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Sad Sam Jones

Sad Sam Jones (Baseball.  Born, Woodsfield, OH, July 26, 1892; died, Barnesville, OH, July 6, 1966.)  A righthander who was 21-8 for the Yankees’ first World Series champions in 1923, Samuel Pond Jones owed his nickname to W.O. McGeehan of the Herald, who called him “Sad Sam, Sorrowful Sage from Woodsfield” because of his dour […]

Ray Kelly

Ray Kelly (Sports editor.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 18, 1898; died, Bronxville, NY, Jan. 8, 1967.)  The biggest classical music fan ever to run a sports department at a major New York newspaper, Raymond J. Kelly was sports editor of The New York Times for 21 years (1937-58).  Kelly was a Fordham classmate and […]

W.O. McGeehan

W.O. McGeehan (Sportswriter. Born, San Francisco, CA, Nov. 22, 1879; died, Brunswick, GA, Nov. 29, 1933.) Among the most important and best-known sportswriters of the 1920s was William O’Connell McGeehan, whose column in the Herald Tribune was entitled “Down the Line.” Bill McGeehan was an Army veteran who served in the Philippines during the Spanish-American […]

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