Wednesday, February 27, 2008

W.C. Heinz Showed Lethal Combination of Fields

Every now and again you come across someone who, after his or her death, is mentioned as having taken part in many, diverse moments in history. W.C. "Bill" Heinz was one of those guys, touching on parts of American history, sports and culture.

W.C. "Bill" Heinz, a sportswriter and author who witnessed the Normandy invasion on D-Day, covered some of the greatest sports events of the 1940s and helped write the book "MASH," has died. He was 93.

During World War II, he reported from Europe. After the war he covered sports, including Babe Ruth's emotional last appearance at Yankee Stadium in 1948. In the mid-60s, he helped Maine physician H. Richard Hornburger write the book about a mobile army surgical hospital in the Korean War.
Heinz's writing was widely praised, even by Ernest Hemingway. He became largely noted as a boxing reporter, even quoted in the 1990 obituary for Rocky Graziano. In boxing and otherwise, Heinz went the distance.

[International Herald Tribune]

1 comment:

Papa Narsh said...

Might we suggest that there were 57 varieties of Heinz?