THE COLOR LINE
Alfred Henry Spink published the first issue of the Sporting News on March 17, 1886, in an office building at 11 North Eighth Street in St. Louis, Missouri. The entrepreneurial Spink saw the opportunity to capitalize on the growing popularity of baseball in the United States. Spink wanted to duplicate the success of the sports weekly the Sporting Life, which was published in Philadelphia. He had a vision of how to make the Sporting News the best sports publication in the country, and he had the ambition and the drive to accomplish it. Spink had once worked as a newsboy for iconic newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “When we were young boys, working for the St. Louis dailies for $5 a week,” Spink later said, “Joe used to say, ‘Given a good business manager and an editor who can really write, any newspaper should fast become a good paying institution.’” Spink became editor, and his brother Charles served as business manager. Within two months of his first issue, the eight-page Sporting News
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Publication information: Book title: Conspiracy of Silence: Sportswriters and the Long Campaign to Desegregate Baseball. Contributors: Chris Lamb - Author. Publisher: University of Nebraska Press. Place of publication: Lincoln, NE. Publication year: 2012. Page number: 29.
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