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Phil Collier (December 7, 1925 February 24, 2001) was a sports writer who worked in the San Diego area for many years.

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San Diego City in California, United States

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Collier began his career as a sportswriter in Baytown, Texas in 1939. After a military service and a stint at Texas Christian University, he joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram .

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In San Diego, Collier covered the Pacific Coast League San Diego Padres until the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. For the next decade, he covered both Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels games for the San Diego Union . Collier was the sportswriter who Sandy Koufax called to inform the world of his sudden retirement.

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The San Diego Padres were a minor league baseball team which played in the Pacific Coast League from 1936 through 1968. The team that would eventually become the Padres was well traveled prior to moving to San Diego. It began its existence in 1903 as the Sacramento Solons, a charter member of the PCL. The team moved to Tacoma in 1904, returned to Sacramento in 1905, then left the PCL altogether for the next three seasons. The Solons rejoined the PCL in 1909, then moved to San Francisco during the 1914 season, finishing out the season as the San Francisco Missions. The team was sold to businessman Bill "Hardpan" Lane, who moved the team to Salt Lake City for the 1915 season as the Salt Lake Bees.

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When San Diego was awarded the San Diego Padres, Collier began covering the team, which he would do for 18 seasons. In 1987, Collier became the national baseball columnist for the Union. He continued to write for the Union-Tribune after its merger with the San Diego Tribune in 1992. He retired from the paper in 1996.

He was awarded the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in 1991, was inducted into the writers section of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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He was born in Stanton, Texas and died in San Diego, California of prostate cancer. [1]

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  1. "Phil Collier; Hall of Fame San Diego Sportswriter". Los Angeles Times. February 27, 2001. Retrieved March 29, 2015.