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Damon Runyon

Damon Runyon (Sportswriter.  Born, Manhattan, KS, Oct. 4, 1884; died, New York, NY, Dec. 10, 1946.)  Alfred Damon Runyon is one of the unique characters of American sportswriting.  He became one of the towering literary figures of the 1920s and 1930s from a base that was essentially rooted in sports.  After a newspaper career that […]

John Kieran

John Kieran (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 2, 1892; died, Rockport, MA, Dec. 10, 1981.)  Probably the most intellectual sports columnist ever in New York, John Francis Kieran was also the first regularly by-lined sportswriter ever at The New York Times.  Kieran graduated from Fordham in 1912 and joined The Times for the first […]

Max Kase

Max Kase (Sports editor.  Born, New York, NY, July 21, 1898; died, Yonkers, NY, Mar. 19, 1974.)  Max Kase was known during his years as sports editor of the New York Journal-American for his newsy notes column entitled “Briefkase.”  He had a distinct “nose for news.”  Two years after the merger of the New York American […]

Hype Igoe

Hype Igoe (Sportswriter.  Born, Santa Cruz, CA, June 13, 1885; died, Queens, NY, Feb. 11, 1945.)  Coming from California in 1907 as a sports cartoonist, Herbert A. Igoe became one of New York’s leading boxing writers.  After a brief sojourn at the Evening Journal under the eye of his sponsor, Tad Dorgan, Igoe spent 20 years […]

Bunk MacBeth

Bunk MacBeth (Sportswriter. Born, Ingersoll, Ont., Aug. 19, 1884; died, Saratoga Springs, NY, Aug. 5, 1937.) Very few sportswriters can claim to have helped bring a major sport to a major city, but William J. MacBeth is one about whom that can be said. Bill MacBeth was largely responsible for bringing the N.H.L. to New […]

Ford Frick

Ford Frick (Baseball.  Born, Wawaka, IN., Dec. 19, 1894; Bronxville, NY, Apr. 8, 1978.)  Although his impact on the events was minimal, Ford Christopher Frick left baseball dramatically different than he found it after 14 years as Commissioner.  A graduate of Indiana’s DePauw University, and a former schoolteacher in Colorado, Frick came to New York […]

Ed Frayne

Ed Frayne (Sports editor.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 8, 1892; died, Van Nuys, CA, Nov. 26, 1944.)  Returning from California in November 1926, Edward J. Frayne became sports editor of the New York American, the morning broadsheet owned by William Randolph Hearst.  Hearst also owned the tabloid Daily Mirror (started just two years earlier) and […]

Gene Fowler

Gene Fowler (Sportswriter.  Born, Denver, CO, Mar. 8, 1890; died, Los Angeles, CA, July 2, 1960.)  A newspaperman in his native Denver, Gene Fowler joined the sports staff of the New York American in Sept. 1918 on the recommendation of Damon Runyon.  Fowler, born Eugene Devlan, was adopted by his stepfather as a youngster and […]

Bill Farnsworth

Bill Farnsworth (Sports editor.  Born, Milbury, MA, June 7, 1885; died, New York, NY, July 10, 1945.)  Part of the triumvirate of Hearst newspaper stars who dominated the boxing business in New York in the 1920s, Wilton Simpson Farnsworth was sports editor of the Evening Journal for its last 12 years (1925-37).  Farnsworth teamed with […]

Bob Considine

Bob Considine (Sportswriter.  Born, Washington, DC, Nov. 4, 1906; died, New York, NY, Sept. 25, 1975.)  Although noted in journalistic circles for his column “On the Line with Considine” that was syndicated from 1933 to the week of his death, Robert Bernard Considine began his newspaper career as a sportswriter and never strayed too far […]

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