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Description
Sam Balter was a sportscaster, hosting One for the Book feature sports commentary on the Mutual Network and sports columnist for the Los Angeles Herald-Express. The collection consists of materials related to Sam Balter's career, including scripts from his KLAC radio sports program One for the Book and clippings of his newspaper sports column, One for the Book, written for the Los Angeles Herald Express. Also included is correspondence from listeners and readers and a small amount of ephemera, books, sports-related wire service and newspaper clippings, and audio recordings.
Background
Sam Balter was born October 15, 1909 in Detroit, Michigan. He was selected as a UCLA all-American basketball player (1929) and was chosen for first U.S. Olympic Basketball Team, which won the gold medal in 1936. He was the only Jewish American gold medalist at Games in Berlin. In 1938, he broadcast the first U.S. coast-to-coast radio sports commentary on the Mutual Network. During World War II, he worked as a broadcaster for the Los Angeles-based KFWB and KFI. He broadcast play-by-play for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team (1942), was known as the voice of the UCLA Bruins football and basketball radiocasts (1945-1952), and was an announcer for baseball Pacific Coast League Hollywood Stars and Los Angeles Angels, and the Los Angeles Stars of the American Basketball Association.
Extent
10.4 linear ft. (15 boxes, 1 shoe box, 2 cartons, and 3 flat boxes)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.