Daniel, a raspy-voiced, round-shouldered hulk of a man, was still pecking out copy
at the age of 91. Refused a byline early in his career because of his Jewish name,
Moskowitz, Daniel made his first name do double duty from then on. The prodigious
writer had to long stints with Baseball Magazine and The Sporting News when they were the lone baseball publications. He also co-founded and edited Ring
Magazine, covering boxing.
A resource of fact as well as acerbic opinion, Daniel conducted the "Ask
Daniel" feature in the New York World-Telegram sports section at the peak of that paper 's fame.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»October 11, 1946:
The Yankees send veteran Joe Gordon and Ed Bockman to Cleveland for 32-year-old pitcher Allie Reynolds (11–15). Columnist Dan Daniel will later report that Larry MacPhail and Bucky Harris initially wanted Red Embree, but DiMaggio advised them to take Reynolds. The Chief will be a mainstay of the Yankees championship teams while Gordon will finish out the 1940s with three good years. The Yanks will put Embree in pinstripes in a year.
»August 25, 1952:
In a 1-0 win over the Yankees in Yankee Stadium,
Virgil Trucks of the Detroit Tigers pitches his second no-hitter of the season. The no-hitter is in doubt for three innings when a play made by SS Johnny Pesky in the third inning is under debate. The official scorer, John Drebinger, records it as an error when Pesky has trouble getting a ball hit by Phil Rizzuto out of his glove. Dan Daniel of The New York World Telegram convinces Drebinger that it cannot be ruled an error because the ball was stuck in the fielder's glove, and Rizzuto is awarded a hit. In the sixth inning, with Trucks not having given up another hit, Drebinger calls Pesky in the dugout from the press box, and the SS says that he should be given the error rather than Rizzuto the hit. The call is changed again, and Trucks's no-hitter is preserved. Trucks's record is now 5-15.