About Hal Lebovitz

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Hal Lebovitz, author of Pitchin' Man: Satchel Paige's Own Story

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    Hal Lebovitz

    Hal Lebovitz was inducted into the writer's wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. He was a sportswriter for more than six decades. He got his first job covering high school sports for the Cleveland News in 1942 and soon became a beat writer covering the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians. He was hired by the Plain Dealer in 1960 to cover baseball and was that paper's sports editor from 1964–1982. “ Ask Hal, the Referee,” his popular column on sports rules, began in 1957 and also appeared in the Sporting News. A former college athlete, he also coached baseball, basketball, and football and officiated all three sports, including a stint as a referee traveling with the Harlem Globetrotters. His sportswriting continued to appear regularly in the News-Herald (Lake County, Ohio), the Morning Journal (Lorain, Ohio), and several other newspapers, until his death, at age 89, in 2005.

    Books by Hal Lebovitz

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    Ask Hal
    Answers to Fans' Most Interesting Questions About Baseball Rules from a Hall-of-Fame Sportswriter
    by Hal Lebovitz

    A fun and fact-filled collection of baseball Q&As from a legendary sportswriter and rules expert.

    Think it couldn't happen on a baseball field? It probably did! Just ask Hal. Hal Lebovitz reigned as a leading expert on baseball rules for more than f . . . [Read More]

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    The Best of Hal Lebovitz
    Great Sportswriting from Six Decades in Cleveland
    by Hal Lebovitz

    The best sports writing of Hall-of-Fame sportswriter Hal Lebovitz, longtime dean of Cleveland sports journalists.

    Several generations of sports fans grew up reading Hal Lebovitz on the sports pages. Hal covered just about every major sports event ov . . . [Read More]


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