Grantland Rice

Grantland Rice
Los Angeles Times


Grantland Rice
Radio: East side of the 1600 block of Vine Street
Sports Writer
Born Nov. 1, 1880 in Murfreesboro, TN
Died July 13, 1954 of stroke in New York, NY

Grantland Rice was dean of America's sports writers.

He started his career with the Nashville, Tenn., News in 1901. for the next half century he chronicled the exploits of some of the greatest athletes the nation has even seen.

Rice started many of his pieces with a bit of verse, and this custom in time became sort of a trademark.

He considered Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth the best ballplayers of the thousands he watched. The Dempsey-Firpo fight stood out to him as the most exciting. Bobby Jones was his favorite golfer. And his greatest horse race was the 1938 match when Seabiscuit beat War Admiral.

Rice went to work for the Nashville News at $5 a week, writing sports and covering the state capitol, county courthouse and other news sources.

In 1911, he came to New York as sports columnist for the old Evening Mail and began to attract national attention.

Rice went to the New York Tribune in 1914 and stayed there until 1930, when he began his nationally syndicated column, The Sportlight.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1943 Best Short Subject - One Reel Amphibious Fighters Win
    1945 Best Short Subject - One Reel White Rhapsody Nomination

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