Shirley Lewis Povich
- School Georgetown University
Shirley Povich became a sports columnist and reporter for the Washington Post in 1923. Having grown up in coastal Bar Harbor, Maine, far from a major league team, the first game he ever saw was a game for which he wrote the game story. In 1975, he was recipient of the Baseball Writers Association of America's J.G. Taylor Spink Award.
Povich joined the Post as a reporter during his second year as a Georgetown University law student, and in 1925 was named Editor of Sports. In 1933, he became a sports columnist, a responsibility that continued until his death, with only one interruption. In 1945, Povich took on the assignment of Washington Post war correspondent in the Pacific Theater. Following World War II, he returned to his sports desk. He was the sports editor for the Post for forty-one years.
He celebrated his retirement in 1973, but contributed to more than 500 pieces after that and also continued to cover the World Series for the Post. He would write about both the modern game and memories of years past. At the time of his death, he was one of few working writers who had covered Babe Ruth. In fact, his final column appeared in the Post the day after his death at age 92.
Among his prestigious honors: the National Headliners 1964 Grantland Rice Award for sports writing, the Red Smith Award in 1983, and election to the National Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1984. He was President of the BWAA in 1955.
Povich's first name accounted for his listing in Who's Who of American Women in 1962! He is the father of American television personality Maury Povich. Shirley Povich Field, in Bethesda, MD, home of the Bethesda Big Train, is named in his honor.