Milton Richman (January 29, 1922 – June 9, 1986) was an American sports columnist and sports editor for United Press International. He was named the 1981 winner of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
During World War II, Richman played in the minor league organization of the St. Louis Browns.
He spent 42 years with United Press International, one of only two jobs he had during his working career. He became a columnist in 1964, and continued to write his sports column after UPI named him as its sports editor from 1972 to 1985. In 1987, Richman was honored by the Press Club of Atlantic City with the National Headliner Award. In both 1957 and 1981, he received nominations for the Pulitzer Prize, and in 1981 was inducted into the Writer's Wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
On December 9, 1986, six month after Richman's death, Tommy Lasorda and Sparky Anderson became the first recipients of the Milton Richman Memorial Award, established by the Association of Professional Baseball Players of America to honor "the person or persons doing the most to help former baseball people in need."
Richman died at age 64 on June 9, 1986 of a heart attack. He was survived by his brother, Arthur Richman, who also worked as a sportswriter, and later in the front offices of both the New York Mets and New York Yankees.
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The 1981 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson University in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tigers were led by head coach Danny Ford and played their home games in Memorial Stadium. Clemson finished their undefeated 1981 season with a 22–15 victory over the #4 Nebraska Cornhuskers in the 1982 Orange Bowl, and were voted #1 in the Associated Press (AP) and United Press International (UPI) polls.
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