The Boston Globe, Jack Craig’s longtime employer, remembers the longtime TV Sports critic with a pair of columns today.
In the obituary written by Bryan Marquard, Craig’s career and influence on the sports world. Don Skwar, John Powers, Mike Lynch and Kevin Paul Dupont are among those with memories and thoughts on Craig.
I thought this quote from Craig, which he made in 1976 hold true to this very day:
“I’m dealing with people who have enlarged egos simply because they’re on television,’’ he told Boston Magazine in 1976, nearly a decade into his 29-year run as a Globe columnist.
“These people are less able to handle criticism than others. They’re fearful that the audience is looking at them in a different light because the audience reads my column.
Nothing has changed in 34 years.
Dan Shaughnessy also has an excellent column on Craig, and he taps Bob Lobel, Joe Amorosino, Bob Ryan, Dave Smith, Vince Doria, Leslie Visser, Bud Collins and David Stern to remember Craig.
He examines the respect that Craig had from those in the industry, including a priceless tale involving then-NBA executive vice president Stern.
Craig was a true pioneer. No one had covered the sports media prior to him. He started it all, which is why I’m very disappointed to look at a bunch of sports media blogs that I follow and not see them mentioning anything at all about his passing.
Do these guys have any idea who Jack Craig was, and that they have him to thank for what they’re doing now? I doubt it.
I can remember reading Craig’s columns in the late 80’s and early 90’s and always finding the business of sports TV and reporting to be fascinating. I hope he’s remembered as the trailblazer and pioneer that he was.
A few quick links from this morning:
George Steinbrenner, Yankees’ Owner, Dies at 80 – From The New York Times.
Ortiz takes the Home Run Derby crown – Sean McAdam has the David Ortiz reclamation story adding another chapter.
Ortiz offers ultimate punctuation – Rob Bradford looks at Ortiz’s victory, but also has a lot of All Star notes.
Plucky Red Sox team easy to like – Daniel Barbarisi looks at “a pretty darn likable Red Sox team.”
Buchholz puts bumpy road behind – Joe McDonald has a mini-feature on the Red Sox righthander.
Gerald Green: How the high flyer was grounded – Jessica Camerato with a look at the former Celtics first round pick.
Nate Robinson going Green again – Mark Murphy reports that the guard is close to a new deal with the team.
Boston Celtics need to find quality bench players this summer – Jim Fenton says this is the top priority for Danny Ainge.