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Will Wedge

Will Wedge (Sportswriter.  Born, Zanesville, OH, Mar. 27, 1889; died, Detroit, MI, Sept. 8, 1951.)  Recruited from ship news, a major beat at the time, William Guille Wedge became a leading baseball writer.  Wedge dropped out of Case Tech (now Case Western Reserve) in Cleveland to pursue his writing career.  He came to New York […]

Joe Vila

Joe Vila (Sports editor.  Born, Boston, MA, Sept. 16, 1866; died, New York, NY, Apr. 27, 1934.)  Among the more significant and influential sportswriters and sports editors of the first third of the 20th century was Joseph Spencer Vila.  Starting in his native Boston, Vila went through a series of newspapers both there and in […]

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy (Sportswriter. Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 19, 1896; died, Brooklyn, NY, Jan. 4, 1965.) During his 53-year career with The Sun, Edward T. Murphy became the first writer to cover the Brooklyn Dodgers for a Manhattan-based paper. Murphy joined The Sun as a copy boy in 1911, working for the morning edition of what […]

Frank Graham

Frank Graham (Sportswriting.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 13, 1893; died, New York, NY, Mar. 9, 1965.)  There is little doubt that Frank Graham was one of the major forces in the evolution of sportswriting in New York.  His keen ear for dialogue and incredible memory enabled him to recreate dugout and lockerroom conversation verbatim […]

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