The Press: Return of The Coach

In the 1930s and 1940s, Rufus Stanley ("The Coach") Woodward of the New York Herald Tribune, one of the burliest (230 Lbs.) sports writers and editors in the business, won a reputation as one of the best. When not engaged in playful mayhem—one favorite game of his was to sit across the table from some Spartan friend, trading shin kicks and guzzling highballs to numb the pain—he was busy beefing up the Trib's sports section, with a canny eye for talent. It was Coach Woodward who hired Sports Columnist Red Smith away from the Philadelphia Record in 1945. "I was also...

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