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Mel Woody

Mel Woody (Sportswriter.  Born, Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 18, 1922; died, Anderson, SC, Mar. 15, 2007.)  As the last writer for the Newark Evening News to cover the baseball Giants, Esteen Melvin Woody also was the last to cover the Mets before the paper folded Aug. 31, 1972.  Woody joined the News in 1947 as […]

Willie Ratner

Willie Ratner (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, June 3, 1895; died, Newark, NJ, Apr. 3, 1980.)  For longevity at a single newspaper, the career of Willie Ratner may be unique.  Ratner joined the Newark Evening News as a copy boy in 1912 and remained with the paper until it closed Aug. 31, 1972.  He became a […]

Hal Sharkey

Hal Sharkey (Sports editor.  Born, Plainfield, NJ, June 2, 1895; died, Montclair, NJ, Mar, 27, 1939.)  A golf writer who is considered at least partly responsible for laying the foundation for the modern P.G.A. Tour, Harold S. Sharkey was also sports editor of the Newark (N.J.) Evening News from 1933 until his death.  Sharkey started […]

Red Hoffman

Red Hoffman (Sportswriter.  Born, Minneapolis, MN, Aug. 12, 1918; died, Plainfield, NJ, May 21, 2005.)  The leading New Jersey golf expert for more than a half-century, Arthur Kyle Hoffman started at the Newark Evening News, then the largest newspaper in the state, in November 1946.  Hoffman remained with the News until it closed Aug. 30, […]

Hy Goldberg

Hy Goldberg (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, Oct. 5, 1908; died, Miami, FL, Jan. 17, 1990.)  Considered by many the finest New Jersey sports columnist of his generation, Hy Goldberg was a columnist for the Newark Evening News for more than 30 years.  Goldberg went to the News in 1932 and remained until the paper closed […]

Len Elliott

Len Elliott (Sports editor.  Born, Dover, NJ, July 15, 1902; died, Livingston, NJ, Sept. 25, 1978.)  A leading authority among writers on college football and golf, Leonard M. Elliott was sports editor of the Newark Evening News for 29 years (1939-68).  Elliott started with the News in 1925 and became sports editor in 1939 when […]

Joe Durso

Joe Durso (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, June 22, 1924; died, Stony Brook, NY, Dec. 31, 2004.)  Known in baseball press boxes as “The Count,” Joseph Paul Durso was an elegant baseball writer for The New York Times for over two decades who later wrote extensively about thoroughbred racing.  In the 1970s, Durso covered primarily […]

Bil Canfield

Bil Canfield (Cartoonist.  Born, East Orange, NJ, Oct. 8, 1920.)  A brief turn in the art department of the Daily Racing Form and The Morning Telegraph started William Canfield on the road to sports cartooning.  Canfield had his career interrupted by three years’ service (1942-45) in World War II, during which he saw action in the […]

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