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    CANASTOTA, NY - FEBRUARY 28, 2008 - The International Boxing Hall of Fame announced its flags will fly at half-staff in memory of sportswriter W.C.Heinz. He passed away at an assisted-care facility in Bennington, VT. He was 93.

Born Wilfred Charles Heinz in Mount Vernon, NY on January 11, 1915, Heinz is one of the great American sportswriters. In the fall of 1943 he was the New York Sun's war correspondent covering Allied movements in Europe. Upon returning home he was named sports editor (1945) and soon had his own column, "The Sport Scene" where he continually wrote about boxing. When the Sun ceased publication in 1950, Heinz became a freelance writer and contributed pieces to LIFE, The Saturday Evening Post, Sport, Esquire, and Look among other publications. In 1958 he published his first novel, "The Professional." The classic novel reaped the praise of fellow writers like Ernest Hemingway who said, "'The Professional' is the only good novel I've ever read about a fighter and an excellent novel in its own right." He edited "The Fireside Book of Boxing" (1961) and co-edited "The Book of Boxing" for Sports Illustrated (1999). Heinz has won the E.P. Dutton Award for best sports magazine story of the year five times, with four of them for boxing stories.

“He was truly one of the great writers the sport of boxing has ever known,” said Hall of Fame Executive Director Edward Brophy. “'His works were 'must reads' for boxing fans and the Hall of Fame joins the boxing community in mourning his passing.”

In 2004, Heinz was elected into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.