Country: United States
Born: August 24, 1912
Died: October 1990
For nearly 40 years, Barney Nagler wrote a newspaper column devoted
mainly to boxing and thoroughbred racing. The column, “On Second
Thought,” first appeared in 1950 in the New York Morning Telegraph and
was spiced with jargon of the gym and stable. When the Telegraph ceased
publication in 1972, Nagler’s column moved to
the Daily Racing Form, continuing until the writer’s death in
An author of numerous books, Nagler’s titles include James Norris and
the Decline of Boxing, The American Horse, Brown Bomber: The Pilgrimage of Joe
Louis, Only the Ring Was Square (with Teddy
Brenner), and Shoemaker, America’s Greatest Jockey.
Before joining the New York Telegraph, Nagler was a writer for Bill
Stern’s Colgate Sports Newsreel on national radio. During the
1950s and 1960s, he was a producer of sports events on the NBC and ABC television
networks, including the 1964 Winter Olympic Games and Wide World of Sports.
Nagler served as president of the New York Boxing Writers Association twelve
times between 1960 and 1980. From 1984 to 1989, he was president of the Boxing
Writers Association of America and received the Association’s James A.
Farley Award in 1989.
In 1978, Nagler was honored with the Walter Haight Award by the National Turf
Writers Association for excellence in reporting thoroughbred racing.