Dick Schaap — American Journalist born on September 27, 1934, died on December 21, 2001

Richard Jay Schaap was an American sportswriter, broadcaster, and author... (wikipedia)

I came up with new leads for game stories by being observant and clever, by using the many gifts of the English language to intrigue and hook a reader.
Sugar Ray Robinson was at the top of the boxing world during the 1950's when it seemed that he would either win or lose the championship about every three or four months.
I was also in love with the English language.
My writing improved the more I wrote - and the more I read good writing, from Shakespeare on down.
It's kind of ironic that the two sports with the greatest characters, boxing and horse racing, have both been on the decline. In both cases it's for the lack of a suitable hero.