Former ‘St. Louis Post-Dispatch’ Managing Editor Dies at 77

By: E&P Staff

David Lipman, a former managing editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has died following an lengthy illness. He was 77.

Lipman joined the Post-Dispatch in 1960 as a sportswriter, and remained at the paper for the next 36 years. He became assistant sports editor in 1966 after spending six years covering University of Missouri athletics.

He rose through the Post-Dispatch hierarchy and was a news editor in 1971 when the time came to for Lipman to decide whether or not to publish some of the Pentagon Papers. Lipman, who decided to publish the information despite the protests of a federal marshal, later called it “an emotional experience. I aged considerably in one day.” Shortly after that, then-Publisher Joseph Pulitzer Jr. promoted Lipman to assisstant managing editor.

Lipman became managing editor in 1979, taking charge of the newspaper’s daily content. He stayed in that position until 1992, when he was promoted to a corporate planning post at the Pulitzer Publishing Company. Lipman was in charge of the Pulitzer/2000 program, an effort to plan the newspaper?s direction in the Internet age, until his retirement in 1996.

In addition to his newspaper career, Lipman was the author and co-author of several sports books. His most memorable works are “Maybe I’ll Pitch Forever,” which Lipman co-authored with legendary pitcher “Satchel” Paige, and “Mr. Baseball,” a biography of longtime baseball executive Branch Rickey. Lipman’s other subjects included Bob Gibson and Joe Namath

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