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Jimmy Powers

Jimmy Powers (Sports editor.  Born, Cleveland, OH, Feb. 9, 1903; died, Bal Harbour, FL, Feb. 11, 1995.)  Jimmy Powers was one of the most influential members of the New York sporting press during the 1940s and 1950s when he was sports editor of the Daily News and its leading columnist.  Powers was the oldest of ten children and grew up largely around Enid, Okla., where his family settled after moving from Ohio.  In 1921, Powers matriculated at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc., and immediately began engaging in the two areas that would interest him most of his working life:  sports and newspapers.  In addition to being active in basketball and earning a varsity letter in track, Powers also wrote for the school newspaper (The Marquette Tribune).  He won a Sigma Delta Phi journalism fraternity award for his newspaper work and struck out for New York to make his fortune.  Landing a job at the News, Powers also did some turns in vaudeville and had a radio sports program before moving into the sports editor’s job after the departure of the fabled Paul Gallico.  Powers also authored the main sports column every day under the title “The Powerhouse.”  After a four-year stint in the Navy in World War II, Powers returned to the News and added a sports spot on WPIX after the paper’s television station went on the air in 1949.  He achieved perhaps his greatest national fame while serving for many years as the ringside boxing commentator for Gillette’s “Friday Night Fights” from Madison Square Garden.  He also authored several books on sports before his retirement in 1959.

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