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Len Wooster

Len Wooster (Sports editor.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Sept. 9, 1874; died, East Meadow, NY, May 25, 1958.)  For almost half a century, Leonard F. Wooster was on the staff of the Brooklyn Daily Times.  Wooster joined the paper (which was founded in 1848) as a copy boy in 1888.  By the turn of the 20th century, he was the sports editor.  In early 1912, Wooster was one of four sports editors of Brooklyn dailies (all of them afternoon papers) who received plans for the new “palatial” ballpark to be built there.  With Wooster in the vanguard, all four poured effusive praise on the new edifice.  It wasn’t until Ebbets Field actually opened in April 1913 that the sports editors realized that the plans did not include a press box.  The Daily Times bought the Standard Union Mar. 9, 1932, with Wooster remaining as sports editor of the combined Times Union.  When the combined paper was sold to the Eagle Dec. 9, 1936, Wooster retired, even though the Eagle continued to print the Times Union until June 7, 1937.  He was twice chairman of the Brooklyn B.B.W.A.A. chapter (1925-26, 1931-32).

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