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Stanley Woodward

Stanley Woodward (Sports editor.  Born, Worcester, MA, June 5, 1895; died, White Plains, NY, Nov. 29, 1965.)  One of the most colorful and respected sports editors in the annals of New York journalism, Rufus Stanley Woodward, Jr., served two terms as head of the sports department at the fabled Herald Tribune.  Woodward played football at Amherst, joined the staff of the Worcester Gazette Jan. 7, 1919, and moved to the Boston Herald in 1922.  In 1930, he came to the Herald Tribune and was named sports editor after the death of George Daley in 1938.  He was recognized as an authority on college football, a dedication that earned him the sobriquet “the Coach.”  But he was not as dedicated to some of the socially prominent sports of the day and in 1948 this resulted in his dismissal by publisher Helen Rogers Reid.  Until 1959, he served as sports editor of the Miami News and Newark Star-Ledger.  In between those assignments, he was sports editor for nearly a year of the short-lived Daily Compass in New York (1952).  After the sale of the Herald Tribune to John Hay Whitney, Woodward was recalled to West 41st Street in Feb. 1959.  He retired (Apr. 1, 1962) four years before the paper closed in April 1966.  Woodward began his first column upon his return, “As I was saying before I was interrupted . . .”, and was credited by his staff members, including Red Smith, Jesse Abramson, Harold Rosenthal, Ed Sinclair, Tommy Holmes, Pete Axthelm, Sid Gray, Irving Marsh, Sam Goldaper, Al Laney, and Harry Carlin, with reviving the style and spirit of what was the city’s best-written sports section.

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    May 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Dear Mr. Hardin – The correction has been made; thank you. Jordan Sprechman

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