Dick Schaap

Richard Jay Schaap [1] (September 27, 1934 – December 21, 2001) was an American sportswriter, broadcaster, and author.

Early life and education

Born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, and raised in Freeport, New York, on Long Island, Schaap began writing a sports column at age 14 for the weekly newspaper Freeport Leader, but the next year he obtained a job with the daily newspaper The Nassau Daily Review-Star working for Jimmy Breslin. He would later follow Breslin to the Long Island Press and New York Herald Tribune.

He attended Cornell University and was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Cornell Daily Sun, during which time he defended a professor before the House Un-American Activities Committee. He obtained a letter in varsity lacrosse playing goaltender. During his last year at Cornell, Schaap was elected to the Sphinx Head Society. After graduating in 1955 he received a Grantland Rice fellowship at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and authored his thesis on the recruitment of basketball players.

Schaap's younger brother was lawyer William Schaap. He was the father of six children, Renee, Michelle, Jeremy, Joanna, Kari and David, and had five grandchildren.[2][3][4]


Schaap began work as assistant sports editor of Newsweek. In 1964, he began a thrice-weekly column concerning current events. He became editor of SPORT magazine in 1973. It was then that he set in motion the inspiration for the eccentricities of Media Day at the Super Bowl. Opposing the grandiose and self-important nature of the National Football League's championship match, he hired two Los Angeles Rams players, Fred Dryer and Lance Rentzel, to cover Super Bowl IX. Donning costumes inspired by The Front Page, "Scoops Brannigan" (Dryer) and "Cubby O'Switzer" (Rentzel) peppered players and coaches from both the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers with questions that ranged from the clichéd to the downright absurd.[5][6] Schaap was also a theatre critic, causing him to quip that he was the only person ever to vote for both the Tony Awards and the Heisman Trophy. He interviewed non-sports people such as Matthew Broderick and produced cultural features for ABC's overnight news program World News Now.

After spending the 1970s with NBC as an NBC Nightly News and Today Show correspondent, he moved to ABC World News Tonight and 20/20 at ABC in the 1980s. He earned five Emmy Awards, for profiles of Sid Caesar and Tom Waddell, two for reporting, and for writing. In 1988 he began hosting The Sports Reporters on ESPN cable television, which in later years often featured his son Jeremy as a correspondent. He also hosted Schaap One on One on ESPN Classic and a syndicated ESPN Radio program called The Sporting Life with Dick Schaap, in which he discussed the week's developments in sports with Jeremy. He also occasionally served as a substitute anchor for ABC's late night newscast, World News Now.

He wrote the 1968 best-seller Instant Replay, co-authored with Jerry Kramer of the Green Bay Packers, and I Can't Wait Until Tomorrow... 'Cause I Get Better-Looking Every Day, the 1969 autobiography of New York Jet Joe Namath. These resulted in a stint as co-host of The Joe Namath Show, which in turn led to his hiring as sports anchor for WNBC-TV. Other books included a biography of Robert F. Kennedy; .44 (with Jimmy Breslin), a fictionalized account of the hunt for Son of Sam killer David Berkowitz; Turned On, about upper middle-class drug abuse; An Illustrated History of the Olympics, a coffee-table book on the history of the modern Olympic Games; The Perfect Jump, on the world record-breaking long jump by Bob Beamon in the 1968 Summer Olympics; My Aces, My Faults with Nick Bollettieri; Steinbrenner!, a biography of mercurial New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner; and Bo Knows Bo with Bo Jackson. His autobiography, Flashing Before My Eyes: 50 Years of Headlines, Deadlines & Punchlines, was reissued under Schaap's original title "Dick Schaap as Told to Dick Schaap: 50 years of Headlines, Deadlines and Punchlines."


Schaap died on December 21, 2001, at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City of complications from hip replacement surgery that September. Schaap's final regular television appearance was on the September 16, 2001 broadcast of The Sports Reporters on the Sunday after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. That weekend all major American college and professional sporting events had been cancelled, and Schaap and his panelists discussed the diminished role of sports since the tragedy.

