Hal Lebovitz Passes Away

An icon of Cleveland sports journalism has left us.


It is a sad day for Cleveland-area sports fans, as local sportswriting legend Hal Lebovitz has passed away.

Lebovitz was an icon of local sports journalism, as his regular columns in the Lake County News-Herald and Lorain Morning-Journal continued to link a great bygone era of sports writers era to today's generation. Active and informative until he was hospitalized several weeks ago, Lebovitz had a storied career which set the bar for Cleveland-area sportswriters.

Here is the update which was posted by our friend, Les Levine, on his website this morning:

"It is with great sadness that I report to you that my friend, Hal Lebovitz died Monday night at the age of 89, at University Hospital, where he was admitted three weeks ago. Hal, inducted into the Baseball Writers & Broadcasters Wing of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, covered sports in Cleveland since 1946. Generations of fans know him as 'Ask Hal' from the Sporting News, and as Sports Editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He worked for the Cleveland News from 1946-60 when it folded. He immediately went to the Plain Dealer, where he became sports editor in 1964. He left the PD in 1985 and continued his fine writing at the News Herald & the Lorain Journal. From 1994 until just three weeks ago, Hal was a weekly guest on 'More Sports & Les Levine' until 1996 on WHK Radio, and from then until the present time on Adelphia Channel 15. My heart-felt sympathies go to his wife, Marge, of 67 years, to son, Neil, and daughter Lynn. I am proud that he considered me to be a friend. "

From everyone at Bernie's Insiders, our greatest sympathies are extended to Hal's family and friends. He will be sorely missed.

- BDMc

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