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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 […]

Robert Ripley

Robert Ripley (Cartoonist.  Born, Santa Rosa, CA, Dec. 25, 1893; died, New York, NY, May 27, 1949.)  The man who created the internationally-known “Believe It or Not,” Robert LeRoy Ripley came to New York as a sports cartoonist.  Ripley started his career in San Francisco as the Bulletin’s sports cartoonist in 1909.  In 1913, he […]

Lawrence Perry

Lawrence Perry (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, Nov. 10, 1875; died, Glen Ridge, NJ, Sept. 6, 1954.)  Among the first syndicated sports columnists in the U.S., Lawrence Perry was also the founding editor of Yachting Magazine, a novelist, and a playwright.  Perry left Princeton in 1897 to join The Sun evening editions as a writer, spent […]

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