Born May 6, 1929 in Troy, NY. In 1951 Anderson earned a BA degree in English Literature from Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.
He began his career as a sports writer at the Brooklyn Eagle and, for 11 years, was a member of the sports staff at the New York Journal American. In 1966 he began working at the New York Times as a general assignment sports reporter and since November 1971 has been a sports columnist.
His writing has earned him many accolades, including the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary for his sports column and the 1994 Associated Press Sports Editors Red Smith Award for distinguished sports column writing. In 1965 he won the E.P. Dutton Award for best magazine sports story for his True magazine article, “The Longest Day of Sugar Ray.” In 1972 he won the E.P. Dutton Award for best sports feature story of the year for a piece on heavyweight champion Joe Frazier. The Boxing Writer's Association of America awarded Anderson with the 1973 Nat Fleischer Award for excellence in boxing journalism.
A prolific writer, Anderson has authored 21 books, including Sugar Ray and In The Corner, and written more than 350 magazine articles. Anderson's work has also appeared in many anthologies including The Grantland Rice Prize Sports Stories and Sports Classics.
Born: May 6, 1929
Died: Oct. 4, 2018