H. G. Salsinger

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Harry George "H.G." Salsinger (April 10, 1885[1] – November 1958) was sports editor of The Detroit News for 49 years.

Salsinger was born in Ohio. In 1907, he started writing for The Cincinnati Post.[2]

In 1909, Salsinger began working at The Detroit News as sports editor, a position he held until his death in 1958.[3] He covered 50 World Series, two Olympic Games, and many other sports including football, golf, tennis, and boxing.[3] Salsinger was also a president of both the Baseball Writers Association of America,[4] and the Football Writers Association of America.[5] Salsinger retired in January 1958 and died 10 months later at Henry Ford Hospital following a long illness.[6][7]

Salsinger was married to Gladys E. Salsinger. They had a son, Harry G. Salsinger, Jr., born in approximately 1920. At the time of the 1920 United States Census, Salsinger lived with his wife and son at 244 Pingree Avenue in Detroit.[8]

In 1968, the Baseball Writers Association of American posthumously awarded Salsinger the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for his baseball writing.[9] He was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.[10][11]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ Draft registration card dated September 12, 1918, completed by Harry George Salsinger, sports editor of the Evening News Association. Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Registration Location: Wayne County, Michigan; Roll: 2023958; Draft Board: 5
  2. ^ "H.G. Salsinger". BaseballLibrary.com. Archived from the original on 2007-02-03. Retrieved 2007-01-06.
  3. ^ a b Twentyman, Tim (2008-01-31). "Michigan's Finest: Profiles of Previous Inductees: H. G. Salsinger". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  4. ^ "1968 J. G. Taylor Spink Award WINNER HARRY SALSINGER". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2007-08-17. Retrieved 2007-07-08.
  5. ^ "Salsinger Heads Football Writers". Sunday Herald. August 6, 1950.
  6. ^ "H.G. Salsinger" (PDF). The New York Times. November 28, 1958.
  7. ^ "SALSINGER, 'OLD PRO' OF SPORTS WRITERS, DIES". Chicago Daily Tribune. November 28, 1958.
  8. ^ Census entry for Harry Salsinger and family. Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Census Place: Detroit Ward 4, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: T625_805; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 152; Image: 1072.
  9. ^ Spoelstra, Watson (1968-11-02). "Salsinger, Ex-Detroit Sports Expert, Wins Spink Award". Sporting News. p. 28.
  10. ^ "Salsinger was special to sports". The Detroit News. December 14, 2001.
  11. ^ "Sports editor taught columnist valuable lesson: Get it in writing". The Detroit News. December 12, 2001.