NEW YORK, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Veteran sports journalist Dick Schaap, who collected five Emmy Awards during a career that spanned close to a half century, died Friday due to complications from hip-replacement surgery. He was 67.
Schaap had been the host of "ESPN Magazine's Sports Reporters" television show and "The Sporting Life with Dick Schaap" radio program. He also reflected on his career in an autobiography -- "Flashing Before My Eyes" -- which was published earlier this year and includes anecdotes from his interviews with scores of sports legends.
Schaap, a native of Brooklyn, won two Sports Emmy Awards for writing "Sporting Life," an editorial piece which aired Sundays on ESPN. He also collected three Emmy Awards for work on ABC's 20/20 and World News Tonight broadcasts.
"All of us at ESPN are deeply saddened by the death of Dick Schaap," ESPN President George Bodenheimer said. "Dick's unparalleled journalistic achievements were exceeded only by his compassion and respect for his fellow human beings."
Schaap received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Journalism from the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America this year. Schaap also won the Northeastern Award for Excellence in Broadcast Sports Journalism in 1986 and the Women's Foundation Award for Excellence in Covering Women's Sports in 1984.
He rose to prominence as a print journalist. He was editor of Sport Magazine from 1973-77. He was also the city editor and then a columnist for the New York Herald Tribune from 1964-66 and worked for Newsweek from 1959-63.
The author of 33 books, Schaap collaborated with football-baseball star Bo Jackson on "Bo Knows Bo," the top-selling sports autobiography in history.
"Instant Replay," his first of four books written with former Green Bay Packers tight end Jerry Kramer, was published in 1968 and became a best-seller.