1975 -- Dan Parker
Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, on July 1, 1893, sportswriting legend Dan Parker was noted for his humor, compassion for losers and the unlucky, and his relentless crusade to expose corruption in sports. Parker’s career began in his hometown of Waterbury, when he joined the The Waterbury American after finishing high school. Then in 1924, he joined The New York Daily Mirror, where he launched his own column within two years. Parker worked at the Daily Mirror until it closed its doors in 1963, after which he moved his column to The New York Journal-American. During his career Parker won a number of awards including the Headliners’ award for sports writing in 1949; the New York Newspaper Guild’s Page One award in 1951, 1956, and 1961; and The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters award in 1960. Parker died in 1967. He was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame on April 8, 1975.