Emmy-winning sports producer, b'caster

Longtime broadcaster and author Dick Schaap died Friday at a New York hospital from postoperative complications following hip-replacement surgery. He was 67.

Schaap won three sports Emmy Awards for his work on ESPN and three more Emmys for features on ABC’s “20/20″ and ABC’s “World News Tonight.”

Schaap was host of ESPN’s “Sports Reporters” and “The Sporting Life With Dick Schaap” on ESPN Radio. He also was host of “Schaap One on One” on ESPN Classic.

He wrote more than 30 books, including “Instant Replay,” the first of four collaborations with former Green Bay Packers lineman Jerry Kramer, which became a bestseller in 1968.

An autobiography, “Flashing Before My Eyes,” was published earlier this year.

Schaap received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Journalism from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America in 2001. He won the Northeastern Award for Excellence in Broadcast Sports Journalism in 1986 and the Women’s Sports Foundation award for excellence in covering women’s sports in 1984.

A native of Brooklyn, Schaap graduated from Cornell U in 1955 and attended the Columbia U Graduate School of Journalism on a Grantland Rice Memorial Fellowship.

Schaap worked for Newsweek from 1959-’63 and moved to the New York Herald Tribune from 1964-’66, first as city editor and later as a columnist. He was with NBC from 1971-’80, serving as a correspondent for the “NBC Nightly News” and the “Today” show and also served as editor of Sport Magazine from 1973-’77.

He is survived by his wife, Trish, and six children, including ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap.

Longtime broadcaster and author Dick Schaap died Friday at a New York hospital from postoperative complications following hip-replacement surgery. He was 67.

Schaap won three sports Emmy Awards for his work on ESPN and three more Emmys for features on ABC’s “20/20″ and ABC’s “World News Tonight.”

Schaap was host of ESPN’s “Sports Reporters” and “The Sporting Life With Dick Schaap” on ESPN Radio. He also was host of “Schaap One on One” on ESPN Classic.

He wrote more than 30 books, including “Instant Replay,” the first of four collaborations with former Green Bay Packers lineman Jerry Kramer, which became a bestseller in 1968.

An autobiography, “Flashing Before My Eyes,” was published earlier this year.

Schaap received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Journalism from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America in 2001. He won the Northeastern Award for Excellence in Broadcast Sports Journalism in 1986 and the Women’s Sports Foundation award for excellence in covering women’s sports in 1984.

A native of Brooklyn, Schaap graduated from Cornell U in 1955 and attended the Columbia U Graduate School of Journalism on a Grantland Rice Memorial Fellowship.

Schaap worked for Newsweek from 1959-’63 and moved to the New York Herald Tribune from 1964-’66, first as city editor and later as a columnist. He was with NBC from 1971-’80, serving as a correspondent for the “NBC Nightly News” and the “Today” show and also served as editor of Sport Magazine from 1973-’77.

He is survived by his wife, Trish, and six children, including ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap.

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