2001 – W.C. Heinz
Born in Mount Vernon, New York, on January 11, 1915, sportswriting legend W. C. Heinz was one of Americas foremost sportswriters from the 1940s to the 1960s. During his illustrious career he won the E.P. Dutton Award, for the years best magazine story, five times, and received the E.J. Liebling Award for outstanding boxing coverage. Heinz began his writing career in 1930 when he was hired by The Sun as a city desk reporter, before becoming a war correspondent in Europe during World War II. After returning from the war, he became a sports writer and wrote a sports column called “The Sports Scene.” Then when The Sun closed in 1950, Heinz became a freelance writer and focused on writing for magazines. He was a regular contributor to the Saturday Evening Post, Life, Esquire, Collier’s, SPORT Magazine, and Life. In addition to writing for magazines, Heinz also became an accomplished author, writing and collaborating on many books. His first book, “The Professional,” was published in 1958 and was followed by many more including “What A Time It Was,” and “MASH” a collaboration with Dr. H. Richard Hornberger. In recognition of his outstanding contributions as a sportswriter, Heinz was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame on April 30, 2001. He died on February 27, 2008, he was 93.