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Edward P. Weston

Edward P. Weston (Pedestrian.  Born, Providence, RI, Mar. 15, 1839; died, Brooklyn, NY, May 12, 1929.)  Starting in 1861, Edward Payson Weston established himself as America’s leading pedestrian and began a fad of competitive walking.  Weston, a one-time copy boy for the Herald, was the first U.S. star of six-day walking competitions and dominated the […]

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 […]

Herbert Bayard Swope

Herbert Bayard Swope (Horse racing.  Born, St. Louis, MO, Jan. 5, 1882; died, New York, NY, June 20, 1958.)  Perhaps the most famous New York newspaperman of his time, Herbert Bayard Swope was a horse racing buff.  Swope was executive editor of The World, created the first “op-ed” page, won the first Pulitzer Prize for reporting […]

Bill Hanna

Bill Hanna (Sportswriter.  Born, Kansas City, MO, 1862; died, Newfoundland, NJ, Nov. 20, 1930.)  For nearly four decades, William B. Hanna covered sports for New York newspapers, starting with The World in 1892.  W.B. Hanna was a byline that was to appear in four other papers in the morning field, starting with the Press in […]

W.O. McGeehan

W.O. McGeehan (Sportswriter. Born, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 22, 1879; died, Brunswick, GA, Nov. 29, 1933.) Among the most important and best-known sportswriters of the 1920s was William O’Connell McGeehan, whose column in the Herald Tribune was entitled “Down the Line.” Bill McGeehan was an Army veteran who served in the Philippines during the Spanish-American […]

Bunk MacBeth

Bunk MacBeth (Sportswriter. Born, Ingersoll, Ont., Aug. 19, 1884; died, Saratoga Springs, NY, Aug. 5, 1937.) Very few sportswriters can claim to have helped bring a major sport to a major city, but William J. MacBeth is one about whom that can be said. Bill MacBeth was largely responsible for bringing the N.H.L. to New […]

John B. Foster

John B. Foster (Sportswriter.  Born, Norwalk, OH, July 16, 1863; died, Washington, DC, Sept. 29, 1941.)  Successor, in 1908, to Henry Chadwick as editor of Spalding’s Baseball Guide, John B. Foster was also active as a sportswriter for over 50 years.  Starting in Cleveland, O., in 1888, when he covered his first major league game, Foster […]

Dan Daniel

Dan Daniel (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, June 6, 1890; died, Pompano Beach, FL, July 1, 1981.)  One of the most prolific and respected sportswriters in baseball and boxing, Dan Daniel got sidetracked on his way to becoming a doctor.  Born Daniel Margovitz, his name became a byline that said simply “By Daniel.”  While a […]

O.P. Caylor

O.P. Caylor (Baseball.  Born, Dayton, OH, Dec. 14, 1849; died, Winona, MN, Oct. 19, 1897.)  A Cincinnati sportswriter who talked himself into two seasons as the manager of the Cincinnati team in the then-major league American Association, Oliver Hazard Perry Caylor came to New York in 1887 to manage the A.A. Mets, then based in […]

James Gordon Bennett, Jr.

James Gordon Bennett, Jr. (Yachting, polo.  Born, New York, NY, May 10, 1841; died, Paris, France, May 14, 1918.)  In common with many wealthy young men of his era, James Gordon Bennett, Jr., was both socially prominent and important to the development of sports in the U.S.  Bennett’s father founded the New York Herald in […]

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