William F. Ryan

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For the politician see William Fitts Ryan

William F. Ryan also known as The Bronx Comet (1907-1954) was an American checkers player who won national titles in both 1939 and 1946.[1] He counted Sam Gonotsky as a mentor and friend.[2] He was known as the champion of "blindfold checkers" and wrote several books on the game. He also worked on a draughts magazine and once played against musician Benny Goodman. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1954.[3]