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Wilbur Wood

Wilbur Wood (Sports editor.  Born, Kansas City, KS, Jan. 1, 1892; died, Hollywood, FL, Mar. 18, 1968.)  Among the most important boxing writers of his era, Wilbur Wood became the last sports editor of the original Sun.  Wood became a reporter in 1913 when he joined the old St. Louis Republic.  He later became a […]

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 […]

Joe Vila

Joe Vila (Sports editor.  Born, Boston, MA, Sept. 16, 1866; died, New York, NY, Apr. 27, 1934.)  Among the more significant and influential sportswriters and sports editors of the first third of the 20th century was Joseph Spencer Vila.  Starting in his native Boston, Vila went through a series of newspapers both there and in […]

George Trevor

George Trevor (Sportswriter.  Born, Cooperstown, NY, July 31, 1892; died, Port Chester, NY, Nov. 17, 1951.)  Of all the college football writers of his era, George S. Trevor was easily the most renowned.  Trevor graduated Yale in 1915, taught military strategy at the Army War College (1917-18), wrote advertising copy, and joined the Brooklyn Eagle […]

Bill Slocum, Sr.

Bill Slocum, Sr. (Sportswriter.  Born, Winsted, CT, Dec. 17, 1883; died, New York, NY, May 6, 1943.)  Among the most prominent baseball writers and sports editors of his era, William Joseph Slocum started his rise with the Waterbury (Conn.) American in 1906.  Slocum became sports editor of the American, that city’s afternoon paper, in 1908, but […]

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, […]

Bill Hanna

Bill Hanna (Sportswriter.  Born, Kansas City, MO, 1862; died, Newfoundland, NJ, Nov. 20, 1930.)  For nearly four decades, William B. Hanna covered sports for New York newspapers, starting with The World in 1892.  W.B. Hanna was a byline that was to appear in four other papers in the morning field, starting with the Press in […]

Pat McDonough

Pat McDonough (Sportswriter. Born, Fargo, ND, Mar. 11, 1906; died, Kearny, NJ, Mar. 1, 1996.) On July 1, 1925, when the Evening Telegram was still located at 73 Dey Street in Manhattan, Patrick J. McDonough reported to work as a copy boy. In 1927, McDonough – who was known as “the figure filbert of the […]

Frank Graham

Frank Graham (Sportswriting.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 13, 1893; died, New York, NY, Mar. 9, 1965.)  There is little doubt that Frank Graham was one of the major forces in the evolution of sportswriting in New York.  His keen ear for dialogue and incredible memory enabled him to recreate dugout and lockerroom conversation verbatim […]

Herb Goren

Herb Goren (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Apr. 5, 1916; died, Manhasset, NY, Feb. 8, 1991.)  A bright, affable, and engaging man as well as an excellent craftsman, Herbert Goren was also something of a prodigy.  Goren broke in with The Sun in 1933 and began writing baseball.  He introduced a column in 1935 as a […]

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