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John S. Knight

He was inducted shortly before his 86th birthday. It was a surprise to many to learn that the editor emeritus of the Akron Beacon Journal, the boss of the Knight newspaper organization, was a sportsman. Not many remember Knight as an end on the 1913 Akron Central High School state football championship team. There are still a few individuals around who can attest to his prowess on the golf course. Six times he won the Portage Country Club's championship - 1929, '32, '34, '35, '36, and '37. However, Knight was honored as owner of Fourth Estate Stable and for his long involvement in thoroughbred horse racing. In its heyday in the late '50s and early '60s, Fourth Estate raced Editorialist, a multiple stakes winner and one of the fastest sprinters in the world; a filly named Times Two, which won in excess of $250,000; War Censor, winner of the 1966 Ohio Derby; and Times Roman. From 1961 to his death this year, Knight was a member of the prestigious Jockey Club, racing's governing body and the highest honor a racing sportsman can attain in any lifetime.

Inducted 1980 | Horse Racing