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Joe Durso

Joe Durso (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, June 22, 1924; died, Stony Brook, NY, Dec. 31, 2004.)  Known in baseball press boxes as “The Count,” Joseph Paul Durso was an elegant baseball writer for The New York Times for over two decades who later wrote extensively about thoroughbred racing.  In the 1970s, Durso covered primarily the Yankees and then moved to the Mets in the 1980s.  Most of his final decade before retirement in 2001 was spent on the racing beat.  Durso had 17 years’ experience in the news business before becoming a sportswriter in 1964.  Following service as a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps during World War II, he finished his bachelors’ degree at N.Y.U. and, in 1947, went to the Newark Evening News as a reporter.  Before joining The Times as a copy editor in 1950, Durso spent nearly three years at WINS Radio, where he rose to news director.  He served on the national desk and city desk before returning to sports.  Durso ultimately covered some 25 World Series and 20 Kentucky Derbies, as well as doing a weeknight “Sports of The Times” report on WQXR Radio for 27 years.  He wrote 14 books, including sports topics such as his years with the Yankees, biographies of Casey Stengel, John McGraw, and Joe DiMaggio, histories of Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden, and the business aspects of sports.  Durso was chairman of the B.B.W.A.A.’s New York chapter in 1973-74.

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