Pajot: Sports writing style 100 years ago

From SABR member Dennis Pajot at on August 15, 2012:

Manning Vaughan was the main baseball writer of the Milwaukee Sentinel one hundred years ago. His style was colorful and full of panache. While researching the 1912 Brewers I fell in love with his writing style. What follows is what is typical of Vaughan’s wonderful way of bringing baseball games to life in people’s parlors or at the local drinking establishment. Vaughan was a “homer” when the Brewers were winning, honest when things went bad, and always fair and gracious to the opposing team.

A. J. Schinner took over the baseball beat when Manning Vaughan was not at the game. Almost as colorful, he is also a delight to read.

Typically newspapers at the time did not send reporters on the road with the club. The Brewers were home from July 4 to July 28, 1912, so we get nearly a full month of these two men’s writing.

We start with Manning Vaughan.

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Originally published: August 15, 2012. Last Updated: August 15, 2012.