Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted

Sport: Media
Inducted: 2004
Country: USA
Born: September 27, 1934, in Brooklyn, New York
Died: December 21, 2001

A celebrated journalistic for 50-plus years, Dick Schaap’s media were radio, television, newspapers, magazines and books. Upon his sudden passing, ESPN, The Magazine wrote: Dick Schaap was known "for his humorous, often brutally honest approach to sports".

Among Schaap’s major media assignments: he was editor of Sport Magazine 1973-77; featured on NBC’s “Nightly News” and “The Today Show” 1971-80; and was an ABC-TV theater critic for several years. His broad journalistic expertise resulted in his being the only person qualfied to vote for both Tony (theater) and Heisman (college football) awards.

As host of "ESPN Magazine's Sports Reporters" and ESPN Classic's "Shaap: One on One", he was seen internationally on cable TV. He was also heard on ESPN Radio's "The Sporting Life" (with son Jeremy), and was a frequent contributor to ESPN The Magazine.

The journalist who once coined the term “Fun City” in describing Manhattan began the career he called a “fantasy” as a high school junior, writing a weekly sports column Scanning the Sports Scene for the Long Island Leader. He also found time to work at the Nassau (NY) Daily Review-Star, apprenticing for future Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Jimmy Breslin.

From 1959-63, Schaap was a writer/senior editor for Newsweek Magazine, editor at Parade Magazine, city editor-then columnist at the New York Herald Tribune and World Journal Tribune 1964-66.

He authored 33 books (mostly sports-themed), including the seminal sports best-seller Instant Replay (with Jerry Kramer). His “As told to Dick Schaap” autobiographies include: baseball stars Hank Aaron and Tom Seaver, basketball star Dave DeBusschere, football icons Joe Namath, Joe Montana and Bo Jackson (the best-selling autobiography ever, Bo Knows Bo), and actor-comedian Billy Crystal. Schaap’s non-sports books include “RFK”, the biography of Robert F. Kennedy, “.44”, with Jimmy Breslin, about infamous Son of Sam serial killer David Berkowicz, and “Turned On”, about upper middle-class drug abuse.

Schaap’s autobiography, Flashing Before My Eyes: “, was published shortly before his death.

His honors were many. Schaap’s profiles of Olympian Tom Waddell and comedian Sid Caesar for ABC’s “20/20” series earned him television Emmys in 1983 and 1988. He won an Emmy for sports reporting in 1986 for four features that aired on ABC’s “World News Tonight”. And, he won Emmy Awards for writing in 1991 and 1994. Schaap was awarded a CableACE Award as Best Commentator/Analyst for his work on ESPN, and the Women’s Sports Foundation honored him “for excellence in covering women’s sports”.

Dick Schaap graduated from Cornell University in 1955 and attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on a Grantland Rice Memorial Fellowship.

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