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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 […]

Joe Williams

Joe Williams (Sportswriter.  Born, Memphis, TN, Dec. 12, 1889; died, Parsippany, NJ, Feb. 14, 1972.)  Among the finest sports columnists ever in New York, Joseph Peter Williams, Sr., was also a long-time sports editor.  Williams became sports editor and lead columnist of the Telegram when it was purchased by the Scripps-Howard chain in 1927.  He had […]

Bill Wallace

Bill Wallace (Sportswriter.  Born, Washington, DC, Apr. 29, 1924.)  In a career that spanned over a half-century, William Noble Wallace wrote sports for three major New York newspapers.  Wallace, fresh out of Yale, started at the World-Telegram as a yachting writer in March 1949.  He moved to the Herald Tribune in 1957, initially for the […]

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 […]

Joe King

Joe King (Sportswriter.  Born, Jersey City, NJ, May 19, 1908; died, Ridgewood, NJ, Apr. 16, 1979.)  Recognized as one of the first writers to see pro football as a major national sport, Joseph King began his career as a yachting writer.  King joined the Evening Telegram in 1930.  The paper became the World-Telegram in 1931 […]

Zander Hollander

Zander Hollander (Sportswriter.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Mar. 24, 1923.)  It took a series of five strikes that shut down the New York newspapers to do it, but Zander Hollander eventually formed a company that produced more than 200 sports books over nearly a quarter-century.  Hollander joined United Press in 1946, working on the overnight shift […]

Tom Meany

Tom Meany (Sportswriter. Born, Brooklyn, NY, Sept. 21, 1903; died, New York, NY, Sept. 11, 1964.) A well-travelled but very skilled member of the sportswriting corps, Thomas William Meany was also the Mets’ first public relations director in 1962. Meany covered the Dodgers for the Brooklyn Daily Times for six seasons, starting in 1923, and […]

Gerry Mastellone

Gerry Mastellone (Harness racing. Born, New York, NY, Dec. 5, 1927; died, Yonkers, NY, Feb. 26, 1993.) Considered the best standard-bred handicapper of his time, Gerald Mastellone made selections for the World-Telegram for over a decade. In 1966, with his paper shut down by a prolonged strike after its merger into the World Journal Tribune […]

Lawrence Perry

Lawrence Perry (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, Nov. 10, 1875; died, Glen Ridge, NJ, Sept. 6, 1954.)  Among the first syndicated sports columnists in the U.S., Lawrence Perry was also the founding editor of Yachting Magazine, a novelist, and a playwright.  Perry left Princeton in 1897 to join The Sun evening editions as a writer, spent […]

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