After Schaap's death, his estate and members of his family filed a lawsuit against three physicians and Lenox Hill Hospital, alleging that his death had been caused by medical malpractice. Specifically, they alleged that, for two years before his surgery, Schaap had been given a powerful medication called amiodarone to treat an irregular heartbeat. Amiodarone can cause lung damage (known as "amiodarone pulmonary toxicity") and, according to the plaintiffs, an X-ray of Schaap's chest that had been taken before the surgery indicated that he had lung damage. Three days after the surgery, Schaap began having difficulty breathing, and he was subsequently diagnosed with acute respiratory distress syndrome. He died three months after the operation, never having left the hospital. Among other claims, the plaintiffs contended that Schaap's surgery should have been postponed, that he should have been taken off the amiodarone, and that his lungs should have been given time to heal before the performance of the surgery.

The court dismissed the claim against the hospital on the ground that the physicians were not employees of the hospital. The plaintiffs' claims against the three physicians went to trial in 2005 in Manhattan. On July 1, 2005, after nine days of deliberations, a jury found that all three physicians had been negligent, but also found that the negligence of only one of the physicians had caused Schaap's death. That physician was a cardiologist who the plaintiffs had contended was negligent by not looking at the pre-operative chest X-ray. The jury awarded the plaintiffs a total of $1.95 million in damages.[7][8][9]

Bobby Fischer

Around 1955, Schaap befriended Bobby Fischer, who was at the time a twelve-year-old chess prodigy, and would later become a world chess champion. In 2005, prompted by questions posed by Schaap's son, Jeremy Schaap, Fischer acknowledged that the relationship was significant and that the elder Schaap had been a "father figure" to him.[10] Fischer was still resentful that Dick Schaap had later written, among many other comments, that Fischer "did not have a sane bone left in his body".[11]


The Sports Emmy division of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences renamed their writing category "The Dick Schaap Outstanding Writing Award." [12] The 2005 Emmy Awards in this category was won by Jeremy for a SportsCenter piece called “Finding Bobby Fischer.”

In 2002, Schaap was honored posthumously by the Associated Press Sports Editors with the Red Smith Award. Also during 2002, he was inducted into the Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame, which created a Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism.

On June 8, 2015, Schaap was inducted posthumously in the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ "Richard Jay Schaap" Encyclopædia Britannica 10 August 2010
  2. ^ "Deaths SCHAAP, DICK". nytimes.com. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Dick Schaap". theguardian.com. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  4. ^ SANDOMIR, Richard. "Out of the Shadow and Into the Spotlight - New York Times". The New York Times. New York: NYTC. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  5. ^ Penner, Mike. "Dick Schaap, 67; Sports Journalist" (obituary), Los Angeles Times, Saturday, December 22, 2001.
  6. ^ "Rentzel, Dryer Find A Way To Super Bowl," The Associated Press, Friday, January 10, 1975.
  7. ^ Family of Dick Schaap Awarded $1.95 Million, Washington Post (July 2, 2005). Retrieved on October 27, 2013.
  8. ^ Andrew Jacobs, Jury Awards Family $1.95 Million in Dick Schaap's Death, New York Times (July 2, 2005). Retrieved on October 27, 2013.
  9. ^ Andrew Jacobs, Jury Deliberates Lawsuit Over Death of Dick Schaap, New York Times (June 23, 2005). Retrieved on October 27, 2013.
  10. ^ Bobby and me | Sport | The Guardian
  11. ^ "Chess legend still intrigues people". Archived from the original on January 22, 2008. May 9, 2005
  12. ^ "35th Annual Sports Emmy Awards" (PDF). The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 9 November 2014.

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1974 U.S. Open (golf)

The 1974 U.S. Open was the 74th U.S. Open, held June 13–16 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, a suburb northeast of New York City. In what became known as the "Massacre at Winged Foot," Hale Irwin's score of 287 (+7) was good enough for the first of his three U.S. Open titles, two strokes ahead of runner-up Forrest Fezler.Tom Watson shot a third-round 69 to hold a one-stroke lead over Irwin after 54 holes. In the final round, Watson bogeyed holes 4, 5, and 8 on the front and six more on the back for a 79 (+9) and fell into a tie for fifth. Still at the beginning of his career, it was the first top ten finish in a major for the future U.S. Open champion. After making long par putts at 16 and 17, Fezler could not convert another par save at the last, missing from fifteen feet (4.6 m). Irwin bogeyed 15 and 16, and needed a 10-footer (3 m) to save par at 17. With a two-shot lead heading to the 18th, Irwin hit his approach to the center of the green and two-putted for par and the championship.

