Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted


Sport: Media
Inducted: 1986
Country: USA
Born: July 21, 1898
Died: March 20, 1974

Max Kase was sports editor of the New York Journal-American newspaper for 28 years. He became sports editor of the Journal-American in 1938 and was known to readers through his popular“BriefKase” column.

In 1951, Kase’s exclusive story that members of the City College of New York’s “double” National Championship basketball team, which had won both the NCAA and National Invitational Tournament titles, were being questioned by the New York District Attorney’s office regarding “point shaving,” exposed what was to become the biggest sports scandal of the post-war era. Kase subsequently received a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the scandal.

He was the guiding force behind the Journal-American Sandlot Baseball program in New York City, which had the annual Hearst Sandlot Classic as its showcase. Kase was also one of the founders of the influential B’nai B’rith Sports Lodge of New York City and served two terms as its president. In 1957, Kase was instrumental in arranging Hearst Newspapers’ underwriting
and promotion of Israel’s National Basketball Team’s first visit to the United States.

Kase joined the International News Service (INS) in 1917 and in 1923 left to become sports editor of The Havana Telegram. He returned to the INS in 1925, and in 1934 moved to the sports editor’s desk at The Boston American for four years.



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