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Don Williams

Don Williams (Sportswriter.  Born, Jamaica, NY, Aug. 31, 1932; died, Westbury, NY, Sept. 1, 2011.)  A quiet, unassuming presence, Clement Donald Williams spent nearly a half-century covering sports, primarily pro football.  Williams was hired by the Long Island Press in 1950 and worked a wide range of inside jobs at the paper, moving into sports […]

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 […]

Al Spitzer

Al Spitzer (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 10, 1910.)  Beginning as a part-time “space” writer under the paper’s scholastic sports editor, Alfred Spitzer ultimately spent more than 40 years with the Long Island Press.  Spitzer was hired by Ed Binneweg and succeeded him in 1940, when Binneweg began covering harness racing at the then-new Roosevelt […]

Murray Janoff

Murray Janoff (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Apr. 26, 1915.)  A member of the sports staff of the Long Island Press for 41 years (1936-77), Murray M. Janoff covered tennis, harness racing, pro football, college and pro basketball, baseball, and track and field.  Janoff also covered the U.S. tennis championships (now known as the U.S. […]

Steve Jacobson

Steve Jacobson (Sportswriter.  Born, Long Beach, NY, Sept. 19, 1934.)  A sportswriter at Newsday for over four decades, Stephen Alan Jacobson became a featured columnist in 1979.  Jacobson joined the Newsday sports staff in 1960 and spent a large part of his first 19 years there covering the Mets and Yankees.  In 1988, his body […]

Lou O’Neill

Lou O’Neill (Sports Editor.  Born, Ravenswood, NY, Dec. 15, 1906; died, Rego Park, NY, Jan. 23, 1978.)  On the 50th anniversary of his start in the newspaper business, over 400 friends of Louis Francis O’Neill turned out in his honor at an Astoria banquet hall.  Most of the organizers of the O’Neill tribute were people […]

Jack Lang

Jack Lang (Sportswriter. Born, Brooklyn, NY, May 11, 1921; died, Huntington, NY, Jan, 25, 2007.) For nearly three decades, the one voice a retired ballplayer wanted to hear was that of Jack Lang. As national secretary of the B.B.W.A.A., Lang would call former players to inform them of their election to the Baseball Hall of […]

Dan Farrell

Dan Farrell (Photographer.  Born, Hazelton, PA, Oct. 31, 1930.)  His most famous photo was made at the funeral of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, but Daniel Boyle Farrell was foremost a sports photographer.  After several years of freelancing, Farrell became a staff photographer at the Daily News in 1955.  He worked for the News, […]

Dick Carmody

Dick Carmody (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Sept. 5, 1927; died, Euclid, OH, June 24, 1994.)  After 25 years (1952-77) at the Long Island Press, Richard Thomas Carmody moved to The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., following the closing of the Press Mar. 25, 1977.  Carmody was a general sportswriter who handled a myriad of assignments, including many college […]

Paul Bereswill

Paul Bereswill (Photographer.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 1, 1949.)  Though Paul Jacob Bereswill has worked all major sports, he has built a major reputation in hockey, where he did 17 Stanley Cup finals through 2003.  Bereswill was a Sports Illustrated photographer, as a freelancer, from 1979-95, shooting over 350 hockey games and numerous covers […]

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