Longtime Sports Writer Dave Anderson Dies At Age 89

Dave Anderson of the @nytimes won more journalism awards than you can count, including a Pulitzer. He was a legend. He was also a great friend to my grandparents and a mentor to me. RIP, Dave. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be with you. You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/DsM8N6654x

— Lindsay Berra (@lindsayberra) October 4, 2018

Legendary sports columnist Dave Anderson has passed away at the age of 89. Dave Anderson has spent 40 years in New York Times as a sportswriter, winning many awards such as the Pulitzer Prize.

Who is Dave Anderson?

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York sportswriter Dave Anderson has died. Anderson recently noted, "I knew being a sportswriter was what I wanted to do. I just hoped I’d be lucky enough to do it… The nicest thing anyone ever said to me was, 'You taught me to read.'" #daveanderson pic.twitter.com/OZmvIWKdPI

— New York Sports Tours (@NYSportsTours) October 4, 2018

Dave Anderson was born on May 6, 1929, in Troy, New York, who attended Xaverian High School and graduated from College of the Holy Cross in 1951 in Massachusetts with a B.A in English Literature. Since then, Anderson has been a general assignment sports reporter for many publishing companies such as Brooklyn Eagle, before moving to New York Journal-American in 1955, and then later to The New York Times.

He was married to Maureen Anderson and had four children. But in 2014 at the age of 82, Maureen Anderson passed away.

Because of his dedication and his distinguished way of writing, Anderson has won the Pulitzer Prize, E.P. Dutton Award for his work in “The Longest Day of Sugar Ray,” Dick McCann Memorial Award from his excellence in covering football, E.P. Dutton Award for the best sports feature story of the year, Page One Award, Associated Press Sports Editors award, Red Smith Award for sports column writing and the Nat Fleischer Award for boxing journalism. Anderson was even inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1990.

ESPN and the Pen American Center cites on the prodigious work Anderson has done.

“For more than half a century, Dave Anderson has waded into the hurly-burly of sportswriting with quiet dignity and a true craftsman’s regard for the language,” the judges wrote in honoring Anderson. “You didn’t read him for bombast or half-cocked opinion. You read him because, quite simply, he knew whereof he wrote.”

Over the years, Anderson also delved into writing magazines and books, with over 350 magazine and 21 books written. Some of his winning works can be found here.

Before his death, Anderson was residing in Tenafly, New Jersey.

Twitter Reacts:

As a young writer for his hometown paper in Northern Jersey, Dave Anderson treated me like a peer. Of course, I was no such thing. He was a giant in our industry, a man of uncommon talent and humility. Rest in peace, Dave. https://t.co/z3gSM2FI7M

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 4, 2018

Am truly sorry to hear that Dave Anderson has died. He was a great columnist and there was no nicer man.

— Bob Ryan (@GlobeBobRyan) October 4, 2018

Dave Anderson taught a generation of New York sportswriters how to observe, how to write, and most importantly how to be behave. No kinder, gentler man graced a New York press box. RIP to a giant of our industry. Condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues at @nytimes. https://t.co/UD0MchWtcQ

— Patrick Borzi (@BorzMN) October 4, 2018

The incredibly accomplished Dave Anderson was the type of guy you'd hope Dave Anderson would be — friendly, approachable, completely unimpressed with himself, and far more interested in others. I'm really sad to hear this. https://t.co/gArJ23Iq0G

— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) October 4, 2018