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Shirley Povich
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    (July 15, 1905-June 4, 1998)
    Born in Bar Harbor, Maine
    Sports writer for the Washington Post
    Wrote the column 'This Morning with Shirley Povich' (1926-74)
    Wrote the books 'The Washington Senators' (1954) and 'All These Mornings' (1969)
    Recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame (1976)
    Father of Maury Povich
    He got a job at the Washington Post after caddying for the publisher.
    He had never seen a baseball game before being hired by the Post.
    In an otherwise moving column about Lou Gehrig's farewell, he botched the 'I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth' quote, instead recording Gehrig as saying, 'I have been a lucky guy.'
    He and Howard Cosell feuded in print.
    Thanks to his first name, he was listed in 'Who's Who of American Women' (1958).
    At age 20, he became the youngest sports editor in the nation.
    His career as a sports writer was interupted only by a stint as a war correspondent covering the Pacific Theater for the Post in WWII.
    Despite 'retiring' in 1974, he wrote an additional 500 columns, submitting the last one the day before his death.
    Richard Nixon called him 'the one person I read in the Post.'
    He criticized the Washington Redskins for being the last NFL team with an all-white roster, once writing, 'Jim Brown, born ineligible to play for the Redskins, integrated their end zone three times yesterday.'

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