Winged Foot played extremely difficult throughout the tournament, leading sportswriter Dick Schaap to coin the phrase "The Massacre at Winged Foot," the title of his book. Not a single player broke par in the first round, and Irwin's 7-over was the second-highest since World War II (Julius Boros was 9-over in 1963). Many complained that the USGA had intentionally made the course setup treacherous in response to Johnny Miller's record-breaking 63 the year before.

Arnold Palmer finished five strokes back in a tie for fifth, his final top-5 finish in a major championship. Ken Venturi, 1964 champion, played in his final major and missed the cut.

Sam Snead, age 62, broke a rib during practice on Wednesday and withdrew.

26th Sports Emmy Awards

The 26th Sports Emmy Awards honoring American sports coverage in 2004 were presented on May 2, 2005 at Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City. The nominees were announced on March 9.

27th Sports Emmy Awards

The 27th Sports Emmy Awards honoring American sports coverage in 2005 were presented on May 1, 2006 at Frederick P. Rose Hall in the Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City. The nominees were announced on March 29.

32nd Sports Emmy Awards

The 32nd Sports Emmy Awards were presented on May 2, 2011 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

35th Sports Emmy Awards

The 35th Sports Emmy Awards was presented on May 6, 2014 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Ted Turner, entrepreneur, sportsman and television visionary, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports.

36th Sports Emmy Awards

The 36th Sports Emmy Awards was presented on May 5, 2015 at the Frederick P. Rose Hall at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. George Bodenheimer, former ESPN president, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports.

Bill Conlin

William T. Conlin, Jr. (May 15, 1934 – January 9, 2014) was an American sportswriter. He was a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News for 46 years. Prior to that, Conlin worked at the Philadelphia Bulletin. He was a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Conlin received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in 2011.

Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism

The Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism was established in 2002 to honor the memory of one of America's pre-eminent sports writers, Dick Schaap. The award is presented by the Nassau County Sports Commission and is given out to the journalist, in any medium, who best exemplifies the principles and talents of Dick Schaap during the past year. The award recipient is determined by confidential balloting of the Dick Schaap Selection Committee, which is composed of respected members of the media, and chaired by Dick's son, ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap.

Although the recipient need not be a sports journalist, he/she must convey the passion and insight for stories and people he/she covers as Schaap did.

Extra Point

Extra Point is a twice-daily, two-minute segment on ESPN Radio that covers generic sports-related topical news and opinion. The AM edition airs Monday through Saturday at various times between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. ET, and the PM edition airs Monday through Friday between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET. On the segments, ESPN personalities provide editorial comments on the sports news stories of the day.

As of 2005, it is heard on over 472 affiliates across the United States and Canada.

Commentators include:

NFL Live host Trey Wingo

SportsCenter anchor Linda Cohn

Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard

College GameDay and SportsCenter's Rece Davis

SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris

Outside the Lines weekend host and SportsCenter Reporter Jeremy Schaap

SportsCenter Correspondent Shelley SmithFormer contributors include Keith Olbermann, Tony Bruno and Dick Schaap.

Extra Point was cancelled by ESPN Radio due to budgetary reasons. The last Extra Point segment aired on December, 10, 2010.

Jennifer on My Mind

Jennifer on My Mind is a 1971 American black comedy film based on the 1968 novel Heir by Roger L. Simon. It was directed by Noel Black from a screenplay by Erich Segal and stars Michael Brandon and Tippy Walker, as well as Robert De Niro in a minor role.

This was one of the many early 1970s films that dealt with addiction following the explosion of recreational drug use in the 1960s.

Jeremy Schaap

Jeremy Albert Schaap (born August 23, 1969) is an American sportswriter, television reporter, and author. Schaap is an eleven-time Emmy Award winner for his work on ESPN's E:60, SportsCenter, and Outside the Lines.

Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada

Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada co-authored the book Game of Shadows while they were reporters for the San Francisco Chronicle. For their investigative work in the field of steroids, Williams and Fainaru-Wada were given the 2004 George Polk Award.In the course of their investigative research, Williams and Fainaru-Wada were the first to report that:

track star Marion Jones purportedly received illegal drugs from the steroid supplier BALCO

world record-holder Tim Montgomery testified before a federal grand jury that he had used steroids

baseball slugger Jason Giambi testified that he had used steroidsOn May 5, 2006, Fainaru-Wada and Williams were subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury about how they obtained leaked grand jury testimony. On May 31, the authors urged United States District Judge Martin Jenkins of San Francisco to excuse them from testifying. This appeal was supported by affidavits from Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Mark Corallo, a former press secretary to former Attorney General John Ashcroft, but was denied on August 15, 2006.On Sept 21, 2006, the journalists were sentenced to 18 months in prison for contempt of court. The two have repeatedly stated that they would go to prison before revealing their sources. The two avoided jail time, however, when attorney Troy Ellerman pleaded guilty on Feb. 14, 2007, to leaking the information, lying to prosecutors, obstructing justice and disobeying a court order not to disclose grand jury information. The two reporters were awarded the 2007 Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism.

