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Grantland Rice

Grantland Rice (Sportswriter.  Born, Murfreesboro, TN, Nov. 1, 1880; died, New York, NY, July 13, 1954.)  Perhaps the most legendary name in American sportswriting, Henry Grantland Rice was also one of the kindest, most pleasant men in a profession often populated by the abrasive.  Rice, a good athlete in his time, played football and baseball at […]

Walter St.Denis

 Walter St. Denis (Sports editor.  Born, Pembroke, Ont., Mar. 19, 1877; died, New York, NY, Feb. 15, 1947.)  When boxing returned to New York as a legal sport in 1911, the Frawley Law did not permit official decisions on bouts.  Fans (and bettors) turned to newspaper experts for the determination of winners (and losers).  Of the […]

Al Laney

Al Laney (Sportswriter. Born, Pensacola, FL, Jan. 11, 1896; died, Spring Valley, NY, Jan. 31, 1988.) Starting with the Pensacola Journal in his birthplace, Albert Gillies Laney moved to newspapers in Dallas, Tex., amd Minneapolis, Minn., before joining the U.S. Army during World War I. After two years in the service, Laney mustered out in […]

Hugh Fullerton

Hugh Fullerton (Sportswriter.  Born, Hillsboro, OH, Sept. 10, 1873; died, Clearwater, FL, Dec. 27, 1945.)  Among the first sportswriters to question the honesty of the 1919 World Series, which proved to be fixed, was Hugh Stuart Fullerton, then of the Evening Mail.  Fullerton joined the Chicago Record in 1893, shifting to the Chicago Tribune a […]

Nat Fleischer

Nat Fleischer (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 3, 1887; died, New York, NY, June 25, 1972.)  Considered the world’s foremost boxing authority during his lifetime, Nathaniel Stanley Fleischer started out to be a schoolteacher.  Fleischer taught in New York City schools for four years (1908-12) after graduating from City College.  Then the sportswriting urge […]

Franklin P. Adams

Franklin P. Adams (Columnist.  Born, Chicago, IL, Nov. 15, 1881; died, New York, NY, Mar. 30, 1960.)  Probably no writer other than Franklin Pierce Adams can claim to have helped put three men indelibly into the consciousness of baseball fans everywhere forever.  Adams started his newspaper career in Chicago but (except for military service in […]

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