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Bill Granger

Bill Granger (Sports editor.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Feb. 9, 1877; died, Kew Gardens, NY, Jan. 17, 1945.)  As a callow youth, he spent much of his time supporting himself as a bowling hustler, but William J. Granger wound up as sports editor of the Brooklyn Citizen for more than half of the paper’s 61-year existence.  Granger […]

Joe Gergen

Joe Gergen (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Aug. 9, 1942.)  Since becoming a Newsday sports columnist in 1975, Joseph Arthur Gergen has three times been named one of the nation’s top five columnists by the A.P. sports editors.  Gergen has won numerous other awards, including National Headliners, and had nine pieces selected for the Best Sports […]

John B. Foster

John B. Foster (Sportswriter.  Born, Norwalk, OH, July 16, 1863; died, Washington, DC, Sept. 29, 1941.)  Successor, in 1908, to Henry Chadwick as editor of Spalding’s Baseball Guide, John B. Foster was also active as a sportswriter for over 50 years.  Starting in Cleveland, O., in 1888, when he covered his first major league game, Foster […]

Red Foley

Red Foley (Baseball.  Born, Flushing, NY, Dec. 26, 1928; died, Flushing, NY, July 13, 2008.)  As the premier official scorer of his time, Arthur Stephen Foley worked 10 World Series in the 20-year span from 1981-2001.  Foley, who also spent over 35 years in the sports department of the Daily News, began scoring games in […]

Til Ferdenzi

Til Ferdenzi (Sportswriter.  Born, Ashland, MA, Mar. 8, 1915; died, Lorton, VA, Mar. 12, 2002.)  A varsity football halfback and baseball infielder at Boston College, Atilio L. Ferdenzi became a Journal-American sportswriter in 1947.  Ferdenzi spent the next 19 years at the paper until in closed in 1966.  He was primarily a baseball writer, covering […]

Joe Durso

Joe Durso (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, June 22, 1924; died, Stony Brook, NY, Dec. 31, 2004.)  Known in baseball press boxes as “The Count,” Joseph Paul Durso was an elegant baseball writer for The New York Times for over two decades who later wrote extensively about thoroughbred racing.  In the 1970s, Durso covered primarily […]

Jimmy Dawson

Jimmy Dawson (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 27, 1895; died, St. Petersburg, FL, Mar. 6, 1953.)  Boxing editor of The New York Times for 38 years (1915-53), James P. Dawson was also distinguished as a baseball writer.  Dawson was hired at age 13 in 1908 as an office boy for sports editor Henry P. […]

Dan Daniel

Dan Daniel (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, June 6, 1890; died, Pompano Beach, FL, July 1, 1981.)  One of the most prolific and respected sportswriters in baseball and boxing, Dan Daniel got sidetracked on his way to becoming a doctor.  Born Daniel Margovitz, his name became a byline that said simply “By Daniel.”  While a […]

Jack Curry

Jack Curry (Sportswriter.  Born, Jersey City, NJ, Nov. 25, 1964.)  A year after his graduation from Fordham, Jack Curry became a sports reporter for The New York Times in 1987.  Curry handled high school and college sports for three years and became The Times’ beat writer on the Nets (1990-91).  He then took over the […]

Jim Crusinberry

Jim Crusinberry (Sports editor.  Born, Cascade, IA, Dec. 11, 1879; died, Chicago, IL, July 1, 1960.)  On loan from the Chicago Tribune, James Crusinberry became the first full-time sports editor of the Daily News in early 1921.  The News was then barely 18 months old and had virtually no image among the sports-minded readers in […]

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