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George Tidden

George Tidden (Sportswriting.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, 1856; died, Brooklyn, NY, June 30, 1913.)  Born Gerhard Otto Tidden to immigrant German parents in South Brooklyn, George Tidden became a leading baseball authority.  Tidden began his sportswriting career in the late 1870s with the short-lived Daily America and worked as a general sports reporter for several New […]

Jim Roach

Jim Roach (Sports editor.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Dec. 20, 1907; died, New York, NY, Mar. 16, 1978.)  James Pilkington Roach was one of the few sports editors universally respected throughout the newspaper industry by both his staff and his competitors. His wit, charm and relentless manners marked him as an unusual man in a field […]

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 […]

Hype Igoe

Hype Igoe (Sportswriter.  Born, Santa Cruz, CA, June 13, 1885; died, Queens, NY, Feb. 11, 1945.)  Coming from California in 1907 as a sports cartoonist, Herbert A. Igoe became one of New York’s leading boxing writers.  After a brief sojourn at the Evening Journal under the eye of his sponsor, Tad Dorgan, Igoe spent 20 years […]

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 […]

Pat McDonough

Pat McDonough (Sportswriter. Born, Fargo, ND, Mar. 11, 1906; died, Kearny, NJ, Mar. 1, 1996.) On July 1, 1925, when the Evening Telegram was still located at 73 Dey Street in Manhattan, Patrick J. McDonough reported to work as a copy boy. In 1927, McDonough – who was known as “the figure filbert of the […]

Don Dunphy

Don Dunphy (Broadcaster.  Born, New York, July 5, 1908; died, Mineola, N.Y., July 22, 1998.)  Like many of the sportscasters who came to prominence in the 1920s and 1930s, Don Dunphy began his working career with aspirations to be a newspaper sportswriter, but his hopes were dashed when the New York World folded during his […]

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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