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Arch Ward
Born(1896-12-27)December 27, 1896
DiedJuly 9, 1955(1955-07-09) (aged 58)
Alma materColumbia College, Notre Dame
OccupationSports editor
EmployerChicago Tribune
Known forCreator of the MLB All-Star Game and the Golden Gloves

Archie Burdette Ward[1] (December 27, 1896 – July 9, 1955) was an American journalist who served as sports editor for the Chicago Tribune. He was the creator of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament and the World Professional Basketball Tournament.[2]


Ward was born in 1896 in Irwin, Illinois, and attended Columbia Academy and Columbia College (now Loras College) in Dubuque, Iowa.[3] He worked for the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque in 1919.[3] Ward completed college at the University of Notre Dame, where he worked as publicity director under Knute Rockne in 1919 and 1920,[3] before graduating in 1921.[4] Ward then worked for the Star in Rockford, Illinois, during 1921–1925.[3] He joined the Chicago Tribune in 1925, and became sports editor in 1930.[4]

Ward created the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, the Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament, and the College All-Star Football Classic (an annual game between professional and college players).[4] In 1941, he was offered the role of Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), but turned it down.[5] He later started the rival All-America Football Conference (AAFC). He was quoted as being an "idealist", one that felt the NFL was a "cheap-john minor league outfit" which needed a major pro league like the AAFC to force the NFL to pay their players better.[5][a] Ward helped set up the first meeting of the organization that would become the AAFC on June 4, 1944, with word getting out about the league in late August of that year before a formal announcement on September 2, 1944.[6] The league lasted four seasons, with the sudden heart attack suffered by Benjamin F. Lindheimer in late 1949 (who owned three of the eight AAFC teams) being a key point of the demise of the league, with various members involved with the league saying that Ward turned the NFL into a major league in spite of itself.[7]

Ward published several collections of light content ("notes, verses and comments") from the Chicago Tribune entitled In The Wake Of The News Book and edited an anthology called The Greatest Sports Stories From Chicago Tribune. He also was the author of three sports-related books:[4]

Ward was involved in conservative political causes and as well as the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. Described as affable and mild mannered,[8] he was considered a dynamo with powerful contacts in American politics, church matters, and journalism.

Personal life and death

Ward died in his sleep in 1955 at the age of 58, at his home on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago;[9] his death was attributed to a heart attack.[8] He was survived by his wife, Helen, and a son; a daughter had predeceased him in 1940.[8] His funeral took place the same day as the 1955 MLB All-Star Game.[4]


  1. ^ Two original AAFC teams, the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers, remain active in the NFL.


  1. ^ "Draft Registration Card". Selective Service System. May 1918. Retrieved April 19, 2021 – via
  2. ^ "WORLD PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT 1939-48". Retrieved June 9, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c d "Arch Ward, Internationally Known Sports Editor, Dies". Johnson City Press. Johnson City, Tennessee. AP. July 10, 1955. p. 17. Retrieved April 19, 2021 – via
  4. ^ a b c d e "Founder Is Buried on Day of All-Star Game". The Tablet. Brooklyn. July 16, 1955. p. 16. Retrieved April 19, 2021 – via
  5. ^ a b "Arch Ward, Tribune Sports Editor, Dies". Palladium-Item. Richmond, Indiana. AP. July 10, 1955. p. 17. Retrieved April 19, 2021 – via
  6. ^ Paul M. Bennett (1998). "Goin' to the dogs" (PDF). The Coffin Corner. Vol. 20, no. 6. Retrieved 22 April 2023.
  7. ^ Oates, Bob (1986-12-26). "THE L.A. DONS : 4 Decades Ago, Maverick Football Team Made a Fleeting but Memorable Impact". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2023-03-15.
  8. ^ a b c "Sports Editor Arch Ward Dies At 58". Orlando Sentinel. AP. July 10, 1955. p. 18. Retrieved April 19, 2021 – via
  9. ^ "Sports Editor Arch Ward Dies At 58". La Crosse Tribune. La Crosse, Wisconsin. AP. July 8, 1955. p. 17. Retrieved April 19, 2021 – via

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