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Holtzman Remembered

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The Chicago baseball writer credited with the invention of the “save” statistic is being remembered today. Jerome Holtzman passed away last weekend at the age of 82.

Fellow sports journalist Lester Munson says Holtzman was “a guy who did not mince words.”

MUNSON: When I was working at Sports Illustrated, a slick paper magazine, he did not hesitate to explain to me that my work was the work of sports dilletante. He had a wonderful twinkle in his eye as he explained this to me at least seven different times. He was very charming, very funny about it and he would help me any way he could.

Paul Sullivan is the current Cubs reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He worked with Holtzman through most of the ‘90s. Sullivan says Holtzman was an “old school kind of guy.”

SULLIVAN: What he taught me about being a beat writer is, number one, being there and being responsible for what you write. When you write something that’s critical of a player, you go there the next day and you stand in the locker room. And if the player or the manager - or whoever it is - wants to come up and complain to you, get in your face, then you let them do it and you let them have their say.

Holtzman covered baseball in Chicago for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.

A private funeral will be today at Rosehill Cemetary in Chicago. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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