Jimmy Powers, a former sports columnist and sports editor for the New
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Jimmy Powers, a former sports columnist and sports editor for the New York Daily News and colorful television commentator, is dead at age 92.
Powers died Saturday of natural causes in his sleep at his home.
He came to the Daily News in 1928 as a sports writer and became the paper’s star columnist with ``The Powerhouse.″
Powers campaigned to make ``hit″ and ``error″ signs fixtures at baseball parks and called for the introduction of plastic batting helmets.
The Daily News said Powers is also believed to be the first sports columnist to urge that blacks be admitted to the major leagues.
In the early 1950s, Powers became one of sports’ first crossover media figures when he joined television. He announced NBC’s ``Gillette Friday Night Fights″ and worked as a sportscaster for WPIX, while he continued his work at the Daily News.
Except for serving as a Navy commander during World War II, Powers didn’t leave the News until he retired in 1959.
``I remember him as a kid growing up,″ said Associated Press sports writer Hal Bock. ``On Friday nights, he was at ringside at every fight.″
``He would bring those fights right to you with a blow-by-blow description of the fighters,″ said Gordon Knox Smith, a friend. ``It was something people didn’t miss.″
Powers was born in Cleveland, the eldest of 10 children. After college, he worked for The Cleveland Plain Dealer and other Midwest newspapers before joining the Daily News.
Powers is survived by his brother John, of Manhasset, N.Y.; sister Teresa Wight of Enid, Okla.; three children, Patricia of South Hero, Vt.; Michael of Wellesley, Mass.; and Mary Anne of Miami; six granddaughters and a great-granddaughter.
His wife, Winona died in 1981.