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Paul Gallico

Paul Gallico (Sports editor.  Born, New York, NY, July 26, 1897; died, Monte Carlo, Monaco, July 15, 1976.)  Among the most renowned sportswriters of the “Golden Age of Sports” was Paul William Gallico, sports editor and columnist of the Daily News from 1924-36.  Gallico joined the News in 1922 as a movie critic but was a sportswriter (1923-24) before becoming sports editor.  He created many of his own best works by competing against the great athletes of the day.  Gallico, a Columbia man who should have known better, boxed heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey and was knocked out in less than two minutes.  He swam against Johnny Weismuller and golfed with Bobby Jones (less hazardous pursuits).  Gallico also was a promotional mind who helped create the Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament and the Silver Skates for amateur skaters, both major Daily News promotions with finals at the Garden.  He left the paper to become an author.  One of Gallico’s first major works was Farewell to Sports (1938), but the title was something of a misnomer since he later turned out a biography of Lou Gehrig.  Gallico moved to Europe in 1950 and there produced his most noted work, including The Snow Goose, Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris, and The Poseidon Adventure.

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