(1905 - 1998)
Shirley Povich became a sports columnist and
reporter for the Washington Post in 1923. He celebrated his
retirement in 1973, but continued to more than 500 pieces for the
Post. In 1975, he was recipient of the Baseball Writers Association
of America's J. G. Taylor Spink Award, the Baseball Hall of Fame
honor for sportswriters.
Povich joined the Post as a reporter during
his second year as a Georgetown University law student, and in 1925
was named Editor of Sports. In 1933, he became a sports columnist, a
responsibility that continued until his death, with only one
interruption. In 1945, Povich took on the assignment of Washington
Post war correspondent in the Pacific Theater. Following World War
II, he returned to his sports desk.
Povich is the author of The Washington Senators (G.P. Putnam Sons, 1954) and All These Mornings (Prentice-Hall, 1969).
Among his prestigious honors: the National
Headliners 1964 Grantland Rice Award for sports writing, the Red
Smith Award in 1983, and election to the National Sportswriters Hall
of Fame in 1984. He was President of the BWAA in 1955.
Povich's first name accounted for his listing in
Who's Who of American Women in 1962! He is the father of American
television personality Maury Povich.
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame