Pegler entered sports journalism when he returned from WWI service in the Navy and
joined UPI as a baseball reporter. He introduced a tough and rowdy way of reporting,
replacing the style of noncritical hero worship which had become hackneyed. He became
a daily sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune and for several years wrote a weekly column for The Sporting News.
Prize-winner Pegler's fame as a mainstream journalist is kept alive by those against
whom he fulminated most viciously in his syndicated columns; liberals continue to
view him as a glaring example of a reactionary newspaperman. His lost libel suit
against Quentin Reynolds is often cited in both journalism and law courses.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»October 26, 1946: Columnist Westbrook Pegler writes a critical piece about the off-field relationship between Dodger manager Leo Durocher, actor George Raft and well-known gamblers. This is the first of a number of articles that will lead up to the suspension of Durocher for the 1947 season.