Jack Fiske

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Jack Fiske (born Jacob Quincy Finklestein in New York in 1917) was a boxing scribe for the San Francisco Chronicle from 1947 (1950, according to other sources) to 1993. He was known for an ever-present toothpick in his mouth an keen eye for detail. For a number of decades Fiske's Tuesday and Saturday boxing columns, packed with boxing scoops, were circulated widely in the American boxing community in the days before the Internet. As a result, Fiske was regarded by some people as the premier boxing beat writer in the United States. He left the Chronicle in 1993, but continued writing columns for Virgil Thrasher's Professional Boxing Update trade journal until the late 1990s. (He also covered hockey for many years.) He possessed a huge collection of boxing memorabilia.

Fiske served as a medic in the Army Air Force in Australia nd New Guinea during World War II. He then attended Alabama University, where he studied journalism and was manager of the boxing team (one of the team members was a featherweight named George Wallace, later Alabama governor and Presidential candidate). He worked for the Birmingham Post (Alabama), Newport News Daily Press (Virginia), Trentonian (Trenton, NJ), Alameda Times-Star and Richmond Independent before joining The Chronicle.

Fiske was the last of a long line of great boxing writers in San Francisco, which included Bill Naughton, Marlan Salazar, Harry B. Smith, and Eddie Muller. He died on January 24, 2006, aged 88, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.