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Tom Verducci

Tom Verducci (Sportswriter.  Born, Glen Ridge, NJ, Oct. 23, 1960.)  As a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, Thomas Matthew Verducci has become the weekly magazine’s leading baseball authority and has authored numerous exclusive stories.  Verducci began his newspaper career fresh out of Penn State, joining Today in Cocoa, Fla., as a writer and editor in […]

Whitney Tower

Whitney Tower (Sportswriter.  Born, Roslyn, NY, June 30, 1923; died, Saratoga Springs, NY, Feb. 11, 1999.)  A Harvard graduate with a patrician manner, Whitney Tower was the racing editor at Sports Illustrated for 22 years (1954-76) and Classic magazine for five (1976-81).  Tower won several awards for magazine writing, including the Eclipse in both 1976 […]

Barton Silverman

Barton Silverman (Photographer.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, September 8, 1942.)  New York Press Photographers’ Association “Photographer of the Year” in 1971, Silverman has been a staff photographer for The New York Times since 1962.  Often considered one of the most creative ever in his craft, Silverman has also worked freelance for Sports Illustrated, Life, and Time magazine, and […]

Herb Scharfman

Herb Scharfman (Photographer.  Born, Chicago, IL, Aug. 24, 1911; died, Scottsdale, AZ, Feb. 21, 1998.)  Herb Scharfman became one of the best known photographers in sports through his work in the pages of Sports Illustrated, but he actually got his start as a motorcycle messenger for the International News Services’ photo division.  Scharfman joined I.N.S. in […]

Roger Kahn

Roger Kahn (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Oct. 31, 1927.)  Joining the New York Herald Tribune fresh out of N.Y.U. in 1948, Roger Kahn began his career as a general assignment reporter but gravitated to sports.  During that period, Kahn covered the Dodgers in Brooklyn but left the paper in 1955 to become a contributor to […]

Johnette Howard

Johnette Howard (Sportswriter.  Born, Pittsburgh, PA, Dec. 13, 1959.)  A 17-year career during which she built a national reputation for excellence preceded Johnette Patrice Howard upon her arrival at Newsday as a featured columnist.  Howard began with the Detroit (Mich.) Free Press in 1982, covering the N.B.A. Pistons.  During her seven years there, she became […]

Jay Greenberg

Jay Greenberg (Sportswriter.  Born, Johnstown, PA, June 16, 1950.)  A general sports columnist for the Post from 1994-2011, Jay N. Greenberg covered virtually all sports but wrote most often about baseball and hockey, two sports about which he exhibits special feeling.  Greenberg joined the Post after a career of nearly two decades following his graduation (in […]

Paul Bereswill

Paul Bereswill (Photographer.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 1, 1949.)  Though Paul Jacob Bereswill has worked all major sports, he has built a major reputation in hockey, where he did 17 Stanley Cup finals through 2003.  Bereswill was a Sports Illustrated photographer, as a freelancer, from 1979-95, shooting over 350 hockey games and numerous covers […]

Pete Axthelm

Pete Axthelm (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 27, 1943; died, Pittsburgh, PA, Feb. 2, 1991.)  Joining the Herald Tribune following his graduation from Yale in 1965, Peter Axthelm covered primarily thoroughbred racing.  After the closure of the paper in April 1966, Axthelm went to Sports Illustrated as a racing writer.  During this time, he […]

Jessie Armstead

Jessie Armstead (Pro football.  Born, Dallas, TX, Oct. 26, 1970.)  One of the outstanding linebackers in the N.F.L., Jessie Armstead was an eighth-round draft choice (No. 207 overall) for the Giants in 1993.  A four-year star at Miami (Fla.), Armstead was the Giants’ standout rookie that season and, by 1996, was selected a First-Team All-Pro by […]

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