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Andrew Freedman

Andrew Freedman (Baseball.  Born, New York, NY, Sept. 1, 1860; died, New York, NY, Dec. 4, 1915.)  There have been many colorful and controversial team owners in New York sports, but few as confrontational, combative, and thin-skinned as Andrew Freedman.  Freedman was a politically-connected Democrat with ties to Tammany Hall boss Richard Croker who prospered […]

John B. Foster

John B. Foster (Sportswriter.  Born, Norwalk, OH, July 16, 1863; died, Washington, DC, Sept. 29, 1941.)  Successor, in 1908, to Henry Chadwick as editor of Spalding’s Baseball Guide, John B. Foster was also active as a sportswriter for over 50 years.  Starting in Cleveland, O., in 1888, when he covered his first major league game, Foster […]

Nat Fleischer

Nat Fleischer (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 3, 1887; died, New York, NY, June 25, 1972.)  Considered the world’s foremost boxing authority during his lifetime, Nathaniel Stanley Fleischer started out to be a schoolteacher.  Fleischer taught in New York City schools for four years (1908-12) after graduating from City College.  Then the sportswriting urge […]

Charley Feeney

Charley Feeney (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Nov. 26, 1924.)  Unrelated to the team’s vice president (Charles S. Feeney), Charles V. Feeney covered two Giants pennant-winning teams for the Long Island Star-Journal and the Long Island Press.  Feeney broke in as a 16-year-old messenger at The Sun in 1940 and joined the Star-Journal after service with the […]

Eddie Dooley

Eddie Dooley (Sportswriter.  Born, Brookyn, NY, Apr. 13, 1905; died, Boca Raton, FL, Jan. 25, 1982.)  Politician, athlete, and sportswriter were three of the credits of Edwin Benedict Dooley, who wrote for The Sun for nearly 12 years (1927-38).  Dooley was a star quarterback at Dartmouth who went almost directly to The Sun sports desk.  […]

Maurice DeShong

Maurice DeShong (Sportswriter.  Born, Chester, PA, Mar. 15, 1846; died, ________________, Nov. 6, 1939.)  An early sportswriter, Maurice W. DeShong began covering for a weekly, The Sporting Times, in the post-Civil War era, continuing for over a half-century.  DeShong moved into daily sportswriting as public interest forced newspapers into providing more coverage, being hired by […]

Dan Daniel

Dan Daniel (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, June 6, 1890; died, Pompano Beach, FL, July 1, 1981.)  One of the most prolific and respected sportswriters in baseball and boxing, Dan Daniel got sidetracked on his way to becoming a doctor.  Born Daniel Margovitz, his name became a byline that said simply “By Daniel.”  While a […]

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