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Bill Lyon

Legacy of Excellence

Sportswriter, Philadelphia Inquirer, Author

Sports columnist at the Philadelphia Inquirer for over 30 years

Graduated high school at Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois (1956)

Named Class Salutatorian

Went to work full-time the next day for The News-Gazette in Champaign-Urbana

Worked 48 hours a week to pay his way through the University of Illinois.

Taking 15 credit hours a semester, graduated with honors in February 1961

Served in the 33rd Infantry Division of the Illinois National Guard.

Worked for Evansville (Indiana) Courier and Press for 3 1/2 years

Moved on to the East St. Louis (Illinois) Journal for a year and a half

Returned to The News-Gazette as managing editor

Joined the Philadelphia Inquirer in summer of 1972

Events he has covered include:

  • More than 2 dozen Super Bowls
  • More than 2 dozen Masters
  • More than 2 dozen Final Fours
  • Half a dozen Olympics Games
  • The Indianapolis 500
  • Numerous U.S. Opens
  • Several World Series
  • All the Triple Crown races
  • Stanley Cup playoffs
  • More than 30 championship fights

Author of 6 books including “When the Clock Runs Out” and “We Owed You One” (with Pat Williams)

6-time Pulitzer Prize nominee

Recipient of the National Headliner Award

Winner of 8 Keystone Press Awards

Winner of 9 Associated Press Writing Awards

7-time winner of Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year (1977, 1979-84)

Winner of 2 Emmys for TV writing

Inducted into Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (1999)

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