Watson Spoelstra

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Watson Spoelstra
Born April 5, 1910
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Died July 20, 1999(1999-07-20) (aged 89)
Largo, Florida
Nationality American
Education Hope College
Occupation Sportswriter
Employer The Detroit News (1945–1973)
Known forWaddy's World (1947–1973)
Founder and leader, Baseball Chapel (1973–1982)

Watson N. "Waddy" Spoelstra (April 5, 1910 – July 20, 1999) was an American sportswriter for The Detroit News from 1945 to 1973. He served as the president of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in 1968. After retiring from The Detroit News, he founded Baseball Chapel, a Christian ministry for professional baseball players, which he led from 1973 to 1982.

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Spoelstra was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1910. He attended Hope College where he played baseball and basketball. He became Hope College's all-time leading scorer in basketball. He graduated from Hope College in 1932. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 Benjamin Hoak. "Watson Spoelstra (1910-1999): 'Player, Writer, Visionary'". World Journalism Institute.
  2. Jonathan Abrams (May 28, 2011). "Spoelstra Raised to Be in N.B.A., and Rising to Challenge". The New York Times.