Fainaru-Wada left the Chronicle in November 2007 to join ESPN. In August 2009, Williams left the Chronicle for California Watch, a new West Coast division of the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Mark Fainaru-Wada

Mark Fainaru-Wada is an American journalist and writer, working for ESPN since 2007. He formerly was a reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle, where he and Lance Williams achieved fame in covering the BALCO steroid scandal. He is co-author of Game of Shadows with Williams, a 2006 book about the BALCO scandal, and League of Denial, co-written with his brother Steve Fainaru, a 2013 book about traumatic brain injury in the National Football League. For his co-reporting with Williams, Fainaru-Wada received a George Polk Award, Edgar A. Poe Award, Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism and Associated Press Sports Editor Award. League of Denial earned Fainaru-Wada a 2014 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, and was adapted into a Frontline documentary, which received a 2013 Peabody Award.

Fainaru-Wada was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Marin County, north of San Francisco. He and his brother attended Redwood High School in Larkspur. He attended Northwestern University, graduating in 1989. He began his career at Knoxville News-Sentinel in Tennessee, covering women's basketball, and moved to the Los Angeles Daily News in 1990 to cover the Los Angeles Angels. He soon returned to the San Francisco Bay Area,

writing for the short-lived National Sports Daily. When the Daily folded in 1991, he freelanced, taught high school English, and briefly worked at the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat before relocating to Washington D.C. to work for the Scripps Howard News Service He joined the San Francisco Examiner in 1997, and the Chronicle in 2000.

In 1996 he married Nicole Wada, and combined her last name with his. He resides in Petaluma, California with his wife, and has two children.

Mort Gerberg

Mort Gerberg is a multi-genre American cartoonist and author whose work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, books, online, home video, film and television. He is best known for his magazine cartoons, which have appeared in numerous and diverse titles such as The New Yorker, Playboy, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post and Paul Krassner’s The Realist. He created a weekly news cartoon, "Out of Line," for Publishers Weekly from 1988-1994 and has drawn an editorial-page cartoon for The Columbian, the weekly newspaper in Columbia County, New York, since 2003.

Besides magazine cartoons, Gerberg has drawn nationally syndicated newspaper comic strips. His strip Koky, co-created and written by Richard O'Brien, was syndicated from 1979 to 1981 by the Chicago Tribune-New York News Syndicate. (In 2007, Ramble House collected the strip's entire run into two books, one for the dailies and one for the Sundays.) It also syndicated his daily panel Hang in There during the same period. For United Feature Syndicate, Gerberg updated the early classic strip, There Oughta Be a Law! writing and drawing it for several years in the early 1980s. Gerberg also collaborated on the creation of the strip, Inside Woody Allen for King Features Syndicate, a strip for Universal Press Syndicate for astrologer Jeanne Dixon and a strip for United Feature Syndicate for the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jack Anderson.

Gerberg has written, edited and/or illustrated over 42 books for adults and children. They include: Cartooning: The Art and the Business, the most authoritative guidebook in the field since 1983; Last Laughs: Cartoons About Aging, Retirement ... and the Great Beyond; Joy in Mudville: The Big Book of Baseball Humor, with Dick Schaap; The All-Jewish Cartoon Collection; Right on Sister; The High Society; and the children's books Why Did Halley’s Comet Cross The Universe?, Geographunny; and the best-selling More Spaghetti, I Say.

For television, Gerberg wrote and drew an animated fable, "Opportunity Buzzes," for PBS’s 51st State on Channel 13, New York, and wrote and drew three animated skits for the feminist show, Woman, on CBS, in 1972. He drew twice-daily topical cartoons and a weekly on-camera-drawing feature, "Cartoon Views of the News," for NBC’s Channel Four, New York in 1975-1978. In the early 1990s Gerberg was also a content provider for ABC-TV Multimedia, Prodigy, America Online and, online, BookWire.com.

