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Longtime Chicago sportswriter Holtzman dies at 81

Updated: July 25, 2008, 2:54 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Jerome Holtzman, a longtime baseball writer who made the Hall of Fame, created the saves rule and later became Major League Baseball's official historian, has died. He was 81.

Holtzman died Saturday in Evanston.

"As a baseball writer, columnist and historian for more than 50 years, Jerome Holtzman was a beloved figure and made an incredible impact on the game," Commissioner Bud Selig said Monday in a statement.

Holtzman won the J.G. Spink Award and a spot in the Hall ...

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