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With a career that spanned five decades, Dick Schaap was one of the most admired journalists of the 20th century, especially in the field of sports.
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In 1990, Schaap joined the cable sports network ESPN as host of The Sports Reporters, a Sunday morning talk show. He later had an interview show, Schaap One on One, on the network's ESPN Classic channel. Working with his son Jeremy, Schaap had a Saturday morning radio show, The Sporting Life with Dick Schaap,
on ESPN Radio.
A devoted New Yorker, Schaap had a standing Monday night reservation at Rao's, one of the city's most exclusive restaurants. It is the type of place that only serves its regulars and all of its regulars are VIPs of one sort or another.
In the fall of 2001, Schaap went to Lenox Hill Hospital to have hip replacement surgery. Unfortunately, he experienced complications afterwards and died on December 21. Schaap was survived by his third wife, Trisha, and his six children. The family later sued several of the doctors involved in his surgery and the hospital for his death.
More than one thousand people gathered for a memorial service in New York City in January 2002. Jimmy Breslin and Billy Crystal were among the many that spoke about Schaap at the service. He will be remembered as a talented writer, a subtle interviewer, a fair reporter, and a good friend to many.
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