Sportswriter’s Collection Heads for New Home

A fixture on the sportswriting scene for decades, Jerome Holtzman accumulated a number of historically significant pieces from the games and events he covered. Now, the memorabilia and his research material is heading for a permanent display.

Jerome Holtzman was a familiar name and face to sports fans for decades. Writing for Chicago newspapers, The Sporting News and other national publications, he also found time to invent the save as a baseball stat and conduct research on historic baseball matters.

Now, his life’s work is about to become a centerpiece of the new Chicago Baseball Museum, which has just announced it has acquired the material and created a special section for fans to see and utilize the mountains of material Holtzman saved over the years.

"My plan for the Chicago Baseball Museum is to emulate the scope and integrity of the Abraham Lincoln Museum and Library in Springfield, and the Jerome Holtzman Museum Library and Research Center is the centerpiece of that plan," David Fletcher, president and founder of the museum said.