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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Zander Hollander, Sports Trivia Shepherd, Dies at 91

Zander Hollander, a journeyman journalist who rebounded from the merger of his newspaper in the mid-1960s by becoming what Sports Illustrated called “the unofficial king of sports paperbacks” — particularly a once wildly popular series of encyclopedic yearbooks — died on Friday in a nursing home in Manhattan. He was 91.

The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, his wife, Phyllis, said.

Before televised sports were pervasive and the Internet a nonstop gusher of sports trivia, Mr. Hollander found a niche in the market by annually providing statistics, team rosters, records, schedules and predictions for the coming season in the form of brick-size tomes he titled “Complete Handbooks.” He offered them for hockey, baseball, soccer and college and professional football and basketball…

The yearbooks were just one part of Mr. Hollander’s body of work. He also chronicled sports bloopers and wrote a history of Madison Square Garden, among other subjects. All told, he edited, wrote or packaged 300 books.

His wife said that, with her help and occasionally that of assistants, Mr. Hollander churned out books like an assembly line, starting with the submission of an outline to a publishing house. If the idea was accepted, he would recruit well-known writers in the appropriate field. He assembled photographs, wrote captions and did all the editing…

While writing for [The World-Telegram newspaper], Mr. Hollander became friendly with a young lawyer, Howard Cosell, who rode the same bus. Mr. Cosell represented the Little League of New York and had been asked by the local radio station WABC to host a show featuring Little League players. Mr. Hollander agreed to help out by writing scripts and recruiting sports celebrities. Neither man was paid, but it was the beginning of Mr. Cosell’s sports broadcasting career.

The District Attorney Posted: April 20, 2014 at 10:56 AM | 14 comment(s)
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