RIP, Stan Isaacs. The Columnists will never be the same…
Stan Isaacs took pride in being known for something he had taken. He swiped the Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 world championship pennant from Los Angeles and brought it back to what he considered its home. For generations of readers and colleagues at Newsday, though, he is known for what he gave: a whole new way to view and appreciate sports and reporting.
Isaacs, once one of a group of industry-changing young reporters known as Chipmunks and later a pioneer as a columnist writing about televised sports, died in his sleep at home in Haverford, Pa., Tuesday night, his daughter Ellen said. He was 83.
In his final column for Newsday in 1992, Isaacs wrote that he subscribed to Joseph Pulitzer’s ideal that newspapers should “inform and enlighten.” That would explain his famous question to Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry, who said his wife listened to a World Series game while feeding her baby: “Breast or bottle?”
“He saw humor in things, lightness in things that very few guys did. A lot of us at Newsday learned to do that from him,” said Steve Jacobson, a fellow Chipmunk in the 1960s and then a longtime Newsday columnist.
Posted: April 03, 2013 at 08:47 PM | 35 comment(s)
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