Gordon Cobbledick

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Gordon Cobbledick
Born (1898-12-31)December 31, 1898
Cleveland, Ohio
Died October 2, 1969(1969-10-02) (aged 70)
Tucson, Arizona
Other names Cobby
Education Case School of Applied Science
Occupation Sports journalist
Title sports editor of the Plain Dealer
Spouse(s) Doris V. Mathews
Family William Cobbledick, Dorn Cobbledick

Gordon Cobbledick (December 31, 1898 – October 2, 1969), was an American sports journalist and author in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a journalist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Cleveland Times from 1923 to 1964. He served as a war correspondent during World War II, and his account of the Battle of Okinawa written on V-E Day has been frequently reprinted and cited as an example of excellent war reporting. In 1947, Cobbledick became the sports editor of the Plain Dealer. His works were frequently published in The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, and Baseball Digest. In 1977, he received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Writers Association of America and was inducted into the "writers' wing" of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame in 1982 and the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Cobbledick attended Case Western Reserve University where studied mining engineering and played football.[4] After graduating, he became a mining engineer in Morgantown, West Virginia. While he was visiting a friend in Cleveland, an opportunity to become a writer for The Plain Dealer presented itself. Cobbledick decided to quit his mining job, and start his writing career at $25 per week. Although he began covering the police beat, he later switched to sportswriting and took over as The Plain Dealer's main sports editor.[5]

Writing career[edit]

Cobbledick's self-proclaimed writing style was short and to the point.[6] Some of his more popular nicknames were "Cobb" and "Cobby".


  • "Don't Knock the Rock: The Rocky Colavito Story," by Gordon Cobbledick (1966)

Selected articles[edit]


  1. ^ "Gordon Cobbledick". Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame. 
  2. ^ James E. Odenkirk (1990). Plain Dealing: A Biography of Gordon Cobbledick. Spider-Naps Publications. ISBN 0-86700-024-4. 
  3. ^ "Gordon R. Cobbledick, 70, Cleveland Sports Editor". The New York Times. October 4, 1968. 
  4. ^ "Gordon Cobbledick". The Ballplayers. The Ballplayers. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "1977 J. G. Taylor Spink Award Winner Gordon Cobbledick". National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Lebovitz, Hal. "Cobby...Cobby...Cobby...". The Best of Hal Lebovitz: Great Sportswriting from Six Decades in Cleveland. Gray & Company, Publishers. Retrieved 3 August 2011.