Holmes, who was handicapped by the loss of an arm as a youth, became one of the foremost baseball writers in the country. He covered the Dodgers for over 30 years, starting with the Brooklyn Eagle in 1926 and later moving to the New York Herald-Tribune. He was president of the BBWAA in 1947 and wrote several books, including The Dodgers. He was given the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in 1979.