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Jay Greenberg Enshrined

Jay Greenberg was inducted into the writers’ wing of the Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday.  He made his name covering the Flyers for two Philadelphia dailies from 1975 to 1989, before moving on to the Toronto Star and New York Post.

Jay was a writer’s writer and a reporter’s reporter.  He was fastidious about facts and context, packaged in his signature voice, which combined irony, wit, compassion, and indignation.

Jay Greenberg

Jay Greenberg

I had the privilege and benefit of knowing Jay before Randy Rota and Bobby Clarke knew him.  He was a year ahead of me at the University of Missouri, covering Mizzou football and writing a column for the Columbia Missourian.   The Tigers went 1-10 in 1971, a miserable season for the faithful and especially new head coach Al Onofrio.  It was redeemed only by Jay’s coverage, which initially reflected his sense of grievance, and then progressed to humor, because eventually what could he do but laugh.  Characteristic of Jay, he was patient with Onofrio, a soft-spoken and decent man.

Meet Him in St. Louis

This photo of Augie Favazza says everything about the St. Louis Cardinals and their epic World Series championship.

Augie Favazza

He grew up in the same neighborhood as Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola – The Hill.  He was a graduate of Southwest High, and the University of Missouri (B.J., 1973), and went on to become sports editor of the Portland Press Herald.

Now he splits the year between Old Orchard Beach and St. Petersburg – and works as an accreditation consultant to cosmetology schools.  But he still has family in St. Louis, and his heart still pumps Cardinal red.