Gerald Eskanazi was born in East New York, Brooklyn in 1936 and was graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and City College of New York.
He joined the NY Times in 1959 as a copy boy, became a sportswriter, and retired in 2000. He has been a contract writer since. Along the way he has had more than 8,000 bylines in The Times, possibly more tha any other reporter in it’s history. His “beats” included hockey (the Rangers and Islanders and Olympics), football (the Jets), soccer, auto racing and the TV sports column.
His honors include a Deadline Club award for a series on gambling, more than a dozen NY Times honors for the best story of the month, and awards from such sports as rodeo, harness racing, and football for the years top stories.
In addition, he has written 13 books and hundreds of magazine articles on topics ranging from travel, to food and wine.
His partner on most of his travels - and many road trips - has been his wife, Rosalind, whom he married in 1963. The couple has three children, Ellen, MArk, and Mike, all of whom traveled to various assignments as well. Roz and Jerry also have a daughter-in-law, Anna; son-in-law Andy, and four grandchildren.
** The Dick Steinberg Good Guy Award is given to that Jewish individual who best exemplified the good aspects of sports.