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?
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.