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Dick Schaap
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    (September 27, 1931-December 21, 2001)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Graduated Cornell University (1955) and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (1959)
    Host of ESPN's 'The Sports Reporters' (1988-2001)
    Also hosted 'Schaap One on One' on ESPN Classic
    Editor of SPORT Magazine (mid '70s)
    Correspondent with 'NBC Nightly News' and 'The Today Show' (1970s)
    Correspondent with 'ABC World News Tonight' and '20/20' (1980s)
    Author of 34 books, including the 2001 autobiography 'Dick Schaap as Told to Dick Schaap: 50 years of Headlines, Deadlines and Punchlines'
    Died in New York City's New Lenox Hill Hospital of a respiratory infection after hip replacement surgery at age 67
    Inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame (2002), which introduced the annual Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism
    As a lacrosse goalie for Cornell, he stated his greatest moment was a 1955 game against Syracuse, stopping three of seven goals by football legend Jim Brown (though Syracuse won 13-12).
    The native New Yorker was a fanatic Green Bay Packers fan.
    His son Jeremy became an ESPN correspondent (nepotism).
    In 2000 he ended his friendship with Bobby Knight after Knight had a verbal scrap with his son and said 'You have a long way to go to be like your dad, and you should remember that.'
    He also trashed his friendship with Bobby Fischer by quoting that Fischer 'did not have a sane bone left in his body.'
    The infection that ended his life lasted three months and when told the outlook was bleak he simply stated, 'That sucks!'
    He thrived in different media - books, magazines, newspapers, TV and cable.
    As a one time theatre critic, he said he was the only guy he knew who had a vote for both the Tony and Heisman Trophy Awards.
    He won six Emmys - four for sports and two for news, including one for a poignant interview with Sid Caesar about overcoming his addictions.
    He maintained a friendship with Muhammad Ali from the 1960s until his death.
    Several of his books were bestsellers, including biographies on folks he admired such as Robert F. Kennedy, Vince Lombardi, George Steinbrenner, Joe Namath and Bo Jackson.
    Notoriously private Jackson went so far as to say 'I only have two friends in the media. Dick Schaap is one of them. And I can't remember the other one.'
    At a 2001 book signing, when someone brought up that his autobio was his 34th book, he quipped 'That's six more than I've read.'
    After his death his son Jeremy lamented, 'He was just as good at 500 words as he was at 15,000. He could write a column and a book and everything in between. I miss him in so many ways, as a father, as a journalist and as a fan.'

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