- Shirley Povich
name = Shirley Povich
caption = Shirley Povich
birth_date = birth date|1905|07|15|mf=y
Bar Harbor, Maine, U.S.
death_date = death date and age|1998|06|04|1905|07|15
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Journalist, Sports reporter, Columnist
religion = Judaism, Christianity (?)
Shirley Lewis Povich (
July 15, 1905– June 4, 1998) was a sports columnist and reporter for the Washington Post.
Povich's parents were
Jewishmigrants from Lithuania[http://bioproj.sabr.org/bioproj.cfm?a=v&v=l&bid=870&pid=16937] . Having grown up in coastal Bar Harbor, Maine, far from a major league team, the first game he ever saw was a game for which he wrote the game story.
Povich joined the Post as a reporter in 1923 during his second year as a
Georgetown Universitylaw student, and in 1925 was named Editor of Sports. In 1933, he became a sports columnist, a responsibility that continued until his death, with only one interruption. In 1944, Povich took on the assignment of Washington Postwar correspondent in the Pacific Theater. Following World War II, he returned to his sports desk. He was the sports editor for the "Post" for forty-one years.
He celebrated his retirement in 1973, but continued to write more than 500 pieces and cover the
World Seriesfor the "Post". He would write about both the modern game and memories of years past. At the time of his death, he was one of few working writers who had covered Babe Ruth. In fact, his final column was in the "Post" the day after his death at age 92.
Povich is the author of "The Washington Senators" (G.P. Putnam Sons, 1954) and "All These Mornings" (Prentice-Hall, 1969). A collection of his columns, "All Those Mornings...At the Post" was published in April, 2005 (PublicAffairs).
Among his prestigious honors: the National Headliners 1964
Grantland RiceAward for sports writing, the Red Smith Awardin 1983, and election to the [http://www.nssahalloffame.com/1/index.aspx National Sportswriters Hall of Fame] in 1984. In 1975, he was recipient of the Baseball Writers Association of America's J. G. Taylor Spink Award, the Baseball Hall of Famehonor for sportswriters. He was President of the BWAA in 1955.
Povich's first name accounted for his listing in "Who's Who of American Women" in 1958 [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0DEFD61F3BF934A35755C0A96E958260] . He recalled in his autobiography that "Shirley" was a common name for boys where he came from, but many who read his column thought Povich was a woman; in jest,
Walter Cronkiteeven proposed marriage to "her."
He is the father of attorney David Povich and American television personality
Maury Povich. He was fond of giving Louisville Sluggerbaseball bats as birthday presents to his friends' children.
* [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/longterm/general/povich/launch/bio.htm Shirley Povich tribute bio from The Washington Post]
Shirley Povich field, located in Bethesda, Maryland, is the home of the Bethesda Big Train (a summer college-player league) and the Georgetown University baseball team.
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