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Rud Rennie

Rud Rennie (Sportswriter.  Born, Toronto, Ont., Aug. 8, 1894; died, Huntington, LI, Oct. 6, 1956.)  Coming to the U.S. as a young man, Clare Rutherford Rennie worked many odd jobs (including stevedore), but turned to newspaper reporting after service in the U.S. Army during World War I.  Rennie began his career with the morning Sun in […]

Bill Slocum, Sr.

Bill Slocum, Sr. (Sportswriter.  Born, Winsted, CT, Dec. 17, 1883; died, New York, NY, May 6, 1943.)  Among the most prominent baseball writers and sports editors of his era, William Joseph Slocum started his rise with the Waterbury (Conn.) American in 1906.  Slocum became sports editor of the American, that city’s afternoon paper, in 1908, but […]

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 […]

George H. Daley

George H. Daley (Sports editor.  Born, New York, NY, Dec. 26, 1869; died, New York, NY, Feb. 8, 1938.)  Considered the longest-serving sports editor in New York newspaper history, George Herbert Daley edited sports pages for over 40 years at three major dailies.  Daley graduated Union College in 1892 as a civil engineer but found […]

Heywood Broun

Heywood Broun (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 7, 1888; died, New York, NY, Dec. 18, 1939.)  Matthew Heywood Campbell Broun wrote more than 21 million words in a professional career that extended from 1908-39.  While much of this was political commentary, Broun got his start as a New York sportswriter initially during a break from his […]

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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