Arn Shein

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Arn Shein (1928 – June 1, 2007) was an American sports writer and editor for The Daily Item (Port Chester) in New York from 1949 to 1974, where he wrote a regular column titled "Spotlight on Sports". After retirement, due to severe case of psoriatic arthritis, Arn became a freelance writer in 1983 and sold about 350 articles to over 60 major magazines, including Reader's Digest, Modern Maturity, and Guideposts.[1]

Early life[edit]

Shein was born in Brooklyn, New York.[2]


He began his career as a sports writer in 1949 working for the Reporter Dispatch. In 1955, he started working for the Port Chester Daily Item where he was a sports editor. After retiring in 1974, he became president and co-owner of Demar. He later moved to San Diego, California and pursued his career in writing and teaching courses in creative writing.[2]

While working for The Daily Item, Arn interviewed sports stars of the era, such as Mickey Mantle and Jackie Robinson.[citation needed] He was also the ghostwriter for a large portion of Rolf Benirschke's autobiography.[citation needed]


Stein was married to his wife Marylou for 56 years and together they had three daughters, eight grandchildren, and a great great grandson.[2]


Shein died on June 1, 2007 at the age of 78.[2]


  1. ^ Charleston Air Force Station Newsletter,, Accessed 2007-06-04
  2. ^ a b c d "Arn Shein Obituary: View Arn Shein's Obituary by U-T San Diego". UT San Diego. Retrieved 6 May 2013.