Edward E. Fitzgerald

Edward Earl Fitzgerald (September 10, 1919 – February 11, 2001) was a sports journalist, editor of Sport magazine, executive in chief of the Book of the Month Club, founder of the Quality Paperback Book Club, president of the books division at Doubleday Publishing, and president of McCall's Magazine Group.[1] He was also an author of sports biographies.[1] His own memoirs include A Nickel an Inch: An Autobiography, and That Place in Minnesota.[1][2]

Edward Earl Fitzgerald
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Edward E. Fitzgerald, Editor Sport magazine
Edward Earl Fitzgerald

September 10, 1919
DiedFebruary 11, 2001 (2001-02-12) (aged 81)
New Rochelle, New York, U.S.
CitizenshipUnited States
  • Sportswriter
  • magazine editor
  • publishing executive
Years active1940s through 1970s

Fitzgerald built himself a good reputation during his time as editor of Sport magazine during the 1950s.[3] After he moved on to become president of Doubleday books, he continued to work editing and writing. He helped Yogi Berra write Berra's autobiography which Doubleday published.[3] He also co-wrote with tennis player Althea Gibson, sportscaster Mel Allen, and football player Johnny Unitas on their autobiographies.[4]


  • Tales for males, New York : Cadillac Pub. Co., 1945
  • Kick-off!, New York : Bantam Books, 1948
  • The turning point, New York : A.S. Barnes, 1948
  • College slugger, New York : A.S. Barnes, 1950
  • Yankee rookie, New York : Barnes, 1952
  • The book of major league baseball clubs, New York, A.S. Barnes, 1952
  • The book of major league baseball clubs: The American league, New York, A.S. Barnes & Co., 1952
  • The book of major league baseball clubs: The National league, New York, A.S. Barnes and Co., 1952
  • A treasury of sport stories; the best articles, New York, Bartholomew House, 1955
  • Champions in sports and spirit, New York, Farrar, Straus & Cudahy, 1956
  • The ballplayer, : A.S. Barnes and Co., 1957
  • I always wanted to be Somebody . . . Edited by Ed. Fitzgerald, by Althea Gibson; Ed Fitzgerald, W.H. Allen: London, 1959
  • More champions in sports and spirit, New York, Vision Books, 1959
  • Heroes of sport, New York : Bartholomew House, 1960
  • Johnny Unitas : the amazing success story of Mr. Quarterback, New York : Nelson, 1961
  • Yogi: The Autobiography of a Baseball Player, by Yogi Berra and Ed Fitzgerald, Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday, 1961
  • You can't beat the hours; a long, loving look at big-league baseball, including some Yankees I have known, New York, Harper & Row, 1964
  • Pro quarterback, my own story, by Johnny Unitas; Ed Fitzgerald, New York, Simon and Schuster, 1965
  • A nickel an inch : a memoir, New York : Atheneum, 1985
  • That place in Minnesota : changing lives, saving lives, New York, N.Y. : Viking, 1990
  • One Giant leap, New York : Putnam's, 1991


  1. ^ a b c DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK, New York Times (2001-02-19). "Edward Fitzgerald, Book-of-Month Executive, Dies at 81". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  2. ^ Staff, Publishers Weekly. "Publishers Weekly, Volume 247 Issue 9 02/26/2001, Edward E. Fitzgerald". Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  3. ^ a b Staff, The Pop History Dig. ""The Yogi Chronicles" 1940s-2012". Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  4. ^ Staff, Los Angeles Times (2001-02-25). "Obituaries Edward E Fitzgerald;Book-of-the-Month Club Chief". Retrieved 2013-03-25.