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December 21, 2011 | BY NANCY PHILLIPS, Inquirer Staff Writer nphillips@phillynews.com
THREE WOMEN and a man say they were molested as children by Bill Conlin, a Hall of Fame baseball writer and Daily News columnist. In vivid accounts, the four say Conlin groped and fondled them, and touched their genitals, in assaults in the 1970s, when they were from ages 7 to 12. "This is a tragedy," said Kelley Blanchet, a niece of Conlin's who said he molested her when she was a child. "People have kept his secret. It's not just the victims, it's the victims' families.
NEWS
December 16, 2010
I'D JUST LIKE to say congratulations to longtime Daily News columnist and former baseball beat writer Bill Conlin on being awarded the Baseball Hall of Fame's J.G. Taylor Spink Award for his work as a baseball writer. Conlin is what a writer in a major market like Philadelphia should be - unafraid to tell things like they are, and articulate it with such elegance and dignity. And also, as we all know, Mr. Conlin, a touch of sarcasm! Thomas Mullen Glenolden
NEWS
January 11, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Conlin, 79, a Hall of Fame baseball columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News who retired in 2011 in disgrace amid allegations that he molested children decades earlier, died Thursday, Jan. 9, at Largo (Fla.) Medical Center. Mr. Conlin had been in failing health, including severe breathing problems, since June, said Zoe Roseman, a friend at the Shipwatch Yacht & Tennis Club, the condominium community where both lived. The sex-abuse allegations were reported by The Inquirer in December 2011, five months after Mr. Conlin received the annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award, given to him by the Baseball Writers Association of America at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Hours before the story broke, Mr. Conlin retired.
NEWS
December 22, 2011 | By Nancy Phillips, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another woman has come forward to say that Bill Conlin, the Hall of Fame baseball writer and former Philadelphia Daily News columnist, sexually assaulted her when she was a child. The woman, who asked not to be identified, said Conlin repeatedly abused her when she was about 7 and lived in the Whitman Square section of Washington Township, Gloucester County. She was a childhood friend of Conlin's son, Peter, and often spent time at his house nearby. It was there, she said, that Conlin molested her. She is the fifth person to tell The Inquirer that Conlin assaulted her. On Tuesday, Conlin retired from the Daily News hours before The Inquirer reported that three women and a man said Conlin had abused them when they were children in the 1970s.
SPORTS
December 9, 2008
"I've always had the notion that people go to spectator sports to have fun and then they grab the paper to read about it and have fun again. " ON DEC. 7, 2008, a date which will live in infamy, Gannett, a newspaper publisher, bombed my front steps with a fat Sunday edition of South Jersey's Courier Post . I expected the substantial newspaper I paid for. Instead, I got an upholstered shopper's guide. When I turned to what used to be a complete and informative sports section to read Phillies beat writer Mike Radano's take on baseball's winter meetings, I found a Gannett News Service piece.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writermorrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
Bill Conlin, a  Daily News  sports columnist whose writing sparkled with incision and erudition, but whose career ended in the disgrace of child-molestation accusations, died yesterday in Largo, Fla. He was 79. Conlin resigned from the  Daily News  on Dec. 20, 2011, shortly before the publication of stories in the  Inquirer  about accusations that he molested seven children in the 1960s and '70s. The revelations hit colleagues and acquaintances with a shock wave that has yet to subside.
NEWS
December 21, 2011 | By Nancy Phillips, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three women and a man say they were molested as children by Bill Conlin, a Hall of Fame baseball writer and Philadelphia Daily News columnist. In vivid accounts, the four say Conlin groped and fondled them and touched their genitals in assaults in the 1970s, when they were ages 7 to 12. "This is a tragedy," said Kelley Blanchet, a niece of Conlin's who said he molested her when she was a child. "People have kept his secret. It's not just the victims, it's the victims' families.
NEWS
March 17, 2010
APPARENTLY, Bill Conlin remembers Jim Bunning giving him a blow-off answer when he pitched for the Phillies. But Bunning has moved on. He's one of the very few senators in either party who is fiscally reprehensible. Instead of sending all that TARP money to the banks, Bunning would give it to all those people Conlin listed. Conlin has also moved on. He has an active interest in weather conditions. I'm guessing his field of interest is hot air masses. That's a field of expertise that he's honed on the sports pages for the last 50 years.
NEWS
May 12, 1997 | By Zachary Stalberg
If you think I am going to do the real writing of this column, when the subject is who he is, you are nuts. Jim Kaat was the next-to-oldest active pitcher in the major leagues and was awaiting burial. Then, on April 25, 1978, the 39-year-old lefthander pitched a three-hit 7-0 shutout for the Phillies. Conlin wrote: The sun rose in the west this morning. Niagara Falls fell uphill. Dick Nixon admitted he was guilty. And Jim Kaat pitched a shutout. Judge Crater came home with the newspaper.
