Alfred "Al" Spink, veteran sports writer and a figure in baseball for more than a half century, is dead. After fighting a valiant struggle for several months, the man who helped organize the St. Louis Browns and whose hobby it was to know every baseball player personally succumbed at his home at Oak Park, Ill., last night. He was 74 years old.-The Washington Post, May 29, 1928
Spink, who founded the Sporting News, a baseball publication, was chiefly identified with baseball in St. Louis and Chicago. In Chicago, he gained fame as a newspaper reporter, baseball expert and as the one who gave Charles A. Comiskey, president of the Chicago White Sox, his start in major league baseball. At St. Louis, Spink was sports editor of the Globe-Democrat, later aiding his brother, William, to organize the St. Louis Browns. Funeral services will be held tomorrow.