Legendary sportswriter putting away his pen
Legendary sportswriter Dave Campbell, creator of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine, and longtime sports editor of the Waco Tribune-Herald, announced recently that he’s retiring — for at least the second time.
Campbell spent 40 years as the Trib’s sports editor in the middle of a career that began (as a student, graduating in 1950) and ended (working for the Baylor Bear Foundation) at Baylor. He last retired in 1993, when he left the Trib; five months later, though, he accepted an offer to head up the Baylor Bear Insider, a newsletter sent out to Bear Foundation members. That job ended up lasting 15 years.
A member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and the Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame, Campbell founded Texas Football in 1960; he still serves as editor-in-chief for the publication, which quickly emerged as the nation’s prototype for regional sports publications and is still known as “the Bible of Texas football.” Among his many recognitions, the press box at Floyd Casey Stadium — where Campbell has spent countless hours — is named in his honor.
Sic ’em, Mr. Campbell!