Charles Ritter Collett

 6/14/1921 - 9/26/2001

Inducted 2003


Charles Ritter Collett had a career as a newspaper sports editor which lasted for more than 50 years and through three newspapers: the morning Dayton Journal, the Dayton Journal Herald, and the Dayton Daily News. He began his career in journalism in 1946 when he was separated from the Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, and was soon named sports editor, a title he retained until he retired in 1990. A highlight of his career came on August 2, 1992 when he was inducted into the writer’s wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown as the 43rd winner of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award. He was involved in many charitable and civic causes, including AIM for the Handicapped. Ritter Collett was the author of seven books, including a history of sports in Dayton put together for the city’s bicentennial celebration.