Born: March 9, 1904
Died: October 1, 1983
Ohio connection: Birth
Marion Renick was born Marion Lewis, daughter of Bertram Charles and Anna (Washway) Lewis, in 1904 in Springfield, Ohio. From early childhood, she was an avid sports enthusiast, playing various games on the sports fields at nearby Wittenberg University as well as on undeveloped fields behind the university. She eventually attended Wittenberg, graduating with an A.B. degree in 1926. Her vocational goal was to become a sportswriter. Her first job was as a reporter for The News, a Springfield newspaper, 1924-27. She married a sportswriter, James L. Renick, in 1930, and spent a good part of the next fifteen years helping him cover sports around the country, meeting athletes, trainers, coaches, and sportswriters, and listening to them share their athletic experiences. In response to these experiences, she is quoted as saying, “How I wished I could share that with my long-ago neighborhood pals! I decided that the next best thing was to share it with new generations of young sports enthusiasts. I began writing books combining sports fundamentals with a story.” The result was the writing of more than thirty books on sports over the next thirty-seven years. Though she wrote her first three books, Tommy Carries the Ball; David Cheers the Team; and Steady by herself, they carried her husband`s name as co-author, because she was advised that no one would buy a sports book written by a woman. The rest of her books were published under her name alone. Some of the titles, which covered many different sports, are Champion Caddy; Skating Today; Swimming Fever; A Touchdown for Doc; Pete`s Home Run; Jimmy`s Own Basketball; Todd`s Snow Patrol; Watch Those Red Wheels Roll; Little Fish Hard to Catch; Five Points for Hockey; and Sam Discovers Soccer. Twenty of Renick’s books were adapted in 1959 as a series for National Educational Television under the titleSport Studio. Marion Renick died October 1, 1983, in Columbus, Ohio.
Boys’ Clubs of America Medal, 1951; Headliner Award, Women in Communications, 1956; Ohiona Library Medal for Nonfiction, 1971, for Ohio; honorary doctor of letters, Wittenberg University, 1972.