From Ohio History Central
Si Burick was a premier sportswriter and editor from Dayton, Ohio.
In 1926, Burick joined the Dayton press when he was just sixteen years of age. The paper's editor, past Ohio governor James Cox, persuaded him to forgo a University of Dayton education and future career in medicine to, instead, accept a full-time position as sports editor in 1928. Burick remained the sports editor for the Dayton Daily News until his death in 1986. During his nearly sixty year-tenure at the Daily News, Burick witnessed six owners, nineteen managers, seven hundred players, and six World Series for his beat team, the Cincinnati Reds.
Burick was noted for his wit and puns above all else. In articles, editorials, and especially in speeches, Burick incorporated word plays into stories. He often parodied players' names and even his column's title, "Si-ings," was a pun.
Burick was the first J.G. Taylor Spink award winner from a city without a major league franchise. The Spink Award was first given in 1962 and is awarded annually to a baseball writer by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Since Burick's achievement in 1982, two other Dayton-based writers have been so honored: Ritter Collett (1991) and Hal McCoy (2002). Only one other writer from a non-major league city has won the award.
Burick also had careers with WHIO and WHIO-TV. Through the radio program, Burick's voice reached Miami Valley residents for twenty-six years. For ten years, Burick hosted the station's first televised sports program. Burick combined all media for ninety-six years of Dayton sports coverage.
Mr. Burick covered much more than baseball for the DDN. He also wrote on high school sports and Ohio State football and religiously attended major sporting events like the Kentucky Derby, Wimbledon Championships, Super Bowl and Olympics. He has been enshrined in the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters, horse racing, Jewish sports, NFL, and the baseball halls of fame.