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Marty Lader

Marty Lader  (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, Jan. 29, 1936.)  During his 33-year career at U.P.I. (1960-93), Martin Lader became a leading wire service authority on tennis, regularly covering the U.S. Open and other major events.  Lader began at what was then United Press in 1956 as an agate clerk.  (The organization became U.P.I. in 1958 when […]

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 […]

Barry Wilner

Barry Wilner (Sportswriter.  Born, Far Rockaway, NY, Apr. 5, 1951.)  An Associated Press sportswriter since 1978, Barry Stuart Wilner has covered a wide range of sports.  Wilner was a tennis writer (1978-79), hockey writer (1980-85) and television sports writer (1985-86) before assuming the Jets beat in 1986.  He is also the A.P. figure skating writer, a […]

George Willis

George Willis (Sportswriter.  Born, Las Cruces, NM, May 31, 1960.)  After covering virtually every major sport for three newspapers, George Allen Willis became a columnist for the Post in 1997.  Willis began his career as a general-assignment sportswriter for the Memphis (Tenn.) Commercial Appeal in 1983 and came to New York four years later.  He […]

Joe Williams

Joe Williams (Sportswriter.  Born, Memphis, TN, Dec. 12, 1889; died, Parsippany, NJ, Feb. 14, 1972.)  Among the finest sports columnists ever in New York, Joseph Peter Williams, Sr., was also a long-time sports editor.  Williams became sports editor and lead columnist of the Telegram when it was purchased by the Scripps-Howard chain in 1927.  He had […]

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 […]

Gordon White

Gordon White (Sportswriter.  Born, Paterson, NJ, Sept. 15, 1926.)  During a 40-year career at The New York Times, Gordon Stowe White, Jr., became the paper’s leading college sports writer.  Over his last 30 years at The Times, White covered over 100 college football bowl games and 28 N.C.A.A. Final Four basketball championships.  He began with […]

Linc Werden

Linc Werden (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 12, 1904; died, Brooklyn Heights, NY, Nov. 25, 1980.)  Graduating from the High School of Commerce and then attending Columbia with Lou Gehrig, Lincoln August Werden early determined that his sports career, if any, lay in areas other than competition on the field.  After his graduation from […]

Will Wedge

Will Wedge (Sportswriter.  Born, Zanesville, OH, Mar. 27, 1889; died, Detroit, MI, Sept. 8, 1951.)  Recruited from ship news, a major beat at the time, William Guille Wedge became a leading baseball writer.  Wedge dropped out of Case Tech (now Case Western Reserve) in Cleveland to pursue his writing career.  He came to New York […]

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