Starting as a 16-year-old newspaper cub in Cincinnati, Hugh Fullerton wrote baseball columns and edited sports pages in Chicago, New York, Columbus (Ohio) and Philadelphia for nearly half a century.
A main figure in establishing the press box as an office of authority on baseball, Fullerton was one of the founding fathers of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
He was best known for perfecting a system of "dope" predictions for the outcome of the World Series. His greatest pride was discovering Ring Lardner, Charles E. Van Loan and Irving Sanborn, men of baseball letters.
Fullerton, along with others such as Lardner and James Isaminger, was instrumental in revealing the full story of the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal, a landmark event that shaped the future of baseball.
A striking personality, Fullerton was personally acquainted with an extraordinary number of people. Hughie, as he was known to his close friends, died in Dunedin, Fla., on Dec. 27, 1945.
1964 BBWAA Career Excellence Award winner Hugh Fullerton. (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)