Allen Lewis, Hall of Fame baseball writer, dead at 86
09/15/03 12:38 EDT
.c The Associated Press
(AP) - Allen Lewis, a longtime baseball writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer
who earned a spot in the Hall of Fame, has died.
died early Sunday in Clearwater, Fla., after a long illness, his daughter,
Margie O'Malley, said. He was 86.
loved sportswriting and he loved baseball,'' O'Malley said. ``They were
the Philadelphia Phillies beat writer from 1946 until 1972, retired from
the Inquirer in 1979 and was a member of the Hall of Fame's Veterans Committee
from 1979 until 2000. He served as chairman of Major League Baseball's
Scoring Committee from 1960 to 1974.
briefly covered the Philadelphia Warriors of the Basketball Association
of America, the forerunner of the NBA, and chronicled that team's championship
1981, Lewis was awarded the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, which gained him
admission to the writers' wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
was born in Beechville, Pa., in 1916. He graduated in 1940 from Haverford
College, where he played on the football and baseball teams. He was drafted
the following year and achieved the rank of Air Force captain by the end
of World War II.
was very fair and professional in his trade,'' said Phillies manager Larry
Bowa, who was a shortstop on the 1980 championship Phillies team. ``He
made sure he had a thorough knowledge of the game before he came into
the clubhouse. He was just a great guy.''
came out of retirement in 1980 to assist with The Inquirer's coverage
of the Phillies' World Series triumph, and later provided a weekly baseball
trivia question for Sunday papers.
also became a regular at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater at Phillies'
spring training games, where he often could be spotted talking to scouts,
managers and the media.
1998, he was the first official scorer for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, performing
those duties until last year.
Lewis' wife, Elizabeth, died in
1989. He is survived by his daughter and her husband, Barry, of Levittown;
two granddaughters; and one great-granddaughter. The family said a memorial
service will be planned in Clearwater.