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Arnie Burdick


Enshrined 1996

Nicknamed “The Coach”, Arnie Burdick spent nearly 30 years in the newspaper business. Burdick’s work ethic as a reporter and editor with the Syracuse Herald-Journal earned him the respect of his colleagues as well as his readers.


Burdick started his sports writing career as a student journalist at Nottingham High School. He went to Syracuse University where he played lacrosse and worked in the sports information department. He later became the sports editor of Syracuse’s evening paper, the Herald-Journal, and the Sunday Herald American.


In his 28 years at the Herald, he wrote daily columns in addition to covering such beats as SU football, basketball and local boxing. His popular sports column featured "The Old Scout," an on-going character he developed when he began as a columnist.


During his time as sports editor, Burdick had a hand in establishing the Herald Amateur golf tournament and the Herald Masters bowling tournament. Burdick, who retired from the paper in 1984, is also a past president of the Football Writers Association of America.




1939-1941: Played lacrosse for Roy Simmons, Sr. at Syracuse University 

1941-1945: Served in U.S. Army 

1947-1956: SU Sports Information Director 

1956-1984: Herald-Journal Sports Editor and Columnist; Wrote an estimated 300 columns a year 

1965: ECAC-SIDA Media Award is bestowed upon an individual in either print or electronic media for outstanding coverage of eastern intercollegiate athletics 

* Past Director of the IRA Regatta

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