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In Memoriam

Hall-of-Fame Writer and MLB Historian
Jerome Holtzman Dies

Jerome Holtzman Library and Research Center will honor his legacy
July 19, 2008

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Hall-of-Fame baseball writer and MLB historian, Jerome Holtzman.

Jerome Holtzman began his career with the Chicago Daily Times, the predecessor to the Chicago Sun-Times, in 1943. In the early sixties, Holtzman invented the save category for relief pitchers, deriving a formula that evolved into the official statistic in 1966. He became the national baseball writer for the Chicago Tribune in 1981 and remained there until his retirement in 1999. It was then that he was named the official historian for Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig.

Recognized nationally as “The Dean” of baseball writers, Holtzman wrote several baseball books including his most renowned publication, “No Cheering in the Press Box.”

“Jerome Holtzman was the embodiment of Chicago baseball. He was a researcher, writer, columnist, historian, and most importantly a fan,” said Chicago Baseball Museum President Dr. David Fletcher. “I will miss his stories, his wisdom and his encouragement. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Marilyn, to his children and grandchildren. He will truly be missed.”

In November 2007, the Chicago Baseball Museum acquired Jerome Holtzman’s personal research papers and baseball collection.  Jerome Holtzman’s legacy will be preserved in the Chicago Baseball Museum’s Jerome Holtzman Museum Library and Research Center. It will be the only repository solely related to the indispensable role Chicago played in the development of baseball, specifically Jerome Holtzman’s contributions. 


George "Buck" Weaver

August 18, 1890

Pottstown, PA



April 11, 1912

Primary Position:
Infield (SS, 3B)

Primary Team:
Chicago White Sox