Dave Anderson, sports columnist, Pulitzer winner, dies at 89

NEW YORK (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist Dave Anderson of The New York Times has died at 89.

The newspaper said he died Thursday at an assisted living facility in Cresskill, New Jersey.

Anderson worked at the Times from 1966 to 2007. He wrote elegant, descriptive commentary, displaying a wealth of expertise in baseball, the NFL, boxing and golf.

Anderson wrote 21 books and received the 1994 Red Smith Award for outstanding contributions to sports journalism from the Associated Press Sports Editors. He was inducted into the National Sports Writers and Sportscasters Hall of Fame in 1990. He was known for his warmth to friends and strangers and unflagging politeness.

His Pulitzer cited six columns from 1980, notably “The Food On a Table At the Execution.” It portrayed the scene at George Steinbrenner’s office when the New York Yankees owner forced out rookie manager Dick Howser.

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