Ward's professional title was sports editor of the Chicago Tribune. As such he bossed the country's biggest staff of sportswriters (42) and drew a salary estimated as high as $75,000. Yet Ward's fame as a journalist was only secondary; his daily column, "In the Wake of the News," was largely ghostwritten. It had known far more distinguished days under the by-line of predecessors like Ring Lardner.
The world of sport will remember Ward principally for his promotions, through whose proceeds the Tribune gave more than $5 million to charity in the Chicago area alone. The biggest of these by far was the Golden Gloves, which Ward developed into the largest and finest boxing event of any year, the incubator of such champions as Joe Louis, Barney Ross, Ray Robinson and Rocky Marciano. Ward was certainly a good friend to boxing—one of its best—as he proved back in 1939 when he spent some months trying (unsuccessfully) to break the Harry Thomas- Max Schmeling fight scandal (SI, Dec. 13).
This slight, bespectacled man who looked far more like a church deacon than a lion of journalism was indeed a friend to all sports. His epitaph will be the All-Star baseball and football games, the Golden Gloves, the All-Star bowling tournament, the Silver Skates, the CYO boxing program (which his Tribune charities did much to support) and, of course, the great tradition of Notre Dame football, for which Arch Ward was the first publicity director in the early days of Knute Rockne. That's as much as any sports fan could ask.
Our crew sure pulled a neat surprise.
Look at how they grin.
By using brooms instead of oars
They swept on to win.