Born: July 21, 1898
Died: March 20, 1974
Max Kase was sports editor of the New York Journal-American newspaper
for 28 years. He became sports editor of the Journal-American in
1938 and was known to readers through his popular“BriefKase” column.
In 1951, Kase’s exclusive story that members of the City College of New
York’s “double” National Championship basketball team, which
had won both the NCAA and National Invitational Tournament titles, were being
questioned by the New York District Attorney’s office regarding “point
shaving,” exposed what was to become the biggest sports scandal of the
post-war era. Kase subsequently received a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of
He was the guiding force behind the Journal-American Sandlot Baseball
program in New York City, which had the annual Hearst Sandlot Classic as its
showcase. Kase was also one of the
founders of the influential B’nai B’rith Sports Lodge of New York
City and served two terms as its president. In 1957, Kase was instrumental in
arranging Hearst Newspapers’ underwriting
and promotion of Israel’s National Basketball Team’s first visit
to the United States.
Kase joined the International News Service (INS) in 1917 and in 1923 left to
become sports editor of The Havana Telegram. He returned to the INS
in 1925, and in 1934 moved to the sports
editor’s desk at The Boston American for four years.