herb Goren) in 1961 following his graduation from N.Y.U.  He joined the A.P., primarily as a hockey writer, in 1963.  He retired in January 2004.  Bock, who teaches journalism at Long Island University, edited, co-edited, or written numerous books, including the text for the A.P. History of Baseball.  He has also written books with Bill Chadwick and Marv Albert, books on David Robinson and Steve Young, among others, and books for children.

Filip Bondy


Filip Bondy (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 3, 1952.)  Best known for his whimsical columns from Wimbledon during the tennis fortnight there and his “Bleacher Creature” features on Yankee Stadium fans, Filip Joseph Bondy brings a unique perspective to Daily News readers.  Bondy is a skilled and experienced reporter who has covered football, pro basketball, hockey, soccer, and Olympic sports as well as tennis and baseball.  He began his career at the old Paterson (N.J.) News in June 1973 as a City Hall reporter, theatre critic, and basketball writer.  After a hiatus to earn his M.A. in Communications at Pennsylvania (1974-76), Bondy returned to the Paterson News (1976-80) before moving to The Record of Hackensack, N.J., in June 1980, where he covered baseball and basketball.  In Aug. 1983, Bondy began his first term at the Daily News as a columnist and writer.  He moved to The New York Times in March 1991, primarily as a hockey and Olympic writer, but returned to the Daily News as a regular columnist in June 1993.  His son, Stefan, is also a member of the News sports staff.

Larry Brooks


Larry Brooks (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 26, 1950.)  Distinguished as one of the few hockey writers in New York who was a team executive as well, Lawrence Mel Brooks was a vice president of the New Jersey Devils in between stints as a hockey writer for the New York Post.  Brooks started at the Post in 1975 and began covering the Devils shortly after the N.H.L. team shifted from Colorado in 1982.  Later that year, he joined the team as public relations director and worked his way up to vice president during his tenure (1982-92).  Brooks rejoined the Post in 1992 and later became the Rangers beat writer and the paper’s principal hockey columnist.  He served as national president of the Hockey Writers Association in 2002-03.

Heywood Broun


Heywood Broun (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 7, 1888; died, New York, NY, Dec. 18, 1939.)  Matthew Heywood Campbell Broun wrote more than 21 million words in a professional career that extended from 1908-39.  While much of this was political commentary, Broun got his start as a New York sportswriter initially during a break from his studies at Harvard.  He returned to The Morning Telegraph in 1910 and never looked back.  In 1912, Broun shifted to the New York Tribune as a baseball writer and drama critic. During his nine years there, he covered the Giants at the Polo Grounds as they won pennants in 1912, 1913, 1917 and 1921.  He also traveled to cover the World Series for the paper and was one of those who was distressed at the conduct of the 1919 World Series, which later turned out to be, at least in part, “fixed” by some of the Chicago White Sox.  “It Seems to Me” was the title of the column Broun began in late 1921 when he moved to The World.  The column was to run uninterrupted for 18 years, although after 1928 it was syndicated by the Scripps-Howard Newspapers, who ran it in their Evening Telegram until 1931, when they bought The World and merged the two papers.  Broun, who once ran for Congress, earned a permanent place in the history of the American newspaper industry when he served as the guiding light and first president of the American Newspaper Guild. He served as the Guild’s president from 1933 until his death six years later.

Bozeman Bulger


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

Don Burke


Don Burke (Sportswriter.  Born, The Bronx, NY, Jan. 29, 1956.)  Donald Brendan Burke has covered baseball and basketball for two major New Jersey newspapers.  Burke started his career in Nov. 1981 with the Milwaukee Journal and then moved to ABC-TV Sports in Sept. 1988.  He went back to Milwaukee as a sportswriter for the Sentinel for seven months in 1989 but joined The Record of Hackensack that December.  In Oct. 1992, Burke went to The Star-Ledger of Newark, where he covered the Yankees for four years and the Nets for four more before shifting to college basketball.  He returned to the baseball beat in 2003, covering mainly the Yankees, then moved to the Mets.

Philip E. Burke


Philip E. Burke (Sportswriter.  Born, Yonkers, NY, May 28, 1907; died, Falls Church, VA, May 1, 1985.)  In 1927, Philip Edmund Burke became the secretary to Bernard St.J. Thompson, the sports editor of The New York Times.  Burke became assistant to the sports editor in 1931.  When he retired in 1969, he had worked under Thompson, Ray Kelly (1937-58), and Jim Roach.  Burke handled correspondent accounts and assignments as well as staff communication and administrative duties.

Raymond Camp


Raymond Camp (Sportswriter.  Born, Spring Lake, NJ, Mar. 16, 1908; died, Madison, CT, May 19, 1962.)  As the first regular outdoors writer for The New York Times, Raymond R. Camp wrote the “Wood, Field & Stream” column for 19 years (1937-56).

Tom Canavan


Tom Canavan (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Jan. 21, 1954.)  As New Jersey sports editor for The Associated Press since Oct. 1984, Thomas Francis Canavan is responsible for a wide range of professional and collegiate sports coverage in the state.  Canavan handles coverage of the N.F.L. Giants, the N.B.A. Nets, and the N.H.L. Devils, as well as Rutgers, Princeton, and other New Jersey colleges, and major events in the state, such as Army-Navy football when the game is played at Giants Stadium.  He joined the A.P. in New York sports as a clerk in 1979.  Canavan moved to Indianapolis, Ind., as a newsman in Dec. 1982, and Detroit, Mich., in the same capacity in June 1983 before coming to New Jersey.

Jimmy Cannon


Jimmy Cannon (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 10, 1909; died, New York, NY, Dec. 5, 1973.)  James Cannon’s father was a clerk for the City of New York and a minor Tammany Hall politician, but his son grew to be one of the first iconoclastic sportswriters in the field.  Jimmy Cannon started with the Daily News as a copy boy in 1924, beginning a career that spanned nearly a half-century. He became a cityside reporter for the News in 1926, but then moved to the Evening Journal.  Cannon later switched to the Journal‘s morning companion, the New York American, but when the two papers merged into the Journal-American in 1937, Cannon left to join the New York Post.  He eventually went back to the Journal-American but once again returned the Post in 1967.  During his career, he wrote a radio column, was a Washington correspondent, and also served as a combat correspondent during World War II.  Sports, however, remained his first love. From 1940-60, Cannon built a loyal following amongst readers who enjoyed his unique, aggressive style. He became noted for items at the end of his columns that came under the heading, “Nobody Asked Me, but . . .”.

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