Gerberg has done a number of on-the-scene sketch reportage assignments for print and television, drawing and writing about national and international events. They included "swinging London" in 1967, The Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968, The New York Mets’ pennant win in 1969, an African safari in l972, New York Knick fans in 1973, and the U.S. Open at Forest Hills in 1976.

Gerberg is a popular public speaker on the subjects of cartooning, Jewish humor and aging. He has appeared nationally and internationally at different venues, including universities, corporate conferences, synagogues and film festivals. He was a founder and former president of The Cartoonists Guild and is a member of the National Cartoonists Society and The Authors Guild.

Gerberg taught cartooning for over 15 years at New York City's Parsons School of Design and for the New School's distance learning program. One of his former students was The Wall Street Journal caricaturist Ken Fallin.[1] Gerberg also co-edited, with New Yorker cartoonist Ed Fisher, ″The Art in Cartooning,″ and collaborated, with Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor of The New Yorker, on an instruction kit for Barnes & Noble, "Creating Cartoons From Think To Ink'."

For clients in the business world (including Fidelity Investments, MasterCard, Epson, AT&T, Motorola, John Hancock, Brooks Brothers, among others) he has created customized art, cartoons and writing for their advertising and public relations and been a consultant for ideation focus groups.

Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame

The Nassau County Sports Hall of Fame honors elite athletes and sports media workers who have roots in Nassau County, New York. The Hall of Fame presentation takes places at the Nassau County Sports Commission "Salute to Champions" Awards Dinner annually every April.

The Best American Sports Writing

The Best Sports Writing is a yearly anthology of magazine articles on the subject of sports published in the United States. It was started in 1991 as part of The Best American Series published by Houghton Mifflin. Articles are chosen using the same procedure with other titles in the Best American Series; the series editor chooses about 70-100 article candidates, from which the guest editor picks 25 or so for publication; many, but not all of the remaining runner-up articles listed in the appendix. The series has been edited since its inception by Glenn Stout.

Traditionally loaded with long-form feature writing and occasionally columns, the annual book is considered a must-read by many sports writers, though the reach of its influence is debatable. Authors who have appeared in the series five or more times in its 20-year history are: Gary Smith (12 times), Charles P. Pierce (eight times), Steve Friedman (10 times), S.L. Price (nine times), William Nack (seven times), Rick Reilly (seven times), Roger Angell (six times), Pat Jordan (six times), Linda Robertson (six times), Rick Telander (six times), Mark Kram Jr. (five times), Bill Plaschke (five times), Peter Richmond (five times), Paul Solotaroff (five times). It also includes award-winning writers whose genre is not exclusively sports-writing, such as Jeanne Marie Laskas whose 2008 piece "G-L-O-R-Y!" offered a rare look at professional cheerleaders.

The series culminated in 2000's Best American Sports Writing of the Century, which featured few works from the 1990s. The guest editor for that book was David Halberstam, who also was the guest editor for the first edition of the series, in 1991.

The Joe Namath Show

The Joe Namath Show is a 1969 talk show hosted by Joe Namath and Dick Schaap. It premiered on October 6, 1969 and lasted one season with 13 episodes.

The Sports Reporters

The Sports Reporters was a sports talk show that aired on ESPN at 9:30 a.m. ET every Sunday morning (and replayed at 10:30 a.m. ET the same day on ESPN2 and 11:30 AM on ESPNews). It featured a roundtable discussion among four sports media personalities, with one regular host and three rotating guests. The show began in 1988, patterned to some extent after the Chicago-based syndicated show called Sportswriters on TV. ESPN Deportes, ESPN Latin America and ESPN Brasil may launch Spanish-language and Portuguese-language versions of the show in the future.The show was originally broadcast from a studio in Manhattan, and from 1999 to 2010 it was recorded at the ESPN Zone at Times Square in Manhattan before it closed. It then moved to Bristol, Connecticut at the main ESPN studios, where it stayed until the end of its run. On January 23, 2017, ESPN announced its planned cancellation, following the death of host John Saunders. The final episode aired May 7, 2017. The show would return in the form of a podcast in September 2017.

Tom Gage (journalist)

Tom Gage (born April 2, 1948) is an American sportswriter who worked for The Detroit News as the Detroit Tigers beat writer from 1979 to 2015. Gage was awarded the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in 2015.

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