J Edward Wray

Wray joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1900 and, except for four years with the Globe-Democrat, remained there until he retired in 1946 after 38 years as sports editor. He continued writing “Wray’s Column” until 1955. He also worked for the St. Louis Racing Form, where he was co-inventor of the past-performance chart that became the backbone of handicapping. When reformers shut down racing in Missouri, the Chicago Racing Form bought his copyrighted system. Wray covered the Browns, but after they lost a close pennant race in 1922, he became convinced he was a jinx. He was an unsuccessful candidate to succeed Ban Johnson as AL president in 1927.