Phil Collier

Phil Collier (December 7, 1925 February 24, 2001) was a sports writer who worked in the San Diego area for many years.

Collier began his career as a sportswriter in Baytown, Texas in 1939. After a military service and a stint at Texas Christian University, he joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

In San Diego, Collier covered the Pacific Coast League San Diego Padres until the Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. For the next decade, he covered both Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels games for the San Diego Tribune. Collier was the sportswriter who Sandy Koufax called to inform the world of his sudden retirement.

When San Diego was awarded the San Diego Padres, Collier began covering the team, which he would do for 18 seasons. In 1987, Collier became the national baseball columnist for the Tribune. He continued to write for the Tribune after their merger with the San Diego Union in 1992. He retired from the paper in 1996.

He was awarded the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in 1991, was inducted into the writers section of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

He was born in Stanton, Texas and died in San Diego, California of prostate cancer.[1]


  1. "Phil Collier; Hall of Fame San Diego Sportswriter". Los Angeles Times. February 27, 2001. Retrieved March 29, 2015.

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