1995 – Mel Durslag
Born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 29, 1921, sportswriting legend Mel Durslag covered Olympics, professional and college sports, and every Super Bowl during his more than 50 year career. For his outstanding work, Durslag received many accolades including being named California Sportswriter of the Year seven times. Durslag began his career with the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner in 1939 and went on to write for the paper for an incredible 50 years, before moving to the Los Angeles Times for the last two years of his career. In addition to his work with theHerald-Examiner, Durslag also worked as a correspondent for Sporting News from 1950-1984, was writing editor of TV Guide for 30 years, and wrote articles for national magazines including the Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, and Esquire from 1947-1990. He retired in 1991. In recognition of his outstanding career as a sportswriter, Durslag was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame on April 24, 1995.