Jay Greenberg, 71, of Monmouth County, N.J., the former Flyers beat author for the Day by day Information, a celebrated writer, and a member of the Hockey Corridor of Fame’s “media honorees” wing, died Thursday, Aug. 12, at residence of difficulties from West Nile virus.
During his 5 decades of sporting activities journalism, Mr. Greenberg labored for the Daily News from 1978 to 1989 and included some of the Flyers’ and hockey’s best times. He wrote about the team’s losses in the Stanley Cup Finals in 1980, 1985, and 1987, and scored an exclusive interview with Wayne Gretzky when the celebrity was traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles in 1988.
Paul Holmgren, the former Flyers participant, coach, typical manager, and president, known as Mr. Greenberg a “database of the Flyers. He understood the stories inside of the sport.”
Mr. Greenberg also chronicled soccer, baseball, and other athletics through his job, earning a popularity as a writer who could tell an partaking tale about anything at all. Beginning in 1994, he wrote a common sports column for the New York Submit for 17 years.
In 2013, Mr. Greenberg was named a life time member of the Experienced Hockey Writers’ Affiliation and offered its Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award, which recognizes individuals “whose text have introduced honor to journalism and to hockey.”
“It took me a several many years to understand how rare it was for a U.S.-based mostly writer to turn into these kinds of an final [hockey] insider,” explained Les Bowen, who succeeded Mr. Greenberg on the Flyers conquer at the Daily Information.
Mr. Greenberg’s producing was insightful, entertaining, and crafted in these types of a way that it was easily recognizable by his viewers. “He may possibly have been the greatest hockey author ever,” explained Pat McLoone, the previous assistant managing editor for athletics at the Day by day Information.
Composing in December 1980 from Calgary in Canada about the Flyers’ forthcoming video game, Mr. Greenberg explained in the Day-to-day Information: “Something called a ‘chinook’ blew in below just ahead of the Flyers did yesterday, boosting the temperature to 52 levels. A chinook is a north wind with very hot air — one thing like Gene Hart — that arrives out of the Canadian Rockies, and disguises the simple fact that the Nationwide Hockey League has expanded just about to the North Pole.”
Mr. Greenberg also wrote for, among other publications, the Kansas Town Star, Philadelphia Bulletin, Sporting activities Illustrated, Toronto Solar, Hockey News, hockeybuzz.com, and princetontigersfootball.com.
He was the creator or coauthor of 4 guides, like Entire Spectrum: The Comprehensive History of the Philadelphia Flyers Hockey Club and The Philadelphia Flyers at 50: The Story of the Legendary Hockey Club and Its Top 50 Heroes, Wins & Events. A fifth ebook is scheduled to be posted subsequent year.
Mr. Greenberg grew up in Johnstown, Pa., and was captivated to hockey as a youngster by the Johnstown Jets, the neighborhood small-league workforce at the time. “That was the place I figured out the sport,” he advised the Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown in 2013. “That’s where I fell in love with the match.”
Right after graduating from the College of Missouri, Mr. Greenberg began operating at the Kansas City Star. When the metropolis acquired a National Hockey League staff in 1974, Mr. Greenberg volunteered to cover it when no other reporters were fascinated.
He went to the Bulletin in 1975 to address the Flyers and then to the Daily Information in 1978.
As a great deal as he was revered for his producing, Mr. Greenberg was similarly admired for his private demeanor and skilled graciousness. Scott Lauber, now a Phillies conquer author for The Inquirer and Daily Information, worked for Mr. Greenberg in 1995 as a researcher for his initially reserve on the Flyers.
“It was like remaining requested to capture a Cy Youthful Award winner’s bullpen periods,” Lauber said of their time with each other. “It was a grasp class on producing and reporting, greater than any internship I ever had.”
Former Flyer Joe Watson, who played when Mr. Greenberg was on the Flyers conquer, tweeted: “Great hockey author. Even far better individual.”
New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro known as Mr. Greenberg “a beacon of kindness and grace, endlessly ready to supply praise and encouragement.”
In a statement, the Flyers reported: “Jay committed his lifetime to crafting and had a truly particular capacity to convey to a story in a way that not numerous could.”
Mr. Greenberg appreciated canines, popcorn, spicy meals, and martinis. He was a standard blood donor and a lifelong follower of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“The National Institutes of Well being and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, to which Jay has donated his brain for examine, are not likely to uncover any deterioration of his thoughts, only his motor capabilities,” his loved ones wrote in a assertion. “Jay was sharp and saved his feeling of humor until eventually the conclusion. (In actuality, he dictated and needed this paragraph integrated in his obit.)”
Mr. Greenberg is survived by his spouse of 44 a long time, Mona daughters Elizabeth and Stephanie a sister and other family members.
Solutions are non-public.