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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 […]

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, […]

Bernard Thomson

Bernard Thomson (Sports editor.)  Born, Point Fortune, PQ, Nov. 27, 1873; died, New York, NY, Feb. 26, 1937.)  Among the most colorful lives ever by a New York sports editor was lived by a man universally described as “self-effacing.”  Bernard William St. Denis Thomson, the son of a prominent Canadian newspaperman, was an athlete, a […]

Joe Durso

Joe Durso (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, June 22, 1924; died, Stony Brook, NY, Dec. 31, 2004.)  Known in baseball press boxes as “The Count,” Joseph Paul Durso was an elegant baseball writer for The New York Times for over two decades who later wrote extensively about thoroughbred racing.  In the 1970s, Durso covered primarily […]

George H. Daley

George H. Daley (Sports editor.  Born, New York, NY, Dec. 26, 1869; died, New York, NY, Feb. 8, 1938.)  Considered the longest-serving sports editor in New York newspaper history, George Herbert Daley edited sports pages for over 40 years at three major dailies.  Daley graduated Union College in 1892 as a civil engineer but found […]

Arthur Daley

Arthur Daley (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, July 31, 1904; died, New York, NY, Jan. 3, 1974.)  Arthur Daley was the first reporter ever sent abroad by The New York Times on a sports assignment when he went to Berlin for the Olympic Games in 1936, but that was perhaps the least of his accomplishments […]

Harry Cross

Harry Cross (Sportswriter.  Born, New Britain, CT, Sept. 9, 1881; died, New York, NY, Apr. 3, 1946.)  Considered to be one of the most authoritative writers of his era, Harry E. Cross was an expert on such sports as curling, figure skating, polo, and rowing, as well as baseball, football, and boxing.  Except for golf […]

Henry P. Burchell

Henry P. Burchell (Sports editor.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 7, 1875; died, Atlantic Ocean, north of Norfolk, Va., Jan. 17, 1924.)  Sports editor of The New York Times for nearly 10 years, Henry Phillip Burchell was abruptly dismissed Dec. 13, 1915, amid rumors of travel expense irregularities.  No cause for Burchell’s departure was ever […]

Judy Battista

Judy Battista (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Mar. 10, 1966.)  A journalism major at the U. of Miami, Judy Ann Battista later became the first woman sportswriter to cover a pro football team for The New York Times.  Battista began her career as a news reporter for the Miami (Fla.) Herald in 1990, switching to […]

Neil Amdur

Neil Amdur (Sports editor.  Born, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Dec. 19, 1939.)  Following his graduation from the University of Missouri, Neil L. Amdur began his sportswriting career with the Miami (Fla.) Herald in 1961.  He served two terms as the lead tennis writer for The New York Times (1968-75 and 1976-84), leaving the first time to go […]

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