Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Obituaries

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Obituaries

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John Steadman

73, Died Jan. 1

LONGTIME BALTIMORE SPORTSWRITER

When John Steadman was at the game, underdogs in Baltimore were never alone. Because, chances were, John Steadman was there. Until December, he covered every National Football League game ever played in Baltimore.

As a catcher playing minor-league baseball, his batting average was .125, so in 1945 he joined the old News-Post as a reporter, believing in long shots with a faith and passion that grew with each hurdle placed before them. Twice, the Baltimore Colts abandoned the city. And two papers he wrote for, the News American and The Evening Sun, folded. But, humbly and gracefully, Steadman wrote on. He was president of the Pro Football Writers Association of America, and was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1999. The scoreboard aside, for Steadman, "It's the men and women in sports who interest me rather than the games they play."

John G. Fay

82, Died Jan. 3

FORMER ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF THE MOBILE (ALA.) PRESS REGISTER

Fay started at the Register in 1946 after serving in the Army, where he was a photographer and editor of the paper at Camp Shelby, Miss. At the Press Register, Fay worked as news editor and Sunday editor, and served as the fine arts editor and critic for nearly 20 years. He retired in 1986 as associate executive editor.

Peter Gamage

83, Died Dec. 4

FORMER PUBLISHER OF THE DAILY EVENING ITEM IN LYNN, MASS. …

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