Hal Lebovitz

Induction Year: 1999 Sport: Media

A nationally known sportswriter, he entertained and informed Cleveland sports fans for more than 50 years with hi sincisive reporting talents. A graduate of Glenville High and Western Reserve University, he became a full-time writer for the Cleveland News in 1946, covering high school sports. He became the paper’s baseball beat writer in 1950, moved to the Plain Dealer with the same assignment when the News folded in 1960, and began a 20-year reign as the PD sports editor in 1964. His highly popular PD sports columns continued thereafter in a chain of papers serving much of the Greater Cleveland metropolis. So did his “Ask Hal, The Referee” columns, which appeared nationally in The Sporting News from 1947 to 1993. The column drew on a vast situational sports knowledge acquired through many years as an umpire and referee.