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Bill Wallace

Bill Wallace (Sportswriter.  Born, Washington, DC, Apr. 29, 1924.)  In a career that spanned over a half-century, William Noble Wallace wrote sports for three major New York newspapers.  Wallace, fresh out of Yale, started at the World-Telegram as a yachting writer in March 1949.  He moved to the Herald Tribune in 1957, initially for the […]

Ben Walker

Ben Walker (Sportswriter.  Born, Washington, DC, Oct. 8, 1957.)  A bulwark of The Associated Press coverage for over two decades, Benjamin Staud Walker has covered every World Series game since 1983 and every baseball All-Star Game since 1984.  Walker joined the A.P. in 1980 in Albany, N.Y., out of Syracuse U.  He moved to the […]

Dave Waldstein

Dave Waldstein  (Sportswriter.  Born, Boston, MA, Dec. 28, 1962.)  After a couple of different roles with the Boston Herald and a two-year tour with a magazine, David Waldstein joined the Post in 1991, where he eventually became the lead reporter on the Mets beat.  Waldstein moved to the Star-Ledger in 2000, where he continued covering […]

Richards Vidmer

Richards Vidmer (Sportswriter.  Born, Fort Riley, KS, Oct. 7, 1898; died, Calloway, KY, July 23, 1978.)  As much an athlete as a sportswriter, Richards Vidmer was more of an unorthodox character than anything.  Son of a U.S. Army cavalry officer, Vidmer was headed to West Point from St. Luke’s School in Wayne, Penna., in 1917, […]

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 […]

Tom Verducci

Tom Verducci (Sportswriter.  Born, Glen Ridge, NJ, Oct. 23, 1960.)  As a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, Thomas Matthew Verducci has become the weekly magazine’s leading baseball authority and has authored numerous exclusive stories.  Verducci began his newspaper career fresh out of Penn State, joining Today in Cocoa, Fla., as a writer and editor in […]

Juan Vene

Juan Vene (Sportswriter.  Born, Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 10, 1929.)  A veritable one-man army in Spanish-language baseball reporting, Juan Vene has been a broadcaster, author, sportswriter, columnist, and producer.  Vene was born Jose Rafael Machado Yanes and began his career as a reporter for Noticias Graficas in Maracaibo, Venezuela.  He decided to study journalism and graduated […]

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 […]

Mike Vaccaro

Mike Vaccaro (Sportswriter.  Born, Flushing, NY, Jan. 1, 1967.)  For Michael Francis Vaccaro, Jr., the trip from Queens to becoming the lead sports columnist at the Post passed through five newspapers in four states.  A facile writer with a deep knowledge of sports history and a intelligent fan’s perspective, Vaccaro came to the Post in November 2002 […]

Mike Tully

Mike Tully (Sportswriter.  Born, Passaic, NJ, Sept. 11, 1951.)  Michael T. Tully was a U.P.I. sports staffer for nearly 14 years (1977-91), during which time he was attached to the wire service’s baseball central operation.  Tully covered not only local New York teams but also post-season, World Series, and All-Star Games.  He was also later […]

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