Rappoport, Kenneth Sidney, - 85, of Egg Harbor Township, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on October 13. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Ken was the son of the late Jacob and Marjorie (Geller) Rappoport. He will be missed and fondly
remembered by his wife of 59 years, Bernice, his children, Felicia (James), Sharon (Evan) and Larry (Becka), and grandchildren Griffin, Camryn, Kayla, Adina, Shayna, Madeleine and Samuel.
Ken spent his teenage years in Lakewood, and his summers in Atlantic City, waiting tables at the Breakers Hotel. He met Bernice, the love of his life, on a blind date on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
Ken was a wonderful singer and used to perform with his friends on the balcony of the Breakers and on the Boardwalk. Ken attended Rider College and earned a degree in journalism. He went on to serve as a private first class in the U.S. Army in Germany.
In March of 1961, he married Bernice and started a family in Philadelphia. He worked as a reporter for the Doylestown Intelligencer before joining the staff of the Associated Press where he would spend three decades covering professional sports out of
the New York office. He was a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and the Baseball Writers Association of America, and is the author of numerous books on sports for children and adults. He loved writing and would say, "I could no less
stop writing than stop breathing."
Ken also enjoyed traveling, and often spoke of his favorite city, Paris. He was an avid photographer and loved capturing precious moments in front of the lens. His stories and his photos will inspire us for years to come...
"Long-time journalist Ken Rappoport spent many years on the sidelines as
a sports reporter for the Associated Press. He covered professional sports
for over three decades, following the teams, coaches, players, and plays
in football, basketball, hockey, and baseball, from season opener
to nail-biting playoff...."
(Contributor) Will Grimsley, editor, A Century of Sports, Associated
(Contributor) Grimsley, editor, The Sports Immortals, Prentice- Hall,
The Nittany Lions: A Story of Penn State Football, Strode, 1973,
revised edition, 1979.
The Trojans: A Story of Southern California Football, Strode, 1974.
The Syracuse Football Story, Strode, 1975.
Wake Up the Echoes: Notre Dame Football, Strode, 1975, revised
Tar Heel: North Carolina Football, Strode, 1976.
Tar Heel: North Carolina Basketball, Strode, 1976, revised edition,
(Contributor) Ben Olan, editor, A Century of Champions, Associated
Great College Football Rivalries, Grosset, 1978.
The Classic: The History of the NCAA Basketball Playoffs,
National Collegiate Athletic Association-Lowell Press, 1979.
Diamonds in the Rough, Grosset, 1979.
Super Sundays, Grosset, 1980.
Pigskin Power, Grosset, 1981.
Doubleheader: Yankees and Dodgers, Grosset, 1982.
Football's Special Teams: Cowboys and Raiders, Grosset, 1982.
(Contributor) Football's Fifty Greatest Games, Bobbs- Merrill, 1983. (Contributor) 101 Greatest Athletes of the Century, Bonanza Books, 1987.
Nolan Ryan, Dillon, 1992.
Bobby Bonilla, Walker & Co., 1993.
Shaquille O'Neal, Walker, 1994.
Top 10 Basketball Legends, Enslow, 1995.
Grant Hill, Walker, 1996.
Sports Great Wayne Gretzky, Enslow, 1996.
Guts and Glory: Making It in the NBA, Walker, 1997.
Sports Great Eric Lindros, Enslow, 1997.
Mario Lemieux: Star Center, Enslow, 1998.
Scottie Pippen: Star Forward, Enslow, 1999.
They Changed the Game: Sports Pioneers of the Twentieth Century, Andrews-McMeel, 1999.
(Coauthor with Barry Wilner) They Changed the Game: Sports Pioneers
of the Twentieth Century, Andrews-McMeel, 1999.
Tim Duncan: Star Forward, Enslow, 2000.
(With Barry Wilner) Girls Rule!: The Glory and Spirit of Women in
Sports, foreword by Billie Jean King, Andrews-McMeel, 2000.
Villains: the Bad Boys and Girls of Sports, Stark, 2000.
Super Sports Star Penny Hardaway, Enslow, Tales from the Tar Heel Locker Room, Sports Publishing, 2002.
Super Sports Star Glen Rice, Enslow (Berkeley Heights, NJ), 2002.
Sheryl Swoopes, Star Forward, Enslow (Berkeley Heights, NJ), 2002.
Super Sports Star Peyton Manning, Enslow (Berkeley Heights, NJ), 2003.
Tales from Penn State Football, Sports Publishing, 2003.
Super Sports Star Jerome Bettis, Enslow (Berkeley Heights, NJ), 2003.
Super Sports Star Derek Jeter, Enslow (Berkeley Heights, NJ), 2004.
Jason Kidd: Leader on the Court, Enslow (Berkeley Heights, NJ), 2004.
Super Sports Star Alex Rodriguez, Enslow (Berkeley Heights, NJ), 2004.
Super Sports Star Ichiro Suzuki, Enslow (Berkeley Heights, NJ), 2004.
Ladies First: Women Athletes Who Made a Difference, Peachtree
(Atlanta, GA), 2005.
(With Barry Wilner) Gridiron Glory: The Story of the Army-Navy
Football Rivalry, Taylor Trade Publishing (Lanham, MD), 2005.
Penn State: Where Have You Gone?, Sports Publishing (Champaign, IL), 2005. Profiles in Sports Courage, Peachtree (Atlanta, GA), 2006.