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Jesse Abramson

Inducted: 1981, journalist

Born: March 10, 1904 - Mountaindale, New York
Deceased: June 11, 1979

Career Highlights

  • Winner of career achievement award from the New York Track Writers Association

One of the top journalists in the history of track and field, Jesse Abramson was best known for his long-time coverage of the sport for the now defunct New York Herald Tribune. Abramson covered the 1928 Olympic Games and attended every Olympics until 1976, reporting the event with a candidness and accuracy that was a model for fellow journalists. A sports reporter for 56 years, he was the founder and long-time president of the New York Track Writers Association. After his death, the association created the annual Jesse Abramson Award to the outstanding athlete of the year. In addition to his track and field writing, Abramson was also a skilled reporter in boxing and college football. He received numerous awards for his coverage of all three sports during his career. After the Herald Tribune folded in 1966, Abramson directed the U.S. Olympic Invitational indoor meet and served in that capacity until his death.

high school: Stuyvesant (Stuyvesant, New York)


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