My Tribute To George Kirksey: The Father of Major League Baseball in Houston


When I was in my early 20s I met George, who was then in his early 60s. We became friends quickly, soulmates,
despite the vast age difference.

George had grown up in Hillsboro, and after graduating from the U. of Texas as a journalism major, worked his way up the ladder until he became National SportsEditor for United Press. He covered sports from drafty press boxes long ago, when reporters dashed to be the first in a single phone booth to call in their story to their paper.

In World War II, George enlisted and due to his experience was given the management of the office in London which reported on the bomber raids over Germany, and on the boys who flew them, and on the ones who did not return.

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