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Stan Saplin

Stan Saplin (Public address.  Born, New York, NY, Jan. 12, 1914; died, New York, NY, Mar. 1, 2002.)  One of the most respected figures in the New York sports field, Stanley Saplin became most identified with New York University during his long career. However, he also served such varied  organizations as the New York Rangers, the Millrose Games, the Amateur Athletic Union and the old New York Journal-American.  Saplin became the publicity director of the Rangers after World War II and created a publication then known as the “Blue Book,” which was the first comprehensive annual publication about the team and its history ever produced. It has gone through many changes in the intervening years being known variously as a media guide and a yearbook but it continued to appear annually until the late 2000s.  Leaving the Rangers, Saplin joined the Journal-American as a sportswriter and stayed with the paper full-time until 1953 when he returned to N.Y.U.  But he continued to write for the Journal-American for many years thereafter, covering a wide variety of events including track and field where he became a nationally-recognized historical authority.  Saplin began his public address career on a steady basis in 1959 with the Millrose Games.  His voice became synonymous with this greatest of all indoor track meets.  He also worked behind the microphone during the National A.A.U. championship indoor meets at the Garden, the U.S. Olympic Trials and the famed Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia.  He was influential in the creation of the Chronicle of Higher Education and served many years as the sports information director at N.Y.U., as well as its news director and as an advisor to its executives in areas of communications and public service.

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