1973-Arch Ward

Born in Irwin, Illinois, on December 27, 1896, sportswriter Arch Ward is most famous for the sporting events he created. These include baseball’s All-Star Game; football’s College All-Star Game, which pitted graduated college stars against the reigning NFL champions; and boxing’s Golden Gloves. Ward began his career, in 1920, as Notre Dame’s first Sports Publicity Director, before becoming the Sports editor of the Rockford Star in 1921, a position he held until 1925 when he joined the Chicago Tribune as a sportswriter. Then in 1930, he became sports editor of theTribune, a position he held until his death in 1955. During his time as editor, he also wrote a column called “In the Wake of the News.” In addition to his work in newspapers, Ward also wrote a number of books including The New Chicago White Sox, Frank Leahy and the Fighting Irish, and The Green Bay Packers. Ward was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame on April 3, 1973.