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Marty Lader

Marty Lader  (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, Jan. 29, 1936.)  During his 33-year career at U.P.I. (1960-93), Martin Lader became a leading wire service authority on tennis, regularly covering the U.S. Open and other major events.  Lader began at what was then United Press in 1956 as an agate clerk.  (The organization became U.P.I. in 1958 when […]

Harry Wismer

Harry Wismer (Sportscaster and club owner.  Born, Port Huron, MI, June 30, 1913; died, New York, NY, Dec. 4, 1967.)  From his start at WJR in Detroit in 1935, Harry Wismer was one of America’s leading sportscasters.  In 1941, Wismer became the sports director and lead announcer for NBC’s second radio network (“Blue”), which shortly […]

Herb Scharfman

Herb Scharfman (Photographer.  Born, Chicago, IL, Aug. 24, 1911; died, Scottsdale, AZ, Feb. 21, 1998.)  Herb Scharfman became one of the best known photographers in sports through his work in the pages of Sports Illustrated, but he actually got his start as a motorcycle messenger for the International News Services’ photo division.  Scharfman joined I.N.S. in […]

John Jeansonne

John Jeansonne (Sportswriter.  Born, Crowley, LA, Nov. 2, 1946.)  John Fred Jeansonne joined the U.P.I. sports staff in New York as a reporter fresh out of the University of Missouri in 1969.  Jeansonne has been at Newsday since 1970, covering the Islanders (1972-74) at their inception, the Football Giants (1973-78), and then Olympic sports.  He […]

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 […]

Fred McMane

Fred McMane (Sportswriter. Born, Summit, NJ, Nov. 3, 1940.) A college football editor, baseball writer, and ultimately sports editor, Frederick Edward McMane spent nearly 30 years with U.P.I. McMane joined U.P.I. in August 1964, after being discharged from the U.S. Navy. He had gotten his first serious news experience as sports editor of a weekly […]

Bill Madden

Bill Madden (Sportswriter. Born, Teaneck, NJ, Aug. 9, 1945.) Starting as a general sports reporter for U.P.I. (1970-78), Charles William Madden became a leading baseball writer and then columnist with the Daily News. Madden began covering baseball at U.P.I. but became a Yankees beat writer with the Daily News and began writing a Sunday baseball […]

Joe Gergen

Joe Gergen (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Aug. 9, 1942.)  Since becoming a Newsday sports columnist in 1975, Joseph Arthur Gergen has three times been named one of the nation’s top five columnists by the A.P. sports editors.  Gergen has won numerous other awards, including National Headliners, and had nine pieces selected for the Best Sports […]

Oscar Fraley

Oscar Fraley (Sportswriter.  Born, Philadelphia, PA, Aug. 2, 1914; died, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Jan. 6, 1994.)  Starting as a golf writer in Philadelphia in 1937, Oscar Fraley became a noted wire service columnist and author.  Fraley joined the United Press (which became U.P.I. in 1958) in 1940.  He came to New York to take over […]

Joe Donnelly

Joe Donnelly (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Feb. 20, 1935.)  Initially a general assignment reporter at the World-Telegram & Sun (1958-60), Joseph T. Donnelly went on to become a regular baseball writer for Newsday.  Donnelly moved to Sport magazine in 1960 as an editor and writer.  He left Sport in 1962 to become a U.P.I. sportswriter […]

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