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March 12, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JOE McGINNISS, who went from controversial stints at the old Evening Bulletin and the Inquirer to best-sellerdom as a writer of blistering books, died yesterday in Worcester, Mass., of prostate cancer at age 71. McGinniss wrote hard-hitting books on many subjects, from Richard Nixon ( The Selling of the President 1968 ) to Sarah Palin ( The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin ). The Palin book led him to move in next door to her Alaska home for several months.
NEWS
January 11, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Conlin, 79, a Hall of Fame baseball columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News who retired in 2011 in disgrace amid allegations that he molested children decades earlier, died Thursday, Jan. 9, at Largo (Fla.) Medical Center. Mr. Conlin had been in failing health, including severe breathing problems, since June, said Zoe Roseman, a friend at the Shipwatch Yacht & Tennis Club, the condominium community where both lived. The sex-abuse allegations were reported by The Inquirer in December 2011, five months after Mr. Conlin received the annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award, given to him by the Baseball Writers Association of America at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Hours before the story broke, Mr. Conlin retired.
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writermorrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
Bill Conlin, a  Daily News  sports columnist whose writing sparkled with incision and erudition, but whose career ended in the disgrace of child-molestation accusations, died yesterday in Largo, Fla. He was 79. Conlin resigned from the  Daily News  on Dec. 20, 2011, shortly before the publication of stories in the  Inquirer  about accusations that he molested seven children in the 1960s and '70s. The revelations hit colleagues and acquaintances with a shock wave that has yet to subside.
SPORTS
January 12, 2012 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
St. Tommy Forever More. There's a beautiful wisdom in the familiar bumper sticker that so cleverly and warmly honors the long-defunct West Philadelphia high school. It speaks to impermanence, the power of memory, the joys and sorrows of being a sports fan. Take a look around. All those teams you worship, those places you went with your dad, those sportswriters you read and broadcasters you listened to on hot summer nights? None of them are immortal. The Brooklyn Dodgers moved.
SPORTS
December 29, 2011
IT HAS BEEN more than a week now since the first Inquirer report, and I no longer feel like throwing up. But the allegations of child sexual abuse against Bill Conlin remain horrible and vivid, and the emotions still cascade at times. There is no peace. There are seven allegations now against Conlin, 77, the Daily News sports columnist who retired hours before publication of the first story. All of the allegations date back to the 1970s or earlier. There has been no outraged denial from Conlin or his attorney.
NEWS
December 28, 2011
IT TOOK a lot of courage to report the Bill Conlin story, and the Inky and Daily News should be commended for not protecting one of their own. If any good has come from the Sandusky controversy, this may be it: a need for people to step forward, be heard, and for abusers to be held accountable. I do, however, wonder what was the thought process for not allowing reader comments. I think the community would value a place to view their opinions about the story. Moderated properly, this too could be a landmark move by the paper.
SPORTS
December 25, 2011
I had hoped to write something uplifting and inspirational today to accompany your holiday eggnog, but alas, there was nothing uplifting within the state of Philadelphia sports last week, certainly nothing to do with any result on a scoreboard. It was a whirlwind week, where a longtime city sports columnist was accused of child molestation and a Penn State quarterback got knocked out by one of his teammates, who just happens to be from West Philly. Rancor overshadowed anything that had to do with the Eagles and their Christmas Eve game in Dallas, or even the job status of Andy Reid, which kind of gives you an idea of the evolvement of sports in a new millennium.
NEWS
December 24, 2011 | By Nancy Phillips, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yet another woman has come forward to say that Hall of Fame baseball writer and former Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin sexually abused her when she was a child. The woman said Conlin assaulted her at the beach in Margate, N.J., when she was 11 years old in the 1960s, fully a decade before he is accused of assaulting six other victims who have given accounts this week. She said she was speaking out now because reading the stories of others who say Conlin molested them gave her courage.
NEWS
December 23, 2011 | By Nancy Phillips, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Yet another woman has come forward to say that Hall of Fame baseball writer and former Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin sexually abused her when she was a child. The woman said Conlin assaulted her at the beach in Margate, N.J., when she was 11 years old in the 1960s, fully a decade before he is accused of assaulting six other victims who have given accounts this week. She said she was speaking out now because reading the stories of others who say Conlin molested them gave her courage.
NEWS
December 22, 2011 | By Nancy Phillips, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another woman has come forward to say that Bill Conlin, the Hall of Fame baseball writer and former Philadelphia Daily News columnist, sexually assaulted her when she was a child. The woman, who asked not to be identified, said Conlin repeatedly abused her when she was about 7 and lived in the Whitman Square section of Washington Township, Gloucester County. She was a childhood friend of Conlin's son, Peter, and often spent time at his house nearby. It was there, she said, that Conlin molested her. She is the fifth person to tell The Inquirer that Conlin assaulted her. On Tuesday, Conlin retired from the Daily News hours before The Inquirer reported that three women and a man said Conlin had abused them when they were children in the 1970s.
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