Gordon Mackay

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Gordon Mackay’s illustrious career in journalism unfolded with remarkable detail and impact. Born on August 27, 1877, in Massachusetts, he commenced his journalistic journey in 1895 in Boston before making a significant move to Philadelphia in 1909.

By 1911, Mackay had become an integral part of the Philadelphia Times, earning widespread recognition for his insightful baseball columns, which quickly gained national circulation. His journalistic prowess extended to sports reporting for the Cleveland Leader in early 1913, solidifying his reputation in the field. Subsequently, Mackay returned to Philadelphia, where he held esteemed positions as sports editor for the Philadelphia Press, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Public Ledger, and, ultimately, the Philadelphia Record. Known for his versatility, he also delved into covering general news stories. In 1935, Mackay embraced a new chapter in Camden, joining the Camden Courier-Post as a featured columnist and reporter.

In 1913, at the age of 35, Mackay entered a new phase of life by marrying Inez Kane. The 1920 census captured a glimpse of his domestic life, residing with Inez’s mother and siblings at 2229 North 13th Street in Philadelphia. By then, Mackay had already established himself as a seasoned newspaper reporter. His affiliation with the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1925 showcased his prowess, earning him recognition as a baseball expert and authority on various sports.

The year 1930 marked Mackay’s tenure as sports editor at the Philadelphia Record. That April, he and Inez, along with their three children — Gordon J., Elizabeth, and Jane — resided at 5850 Pendridge Street in Philadelphia. Despite his editorial responsibilities, Mackay remained actively engaged in reporting for the Philadelphia Record.

Beyond the realm of sports reporting, Mackay’s influence extended to the selection of All-Star Baseball Teams in 1931, serving on a panel responsible for these post-season awards. In November 1931, his column in the Record delved into the demise of the Frankford Yellowjackets, offering insights into an early NFL franchise.

By 1935, Gordon Mackay became an integral part of the Camden Courier-Post, leaving an indelible mark with his column, “Is Zat So?” The depth of his writing style and profound familiarity with the diverse communities of Camden and Philadelphia was evident. Even after the passing of his wife on December 31, 1938, Mackay persisted, maintaining his commitment to covering news for the Courier and contributing to his regular column.

Gordon Mackay’s later years were marked by declining health, leading to his stay at the state hospital in Trenton, New Jersey, for the last 18 months of his life. On February 16, 1941, this influential journalist breathed his last, leaving behind a legacy that resonated through his enduring contributions to the field of journalism and the communities he served.


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