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Monday, December 22, 2008

Clarence Lee (Inducted 1986)

Clarence Lee Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Banquet, April 28, 1986.
 
      The Fergus Falls Sports Hall of Fame wouldn't be complete without Clarence Lee, longtime sports editor and photographer of the Fergus Falls Daily Journal. His association with the newspaper spanned five decades.
      Lee began work at the Fergus Journal in the 1930s. Two of his thrills were coverage of the 1950 Fergus Red Sox baseball championship game (won by Fergus Falls in St. Cloud when the Red Sox played Austin) and coverage of the 1957 Otters and their trip to the state basketball tournament.
      He was a master at covering sporting events. During basketball games he would take photos and keep a running score of the game on a roll of paper attached to the back of his camera.
      Lee pioneered photography at the Fergus Falls Journal in the 1930s. And he was widely known for his sports column, "Sportlee Speaking." Even as sports editor he continued processing film and made all the zinc plates used in photo processing at the newspaper. He was from the old school of "self-education" in the world of journalism-photography.
      Photos by Lee won numerous prizes over the years. Some of them ran in newspapers across the country through the Associated Press, occasionally overseas. He officially retired from the Journal in 1970, but worked part-time until 1972.
      With his love of baseball, Lee served as an area commissioner and was on the state board for amateur baseball. And family life was always important to Lee. He and his wife, Hazel, who died in 1961, had two children, Neil and Carole. Lee and his present wife, Peggy, have been married for 24 years.
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