gh wrote:ahhhh, the Senators... first in peace, first in war, last in the American League (have no idea who coined that gem)
Charley Dryden. Started with the SF Chronicle, but really made his bones in baseball while writing for papers in NYC, Philly and Chicago.
He was the greatest of the baseball writers of the sport's first 50 years, preceding Hughie Fullerton, Ring Lardner, and still later, Red Smith.
It wasn't just that gem. Dryden coined much of the language from the deadball era. Probably the most famous is "pinch hitter."