(DAIQUON)– Legendary sportswriter, reporter, columnist, editor, and television/radio commentator, Sam Lacy worked in sports journalism for seven decades. Sam Lacy was born on October 23, 1903. Growing up living in Washington DC Sam developed a keen interest in the Washington Senators baseball team. He would often do favors for the players if they needed him to do something and would always try to catch a game.
His love for the game was tainted by the unjust racist treatment he and his father experienced while attending the games and events for the team. Once, Sam witnessed his father getting spat on by one of the Senators player’s during a parade for the team. Seeing his father get spat on hurt Sam and had a lasting effect on him. After this incident , his father never wanted to go to another game again but Lacy’s love for baseball never fully died.
As Lacey grew he developed a love for a variety of sports outside of baseball such as football and basketball. In 1923, he graduated from high school and went to Howard University. In school, he got his start within journalism after he gained a part time position at the Washington Tribune, a popular Black newspaper.
After Sam finished college, he coached and managed semi pro baseball and basketball teams, worked for the Tribune, and commentated on a local D.C radio station. He was a jack of all trades and made it look easy.
In 193o, he committed fully to the life of a sports journalist. Lacy became the editor of the Washington Tribune and worked for The Chicago Defender as an assistant national editor. Early in his career, he was a huge proponent for desegregating the majors which went against the views of many of his readers that believed integration would destroy the Negro Leagues.
He continued to push boundaries while making a name for himself throughout the sports journalism world. In 1948, he became the first black member of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Then in 1997, he won the J. G. Taylor Spink Award which put him in the writers and broadcasters wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.