November 26, 1924|
Queens, New York
|Died||March 17, 2014
Long Island, New York
|Employer||Long Island Star Journal (1946–1963), New York Journal American (1964–1966), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1966–1986)|
|Known for||"Writers wing," Baseball Hall of Fame, 1997|
Born in Queens, New York, Feeney broke into the newspaper business at age 16 as a messenger for the New York Sun. During World War II, he served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946, earning a Bronze Star for his work as a radio man on the aircraft carrier USS Essex. Feeney next worked for the Long Island Star Journal, where, starting in 1951, he would cover the Giants' final eight seasons in New York. From 1958, he covered the Yankees, first for the Star Journal, and, from 1964, for the New York Journal American. Following that paper's demise in 1966, when a job opening in Pittsburgh was created by the premature death of longtime Pirates beat writer Jack Hernon, Post-Gazette sports editor Al Abrams promptly turned to Feeney, who would fill the position until his retirement in 1986. In addition, following the retirement of Pittsburgh Press sports editor and longtime Bucs beat writer Les Biederman in March 1969, Feeney succeeded Biederman as The Sporting News' Pirates correspondent, in which capacity he would also serve until his retirement.
In 1997, Feeney was inducted into the "writers wing" of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. After learning of his Hall of Fame selection, Feeney joked, "I always looked at myself as a utility infielder in our business. The next thing you know they're going to be putting Tommy Helms in the Hall of Fame. I'm in and Bill Mazeroski isn't. It's unbelievable."
As of 2009, Feeney had been living in the same apartment in Pittsburgh since 1966. That year, following the death of his wife and health problems, he moved into an assisted living facility in New York.
Selected articles by Feeney
- Hard Luck No Stranger (Ferguson Jenkins), Baseball Digest, January 1969
- Richie Hebner: New Favorite at Forbes Field (Richie Hebner), Baseball Digest, July 1969
- 3,000 Base Hits -- Next Goal for Clemente? (Roberto Clemente), Baseball Digest, October 1969
- Willie Stargell Puts It All Together (Willie Stargell), Baseball Digest, September 1971
- Clemente: Next to Join 3,000 Hit Club (Roberto Clemente), Baseball Digest, August 1972
- Sparky Lyle: Key to 'New' Yankees (Sparky Lyle), Baseball Digest, November 1972
- Willie Mays Recalls His Rookie Year (Willie Mays), Baseball Digest, December 1973
- The Iron Man Pitcher With Shortstop Arm (Mike Marshall), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 2, 1974
- Alvin Dark: A Man for All Seasons (Alvin Dark), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 17, 1974
- The 78-Year-Old Oakland Cheerleader (George Blanda), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 27, 1974
- Mr. Television for One Night (Ron Lyle), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 15, 1975
- Pressure? What Pressure? (Sparky Anderson), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 17, 1975
- One of a Kind (Danny Murtaugh), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, December 4, 1976
- Putting the Rapp on Hrabosky (Vern Rapp/Al Hrabosky), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 21, 1977
- Martin Reads George Between lines (Billy Martin), Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 18, 1977
- Bouchette, Ed. "Obituary: Charley Feeney, Longtime Pirates beat writer for PG". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 18, 2014.
- Charley Feeney at The Bill Shannon Biographical Dictionary of New York Sports
- "'PALLY' GETS THE CALL: FORMER POST-GAZETTE WRITER CHARLEY FEENEY GOES INTO THE HALL OF FAME TODAY". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. August 3, 1997.
- Ron Cook (October 24, 1996). "Charley Feeney: Baseball's Hall of Fame Calls". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- John Mehno (July 10, 2009). "Good luck, Pally". Altoona Mirror.