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Bernard Thomson

Bernard Thomson (Sports editor.)  Born, Point Fortune, PQ, Nov. 27, 1873; died, New York, NY, Feb. 26, 1937.)  Among the most colorful lives ever by a New York sports editor was lived by a man universally described as “self-effacing.”  Bernard William St. Denis Thomson, the son of a prominent Canadian newspaperman, was an athlete, a […]

Walter St.Denis

 Walter St. Denis (Sports editor.  Born, Pembroke, Ont., Mar. 19, 1877; died, New York, NY, Feb. 15, 1947.)  When boxing returned to New York as a legal sport in 1911, the Frawley Law did not permit official decisions on bouts.  Fans (and bettors) turned to newspaper experts for the determination of winners (and losers).  Of the […]

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 […]

Fred Lieb

Fred Lieb (Sportswriter. Born, Philadelphia, PA, Mar. 6, 1888; died, Houston, TX, June 3, 1980.) From railroad clerk to national president of the B.B.W.A.A., Frederick George Lieb was among the best-known New York baseball writers of the 1920s. Lieb spent six years in his youth as a clerk for the Norfolk and Western Railroad, but […]

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 […]

W.C. Heinz

W.C. Heinz (Sportswriter.  Born, Mount Vernon, NY, Jan. 11, 1915; died, Bennington, VT, Feb. 26, 2008.)  Justly celebrated as one of the most perceptive writers in the field, Wilfred Charles Heinz spent over a dozen years on the staff of the original New York Sun.  Following the demise of The Sun on Jan. 4, 1950, […]

George Hammond

George Hammond (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 29, 1907; died, Mystic, CT, Dec. 4, 2003.)  Straight out of college (like his fellow staffer Ed Dooley), George Hammond was hired as a sportswriter by The Sun.  Hammond spent six years (1928-34) at the paper before moving into public relations with the Carl Byoir organization.  He […]

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 […]

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