Sportswriter George Kiseda, the ‘Silver Quill,’ Dies

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George Kiseda — a sports journalist dubbed the “Silver Quill” in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia in the 1950s and 1960s — has died. He was 80.

Kiseda’s brother Jim says Kiseda died early yesterday at an Alzheimer’s care facility in Orange County of a form of dementia called Lewy body disease.

Kiseda had been at the San Juan Capistrano facility since November.

Kiseda was a cult figure to many journalists in part because he crusaded about civil rights issues in sports in the 1950s.

He wrote for the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, Philadelphia Daily News and Philadelphia Bulletin in the 1950s and ’60s before finishing his career in 1984 as a sports copy editor at the LA Times.

Kiseda is survived by his brother, niece Susan Kiseda of Redondo Beach, and nephew James of Hopewell Junction, New York.

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