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Henry Chadwick Award: Francis Richter

By Lyle Spatz

This article was published in the Fall 2013 Baseball Research Journal.

FRANCIS C. RICHTER was born in Philadelphia in 1854 and was later a noted amateur player in that city. He began his journalistic career with the Philadelphia Day in 1872, before moving on to the Public Ledger, Philadelphia’s highest circulation newspaper. While at the Public Ledger, Richter started the nation’s first newspaper sports department. In December 1887, Richter was among those baseball journalists who met in Cincinnati to form the Base Ball Reporters Association of America. Along with . . .

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