by Sports Broadcasters' Assocation: New York Chapter
New York: SBA, 1954. 10 pages. Stencil. Though the Association had begun in 1940, they had only a few carlessly produced constitutions. Here was their plan to create one that would deal with all the issues that had arisen in the post-World War II years. They met in the fall of 1954 at Lake Placid under the leadership of E.R. "Curly" Vadeboncoeur with 44 members. Although New York was of the prime importance in the broadcasting industry it was one of th elast states to establish a broadcast associaton. It now was designed to include televison. Article 4 on membership shows why it was still an all white male organization, as it specifies that the term "man"(or "men") is used seven times. It also had a close relationship with the Baseball Commissioner (during the Happy Chandler era) as noted in Article 6--Section E. They decided to change the official name to: "The New York State Broadcasters' Association." From its original 44 members, it today covers over 300 sports broadcasters in the state of New York. "This award shall go to the man who ... has made an outstanding contribution to the world of sports." Included are four reports of annual meetings between 1954-1957. Prominent were John Jerr, Chris Shenkel, Mel Allen, Lindsay Nelson, Hy Turkin, and a would-be member who was a guest, Howard Cosell but admitted at the Oct 20, 1954 meeting. Among guest speakers were Walter O'Malley. This was a period when the sports writers were privy to all the scandals that were kept private. As is evident in the Constitution, women had no place in their minds in sports reporting. When the first women sportscasters began to be allowed to broadcast in the 1960's, the all male TV crews would often try to refuse working with them. Even in the early 1970's Jeannie Morris was not allowed in Press box to cover the Vikings-Bear game during blizzard conditions, the only bathroom available to her was the one used by the fans a quarter of the way around the stadium.
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