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Shirley Povich

(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.

Sources: International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame