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Dick Young

Dick Young (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Oct. 17, 1917; died, New York, NY, Aug. 31, 1987.)  From the day he started to cover baseball in 1943 until just before his death 44 years later, Richard Leonard Young was the most quoted, controversial, and widely-read sportswriter in New York for the better part of four […]

Mel Woody

Mel Woody (Sportswriter.  Born, Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 18, 1922; died, Anderson, SC, Mar. 15, 2007.)  As the last writer for the Newark Evening News to cover the baseball Giants, Esteen Melvin Woody also was the last to cover the Mets before the paper folded Aug. 31, 1972.  Woody joined the News in 1947 as […]

Bill Verigan

Bill Verigan (Sportswriter.  Born, Orlando, FL, Jan. 27, 1942.)  On Mar. 10, 1967, William Ford Verigan was covering ringside for U.P.I. at the third Garden when Ismael Laguna, the former lightweight champion, decisioned Frankie Narvaez in 12 rounds.  Then a riot broke out.  Verigan was struck in the head by a bottle heaved from the […]

George Vecsey

George Vecsey (Sportswriter.  Born, Jamaica, NY, July 4, 1939.)  Starting as a part-timer handling high school sports at Newsday in 1956, George Spencer Vecsey progressed to a columnist for The New York Times.  Shortly before graduating from Hofstra (where he majored in English), Vecsey became a full-time sportswriter at Newsday in February 1960.  He rapidly […]

Bill Travers

Bill Travers (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, June 27, 1931.)  William R. Travers was a general assignment reporter at the Daily Mirror (1956-63) before the paper closed Oct. 16, 1963.  Travers then became the scholastic sports editor for the Daily News for 30 years (1963-93).  He is a graduate of St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

Tara Sullivan

Tara Sullivan (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, June 20, 1968.)  In less than a decade, Tara Pauline Sullivan rose from a writer covering high school sports to the beat writer following the Football Giants.  Sullivan joined Newsday in 1993, handling the school beat, and moved in the middle of the following year to the Daily News.  […]

Colin Stephenson

Colin Stephenson (Sportswriter.  Born, Jamaica, W.I., Jan. 27, 1964.)  A journalism major at St. John’s, Colin Andrew Stephenson began his professional career as a news reporter at the Courier-News (Bridgewater, N.J.) in 1987.  Stephenson switched to sports in 1988 and moved to the Asbury Park Press in 1989.  At the Press, he was a ubiquitous N.H.L. […]

Clemson Smith-Muniz

Clemson Smith Muniz (Sportscaster.  Born, Washington, DC, Aug. 11, 1958.)  A former sportswriter for the Daily News, Clemson Lewis Smith Muniz has become one of the leading Spanish-language broadcasters and producers in the New York area.  Smith Muniz began broadcasting Knicks games in 1994 (WADO-1280 AM) and began calling the Jets in 2000.  In 2005, he […]

Dave Sims

Dave Sims (Sportscaster.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Feb. 14, 1953.)  Following seven years (1975-82) as a sportswriter with the Daily News, David Simpson Sims turned to sportscasting.  Sims became a host for Knicks radio broadcasts and the network’s “Coors Sports Night” show in 1986.  In 1991, he became a play-by-play announcer for ESPN.  Sims’ other assignments have […]

Bob Klapisch

Bob Klapisch (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 14, 1957.)  A former Columbia relief pitcher, Roberto Salvador Klapisch has covered New York baseball for three major newspapers since 1980.  Klapisch started at the New York Post, where he remained until 1987, rising from general assignment sportswriter to Yankees beat man.  He then spent six years […]

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