James Isaminger

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James Isaminger
BornDecember 6, 1880
Hamilton, Ohio
DiedJune 17, 1946 (1946-06-18) (aged 65)

James Campbell "Jimmy" Isaminger (December 6, 1880[1][2] – June 17, 1946) was an American sportswriter for newspapers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1905 to 1940. He played a major role, along with Hugh Fullerton and Ring Lardner, in breaking the story of the Black Sox scandal in 1919.[3] In 1934, he was elected president of the Baseball Writers Association of America.[4] In September 1940, Isaminger suffered a stroke while attending a baseball game at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland.[5] He retired after the stroke.[6]

Isaminger was born in Hamilton, Ohio and worked for the Cincinnati Times-Star from 1895 to 1905.[6] He died in June 1946 at his home in Maryland.[7]

In 1974, Isaminger was posthumously honored by the Baseball Writers Association of America with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for distinguished baseball writing.[3] Recipients of the Spink Award are recognized at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in what is commonly referred to as the "writers wing" of the Hall of Fame.[8]


  1. ^ Draft registration card for James Campbell Isaminger, journalist, North American, resident of Philadelphia, born December 6, 1880. Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Registration Location: Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania; Roll: 1907957; Draft Board: 48.
  2. ^ Draft registration card for James Campbell Isaminger, born December 6, 1880, resident of Maryland, near Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania. Ancestry.com. U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; State Headquarters: Maryland; Microfilm Series: M1939; Microfilm Roll: 28.
  3. ^ a b "1974 J. G. Taylor Spink Award Winner James Isaminger". National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
  4. ^ "ISAMINGER IS ELECTED: Named President of the Baseball Writers Association" (PDF). The New York Times. October 7, 1934.
  5. ^ "Writers Pay Tribute To Connie Mack, 78" (PDF). The New York Times. December 24, 1940.
  6. ^ a b "Death Takes Isaminger". Reading Eagle. June 18, 1946.
  7. ^ "James C. Isaminger: Philadelphia Sports Writer for Many Years Dies at 65" (PDF). The New York Times. June 18, 1946.
  8. ^ Jim Odenkirk (July 23, 2009). "Henry P. Edwards: Making a Case for His Induction into J.G. Taylor Spink's Writers Wing of the Hall". SABR. Archived from the original on September 29, 2011.

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