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Wilbur Wood

Wilbur Wood (Sports editor.  Born, Kansas City, KS, Jan. 1, 1892; died, Hollywood, FL, Mar. 18, 1968.)  Among the most important boxing writers of his era, Wilbur Wood became the last sports editor of the original Sun.  Wood became a reporter in 1913 when he joined the old St. Louis Republic.  He later became a sportswriter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch after tours with newspapers in Akron (O.), Cleveland (O.), and Milwaukee (Wisc.).  In 1920, Wood came to New York with the Herald, but few of its staffers were retained when the Herald was merged into the Tribune in March 1924, and Wood went to The Sun.  He focused on boxing with the afternoon paper and was one of the leaders in organizing the Boxing Writers Association.  He served as its first president (1926).  In 1934, The Sun’s sports editor, Joe Vila, died.  Wood was promoted to sports editor, giving up his boxing column, although he continued to write events, including boxing.  A traditional combination was broken when managing editor Keats Speed decided to give the daily column (previously written by the sports editor) to Frank Graham instead.  Wood continued at The Sun until the paper was sold to the World-Telegram Jan. 4, 1950.

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