Longtime ‘Philadelphia Inquirer’ Sports Columnist Dolson Dies

By: E&P Staff

Frank Dolson, a passionate sports columnist and special assistant for the New York Yankees, died Sunday at the age of 73 from complications from colon and liver cancer.

A life-long sports fanatic, Dolson began his journalism career in 1954 as a writer with Sports Illustrated magazine, but left only a year later for The Philadelphia (Pa.) Inquirer to become the city?s youngest columnist. He became hugely popular in the ?60s and ?70s, reports the Inquirer, which led him to the Evening Bulletin for five months in 1975. He soon returned to the Inquirer, however, with the new title of sports editor.

After retiring from the Inquirer in 1995, Dolson was hired as a special assistant for the New York Yankees, his beloved baseball team. Dolson did a variety of jobs for the team, and before games could almost always be seen talking to fellow sportswriters from the first row of the press box, reports the Inquirer.

Dolson was a lifelong bachelor and left a $1.2 million endowment to the Penn Relays, an event for college and high school runners he had covered since his college days as sports editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian at the University of Pennsylvania.

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