Jerome Holtzman, Dean Of Chicago Baseball Writers, Dies At 81

By: E&P Staff

Jerome Holtzman, the dean of Chicago newspaper writers who wrote the classic “No Cheering in the Press Box,” has died. The Sun-Times reported Monday on its Web site that Holtzman died Saturday after a long illness at the age of 82.

Holtzman covered the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs first for the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily News, and later for the Chicago Tribune.

After his retirement he was named Major League Baseball’s official historian. In 1989, he was inducted into the “writer’s wing” of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Holtzman contributed more to baseball than his journalism: In 1960 he invented the formula for the save statistic, which baseball adopted officially in 1966.
This story has been corrected. An earlier version gave an incorrect age for Holtzman, who was born Dec. 11, 1926.

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