|Birth: ||Jan. 11, 1915|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 27, 2008|
Author, Journalist. Known professionally as W.C. Heinz, he graduated from Middlebury College in 1937 and became a reporter at the New York Sun. He was the paper's European correspondent during World War II, and afterwards became a sportswriter, authoring a column centered on boxing called "The Sport Scene". In 1948, Heinz covered Babe Ruth's final appearance at Yankee Stadium. When the Sun closed in 1950 he produced articles for Look, Esquire, LIFE, The Saturday Evening Post, Sport and other publications, becoming the first sports writer to make his living writing exclusively for magazines. In 1958 he published his first book, "The Professional", a highly regarded novel about boxing. Heinz was also co-author of Vince Lombardi's book on his experience as a football coach, 1963's "Run to Daylight". In the mid-1960s, he helped H. Richard Hornburger, a Maine doctor, to write "M*A*S*H", a novel about a Korean War medical facility that became the basis for both the film and TV series of the same name. He also edited "The Fireside Book of Boxing" and co-edited "The Book of Boxing" for Sports Illustrated in 1999. A collection of his columns and articles was published in 2001, "What a Time It Was: The Best of W.C. Heinz on Sports". In 2003 he published "When We Were One: Stories of World War II". In 2004 he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. (bio by: Bill McKern)
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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Originally Created by: Bill McKern
Record added: Feb 27, 2008
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