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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 […]

Ray Kelly

Ray Kelly (Sports editor.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 18, 1898; died, Bronxville, NY, Jan. 8, 1967.)  The biggest classical music fan ever to run a sports department at a major New York newspaper, Raymond J. Kelly was sports editor of The New York Times for 21 years (1937-58).  Kelly was a Fordham classmate and […]

Robert F. Kelley

Robert F. Kelley (Sportswriter.  Born, Narragansett Pier, RI, Sept. 15, 1900; died, Huntington, NY, Dec. 14, 1975.)  Emerging as a man for many seasons, Robert Fulton Paul Anthony Kelley began his career at the New York Evening Post in 1920.  Kelley covered horse racing, a little baseball, polo, yachting, and even the occasional football game.  […]

Frank Litsky

Frank Litsky (Sportswriter. Born, Waterbury, CT, August 15, 1926.) After graduation from the U. of Connecticut in 1946, Franklyn Lloyd Litsky joined the United Press bureau in nearby Hartford as a deskman but moved the next year to New York as assistant sports editor at U.P. Radio where he served until 1956 when he moved […]

Robert Lipsyte

Robert Lipsyte (Sportswriter. Born, New York, NY, Jan. 16, 1938.) Coming virtually off the Columbia campus to the sports department of The New York Times, Robert Michael Lipsyte rapidly established a reputation as an incisive reporter and a gifted writer. During his years at The Times (1957-71), Lipsyte became steadily more of a commentator and […]

Malcolm Moran

Malcolm Moran (Sportswriter. Born, New York, NY, Oct. 31, 1953.) Starting as an intern at Newsday (Oct. 1974) while still an undergraduate at Fordham, Malcolm Moran became the leading national college football writer at The New York Times. Moran joined the Newsday staff, first part-time and then full-time, covering a variety of sports. On Jan. […]

Jim Harrison

Jim Harrison (Sportswriter.  Born, McKeesport, PA, Aug. 4, 1895; died, New York, NY, Oct. 6, 1931.)  A prominent sportswriter in the 1920s, James Renwick Harrison covered the “Murderers Row” 1927 Yankees for The New York Times.  Harrison wrote for the campus daily (the Spectator) at Columbia and became its managing editor as a senior in […]

Roscoe McGowen

Roscoe McGowen (Sportswriter. Born, Alta, IA, July 16, 1886; died, North Woodstock, CT, Nov. 5, 1966.) A former telegraph operator with a baso profundo voice, Roscoe Emmitt McGowen lent his considerable skills to baseball writing at The New York Times for 30 years (1929-59) and to the B.B.W.A.A. New York chapter annual dinner for even […]

Deane McGowen

Deane McGowen (Sportswriter. Born, Rock Island, IL, Aug. 18, 1916; died, Newport, VT, Jan. 22, 2000.) Versatility and skill were a combination that kept Deane McGowen a bulwark of The New York Times sports staff for over 32 years (1949-81). McGowen became a distinguished boxing writer later in his career,but his ability to handle a […]

Walter Fletcher

Walter Fletcher (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, May 20, 1906; died, Niceville, FL, Feb. 15, 2000.)  Born Walter Fleischer, Walter Ralph Fletcher became America’s premier dog show writer while with The New York Times.  Graduating from City College in February 1927, Fletcher was hired by Evening Post sports editor Paul Newman for the night sports […]

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