NEW YORK (AP) -- Will Grimsley, who covered the spectrum of sports for four decades as a reporter, columnist and special correspondent for The Associated Press, is dead at age 88.
Grimsley's byline was one of the best known in sports as he reported from the world's biggest athletic events for nearly half a century, including 15 Olympics, 35 World Series and 25 Kentucky Derbies.
Grimsley, who retired in 1984, died Thursday of heart failure in East Meadow, N.Y. He was buried Monday.
Born in Monterey, Tenn., Grimsley was the son of a railroad engineer. He joined the sports staff of the Evening Tennessean at age 18 and became sports editor and columnist for the paper in 1935.
Grimsley was hired by the AP at Memphis in 1943 and transferred to New York as a sports writer in 1947. In 1969, he was named a special correspondent, one of just a handful of AP writers and the only one in sports to carry that title.
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