These legendary sports journalists shaped the Golden Age of Sports. At the height of his career, Rice was syndicated in more than 100 newspapers across the country. Russell’s career spanned over seven decades of journalism. Their coverage of the Olympics, major league sports and horse racing set the standard for athletes as role models who exemplified the American way of life. Their writing focused on the positive aspects of the people, groups and teams that they covered, from Ty Cobb to Jesse Owens. The national role that these longtime colleagues, both Vanderbilt graduates, played in sports writing put them in a league of their own.