One-time Anderson Daily Bulletin sports editor Mike Chappell’s recent induction into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame takes me back to the days when I also covered sports for The Herald.
It was a time when local sports was king. We had an opportunity to cover some of the best athletes in Indiana, and in some cases the whole country, and report it to the waiting public every day in the pages of our newspapers.
Chappell, of course, went on to The Indianapolis Star as a beat writer for the Colts when they came to the Hoosier state. But we worked across the hall from each other for several years before each of us went on to arguably bigger and better things.
I got my start under the late Orville “Red” Haven in 1962. He already was active in the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association and got me into the swing as well. Jack Martin was sports editor of The Bulletin at the time.
Haven died in 1969, and I became The Herald sports editor. That era ushered in some of the golden days of sports in the Anderson area, not only in high school basketball but other sports as well. Several Indiana Pacers home games were played at the Wigwam, Anderson College had its first postseason football experience and a number of athletes in several sports excelled on the state and national level. We even had the chance to cover a few World Series games during the era of the Big Red Machine in Cincinnati.
Dave “Ace” Soverly had joined me on The Herald staff then, and Don Cronin became Bulletin sports editor. Chappell joined him a few years later, and when Cronin left, Ben Smith teamed with Chappell on the Bulletin staff. Smith, now a columnist in Fort Wayne, was named to the Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame a year ago.