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Roger Kahn
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    (October 31, 1927-February 6, 2020)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Sportswriter for the ‘New York Herald Tribune’, features writer for ‘Sports Illustrated,’ sports editor for ‘Newsweek,’ and editor-at-large for ‘The Saturday Evening Post’
    Wrote over 20 books, the best known being ‘The Boys of Summer’ (1972)
    Majority owner of the minor-league Utica Blue Sox (1983)
    Inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (2006)
    He was married three times, divorced twice.
    Bill Veeck observed, ‘Roger Kahn is doomed to go through life having everything he writes compared with ‘The Boys of Summer.’’
    He regretted co-authoring ‘Pete Rose: My Story,’ in which Rose denied placing bets on baseball games.
    When Rose admitted in a later memoir that he had bet on baseball, Kahn said, ‘My first reaction was to reach for the barf bag.’
    His son Roger, who suffered from bipolar disorder, committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning (1987).
    During the 1950s, he was the highest-paid sportswriter in New York City, earning $10,000 a year.
    The Washington Post described him as ‘not only a great baseball writer but also something rarer: a great writer whose subject happens to be baseball.’
    ’Sports Illustrated’ placed ‘The Boys of Summer’ #2 on its list of the 100 greatest sports books (2002).
    Don Henley used ‘The Boys of Summer’ for the title of one of his solo hits.

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