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Joe Williams

Joe Williams (Sportswriter.  Born, Memphis, TN, Dec. 12, 1889; died, Parsippany, NJ, Feb. 14, 1972.)  Among the finest sports columnists ever in New York, Joseph Peter Williams, Sr., was also a long-time sports editor.  Williams became sports editor and lead columnist of the Telegram when it was purchased by the Scripps-Howard chain in 1927.  He had […]

Richards Vidmer

Richards Vidmer (Sportswriter.  Born, Fort Riley, KS, Oct. 7, 1898; died, Calloway, KY, July 23, 1978.)  As much an athlete as a sportswriter, Richards Vidmer was more of an unorthodox character than anything.  Son of a U.S. Army cavalry officer, Vidmer was headed to West Point from St. Luke’s School in Wayne, Penna., in 1917, […]

Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison (Sportswriter.  Born, McKeesport, PA, Aug. 4, 1895; died, New York, NY, Oct. 6, 1931.)  A prominent sportswriter in the 1920s, James Renwick Harrison covered the “Murderers Row” 1927 Yankees for The New York Times.  Harrison wrote for the campus daily (the Spectator) at Columbia and became its managing editor as a senior in […]

Bat Masterson

Bat Masterson (Sportswriting. Born, Henryville, P.Q., Nov. 26, 1853; died, New York, NY, Oct. 25, 1921.) While it was sometimes difficult to separate fact from fiction, there is no denying that William Barclay Masterson was one of the most famous gunslingers of the Old West in America. Masterson had been a famed name since the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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