Shirley Povich was an award-winning reporter and columnist at The Washington Post from 1923 to 1998.
One of the most popular and respected writers in 20th century American journalism, Povich covered hundreds of major sports events during his 75-year career. He was an eyewitness to many of the most significant sporting events of the 20th century and well-known for his scholarly writing and reporting, which often explored questions of race, religion and gender.
Povich was the recipient of many awards, including the Grantland Rice Award for sportswriting in 1964, the Red Smith Award in 1983 and the Baseball Writers' Association of America's J. G. Taylor Spink Award in 1976. He was inducted into the National Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1984.
Povich died June 4, 1998 at the age of 92 on the same day he wrote his last column for The Washington Post.