Hog Calls:

Hail to Harry King

By: Nate Allen
Published: Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Sports columnist Harry King is shown Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. King was honored by the stadium as a "media legend" and a plaque with his photo was placed inside the War Memorial Stadium press box.
Photo by Jeff Mitchell
Sports columnist Harry King is shown Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. King was honored by the stadium as a "media legend" and a plaque with his photo was placed inside the War Memorial Stadium press box.

The courses in Little Rock and vicinity likely just gained a full-time golfer while us readers lose one of Arkansas’ best-ever sportswriters.

Check out WholeHogSports.com to read Harry King’s farewell column. You will realize with his retirement that the golf courses’ gain is our longtime reading pleasure loss.

Harry for decades likely was the best writer you never knew. For The Associated Press he wrote in concisely crafted anonymity that comes with being an understated cog in the world’s largest news gathering organization.

Harry covered news when he had to and sports because he loved to, particularly football, golf and horse racing.

The lure of writing a full-time sports column brought him to the since defunct Stephens Media and he continued his sportswriting for Hawgs Illustrated and WholeHogsports.com.

Wryly covering much with few words is a gift that Harry not only has but appreciates.

That’s why he so appreciated the late Jim Bailey, the best writer in Harry’s view and mine, ever to grace Arkansas’ or any other state’s sports pages.

As Jim’s health declined from Alzheimer’s, and Jim’s wife, Peggy, just recently passed away, so gallantly struggled and succeeded taking care of Jim at home, Harry was a constant visitor. Harry’s easy company would intermittently bring back the Jim we knew.

A great writer and greater friend.

Harry’s forthcoming full-time life with wife Ellen, family, and golf commences well deserved.

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