Walter Wellesley "Red" Smith (September 25, 1905 in Green Bay, Wisconsin – January 15, 1982 in Stamford, Connecticut) was an American sportswriter who rose to become one of America's most widely read sports columnists.

After graduating from Green Bay East High School, site of Packers home games until 1957, Smith moved on to the University of Notre Dame. After graduation, he worked for the Milwaukee Sentinel, St. Louis Journal, and Philadelphia Record.

After 18 years, Smith joined the New York Herald Tribune. He cemented his reputation with the Herald-Trib, as his column was widely read and often syndicated. When the paper folded in 1966, he became a freelance writer. He joined the New York Times in 1971 as a contract writer. By this time, his reputation was secured as one of the foremost sportswriters in America.

During his time with the Times, Smith garnered many awards. In 1976, he was the first sportswriter to win the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He also received the J. G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976. Furthermore, the Associated Press awarded him the first Red Smith Award for "outstanding contributions to sports journalism."

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A bibulation of sports writers, a yammer of radio announcers, a guilt of umpires, an indigence of writers.
Walter Wellesley (Red) Smith (1905-1982), U.S. author, sports columnist, reporter. "A Bouquet for Red Smith," p. 137, Mademoiselle (May 1957).
It's no accident that of all the monuments left of the Greco- Roman culture the biggest is the ballpark, the Colosseum, the Yankee Stadium of ancient times.
Walter Wellesley (Red) Smith (1905-1982), U.S. author, sports columnist, reporter. Quoted in Ira Berkow's column, p. 18, The New York Times (January 16, 1982).
I think it's the real world. The people we're writing about in professional sports, they're suffering and living and dying and loving and trying to make their way through life just as the brick layers and politicians are.
Walter Wellesley (Red) Smith (1905-1982), U.S. author, sports columnist, reporter. Quoted in Ira Berkow's column, p. 18, The New York Times (January 16, 1982).

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