Friends and family gathered Sunday to remember the life and legacy of longtime sportswriter Stan Hochman.
Hochman, who wrote for the Philadelphia Daily News, died Thursday at Bryn Mawr Hospital after a brief illness, according to the newspaper.
A celebration of life service for Hochman took place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park.
Hochman began his 55-year career at the the Daily News covering the Phillies. After six seasons, he was promoted to columnist.
Hochman went on to cover some of the city's most memorable stories, including hometown boxer Joe Frazier's "Thrilla in Manila." He wrote about heartbreaking losses and Sixers, Flyers and Phillies championships.
Known for his gravelly voice, Hochman once said, "I'm just a guy who truly enjoys what he's doing in a city that cares deeply about its teams, but wants to read stuff that's 'tough but fair.'"
The award-winning journalist was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Contributions to Hochman's memory may be made to the National Adoption Center 1500 Walnut St., Ste. 701, Phila. PA 19102 or Miracle League of Northampton Township, P.O. Box 453, Richboro PA 18954.