The Shirley Povich Papers are available at the Hornbake library at the University of Maryland. There you can find his columns, desk files, awards, works and manuscripts, war reporting, notebooks/address book/boarding passes, photographs and artifacts.

“Shirley Povich began his sportswriting career in 1924, having joined The Washington Post in 1922. He worked as the sports editor at The Post for forty-one years, not including the time he spent war reporting in the Pacific Theater from 1944–1945. Most of these columns are included (photocopies and original copies) in the collection. Povich was a decorated sportswriter, having been honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975 and elected to the National Sportswriter Hall of Fame in 1984. He was also a recipient of the Red Smith Award in 1983. In 1958, Povich was included in the Who’s Who of American Women, which elicited many laughs from his peers and readers. Many of these awards are included in the collection, which also includes artifacts such as his press passes from various World Series and Olympic games. The collection also features photographs of Povich with Mickey Mantle, Cal Ripken, Joe DiMaggio, and Muhammad Ali (among others). Notable topics include Clark Griffith, Povich’s writings from throughout the years in magazine and newspaper form, and his personal research in the form of his desk files.” (from the Shirley Povich Papers Abstract

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