The Press: The Challenger

Softspoken, middle-sized, myopic Marshall Field Jr., 44, has the mild, diffident mien of a church usher. Ho neither looks nor acts like a fighter, but the publisher of the Chicago Sun-Times and Daily News is enthusiastically engaged in a scrap. What is more, he picked it. With his two papers, Field is hurling a daily challenge at the late Robert Rutherford McCormick's big and powerful morning Tribune.

These days, Field handles his end of the fight with increasing assurance and effect. The Trib (circ. 869,958; still dominates Chicago, but Challenger Field is making long...

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