11/11 20:19 CST Longtime AP sports writer, editor Ben Olan dies at 96
Longtime AP sports writer, editor Ben Olan dies at 96
NEW YORK (AP) --- Ben Olan, a sports writer and editor at The Associated Press
for more than 50 years who was honored by the NHL Hall of Fame, has died. He
Known for being nattily dressed during his days when AP headquarters was
located at 50 Rockefeller Plaza, Olan passed away early Monday morning at a
nursing home in Queens, said his grandson, Trevor Hickey.
Olan started at the AP in 1952, ran the hockey coverage for over a decade and
later wrote about baseball, college and pro basketball, and boxing. He then
became a special projects editor and retired in 2003.
In 1987, the NHL Hall of Fame presented him with the Elmer Ferguson Award,
which honors members of the newspaper profession. He also was a member of the
International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Olan edited The Associated Press Sports Almanac in the late 1970s and several
books, including Big-Time Baseball, Baseball's Unforgettable Games, and Pro
Football's 100 Greatest Players with famed coach George Allen.
Olan was an editor at Hockey Illustrated Magazine, Pro Football Today, Boxing
Today and many other publications.
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