John F. Kieran
John Francis Kieran
John Kieran was one of the most erudite sportswriters of his era, and possibly all time. Joining the New York Times out of Fordham University in 1915, Kieran covered baseball for the paper from 1922 to 1927.
He served in France for the U.S. Army during World War I.
In 1927, he began the daily Sport of the Times column, which still runs today. Kieran remained with the paper for 15 years before moving from sports to a general column with the New York Sun.
In addition to his sports reportage, Kieran was a radio star on the program Information, Please where he was on the panel of experts. After leaving newspapers, Kieran was president of the Audubon Society. A nature trail in New York, NY is named after him - see John Kieran Nature Trail.
Kieran's autobiography, Not Under Oath, was published by Houghton Mifflin Co. (Boston) in 1964.
Upon his death at age 89, Kieran was remembered as a fine writer on many subjects, a naturalist, poet, and ornithologist. He is buried at Beech Grove Cemetery in Rockport, MA.