1980 – Bob Considine
Born in Washington, DC, on November 4, 1906, sportswriting legend Bob Considine was legendary for his speed, accuracy, concentration, and energy as a writer. Considine’s career began at the Washington Post, covering tennis and Major League Baseball, in 1930. Then in 1933, he moved to the Washington Heraldwhere he was a columnist, drama critic, editorial writer, and sports editor. His daily sports column “On the Line,” took him to the New York American, in 1936, before he joined the International News Service, in 1937. While working for the International News Service, and then King Features from 1947- 1975, his column “On the Line” was regularly published in leading newspapers across the country. Along with his work as a reporter, Considine was also an accomplished author, publishing 25 books. His most famous works include: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, and The Babe Ruth Story. During his newspaper career, Considine won every possible award for a newsman. Considine died in 1975. He was inducted into the Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame on March 31, 1980.